Artist Jennifer Bell and her husband, Antonio Creanza, divide their time between Vancouver, Canada, and the Italian region of Puglia. As a painter, Jennifer captures the narratives of people and culture and her art has been represented by Gallery Shoal Creek for many years.. She also devotes much of her time to the Messors Projects, a series of art restoration, conservation and cultural workshops started by Antonio in his native region over 20 years ago.
“Messors aims to promote cultural heritage through hands-on and immersive experiences, which not only have a positive impact on the participant but on the region as well.” Fans of Jennifer’s work may be interested to join her in Italy for an unforgettable summer experience, stewarding the history and culture of the Puglia region. There are two August 2019 workshops planned.
August 7 - 18, 2019
Fornello Sustainable Preservation Project
Fornello is a site made up of a Byzantine fresco cave, twelve additional cave dwellings, and evidence of a settlement dating back to the 3rd-century B.C.E. The workshop includes fieldwork, study, research and hands-on cultural landscape conservation and restoration.
“The ancient settlement includes a shepherd’s house that dates to the 1700s and dry-stone courtyards that outline a pre-existing sheep farm. It is one of the most interesting and historically important sites in the Murgia region of Puglia. The frescoes are comprised of three layers that date to 1100, 1200, and 1350. The fresco paintings document a link and a time in history when Byzantine communities spreading from the Balkans were establishing themselves in Puglia in the rupestrian settlement.”
August 23 – 30, 2019
Shepherds and Food Culture
The 2019 summer season concludes with FOR THE LOVE OF FOOD AND THE LANGUAGE OF LANDSCAPE, a workshop that goes to the core of the people and the love for their food and land as well as the traditions of the shepherds and cheese making over centuries.
The organization’s website www.messors.com showcases the workshops and projects with beautiful photographs of the work, the region and the culinary culture. Workshop dates are posted for 2020 as well.
Plans are underway to bring Jennifer and Tonio to Austin in late 2019 or early 2020 to showcase new paintings and promote the 2020 workshops. Stay tuned for more information!