“Sacred Summer: Forever Young” Opening Art Reception, July 17th
July 14, 2016
“Sacred Summer: Forever Young” Opening Art Reception
Sunday, July 17, 2016 at 2:00-3:30 PM
FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC ~ Refreshments will be served at Reception.
The Rotelli Summer Art Exhibit is on display at Michael Fields Agricultural Institute (W2493 County Rd. ES, East Troy WI 53120) from July 17th to September 16th, 2016.
AGELESS RENEWAL at 92, Artist Leo “Nello” Rotelli rises early each morning and descends to his studio down a steep-ish flight of stairs, chooses the opera of the morning and begins to work—or works on a composition in progress. Many of his themes are of nature and spellbinding beauty of the earth.
He works in all media, and concentrates primarily on landscapes, painting them in an expressionistic style at his studio in Waunakee, WI. This focus on nature reflects Rotelli’s enduring love of the outdoors, also learned from his father who was an avid outdoor sportsman and naturalist. In honor of his father’s legacy, Rotelli signs his paintings, “Nello” the name by which his father liked to call him.
Rotelli has more recently developed what he calls the “Schmate Series” that uses cotton cloth, cork, sandpaper and plastic foam as the surface for his imagery. “Schmate” is a Yiddish slang word that means worthless, or waste, or rag—nothing of value. Yet his vision gives these ordinarily wasted materials a new life worthy of their frames upon the gallery walls.
The works of this Wisconsin artist are part of a series of quarterly art exhibitions featured at Michael Fields Agricultural Institute and hosted by the Good Earth Church of the Divine. Part of the Good Earth’s mission is to recognize the healing effects of the arts upon the human spirit, even as it draws attention to earth care as a moral obligation and sacred calling.
Artwork on exhibit can be purchased and all sales are direct to the artist. Please join us to share the work of a perennial Summer spirit. For more information contact Pastor Simone Nathan at 262-684-5193. Click here to download Rotelli Art Exhibit Poster or here for the press release.