Watercolor and Acrylic Painting in the Cinque Terre

DATES: 09/20/2018 - 09/27/2018
LOCATION: Cinque Terre
PRICE: $2,950
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I’m a native New Englander who has been involved in art all my life. I grew up in western MA taking classes as a child at the Springfield Museum of Fine Arts. In an editorial interview my senior year of High school I said I would own my own Gallery and exhibit my work.

I received an MFA in painting and a BFA in Art Education from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. Since 1977 I have been professionally active with my own paintings exhibiting as far away as Seoul, Korea, The Republic of Macedonia, Italy, The US Virgin Islands and many group and solo shows across the country and on the eastern sea coast.  

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Most of my career has been centered in teaching. I was a full time instructor of painting and design at the private school Williston Northampton from 1978-2012. During summers since 1990 I have taught painting at Maine College of Art in Portland. I’m now affiliated with Snow Farm the New England craft program for eleven years instructing weeklong workshops in painting. Since 2001 I have had the good fortune to be connected with Il Chiostro and have taught adult painting workshops in Sardinia, all over Italy, France and Turkey.

I cut my teeth as Grubbs Gallery Director/Curator on the campus of Williston Northampton from 1996-2012.  I have now since retired from that position and full time teaching to reinvent myself as a new business owner. I now devote my time to my own personal work.

I have come full circle now owning a Gallery in historic downtown Milford! Gallery 37- A Destination for Artful Living represents my paintings and the art of over forty five visual artists and high end craft artisans that I love.  The gallery won The Best of Delaware 2015 Best Gallery category in southern DE.

I have also participated in many group and solo shows in galleries, art centers and museums on the east coast and in my new home and state of Delaware.

Not a day goes by where I’m not educating the public about the importance of art and why it has intrinsic value in our culture.

I paint landscape forms that intrigue me by their shapes. I paint in watercolor and oils. I add expressive colors while making loose painterly marks and lines to create the landscape forms.  I suspect what keeps me engaged in painting the landscape is the continuous complex interchange between expressing color and movement. I find it compelling creating that visual surface tension between the two. The imagery is a jumping off point and excuses for shapes that I find exciting to paint.

It has taken me so many years to get to this point in my work where drips and open areas on the canvas are just as important to me as dominant structural elements in the painting. I feel I am doing my best work when I know my strengths and also recognizing my vulnerabilities.

Marcia Reed

This workshop is currently full.  If you are interested in being put on the waiting list, let us know via email.  In the meantime, please check out our other painting programs in Tuscany, Venice and the Cinque Terre

Paint in the stimulating villages of the Cinque Terre

Paint “en plein air” in the breathtaking landscapes and villages of the Cinque Terre on Italy’s northwestern coast. Our home away from home for the week is a small family-run inn high on a hill overlooking the port of Monterosso, the largest of the 5 towns.  This week with Marcia will consist of her daily painting classes on our terrace or in our garden, or in the town below our hotel.  We’ll have opportunities to paint grand vistas, on the beach, at the marina or in the narrow alleys of the old villages.

Marcia’s recent acrylic painting in the Biggs Museum in Dover, DE

The vistas here are spectacular in all directions so we don’t need to move very far from the comfort of our home in order to fine gorgeous scenes to paint in comfort.

This workshop is for all levels of skill.  If you haven’t yet painted in Italy, you owe it to yourself – come and have fun painting with Marcia!

Note:  there are only 7 rooms available at the hotel, so reserve your place early!


Additional Activities: Our daily painting will be combined with other adventures such as:

  • train pass to visit other towns
  • boat trip to Porto Venere to sketch, shop, have lunch or cappuccino in the cafes
  • free shuttle service from the hotel to the main town
  • pick up in Florence on the first day

The Cinque Terre – is a rugged portion of coast on the Italian Riviera. “The Five Lands” comprises five villages: Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore. Paths, trains and boats connect the villages, and cars cannot reach them from the outside. For more about the Cinque Terre, the Lonely Planet gives a nice description with photos: http://www.lonelyplanet.com/italy/cinque-terre

Watercolor on Italian print.

The Food – We will have 5 dinners organized together at local restaurants and trattorie.  We’ll sample the pastas, seafood and specialties of the area.  Wine is included in all meals.  Lunches and 2 dinners will be independent for you to explore the local cuisine on your own.

Given its location on the Mediterranean, seafood is plentiful in the local cuisine. Anchovies of Monterosso are a local specialty designated with a Protected Designation of Origin status from the European Union. The mountainsides of the Cinque Terre are heavily terraced and are used to cultivate grapes and olives. This area, and the region of Liguria, as a whole, is known for pesto — a sauce made from basil leaves, garlic, salt, olive oil, pine nuts and pecorino cheese. Focaccia is a particularly common locally baked bread product. Farinata is also a typical snack found in bakeries and pizzerias — essentially it is a savoury and crunchy pancake made from a base of chick-pea flour.


