- Visual Arts
Club Macchia is a painters group based in Oregon deriving its main inspiration from the Italian I Macchiaioli.
The "macchia" is a quickly executed 2 or 4-value sketch, usually in paint on canvas, but can also be a color study limited to at most seven colors.
The Italian I Macchiaioli worked during the Italian Risorgimento (revolution for natonal independence and unity) and the many artists participating in this struggle learned to work quickly and spontaneosly. There was an important social and political aspect to their work known as "social verismo."
Here in Oregon, the group has had one large exhibit to date (Newport Visual Center's exhibit "American Verismo" in March/April 2012 and is planning another under "Club Macchia" for Brownsville, Oregon.
The group also has conducted plein air workshops at the "Angels Flight Road Art Center" on the McKenzie River and plans more if these at this and other locations.
The "Club Macchia Project" in a nutshell is to raise money that will be allocated as follows:
1. rent rural facilities (meeting/work spaces) for art instruction workshops
2. document our art exhibits by publishing a catalogue for each show
3. print advertisements, publicity, brochures, posters