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Lancaster Community Gives Warm Welcome to MOAH’s Estate Italiana

Public Invited to Engage with Exhibition Contributor Carla Viparelli at October 8 Artist Talk

Post Date:10/06/2017

The Lancaster Museum of Art and History (MOAH) recently hosted the opening reception for its newest exhibition, Estate Italiana. The reception garnered the attention of nearly 500 attendees, who were given the distinct pleasure of interacting with the artists themselves. The public will once again have the opportunity to engage with artist, and Estate Italiana contributor Carla Viparelli; as well as guest curator Cynthia Penna during an artist talk on Sunday, October 8.

Estate Italiana is unique, in that it offers both MOAH and the City of Lancaster the opportunity to forge and develop cross-cultural connections within our community,” said City of Lancaster Mayor R. Rex Parris. “This exhibit allows visitors to engage with the arts – creating a new dialogue, and ultimately bringing everyone together in an exchange of cultures.”

Estate Italiana (Italian Summer) celebrates the rich and vibrant history of Italian artistic tradition by showcasing seven contemporary Italian artists; and is part of a cultural exchange program between the Lancaster Museum and ART1307, an arts institution headquartered in Naples, Italy. The exchange began in 2015 when ART1307 hosted an exhibition originating at MOAH. The Estate Italiana exhibit features a breadth of work including paintings, sculptures, video installations, and murals, which will be on display through Sunday, October 22.

In addition to all those in attendance on opening night, the seven artists whose works are on display as a part of this exhibition were present, along with their families. The artists were honored at a dinner hosted by local business owner Frank Visco, and were generously housed by the Best Western Poppy Inn, here in Lancaster.

“The warm welcome and response from the Antelope Valley has been overwhelming,” said guest curator Cynthia Penna of Art 1307 from Naples, Italy. “MOAH is a world class museum. Thus, we are thrilled to have this opportunity to exhibit works of contemporary Italian artists here at MOAH, and happy to continue our collaboration with the City of Lancaster.”

In conjunction with Estate Italiana, Carla Viparelli will host a free artist talk to engage the community on Sunday, October 8, from 2 – 4 p.m., in the Museum’s South Gallery. The presentation will include an overview of her experience as a contemporary Italian artist as well as her current work on display.

MOAH is located at 665 West Lancaster Blvd. For more information, visit or call (661) 723-6250.  While admission is free, the suggested donation is $5 for adults and $3 for students and seniors with valid ID. MOAH is open Tuesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., with extended hours on Thursday until 8 p.m. The museum is closed Monday and holidays.

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