Los Gatos’ Gioia Italian Art will Conduct a Venetian Mask Making Workshop Throughout February and March 2012

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Gioia Company will offer venetian masks for sale and conduct workshops in Venetian mask-making in honor of Mardi Gras throughout February and March 2012.

Venetian Mask by Gioia Italian Art

We support a new generation of Italian artisans, both in Italy and the United States, to maintain an interest in gifts from Italy and fine art handcrafted by these artisans, keeping centuries-old traditions available to our clients

Los Gatos’ handcrafted Italian art and home décor establishment, Gioia Company, in the Bay Area, will host Venetian mask-making workshops throughout February and March in anticipation of Mardi Gras celebrations throughout the world.

“We support a new generation of Italian artisans, both in Italy and the United States, to maintain an interest in gifts from Italy and fine art handcrafted by these artisans, keeping centuries-old traditions available to our clients,” said Kathy Winkelman of Gioia Company.

The Los Gatos Venetian mask-making workshops will last four to five hours and may be held in any setting convenient to participants. A minimum group of five people is required for the workshop. The next workshop is scheduled in Los Gatos on Saturday, Feb. 11. Registration is required by calling 408-640-6628 or linking to the registration form: https://gioiacompany.com.

Participants will be introduced to five Venetian mask-making techniques: painting, decoupage, metal leafing, patinas and filigree scrolling. In light of the upcoming Mardi Gras festivities, the cost of the course is discounted from $125 to $100 when mentioning the San Francisco Gate News upon registration. Contact Gioia Italian Art to arrange for a group workshop.

Carla Almanza-deQuant, an artist affiliated with the Gioia Company, will lead the workshops. Almanza-deQuant is an accomplished sculptor and Venetian mask maker trained in Florence, Italy. She is knowledgeable in the Italian language and ancient Italian Renaissance art.

Mardi Gras season, alternatively known as the Carnevale or Carnival season, is celebrated throughout the world beginning on or sometime after the Epiphany and culminating on Shrove Tuesday or Fat Tuesday. Partakers of the festivities wear ornate masks and costumes, dance, conduct sports competitions, and hold parades to celebrate.

“Venice, the Carnevale capital of the world, is currently in its Mardi Gras season, but Masquerade is always a wonderful theme for any event at any time,” said Katherine.

The Pacific Art League in Palo Alto is hosting a Masquerade Ball on Feb. 11, and the Sister Counties Commission within the Province of Tuscany, presents in sharing, the Medici masked benefit ball on May 5.

Gioia Company reminds everyone to mark their calendars for Mardi Gras and be ready to join the festivities with Venetian masks. They may also view a video of mask making on the Gioia Company’s website.

For more information on the workshop or the Gioia Company, call 408-640-6628, view the company on the web at http://www.gioiacompany.com.

About the Gioia Company

Kathy Winkelman and Lee Marie Michals founded the Gioia Company in 2006. The company is rooted in the sound tradition of Old World hospitality, fine arts and time-honored craftsmanship. “Gioia” is “joy” in Italian, something that both Winkelman and Michals seek to share through rare Italian gifts of handcrafted ceramics, masks and other Italian arts. Art enthusiasts are welcome to browse Gioia Company’s collections anytime.

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