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Liz's List of Art Galleries for Italian Artists

Liz from Vancouver

Here's a list of my favorite Galleries, with Italian artists or artists that deal with Italian themed paintings.

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Galleries in Vancouver, Canada

Bau-Xi Gallery: 3045 Granville St.
www.bau-xi.com
Artists to watch for here, Max Gatta for his beautiful ethereal like Architectural scenes, Stuart Slind for his renaissance like still life's and portraits, Jamie Evrard for her Umbrian still life's.

Buckland and Southerst Gallery: 2450 Marine Drive, West Vancouver
www.bucklandsoutherst.com
Check out Andrea Padovani for his vibrant interiors, still life's and landscapes; Rita Monaco, great still life's and landscapes.

Buschlen Mowatt Gallery: 1445 W. Georgia St.
www.buschlenmowatt.com
My all time favorite contemporary artist would have to be Alessandro Papetti, whether it be his interiors, industrials or his life/water paintings, this man is a god in my books! Also Carmelo Sortino, another one of my favorite artists, nobody can paint fruit like him!  He used to be a chef and restaurant owner so he really knows his subject matter!

Vancouver Artists

Dante Marioni: www.dantemarioni.com
Another legend in his own time!  His large sculptural vessels are strongly influenced by the Venetian tradition, yet with his own distinct style. In 1993 Marioni was one of 72 artists whose work was selected for the inclusion in The White House Collection of American Craft. One day I hope to have one of his pieces, but I think I might have to wait till we no longer own a cat!

Tiko Kerr: www.tikokerr.com
Another one of our favorite Vancouver artists, he's done an amazing Venetian series recently and is a huge talent!  Plus a really great guy!

Galleries in San Francisco

Jenkins Johnson Gallery: 464 Sutter Street
www.jenkinsjohnsongallery.com
Many, many great artists here, one of my favorites being Sherri Wolf.  She does amazing surreal paintings, many with a renaissance feel to them.

Galleries in Seattle

Kimzey Miller Gallery: 1225 2nd Ave.
Represent a few of the artists I have already mentioned from the Vancouver galleries, Carmelo Sortino, Andrea Padovani, and Dante Marioni.  Plus many other greats.

Museum of Glass: 1801 East Dock St., Tacoma
www.museumofglass.org
Check out Dale Chihuly's Bridge of Glass, with his wall of Venetians, simply amazing! Also look for  Lino Tagliapietra Venetian glass blower extraordinaire!

Galleries in Italy

Simonetta Zavetti: Via di Torrita 1, Montelpulciano, Tuscany
Beautiful religious icons, one of my favorite reminders of this town!

Sergio Seletti Studio: Via Colonna 4, Portovenere, Liguria
Great paintings of his lovely town

S. Ramunno, Bottega D' Arte: Borgo S.Frediano 16/r, Florence
Great illustrator and painter

La Bottega Dell'Arte, Giulio Santarsiero: Via Ricciarelli 14, Volterra, Tuscany
Beautiful expressionistic paintings of the area

Linea Cinqueterre, Antonio Greco: Main drag in Vernazza, Liguria
www.lineacinqueterre.com
My all time favorite souvenir from Italy, a small painting of a man in a little antique racing car, priceless!

Bottega d' Arte: Vicolo S. Martino 3, Monterosso, Liguria
Another amazing young artist, who I hope to see again.  Fantastic nudes!  I actually ran back and risked missing the boat to get this painting and I'm so glad I did!

Mazzucchi: 30124- Fresseria - San Marco, Venice
Haven't been to this particular gallery myself yet, but have seen a couple of the paintings my girlfriend got on her last trip and they were outstanding little renditions of renaissance portraits.

Notes

Many of the small Italian galleries that I have listed above all have original art that is very affordable (anywhere from $100 to $1,000). Of course this isn't quite the same story in the major galleries in large towns in Canada and the U.S. Although in Canada, for the most part, art is still a bargain!

So don't be intimidated; go to those galleries and check out shows in your own neighborhood. It's fun, you'll develop an eye and you'll meet some really interesting people.  Oh yes, if you fall in love with a piece and you think you just can't afford that, most galleries are more than willing to work out some kind of payment plan.

This is my passion, it's what really excites me and if I can spread the love of art around just a little then I've done my job!  One could have worse vises!

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