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Tuesday, April 29, 2008

My Reception "Journal Paintings & Prints from Italy"

The reception was held on Monday night, April 28 from 6-9 at Angelucci's Fine Woodworking and Stained Glass and Artists Gallery. It was pouring rain but we had a wonderful turnout and really good wine and cheese and other goodies provided by Angelucci's and some of the artists whose work also hangs in the gallery. I even made two batches of biscotti in keeping with the Italian theme of the night!

Some of the prominent Milford folks who attended the evening reception included (from left to right) Ryan Durham, Beth Durham, Downtown Milford Inc.'s Executive Director; our newly elected mayor, Dan Marabello; DMI President Mitch Crane and Dan and Rhonda Bond, innkeepers of the Towers Bed & Breakfast and owners of the Ladybug Shop in downtown Milford.

My Giclee Print entitled "Sedile del Campo, Salerno" in a white oak frame with mortise & tenon joint with spline detail

Posing for a photo, with Cathy Walls and Bea Whitehead, fellow members of the Mispillion Art League, whose work is also represented at Angelucci's

Rosemary's Reception at Angelucci's Fine Woodworking

Gail and Scott Angelucci, putting some finishing touches on one of the frames he handcrafted for my original watercolors.

The original "View of Ragusa" on Italian handmade paper was float-mounted a walnut frame

One the table: original watercolors (float mounted in Scott's handcrafted box frames), a stack of matted and shrinkwrapped prints, one of Scott's boxes with mementos from our time in Italy, including one of my watercolor journals, passport, euros, maps and other artifacts

The exhibit of my Limited Edition Giclee Prints with excerpts from my journals

Bug & Bud Festival, Milford, Delaware

Trying to look dignified wearing a flower headband for the Bug & Bud Festival. Our tent was filled with my botanical prints and images from Italy. Bob showed his photographs from Italy. It was a lot of fun, the weather was great, with good crowds in the downtown area all day. We should have more photos of the event to post later on when Bob has a chance to go through them and select some.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Millsboro Spring Art Show awards

As we scurry to get ready for the Bug & Bud Festival (Saturday April 26), our granddaughter Kyla's 4th birthday (Sunday April 27)and the reception at Angelucci's (Monday night April 28) I realized I never wrote about the Millsboro Spring Art show we particpated in a few weeks ago. We were very proud to have each won an "honorable mention" and wanted to share that with you. The show was judged by Laura Hickman of Bethany Beach. She has very impressive credentials and we were in pretty fine company as the members of the Millsboro Art League are a talented bunch. A fellow member of our local Mispillion Art League took Third Place and an honorable mention as well. We enjoyed the reception and are continuing to get to know our fellow artists and neighbors.

My original watercolor is entitled "Kolner Dom, The Dom Cathedral,Cologne, Germany."

Bob's Digital Photograph entitled "Cetara Door and Nets" also sold the night of the reception!

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Announcement for Gallery Reception

My Journal Paintings from Italy will be on exhibit at Angelucci Fine Woodworking & Stained Glass Studios and Artist Gallery during the Bug & Bud Festival April 26 with a reception on Monday night April 28, 2008 from 6 - 9 pm in the upstairs gallery. I designed the flyer for the event. The Gallery is located at 7 Park Avenue, right on the Riverwalk in downtown Milford, Delaware. All this info is on the flyer but just in case, if you need further information call Scott Angelucci at 302-422-4533. I'm very excited about this as Scott is handcrafting frames in the most beautiful woods (like African Mahogany, Walnut, White Oak and Tiger Maple) that compliment the colors and tone of my paintings. I will be showing both Limited Edition Giclée prints originals watercolors. This is a wine and cheese reception and after all our hard work getting ready should be a time to meet people and have a good time! This is to be the first in a series of "Evenings in Italy" and at future such events Bob and I will give talks about our travel experiences.

Cherry Blossom Festival, Washington DC 2008

We drove to Washington, DC recently to visit friends of ours - Lynn & Bill and their daughter Avery - from Phoenix who now live in Ashburn, Virginia and to go see the blooming cherry trees. We had a lovely visit with them but unfortunately the weather did not cooperate. It rained all day and we didn't get many good photos. Here is a little taste of what our Nation's Capital looks like when the cherry trees are blooming. The National Cherry Blossom Festival is over now but dates for next year's event are March 28 - April 12, 2009. We'll try to pick a sunnier day next year!

Different views of the trees (drive-by shootings!)

Thomas Jefferson Memorial underer stormy skies

Jefferson Memorial and cherry trees

Recent photos - March & April 2008

With my Uncle Fred on a recent visit

On the way home from our visit to New York on Palm Sunday, the NYC firefighters were on all the overpasses, with flags, waving at all the passing cars. Never could find out what it was all about.

Bob gave me these tulips for Easter

A blooming tree here in our neighborhood, some of the blossoms are already spent but these trees are so pretty!

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

One year in Delaware!

I just had to write down that today is the anniversary of our arrival in Italy, in April 2005. We left Italy to return to the states on the first of April 2007 after two years and so have been back in the states, living in Milford, Delaware one year today! It's raining and windy today as I look out my window. The weather is warming and the trees outside are covered in white blossoms. We've met a lot of really nice people here now and are starting to feel more a part of the community. But still I miss Italy! I think of all the places we lived and the things we saw and I have such affection for each and every one. With the exchange rate as it is who knows when we will be able to return to Europe so I'm extremely pleased we were able to have our great adventure when we did.

I'm also thinking of the friends we left in Phoenix and hoping they are well and happy and enjoying life. Easter always meant a lovely gathering of friends at this time and I miss their smiling faces. Their weather should be heating up pretty good for summer soon and while I miss the people I left there I don't miss the heat. Life is indeed a trade off.

We made a trip to New York a few weeks ago to visit my Uncle Fred and as many other friends and relatives living on Long Island as we could pack into a weekend visit! It was a little crazy but lots of fun. Thanks to everyone for making time for us. I need to post some of the photos!

We had the joy of spending a few days with Kyla while her dad was at work and that was really fun. We went to the zoo and the Children's Museum and just enjoyed the heck out of it. She's such a sweet kid, we just love the time we spend with her. I do need to post more photos!

We're been working hard to prepare for some of the upcoming shows -- the Bug & Bud festival is the first one on April 26th. It will be the first time we use our white tent and set up an outdoor exhibit. Since it's a spring festival I'm gearing up to show my botanical prints at this venue. A few more prints in the Italian series have sold at the Mispillion Art League's gallery and that show has now come down. We'll be leaving some work on the walls as part of a more permanent display. We've entered art in the Millsboro Art League's current show which opens on April 5. I'm working on a few other things I'll write about later when they are all finalized!

Easter was lovely. Chris & Lisa spent the weekend here with us and that was nice. They had to head home in the afternoon after one of my frittata brunches and a walk around Abbott's Mill Nature Center. We were invited to our friends Sharon & Walt's house for dinner along with two other couples. Sharon is also a member of the Mispillion Art League. They live in our neighborhood and were hosting an Easter Dinner complete with fresh ham and all the trimmings. It was wonderfully scrumptious and the company was delightful. Wine flowed freely along with the conversation.

I can't believe how fast the time is flying.

Happy Spring!