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Base of operations: Italy
We teach, exhibit, and share with others the activity of art. Our work is based upon a simple idea – articulated nicely by Robert Henri – which is this: art is the province of every human being. This thought is central to all our projects. Each of us has the capacity to create, to feel profoundly, and to express who we are.
We focus on painting and we do this through our art school, videos, exhibitions, and writing.
1. How long has the business been operating and how did it start?
M20972 has been offering painting workshops on Lake Como since 2004 when plein air painter Jerry M20972 and his wife Conchitina Miguel moved from San Francisco, CA.
2. What is your company's mission?
M20972 is a husband-wife team whose goal is to encourage the enjoyment of art and to promote the spontaneity and visual pleasure of seeing the world around us in a sensual and enchanting way. Our hope is that we can bring both romance and the radical challenge of Impressionism circa 1880 Paris into our contemporary setting.
3. What does your company specialize in?
We are the only school that focuses on the authentic method handed down directly from the French Impressionists to various Americans such as Sargent, Henri, and Brackman. We actually teach a full comprehensive method. You will learn not only the craft side of painting but also the history and philosophy behind this method of painting.
4. Who is the founder or owner of the company and briefly describe his/her past activities?
Jerry M20972 received a PhD in Political Science from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and has taught at numerous US colleges and universities. He left academia in 1989 and settled in San Francisco to pursue a career in painting. In San Francisco he was an exhibitor and Executive Director of two outdoor art exhibition groups. He has written extensively on both art as well as the political-economy of the United States. Conchitina Miguel received an MBA from the University of San Francisco. She has six years work experience in the banking industry and 15 years in the travel and tourism industry. A painter herself, Conchitina is also an avid cook who is passionate about mediterranean-vegetarian cooking.
5. What is your most popular travel package and why?
Our painting workshops in Bellagio, Italy, are popular because: 1) students learn an authentic & complete method of painting; 2) classes are small (8 people max) and so you get personalized instruction; 3) Lake Como, and Bellagio in particular, offers painters a truly inspiring location; 4) we attract a diverse group - students have come from 35 countries in 5 continents; and 5) we provide all art materials making it easy for students to travel and start without making a commitment.
6. What is the best compliment you received from a client?
Everything about the experience exceeded our expectations: the stunning location, the warmth of your welcoming hospitality, the delicious food and of course, the inspired painting instruction. Jerry's command of his craft, his hands-on demonstrations and assistance, and the provision of all materials and a beautiful environment all lived up to the billing on your website. But what made the experience even more meaningful was Jerry's intellectually engaging analysis of the social and historical context behind the approach that he teaches, his generosity in providing individual feedback and, most significantly, the lasting impact his teaching has had on the way I see the world around me.
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