‘Everything Italian Is Perfect’

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Sicily native Franco Liseo, longtime host of WESU-FM’s Italian language news and music program ‘Avanti Tutta’, celebrates all things Italian — the art, the food, the cars, the language, the people — in a lively conversation at a noisy Middletown cafe.

‘Avanti Tutta,’ with co-host Lucilla Caminito contributing commentary from Rome, airs and streams live every Saturday from 1-3 p.m. (EST) at 88.1 FM and wesufm.org.

Listen to an earlier conversation, from 2018, on the occasion of Franco’s 30th anniversary on WESU here.

This is the Tuscan fruit seller I mentioned who wouldn’t take any money when I told her I needed an apple to paint.
The resulting masterpiece.

Power Boothe: Beyond the Bio

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Power Boothe, Zooming

Abstract painter Power Boothe, a professor at Hartford Art School and its former dean, talks about his early development as a painter, including living hand-to-mouth in NYC, and his continuing development as an artist and teacher. Also: what it’s like to be named Power.

His work has been included in many public collections, including NYC’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Guggenheim Museum, and the Museum of Modern Art, and, in CT, the Wadsworth Athenaeum, the New Britain Museum of American Art, and the Florence Griswold Museum.

Here is a selection of recent paintings from artsy.net/artist/power-boothe. All are oil on canvas except for Ellipsis #121 which is watercolor on paper:

Disturbance, 2016, 48″x48″
Double Axis, 2018, 24″x24″
Ellipsis #121, 15 1/2″ x 15″
Entangle, 2016, 24″x24″
Fracture, 2016, 24″x24″
Heraclitian Fire, 2013, 72″x72″
Slow Turn, 2015, 18″x16″
Up Down and Across, 2018, 72″x72″