Tuscany, Fall 2013

Fall 2013 Harvest in Tuscany

Although a month has passed since we left Tuscany and all there that is so dear, it seems like an instant away. The memories are as vivid as the purple grapes sagging from the vine. This was a spectacular year. We started driving south from the airport for the first time in years and took Cathy to some of our wonderful past memory places. We drove to Naples and stayed first in Herculaneum visiting the ruins of Vesuvius’ horrendous eruption long ago. Then to the peace and dark night beauty of Paestum, the ancient Greek ruins. Then on the precipitous Amalfi Drive to Amalfi where we enjoyed, fish and more fish, the village, history, art, hand made paper and the glorious Don Alphonso restaurant in Sant Agata sui due Golfi.

After five days we journeyed North to Pergine and were once again reunited with Marina and Francesco, our dear friends (and landlords!) What a wonderful couple. We are

Marina and Francescoso blessed to have them for friends.

So we had two wonderful weeks doing our favorite haunts. Our granddaughter Jenny joined us for ten days and we got to see Italy through her young eyes. What a thrill. Coltibuono, La Verna, Monsanto, Monterchi, Arezzo, Pienza, Mont Oliveto, the country side, picnics, wine tasting…the whole beautiful thing! Cathy took her to Florence and Siena, while Jerry and I loafed, cooked, lunched and read.

A highlight of the trip was getting to show the book to three of the people whose venues are featured. Laura Bianchi of the winery Castello di Monsanto, Roberto Stucci Prinetti of Coltibuono and Mariangela Betti, Director of the Museo Civico in Sansepolcro, where some of Piero’s important works are housed. what wonderful responses I got…so gratifying and encouraging. Each has written a great statement for the book jacket.

We closed visiting Castello di Montegufoni, one of the places where, during World War II, the great art treasures of Florence were hidden, to keep them from being stolen by the Germans, or blown up by the advancing allies. We stood in the ballroom where long ago Botticelli’s Primavera leaned against a wall and marveled at the whole story of that effort to save Florence’s patrimony. Today you can stand in the Ufizzi before the Botticelli and think about the journey she made in an old truck, over dirt roads in the dark of night to her resting place for the duration of the war.

And, as always, we must say “Ciao.” It is so difficult. But as long as we can dream and plan, Jerry, Cathy and I have committed to do just that. Another year, another airplane, another trip to say, “Buon giorno” to Tuscany.

 

About Pat Musick

For all of my life (since I was four), I have made art. Using my hands to create artwork is a privilege and a joy. If the art has a sense of peace...a zen feeling, then I have succeeded in my desire to make work that is harmonious and whole. In order to achieve that goal, the art must be experienced. This website will provide that encounter and introduces you to my sculpture, paintings and drawings that span a forty year period. You will be able to see from whence I came, the changes over time and where I am going today. There has been much growth. I began as a painter and transitioned to wall sculpture, then free standing works. Over the years, I have retained my interest in two dimensions by making works on paper. The art moved from expressionistic to abstract to conceptual and has undergone a steady reduction to simpler elements and media. The materials I use are stone, steel, wood, canvas and kozo paper and beeswax. Stone, wood, and beeswax reflect the natural world and steel, canvas and paper, the human. My artistic goal is to express the relationship between mankind and the environment and the tensions we exert upon each other. I search for resolution and reconciliation. I find it in the process of rebirth and renewal. From the natural world process of regeneration, I have learned that from adversity comes the chance for new beginnings. I make both large and small, indoor and outdoor sculpture and works on paper. My work is represented in the permanent collections of over fifty museums and public spaces in the country. I have MA and PhD degrees from Cornell University and I am the author of four books. I am represented by MK Fine Arts, Andover, New Hampshire, West Branch Gallery, Stowe, Vermont, Edgewater Gallery, Middlebury, Vermont and in the Fall, 2011 The Clark Gallery, Lincoln, Massachusetts.
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