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Current Exhibits



In partnership with

Armando Rotoletti, “Sicilia in Piazza”
Opening Night Reception: Friday, September 13 at 7:00pm
Exhibition Dates: Friday, September 13 – Wednesday, November 6

Armando Rotoletti, renowned portrait and reportage photographer from Messina, displays his most recent publication, “Striking Piazzas of Sicily” (2017), a complex project that lead him to photograph 100 Sicilian squares of famous cities and other lesser known towns, by following a rigorous method of emptying the piazzas from cars and precarious installations: a magnificent fresco of these spaces, free — at least for the duration of a shot — from the visual conditioning of our age.



International Watercolour Exhibition – Italy-Canada
Opening Night Reception: Friday, September 27 at 7:00pm
Exhibition Dates: Friday, September 27 – Wednesday, November 27

This international exhibition will present artists from different environments: Italy, with its Mediterranean expressiveness and Canada, with its multilayered cultural tapestry and Indigenous artists who retain the roots of their heritage. Both different in origin, but offering a common expressive language: watercolour.

Live Watercolour Demo with Italian Artist Enrico Genovesi

Saturday, September 28, 2019

Join classically trained, Italian artist Enrico Genovesi in person as he creates a watercolour painting, in real time. Mr. Genovesi will demonstrate the intricate craft of watercolour painting, while narrating the process and answering questions. Conducted in Italian, he will provide two 45-minute demonstrations.

Mr. Genovesi’s watercolour paintings will be featured in an upcoming collective artist exhibition, “International Watercolour Exhibition — Italy-Canada.”

Session 1 – Marine Scene – 10:30am
Session 2 – Trees/Landscape Scene – 12:00pm

Location: Joseph D. Carrier Art Gallery, Columbus Centre

Please RSVP to attend as space is limited cultural@villacharities.com or 416-789-7011 ext. 248.

What is Art?

The language of images tells stories, environments, traditions and cultures. On this common thread, we have organized this international exhibition that compares extremely different people and environments. Italy with its Mediterranean expressiveness, and Canada with its indigenous artists who retain the roots of their ancient culture. Distant and different origins, but offering a common expressive language: watercolour.  Each work, which encloses its particular patrimony of knowledge, makes us travel in time and place but, at the same time, they are all connected; a big common embrace that only art is able to offer. – Eleonora Vetromile, ARA President

Associazione Romana Acquerellisti (ARA) – Roman Watercolour Association

Our association has been operating for some years with the aim of promoting and making known the difficult technique of watercolour. To achieve its goals, it promotes, organizes and participates in exhibitions and events both in Italy and abroad. The members, and all those who love watercolour, participate in the “contamination” between painting and the other arts.  In recent years, the ARA has established itself as a reference point for lovers of watercolour.  It is actively connected to that set of artistic realities that, at a world level, thanks to social networks, exchanges its experiences among different cultures.

Indigenous Watercolour Artists of Canada

In Canada, indigenous people live in more than 630 communities which represent more than 50 nations and more than 50 languages and a population of about 1.6 million scattered in the second largest territory in the world. These communities have been despoiled of their cultures for two centuries but are now more than ever reconnecting with their ancestral roots. History of aboriginal art in Canada goes back to the Ice Age period from 80,000 to 10,000 years ago. Today, contemporary aboriginal art is present all over Canada from east to west and on international art markets. Whether sculpture, painting, metal art work, art textile, installations, indigenous artists or artist of indigenous origin,  all bring a particular vision and a way of living that breathe a particular life to their art. Indigenous artists that use watercolour are, as elsewhere, not numerous. But, we have succeeded in identifying some of them who have agreed to participate in this watercolour exhibition organised by the Association of Roman Watercolour Artists (ARA). These artists come from almost all the regions of Canada. Their vibrant watercolours will provide an introduction to their personal styles; their websites will give more details on them and on their artistic approach. – Loreta Giannetti, President CIAM