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The Florence Biennale, 2011Monday, November 21, 2011 by Steve Hill
Filed under: Exhibits and Events
I am honored to be one of eleven artists representing the United States at The Florence Biennale, December 3-11, at The Fortezza da Basso, in Florence, Italy. Over 600 artists from 60 countries are invited by a committee of twelve art curators, who represent major museums in Europe, The U.S., China, Mexico, Brazil, India and other countries. In 2001, the United Nations recognized The Florence Biennial as an official partner in their program "Dialogue Among Nations" in perfect harmony with Kofi Annan's statement: "Artists speak not only to people but for people. Art is a weapon against ignorance and hatred and a representative of the human conscience. Art opens new doors for learning, understanding, and peace among people and nations."

With that in mind, I created 2 pieces representative of my own Pacific Northwest heritage, which involves water- theme compositions and subject matter. They are titled "Passage" and "Diversion", done in 2011 in pastel, from field studies, drawings and paintings made en plein aire from Washington, Oregon, Idaho (my birth state) and Montana. Both measure 27.5 x 33.5 (framed) and are offered for exhibit at the Biennale. They are for sale at $8000, each.

My wife, Judy, and I will be in Tuscany for 10 days, before heading to Florence, on December 3rd. I plan to take full advantage of the painting opportunity this region offers and paint outdoors (alla prima or "plein aire"). I will blog new images as best I can, while we are on the road, and plan to have a special exhibit of the works sometime in late spring, after we return to our home on Lopez Island, Washington.

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Reader Comments

1. Monday, November 21, 2011 @ 5:04:20 PM by Pinky
fantastic! Congratulations. Can hardly wait to see postings of your trip and hope you sell well. You have arrived wren you can put $8000.00 on your work! I am impressed.
2. Sunday, November 27, 2011 @ 12:46:05 PM by Carol & Bob Warren
We are so proud of you! When we think of Florence, Italy, it seems it is the art capital of the world -- and there you are!! Congratulations and know that we're toasting you with a bottle of fabulous Italian vino. This is so fabulous for both of you. Love, Carol & Bob

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