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Meyer Fine Art Hosts “Coming Home to Famiglia: The Works of John Asaro” Art Exhibition Benefiting the Little Italy Association
-Local, first generation Italian artist inspired by Little Italy’s Piazza Famiglia for art show-
SAN DIEGO (April 30, 2015) – Meyer Fine Art will feature John Asaro’s work for its next art exhibition, “Coming Home to Famiglia: The Works of John Asaro,” opening up to the public on Thursday, July 9, 2015 through Saturday, August 1, 2015. As a San Diego-based, first generation Italian artist a substantial portion of the proceeds from the art exhibition will be donated to Little Italy Association’s Piazza Famiglia project to help raise funds for the new 10,000 square foot public space that is set to open in Spring 2017.
“When I heard about the construction of Piazza Famiglia in Little Italy, I was so inspired that I wanted to find a way to give back to the community where my family had their business and the neighborhood where I grew up,” said Asaro. “I decided there was no better way to support Little Italy than through my artwork. This art exhibition is close to my heart because of my Italian heritage and the connection I have with the community.”
The show will offer a variety of art for collectors from original paintings of scenes from all over San Diego to women and children in gardens and beaches. There will also be drawings, studies of paintings and serigraphs available to purchase that feature art from Asaro’s past and more recent work. Asaro’s artwork focuses on the way he sees shape, incorporating sculptural perception into his paintings. He combines this vision with his specialty to bring out every hue and shade visible from his distinct eye for light, color and craft. He highlights qualities of pristine light in his paintings using a palette of lighter, soft pastels. Asaro’s artwork has often been compared to the tradition of Joaquin Sorolla y Bastida and categorized as “romantic realism.”
“It’s great to know that community members and businesses support Little Italy and we are honored that Meyer Fine Art and John Asaro have agreed to donate 50 percent of the money raised during the art exhibition to Little Italy’s Piazza Famiglia,” said Marco Li Mandri, Little Italy Association’s Chief Executive Administrator. “This is the most enterprising project Little Italy has embarked on and having the community behind us allows us to keep upgrading our neighborhood and making it a coveted, desirable and truly iconic location for all.”
Meyer Fine Art will host a private VIP reception on Saturday, July 18, 2015 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., as well as a public reception on Sunday, July 19, 2015 from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Guests will have the opportunity to meet Asaro and view his artwork while enjoying refreshments and small bites.
About Little Italy Association (LIA)
A nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation for the public’s benefit, the Little Italy Association (LIA) advocates on behalf of its member’s best interests in the areas of public safety, beautification, promotion and economic development, while preserving the unique cultural resources that exist in the Little Italy neighborhood of Downtown San Diego. LIA stands as the only district management corporation of its kind for any Little Italy neighborhood in the United States and is run by a board of directors encompassing 28 people who represent property owners, residents, businesses and community at large. More information can be found by visiting www.littleitalysd.com or by calling (619) 233-3898.
About John Asaro
A native Californian of Sicilian descent, Asaro lives with his wife and two daughters in his Carlsbad studio/home. He attended the Art Center School of Design in the late 1950’s and taught in the 1970’s. At present he is not teaching, preferring to spend his days alone solving the endless problems inherent in creating meaningful paintings or in checking colors on his most recent serigraph. More information is available at www.johnasaro.com.
About Meyer Fine Art, Inc.
Meyer Fine Art, Inc. has been in business since 1978. The gallery specializes in limited edition prints and other works on paper. Some of the artists of international prominence include: Roberto Matta, Salvador Dali, Alexander Calder, Joan Miro, Marc Chagall, Pablo Picasso, Francisco Zuniga, Jose Luis Cuevas, Andy Warhol, Hans Bellmer, Andre Masson, and Clay Walker to name a few. In addition to the unlimited contacts the gallery has, they can provide a vast selection of other artists’ works from old masters to contemporary pieces. Meyer Fine Art, Inc. specialize in educating those individuals interested in collecting fine works of art, whether just starting out or those already established in their collection needs. More information about the gallery can be found at www.meyerfineartinc.com.