The Caetani Cultural Centre’s successful trio of summer art markets comes to a close with the final Viva d’Arte taking place this Saturday.
This weekend features the highly anticipated competitive paint-off between renowned artists Michelle Loughery and Ryan Ryan.
At 11 a.m., Loughery and Ryan will create portraits in the live-action event. Loughery plans to paint Sveva Caetani, and Ryan will depict Caetani’s mother, Ofelia.
Both Loughery and Ryan have strong ties to the Caetani house, being former residents,and acknowledge the impact the Caetani family has had on the local arts community.
“I feel like I know Sveva and Ofelia even though I have never met them,” said Ryan. “Almost as if our times living in the house crossed over somehow. Caetani inspired four youth from Teen Junction this summer and I am very grateful for that.”
Loughery is passionate about Sveva and her story as it is one about the power of arts in healing ways. “
Her passion for painting was in her through all her trials in life. She painted in her mind, when she was physically restrained from doing so,” saidLoughery, who lived in the house for four years. “I found so much strength in the place of her life. I am grateful to have shared any of her life energy, even if it was after she was alive.”
Other events taking place during Viva d’Arte include artist demonstrations, kids art activities, and the opportunity to learn about the rich Caetani history from resident actress Christine Pilgrim through her guided tours.
Viva d’Arte! is the Caetani Centre’s major fundraising event of the year, full of art, entertainment, and history. Set on the grounds of the beautiful Caetani gardens, local artist vendors will showcase and sell their works, including Caetani resident artists opening up their studios.
The public is welcome to access the gardens, engage with member artists, and enjoy the facilities.
Viva d’Arte runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Caetani Cultural Centre, 3401 Pleasant Valley Rd. Admission is free. For more information visit www.caetaniculturalcentre.org