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German American Mark Bartlog, committed plein air painter and autodidact, worked for many years at ‘la Rocca,’ the fortress at the highest point of San Gimignano, painting well over a thousand small oil canvasses and selling these to passersby. In recent years he has dedicated himself to painting larger works in the rolling hills surrounding Studio Megognano. Since 2001 he has put together five exhibitions, the most recent in 2007 in Potsdam, Germany, on the outskirts of Berlin. He is committed to impressionism, to the play of warm and cool colors, and to the idea that foremost in painting is ones’ joyous contact with nature.

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Fabrizio Ferrarri has been plein air painting in and around San Gimignano for many years. After obtaining the Diploma di Maestro d’Arte from the Instituto d’Arte di Firenze he first spent six years perfecting himself as a printmaker, becoming well acquainted with diverse lithographic techniques. In 1997 he opened his own studio in San Gimignano and dedicated himself full time to landscape painting. His first show of work was in Monza in 1984, and since then he has had countless exhibitions, including four personal and two collective mostre in Florence (www.tuscanpainter.com for more information).

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Giuditta Scorcelletti is likely the best known and most accomplished singer of Tuscan folk songs in all of Italy. Her research into this tradition, both as an anthropologist and through her very personal interpretation, is unparalleled. She has performed as a solo act, accompanying her voice with guitar only, throughout Italy and Europe. Last year’s release of her third CD ‘Canto,’ sees the artist offering up her own arrangement of the classic ‘La Donna Lombarda,’ her reworking of a medieval Roman piece with the tabla, ‘Fontana che dai acqua,’ as well as reaching out to the folk traditions of South America and Ireland in various pieces (www.giuditta.info for more information).