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NICOLA VIGINI, 2005
I had the great opportunity to be asked to join the Salon in 1998 which was being held in Alexandria, Virginia by the one and only Patrick Kerwin. It was the single most exciting meeting that I had ever joined. Being able to connect back to my European roots, meet more of my contemporaries like Pierre Finkelstein and Lucretia Moroni, and generally be with people who share my passion for art made me feel more connected to a community. From that moment on, I was hooked. I have not missed a Salon since and look forward to seeing my artistic comrades in a different venue each year.
The basic vision of the Salon appealed to me because there is such unique talent and novel ideas that come together and are shared amongst the members and general public alike.
It was a great honour at the request of my dear friend Jan Berghuis to host the Salon in San Antonio, 2002. We were fortunate to have been sponsored by the
International Painters and Allied Trades. After visiting many foreign countries, San Antonio was a completely different feel, but the participants quickly caught on to the Texas ways, lots of food, drink, and late nights. One of my most favoured memories during our Salon was the last night, post farewell dinner, where the festivities lasted late into the night our studio (6 am to be exact) Lots of dancing, cascarones and basically some wild partying, including belly dancing enjoyed greatly by Benny Carlsson, host of Salon 2004. Thanks to Curd, host of Salon 2003, lots of Belgian beer was supplied.
Who could forget the carrousel at the Paris Salon? This was the last chance I had to spend time with Bill Holgate before he passed away. I was fortunate enough to take a ride around with him and his wife.
The fact that the Salon is returning to the Netherlands this year is especially meaningful since it was held there the year before I joined and became a model for future Salons. It is evident that the Salon has developed into a rather organized affair with paint companies, guilds and unions supporting the future of decorative painting. It is important to keep the quality of the Salon in tact by making sure that everyone demonstrates and that their work is of the highest quality.
My specialties are trompe l’oeil, mural and Grottesca which is an Italian style of ornamentation that stems from the Roman times.