The Abruzzi Mountain Workshop/drawing and painting in Italy
workshops the village our instructors schedule and info AMW travels contact
Patricia Antonucci

Patricia Antonucci

A painter and native of New York, Patricia is the founder of the Abruzzi Mountain Workshop and lives most of the year in Anversa. Educated at Skidmore and Antioch College, Patricia has served as artist-in-residence at The Foundation and at The MacDowell Colony in New Hampshire, where she also ran the artist-in-the-schools program. A recipient of the Pollock-Krasner Award and the Blanche E. Coleman Award, her work is represented in collections in both the United States and Europe.

Barbara Schaefer

Barbara Schaefer

A graduate of the University of Arizona (BFA) and San Francisco State (MFA), Barbara currently resides in New York City. An abstract painter and visual artist, her work has been widely exhibited in the US and Europe.

During 12 years in Rome, Barbara's work in fine arts, dance, theater, poetry and music deepened her awareness of the interrelationship among art forms. An ongoing exploration of these underlying elements strongly impacts her work today. Barbara won a Helen Wurlitzer Foundation Award in 1998 and has recently been featured in solo and group shows in San Francisco and New York.

Chrissy Orr

Chrissy Orr

Born in Scotland, Chrissy attended Edinburgh College of Art. She now works as a muralist in Santa Fe, NM, where she founded the nationally acclaimed Teen Project of Santa Fe. Chrissy has developed her skills in unconventional places and ways, having worked on projects in Corsica, Mexico, Australia, Turkey and Iran.

Sheilah Rechtschaffer

Sheilah Rechtschaffer 

Sheilah is a graduate of SUNY Purchase (BFA) and a variety of post graduate study programs. She was co-founder and director of Accademia Caerite, a summer workshop program in fresco painting and scagliola in Ceri, Italy from 1991 to 2000. She joined AMW in 2001 to continue giving classes in fresco technique. She has taught at Parsons School of Design in NYC since 1988 and has given many workshops and lectures in the metropolitan region. Through the years her pastel drawings have been an important element in her work and were seen at a recent solo exhibition at The Carl Van Brunt Gallery in Beacon, NY. Sheilah's work is a part of many private collections in the US and in Europe.

Sho Shimotsugu

Sho Shimotsugu

A resident of New York City, Sho was born in Japan. He received a BFA from Tama Art University in Tokyo and his MFA from the University of Pennsylvania. Sho is a gifted artist in both stone and metal, winning many prestigious awards including the Osaka Triennale Sculpure Award in 1995 and 2002. His works are in collections around the world.

Kelvin Jones

Kelvin Jones

Kelvin is a freelance photographer based in Los Angeles for the last 25 years. He has more than a dozen years' experience with the program Photoshop and has worked all over the world, mainly in photojournalism and film production. He now divides his time between large-scale fine art commissions, film industry publicity, and consulting in digital photography. His recent clients include Dreamworks & PDI, Walt Disney Pictures, Showtime Networks, Getty Conservation Institute, and Club Quarters Hotels.

Steven Loring

Steven Loring

Writer and designer Steven Loring has written movies for NBC, CBS and Lifetime. His work includes original stories, true crime and book adaptations for the screen, along with travel writing and corporate projects for AT&T, Herman Miller, Holiday Inns and others. As a graphic and digital designer, Steven creates print and Web campaigns that stress story and interactivity. He’s a graduate of Wesleyan University with degrees in Theater and Organic Chemistry, and has studied at the Columbia Writers Program, Parsons and the School of Visual Arts in NYC.

Carla Aurich

Carla Aurich  

Carla Aurich grew up in the midwest and has lived in New York for the last 11 years. She received her BFA at the University of Montana and an MFA at the University of Iowa. Prior to moving to New York, she lived and worked in Seattle, Washington where she was active in the local arts community. Currently, she teaches painting, drawing, printmaking and design at Yeshiva University and painting at the 92nd Street Y. In addition, she has taught landscape painting workshops in Italy and a Summer Arts Intensive for the SUNY school system. Her work is included in local and international collections.

 

back to top

"I appreciate your contribution to my first creative art adventure. The workshop was terrific—I find my perspective on looking at art a totally new and exciting experience."
Mabel, NYC