Italian-Americans to show artwork at Caldwell library

Oct 04, 2019 791

Five Italian-American artists from New Jersey will exhibit their work this month at the Caldwell Public Library, 268 Bloomfield Ave. October is Italian Heritage Month, and each artist is a descendant of Italian immigrants. The title of the exhibition, “The Golden Door,” refers to a 2006 Italian movie, “Nuovomondo,” about Italian immigration at the beginning of the 20th century as well as to the famous poem by Emma Lazarus on the Statue of Liberty.
The artists are painter Steven Mairella; graphic artist and painter Maria Carparelli, who is president of the Italian Genealogical Society of New Jersey; painter Lucia DeChino; photographer Daniel Mairella; and photographer John Masi. “This art show is about gratitude,” said Steven Mairella, curator of the show. “We have chosen to dedicate this exhibition to the memory of our Italian immigrant ancestors because their dreams, courage, sacrifices, determination, hard work, pride and persistence made it possible for us to pursue our own dreams, including the creation of our art.

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