Historical Society & SVAC Collaborate on ‘Lucioni in Manchester’

Historical Society & SVAC Collaborate on ‘Lucioni in Manchester’

Historical Society & SVAC Collaborate on ‘Lucioni in Manchester’

Luigi Lucioni at his easel was a familiar sight to many passersby.

Luigi Lucioni at his easel was a familiar sight to many passersby.

The Manchester Historical Society (MHS), in collaboration with the Southern Vermont Arts Center, will present an exhibit on Italian-American artist Luigi Lucioni and his years living and working in Manchester. ‘Lucioni in Manchester: An Artist’s Life’ opens Saturday, July 28 and runs through September 9.

From 1939, when he bought a farmhouse and barn in east Manchester, until just before his death in 1988, the New York City-based artist spent every summer painting landscapes of trees,
barns and buildings in Manchester and the surrounding towns. Lucioni had discovered Vermont in 1933, and was inspired by its similarity to northern Italy where he was born in 1900. “I was reborn in this majestic setting and I fell in love with Vermont,” he said later.

There are many who remember seeing him by the side of the road, easel set up, paint brush in hand, his familiar Woody station wagon parked nearby. During those years, community members and summer visitors got to know him personally and he was an honored and frequent guest in many homes. His paintings and etchings were much-prized and collected, frequently being given as gifts.

‘Lucioni in Manchester: An Artist’s Life’  will feature paintings, etchings and sketch books along with some of the artist’s personal items, as well as photographs of his Manchester home and of his family members, now part of the MHS Collection, thanks to a gift by Sharron and Frank Kropa, who knew Lucioni well.

Paintings and etchings from the collections of private owners and those that are part of the permanent collection at Southern Vermont Arts Center will also be on display. There will also be a short video of the artist recorded in the early 1960s by Vermont Public Television. Visit svac.org for hours and directions. For more information contact MHS at info@manchesterhistoricalsocietyvt.org or
802-549-4582.

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