Colorful Sky, by Marcia Reed

Price: $2,950 p/p based on double occupancy; (non-painters $2,650)
Optional Supplement: $475 for single room – limited availability

Includes:

  • Shared double room in Hotel La Cabana in Monterosso (singles available for a supplement)
  • Daily traditional breakfast
  • 5 dinners with wine
  • Daily painting classes and critiques with Marcia
  • Train passes for exploring other towns
  • Boat trip to Porto Venere
  • Pick up from Florence on arrival day
  • Departure – there is a convenient train station in the center of Monterosso that connects with every major line in Italy.

Does Not Include:

  • Airfare
  • Lunch
  • Art supplies
  • Independent meals and sight-seeing

To Register:  just click on the Sign Up Now button.  A non-refundable deposit of $500 is required to secure your spot in the workshop.  Payment can be made on line with a credit card, or you can follow the instructions to send in your registration and payment by mail.  Once we receive your deposit we will send you a formal Registration Confirmation with further information about the program.  You will receive 2-3 other correspondences by email prior to the workshop with information about Italy, a supplies list and an electronic invoice for the balance.  Final Balance is due by August 15th.  Any time prior to your arrival, if you have questions about anything regarding the trip or the program, you can contact us by email or phone and we’ll be happy to assist you.

Contact us for more information:  info@ilchiostro.com or speak to us live at 800-990-3506.

Cabana-5 TerreOur small hotel La Cabana sits on a small hill that divides the historic center of Monterosso from the new part, Fegina.  It is a typical Ligurian farmhouse that has belonged to one family for generations. The vines and the olive trees that they have cultivated form the backdrop to the rooms that have been recently refurbished with the utmost respect for the environment and the traditions of the Cinque Terre, but without forgetting modern comforts.

Cabana roomThe 9 rooms are furnished with antiques, parquet floors, curtains, and finishes intended to frame the unparalleled panoramic view of the Mediterranean Sea. It is an oasis of relaxation completely surrounded by greenery and silence with wonderful vistas and gardens to paint.  Our group will take over the entire hotel for the week.

To get down to Monterosso you can take advantage of their free shuttle service or, if you are up for it,  walking down is not difficult and takes less than ten minutes. It’s a nice walk down that offers beautiful panoramic views. On the descent, you will pass the ancient 11th century castle (today houses the cemetery of the village) and wind through olive trees until you reach the historical center of town. Coming back up, the shuttle might be a good idea!

For more information, visit their web site:  http://www.lacabanacinqueterre.com/en/index.php

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Breakfast room

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Reception

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Entrance to La Cabana

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Garden overlooking the town

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The terrace

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View from the terrace

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La Cabana shuttle

The Cinque Terre are in the section of Italy known as Liguria on the western coast.  The main city of Liguria is Genova.  These 5 towns were traditional fishing villages, cut off from the mainland by a steep range of mountains.  For centuries they were only accessible by the sea.

For our program, we will meet the group in Florence on the first day.  From there a private bus will take the group to our hotel in Monterosso-al-Mare.

To visit the town from our hotel there is a regular shuttle bus.  The towns are small with narrow roads, so the shuttle will leave us off in the newer section, then we will walk through a short tunnel to the historic center of town where most of the shops and restaurants are located.

To go between towns (Vernazza, Manarola, Corniglia or Rio Maggiore) there are local trains connecting all of them.

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5 Terre fishing boat, photo by Andy Holtzman

The Cinque Terre – is a rugged portion of coast on the Italian Riviera. “The Five Lands” comprises five villages: Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore. Paths, trains and boats connect the villages, and cars cannot reach them from the outside.

For more about the Cinque Terre, the Lonely Planet gives a nice description with photos: http://www.lonelyplanet.com/italy/cinque-terre

The Food:  Given its location on the Mediterranean, seafood is plentiful in the local cuisine. Anchovies of Monterosso are a local specialty designated with a Protected Designation of Origin status from the European Union. The mountainsides of the Cinque Terre are heavily terraced and are used to cultivate grapes and olives. This area, and the region of Liguria, as a whole, is known for pesto — a sauce made from basil leaves, garlic, salt, olive oil, pine nuts and pecorino cheese. Focaccia is a particularly common locally baked bread product. Farinata is also a typical snack found in bakeries and pizzerias — essentially it is a savoury and crunchy pancake made from a base of chick-pea flour. Epic porcini mushrooms are presented in a wooden box for you to chose for grilling with olive oil and garlic.

AHoltzman-photo 2  AHoltzman-Seaside Restaurant