Mixed Media Art Retreat Cefalu, Sicily, May 4-11, 2019

Mixed Media Art Retreat Cefalu, Sicily, May 4-11, 2019

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Join Keli for an unforgettable retreat creating mixed-media art with Toni D'Antoni in the Sicilian resort town of Cefalu (pronounced Chefaloo). Our home for the week will be Villa Provenza, a modern 6-bedroom house perched in the hills above Cefalu. 

We'll start our mornings with Sicilian pastries and fruit before creating with Toni in his charming studio or enjoying excursions to discover the rich history and culture of northern Sicily. We'll end our days indulging in delicious meals prepared by our private chef or alfresco dining by the pool while feasting our eyes on the villa's spectacular view of the sea.

Three days will be spent in Toni's charming studio which is just a few miles from the villa. With Toni's expert guidance we will learn his unique sculptural and painting techniques using only found objects. On these art workshop days Antonella will serve our group a Sicilian buffet lunch complete with a local sparkling wine. During our stay we'll discover the charms of Cefalu's narrow streets, full of character and lined with delightful shops and restaurants. We'll drink espresso or an aperitivo in its beautiful central square and watch the bustle of daily life in this lively fishing village. We'll stroll the sandy beaches gathering inspiration and perhaps a few found objects for our mixed-media creations. One day we will explore Palermo with its many markets, fabulous Sicilian street food, and magnificent Cathedral. A highlight of the week will be an excursion to see the beautifully-preserved Greek ruins of Agrigento, dating back to 580 BC. 

This is your opportunity to explore and create with Keli in this unique part of the world!

A note from Keli...
"I was first introduced to Toni's work while vacationing with my husband in Cefalu in 2016, His paintings and sculpture were on display at Hotel Kahura where we were staying. Every morning as I was greeted by his work in the lobby, I was moved by his preference for traditional motifs...Roman columns, religious icons, and arabic architechture...set into whimsical art pieces. His palette of natural colors and the unique incorporation of found objects in his work spoke to me. I contacted him and asked if he would ever consider teaching me some of his techniques. I was already seeing this workshop in his future! In the fall of 2017 I had the opportunity to work with Toni in his studio just outside of Cefalu and found him to be a gracious and humble man who lives to create. His wife, Antonella, is just a gracious with the added bonus of being a fabulous cook! I am excited to invite a small group of eight ladies to Toni's workshop and enjoy Antonella's cooking!"

Price includes:

  • Ground transportation to and from Palermo Falcone-Borsellino Airport.
  • Charming Double-occupancy Rooms with twin beds (most with en-suite bathrooms) There are two single rooms with a double bed and ensuite batheroom available for an additional charge.
  • 6 breakfasts, 5 lunches, and 6 Dinners including local wines. Some evening meals will be prepared by our personal chef, one will be enjoyed at a local eatery, and a few will be group-prepared antipasti buffets.
  • All field trips and ground transportation.
  • All art classes and supplies. Students will create three mixed media projects.
  • One Sicilian Dessert Cooking Class. 

Registration: This is an exclusive tour open to only 8 students

A non-refundable $500 deposit reserves your place. Balance is due February 15, 2019.

Price does not include airfare which can be arranged through Bob Kerr at Travel House.

NOTE: Trip insurance is required, this can also be purchased very reasonably from Travel House or through AAA. Email keli@poggibonsigifts.com or call Keli Sim DeRitis at 206-714-8278 for more information.