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ACTIVITIES

The Studio

We have dedicated studio time each day for you to transform yourself into a contemporary Modigliani.

The spacious studio is 11 x 5 meters (36 x 16 feet) equipped with sturdy work tables, chairs, a utility sink, and various easels. There is a large window that opens east to an inspiring Tuscan view, and a huge skylight that brings in north light. If you have any studio equipment needs outside of what we already have, we'll work to arrange something for you.

The Exhibition

Remember when you used to walk downtown after it had rained and the road seemed to glimmer and you’d chance upon that old, historical cinema with the bulb lights and the small ticket windows and you’d think, “One day my name will grace that marquee.”? You don’t? Oh, that was just me? Well, the Catalyst Art Exhibition is your chance to have your name lit up for the world to see, a chance for you to put both you and your art on display.

We will take care of mounting and installing your pieces leaving the mingling and enjoyment of the exhibition for you. This is a unique opportunity to add an international exhibition to your curriculum, or have a cherished memory to recount to friends and family, or to relive on cold, gray nights when you’re feeling particularly nostalgic.

2018 Resident Artists

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Shannon Milar

SPRING EDITION

Shannon is a certified printmaker from Il Bisonte per lo Studio dell'Arte Grafica in Florence and now practices visual art in the states and internationally.

Skilled in collage and digital art as well as printmaking, Shannon is available daily as a mentor in any of these focus areas, and to lend a hand as needed. She will also act as your own art concierge, reaching out before the retreat to ask about studio setup and if you'd like us to find any supplies or materials for you in Italy.

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Priscilla Witte

SUMMER EDITION

Priscilla Carpenter Witte is a Los Angeles based illustrator, painter, and muralist.

She has made murals at some of the top restaurants and tech companies in Los Angeles, created custom kicks for vogue editors, and painted a mural and pieces for each room at a boutique hotel in Croatia. She’s had the opportunity to work with some wonderful companies such as Google, life is good, GT’s Kombucha, Budlight, Redbull, Schwarzhopf, keds, Ipsy, Nordstrom, Credit Karma, Marriot… to name a few. Her style is simplistic, to the point, quirky, and relatable. Just like her!

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Haven Lin-Kirk

SEPTEMBER SHIBORI WEEK

Haven is Vice Dean of Design, Roski School of Art and Design, University of Southern California.

Shibori means to tie, fold, and bind cloth before dyeing using indigo dyes. Lin-Kirk will demonstrate how to create an indigo vat using pre-reduced indigo crystals and share several fold, tie, and resist techniques. Participants will create their own dyed cloths.

See the schedule

Sample Schedule

Day 1

3PM and later

Arrival at Casa Berti (if you need to be picked up earlier please let us know so we can make arrangements)

8PM

Welcome Dinner – Whet your whistle after all that travelling with a traditional Italian feast while getting to meet your other partners in crime on this adventure.

Day 2

8–10AM

Breakfast Buffet

10AM–1PM

Studio Time

1–2PM

Lunch

2–6PM

Studio Time

6–8PM

An exclusive wine tasting featuring Casa Berti's own production and local favorites

8PM

Dinner

10PM-ish

The first of our art salons where we will discuss anything from Renaissance Art to How to Swear Like a Tuscan

Day 3

8–10AM

Breakfast Buffet

10AM–1PM

Studio Time

1PM

Lunch

2–6PM

Studio Time

8PM

Dinner

10PM-ish

Anyone up for art salon in the drawing room? Prefer to shoot some pool in the billiard room? The choice is yours.

Day 4

8–10AM

Breakfast Buffet

10AM–4PM

Day trip to Lucca with lunch at our favorite restaurant

4–6PM

Studio time

6–8PM

Italian Aperitivo

8PM–the wee hours

Casa Berti's infamous Pizza Party

Day 5

8–10AM

Breakfast Buffet

10AM–1PM

Studio Time

1PM

Lunch

2–6PM

Studio Time

8PM

Dinner

10PM and on

Feel free to just relax or sneak in some studio time to prepare for the big show tomorrow

Day 6

8–10AM

Breakfast Buffet

10AM–1PM

Exhibition Prep

1–2PM

Lunch

2–6PM

Hop on the bus to Lucca, enjoy some free time there, and gather at the exhibition space

6–9PM

Opening Reception for the Catalyst Art Exhibition

9:30PM

Group dinner at a local restaurant

12AM

Back at the villa to either collapse from exhaustion or keep the party going

Day 7

8–10AM

Breakfast Buffet

10AM

Shuttle to Lucca or Pisa Airport (or another time if previously arranged)

Note: There may be schedule adjustments due to artist/host availability or weather

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