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Thursday, February 3, 2011

"Making Art in Italy" MAL Third Thursdays talk

On the third Thursday of every month the Mispillion Art League presents an Art Talk in the classroom of its gallery on North Walnut Street in downtown Milford. Since they recently received a grant for a state-of-the-art A/V system, they asked us if we would give a presentation on our experiences in Italy. Always happy to talk about it, we agreed and spent a little more than an hour showing Bob's photographs and my watercolors and talking about our two-year adventure in Italy.

We spoke in front of a standing-room-only crowd. Refreshments treated our guests to a "taste of Italy" with slow-roasted tomatoes and Italian bread (from our local Bread and Butter Bakery), salami and cheeses, Sicilian pizza (from our favorite, Mama Maria), red and white wine served in my ceramic pitchers from Sicily and two different flavors of biscotti to top it all off. Traditional Napolitan music played as folks poured into the gallery and perused my journals and other memorabilia on display. The night was cold but the atmosphere in the room was definitely focused on sunny Italy and I am happy to say, everyone seemed to have a wonderful time!

We thank our local newspapers for the terrific coverage - the Milford Chronicle posted it prior to our talk and followed up with a very flattering review and Milford Live gave us a very nice review as well. MAL's Marketing team did a great job of getting the word out and we appreciate all their efforts.

Photographs are courtesy of April Abel

Guests enjoying a "taste of Italy" before the presentation

A standing-room only crowd gathered to hear our talk

Sharon Hepford, league president introduced us

Bob and I getting started (before we turned out the lights!)

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