Art Classes offered at IEI

by Mario Fusco

IEI is proud to announce the launch of Beginners Acrylic Painting workshops led by Italian-born artist Angelica di Chiara. Angelica is a native of the city of Brindisi, Italy, who has lived in the United States since 1984. She specializes in Italian landscapes and cityscapes, and her preferred medium is acrylic paint.

Angelica matured as an artist in Spokane, Washington, and moved to the San Francisco Bay Area in 2010. She is the recipient of several prizes, and was nominated for the Spokane’s Artist of the Year Award for two consecutive years. She has a special affinity for Venetian scenes, and two of her works have been selected for the covers of two detective novels by Timothy Holmes, set in Venice. She has exhibited at many galleries and venues, including the Stanford Art Spaces Exhibit at Stanford University in 2011. She also has several years’ experience teaching her craft to adults and young people.

Many of Angelica’ works adorn the walls of Italian restaurants on the Peninsula, including Donato’s Enoteca in Redwood City. Elsewhere, her works can be seen at the Great American Frame and Gallery in Palo Alto, Flegel’s Home Furnishing & Design in Menlo Park, and at Avenue Gallery in Spokane, WA. To view more complete collections you may visit or

Angelica’s workshops in Italian acrylic art will be offered in morning and evening sessions on an occasional basis. Attendance will be limited to ensure that each student receives individualised attention. Detailed schedule and venue information will be available on our website, via Facebook announcements, or through our Meetups. Anyone interested in a workshop is encouraged to contact IEI early to secure a spot in the class

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