Amuse Bouche

Karen Silve at Georgetown Spring Art Walk April 17

April 7, 2015

Join art lovers at Georgetown's Art Walk on Book Hill on April 17th from 6:00 to 8:00 pm.

At Susan Calloway Fine Arts Gallery, see Layered Memories: The In-Between, Karen Silve's new work filled with the sensations of spending five weeks at her family home in northern Provence. Transport yourself with her impressions of swimming in the gentle Mediterranean, strolling around old town Nice, hiking through the sublime gorge of Verdon and driving north along the Durance river into the clear sky of the Hautes-Alpes all influenced these new, lush abstractions.

As elegantly described by Peter Frank, Associate Editor of Fabrik Magazine and art critic for The Huffington Post, Silve takes "cues from Cézanne no less than from De Kooning, from Marin no less than from Mitchell, Silve embraces a history of modernist mark-making in order to respond adequately to a world of colors and volumes and temperatures. Without painting landscapes or still lifes, Silve is still a painter of space and the things it contains. She takes inspiration from the places she inhabits and the objects and events she witnesses to "charge" her art. Her paintings do not describe or even suggest her surroundings so much as taste of them. We come away from Silve's canvases less with an idea of what the Pacific Northwest or the south of France looks like than with a feel of, and for, northern Oregon and the Mediterranean interior, perhaps in the same painting ... Silve's painting, however, is not simply about nature, but is natural, the way Monet's and Mitchell's is. Like those imposing predecessors, Silve is not content to reflect, but must embody, observation and sensation in her work."

Susan Calloway Fine Arts Gallery is located at 1643 Wisconsin Avenue in Georgetown.

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Easter Via Umbria

March 18, 2015

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For Easter, visit Via Umbria for their exclusive variety of baked goods from Loison. Loison is a third generation company, with over 75 years of experience. They use DOC ingredients including fresh eggs from safe farms, milk, butter and cream produced in the mountains of Italy, superfine flour, and top-grade Italian sugar. A Via Umbria favorite because of the sophisticated way they package their products, evoking the style of old Italian pastry shops where no detail is too small.

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Perfect for family gatherings, these cakes are a delight and make a fabulous present.

Italians traditionally do not have easter egg hunts, and so the giant Easter egg is the centerpiece. Sometimes, they get quite extravagant, as this report from NPR details.

Check out their selection in milk chocolate and dark chocolate, with beautiful wrapping, of course. 


In addition, all products are shop-able online here.

Via Umbria is located at 1525 Wisconsin Avenue in Georgetown. Tel: 202.333.3904

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Experience Umbria in 2015

February 26, 2015

For centuries the dream of living la dolce vita in Italy has inspired poets, noblemen, and plain folk. That dream can be your reality at the villa, La Fattoria del Gelso, an oasis of tranquility nestled in a valley in the shadow of Assisi, the birthplace of St. Francis.  Learn more about weekly villa rentals here.

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There's so much to discover in Umbria, from the region's award-winning wines, its rustic cuisine, the centuries old craft of ceramic making and the rich history of its people. Plan an unforgettable itinerary that meets your personal needs. Learn more about what Umbria here.

Wine and food lovers (isn't that ll of us??) interestested in specialized tours of the region?


March 26 - April 1, 2015

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April 18 - 24, 2015

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Food and Wine Tour

October 17 - 23, 2015

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