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In Calcata, art is home-made

In Calcata, art is home-made
In Calcata, art is home-made
Visiting the home-studios of the artists who have chosen to give shape to creativity in the small village near Viterbo
Enrico Abenavoli's Studio
In Calcata, art is home-made
In Calcata, art is home-made

Sometimes art is spreading in almost forgotten places, as it has happened in Calcata, a small town in the province of Viterbo, which in the 30s of the twentieth century began to lose its population due to the increasingly frequent collapse of the tuff cliff on which it stands. After the war, it was decided the demolition of the village. Fortunately Calcata was saved by a law preventing its destruction. The slow rebirth talks about its decadent charm, its surreal atmosphere. The ghost town is beginning to attract artists and intellectuals in search of a way of life not tainted by the rhythms and habits of the consumer society. In the 60s, Calcata became the destination of hippie and bohemians artists from all over the world. A naive cultural village, a timeless place, without borders, out of the world, with a high concentration of artists who not only live there, but choose to share their art with those who come to visit the old ghost town. These are the origins of the home-studios.

Art is in the home-studios

The characteristic of Calcata is the presence of many home-studios where sculptors, painters, musicians, graphic artists and creative people of all kinds create their works, welcoming curious tourists. Let’s start from the home-studio tour of Enrico Abenavoli, in via di Porta Segreta, 37/10. Architect, photographer, set designer and painter for over 40 years, he exposes inside of 'The Cave of Signs', a special laboratory where more than 30 thousand photos are displayed.  There is a room for drawing and painting courses, an exhibition of figurative art and installations. At the moment you can visit the current exhibition of handicrafts of North Africa and the Middle East until next October (Open on Saturdays and Sundays and during the week by appointment. Contact: 338 6763377, 0761 588066, enricoabenavoli@tiscali.it).

The world of fairy tales in a small tuff cellar
Same road, Via di Porta Segreta, 11 but different art genre. Here the atmosphere is that of fairy tales and mythological legends: this is the creative dimension of Marijcke Van Der Maden, born in Holland and  residing in Calcata since 1984. In a small room carved into the stone her dolls and puppets come to life: unique creatures molded through a special process, a very light mixture of sawdust, with whom Van Der Maden realizes hands and feet of her characters. The bodies are of cloth, enriched by small precious garments of soft velvet or silk. (Open by appointment and on weekends from 10:00am to 8:00pm. Contact: 0761/587855 - www.ilgranarone.com).

The thousand faces of Calcata’s creativity
Moving to Piazza Roma, 3 there is another painter, graphic designer and video artist: Giovanni Carpentieri. His multifaceted international career, with years spent around Italy and the world, then the choice to go to Calcata during the weekend. This origins his artworks of excel colors, abstract figures and geometric shapes (The workshop is open Saturday from 10:00am to 6:00pm, Sunday, mornings only. Contact: www.giovannicarpentieri.com - giocarpentieri@libero.it) . End your journey with a unique artist, Simona Weller: painter and writer whose workshop is located in Via Rupe Maggiore 3. Her travels around the world have greatly influenced her art cataloged as lyrical abstraction linked to the sign. Her works are exhibited in Piazza Garibaldi 4. (Contacts: 0761 587239-0761 587337, email: info@simonaweller.com, www.simonaweller.com).

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Enrico Abenavoli's Studio
Marijcke Van Der Maden's dolls
Verticale, artwork by Giovanni Carpentieri
Simona Weller - Mixed media on paper