Athan’s European Bakery & Café
617.734.7028 | 1621 Beacon Street, Brookline | athansbakery.com| Green “C” line | Sun-Thurs 8 am-10 pm & Fri-Sat 8 am-11pm| runs from March 4 - April 30, 2012: “Marian Dioguardi “La Dolce Vita” vibrant contemporary oil paintings of Italy and “the sweet life”. The public opening reception is Sunday, March 4 from 7-9 pm.
“La Dolce Vita”
Artist: Marian Dioguardi
March 4, 2012 – April 30, 2012
Opening Reception: Sunday March 4, 2012 – 7 pm – 9 pm
Special Press/Media Time with the Curator: Thurs. March 8 – 12 pm – 4 pm
Artist Talk and Discussion – Sunday, April 29 – 2 pm
1621 Beacon Street (Washington Sq. – Corner of Washington & Beacon Sts)
Brookline, Massachusetts 02446
Hours: Sunday – Thurs. 8:00 am - 10:00 pm and Fri. & Sat. 8:00 am-11:00 pm
Athan’s European Bakery & Café in Brookline continues its tradition of presenting outstanding regional visual artists by presenting the art exhibition Marian Dioguardi “La Dolce Vita”. This is a vibrant and thoughtful exhibition featuring Newton artist Marian Dioguardi. In this exhibition, Marian uses her trademark bold and brilliant color schemes to present her vision of “the sweet life” or “La Dolce Vita”. Her Italo-American heritage from East Boston pervades her oil paintings as she presents seemingly simple Italian street scenes from the Island of Burano in the Venetian Lagoon alongside equally colorful and oversized ceramic plates, cups and saucers. She turns the static buildings, with their strong blocks and rectangles, into real home scenes by including very realistic laundry lines full of everyday articles of clothing. There is mystery and suspense to go along with well-deserved comfort in these scenes that represent the eloquence and formality of the past. The drying cloths on the lines, well positioned open windows and daunting shadows bring real life to her paintings. Marian’s colorful dinnerware, which flow with anticipated abundance, is very compelling when presented alongside the buildings. Together they showcase a zest for life that is so in keeping with Italian culture, food and living. Marian’s use of color creates a stunning appreciation for life and the lives that flow through her paintings. Viewers are drawn into these life stories through her use of many symbols and questions. In the end Marian succeeds in her main quest to just “paint life”.