The Art of the Heirloom

My artwork called “Hope (21)” was included in The Art of the Heirloom exhibition and was on display at the National Heirloom Expo, an important event held in Santa Rosa, CA on September 5-7, 2017.

The Art of the Heirloom is an exhibition of artist’s interpretations and contemplations of heirloom seeds and the cultural importance of preserving our collective garden heritage.

The Art of the Heirloom is back for the seventh year.  The Expo is a rare gathering, in Santa Rosa, California, of gardeners, food activists, farmers, and seedy people from all over the country. With educational lectures, activities, and incredible keynote speakers, the Expo brings in 20,000+ people while raising awareness about heirloom seeds.

Dates: 9/5/2017 – 9/7/2017
Sonoma County Event Center at the Fairgrounds
1350 Bennett Valley Rd, Santa Rosa
Santa Rosa, California 95404
United States
Contact Info:
(707) 545-4200


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Laura Fantini: Hope and a New Beginning

Crary Art Gallery is pleased to announce Laura Fantini: Hope and a New Beginning. Seeds and plant forms poetically rendered in colored pencil, a solo exhibition by Brooklyn-based Italian artist Laura Fantini, who presents a new body of work that includes drawings from her new series of seeds called “Hope”.

For the past two decades, Ms. Fantini’s artistic practice has been exclusively dedicated to colored pencils. In the last few years, she has devoted herself to the rendering of simple still-life objects found in nature. Her work is smooth and appears to be almost photographic at a first look. However, a closer look reveals great intricacy of detail. From thousands upon thousands of precise, distinct, cross-hatched pencil-strokes, Fantini builds up rich tones.

“Hope and a new beginning” includes colored pencil drawings from a new series, “Hope”. Here the power of seeds plays a fundamental role. It is a positive and optimistic message because seeds represent hope and a new beginning. They are an integral part of who we are and emblematic of birth and growth. They are small, but complicated and mysterious, and what they do is extraordinary and magnificent. Without seeds life would be threatened, from human beings to plants and animals. Sometimes a seed is all that remains of a plant. It is the beginning and the end, but also the hope for the next generation. Through these detailed small drawings, the viewer will come to realize how a pencil for an artist can be as powerful as a tiny seed in nature.

This exhibition includes a new series of drawings of seeds (10×10 inches – 16×16 inches, framed size) found mostly in US and the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, but also Italy.

Click here for the Press Release

When: March 11 – April 1, 2017
Gallery Hours: Thursday 12-6 pm, Friday 12-8 pm, Saturday 12-6 pm, Sunday 12-4 pm
Where: Crary Art Gallery, 511 Market Street, Warren, PA 16365
Admission: free
Opening reception: Saturday, March 11, 2017, 6 to 8 pm – 7 pm artist talk

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Christopher Art Gallery and Monmouth Museum

I am happy to announce that this week my work will be at the Christopher Art Gallery at Prairie State College in Chicago Heights, IL, and at the Monmouth Museum in Lincroft, NJ.


The “Small But Mighty” art exhibition opens at Prairie State College in Chicago Heights, IL on January 3, 2017, and will be on display in the Christopher Art Gallery at the main campus through January 26. Opening reception: January 12, from 4:30 – 7:00 pm

When: January 3 – 26, 2017
Gallery Hours: Monday – Thursday (except Jan. 16): 9:00 am – 3:00 pm; Wednesday and Thursday: 5:00 – 7:00 pm, and by appointment; group tours available for 10 or more.
Where: Prairie State College’s Christopher Art Gallery, 202 S. Halsted St., Chicago Heights
Admission: free
Information: (708) 709-7738 or
Opening reception: January 12, from 4:30 – 7:00 pm
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The “38th Annual Juried Art Exhibition” opens at Monmouth Museum in Lincroft, NJ, on January 14, 2017, and will be on display through March 3. Opening Reception: January 14, from 4:00 – 6:00 pm,

When: January 14 – March 3, 2017
Gallery Hours:  Tuesday – Saturday: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm; Friday: 10:00 am – 9:00 pm; Sunday 12:00 pm -5:00 pm
Where: Monmouth Museum’s Main Gallery. The Museum is located at 765 Newman Springs Road, Lincroft, NJ 07738 on the Brookdale Community College campus, parking lot #1, off Museum Drive.
Admission: $8.00 per person, Children under 2 are Free, Monmouth Museum Members: Free, Brookdale Students and Staff: Free with valid ID
Information: (732) 747-2266 or
Opening Reception: January 14, from 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm, it is Free and Open to the Public.
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Americas 2016: All Media

Americas 2016: All Media
August 22 – September 30, 2016

Hartnett Hall Gallery, Northwest Art Center
Minot State University, Minot, ND

Laura Fantini - Hope (6)

I am very proud to be part of Americas 2016: All Media Exhibition at Northwest Art Center in North Dakota, with a piece from my new series “Hope”.

Exhibition on view through September 30.

Americas 2016: All Media

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