Life is short but art endures. The Italian greats: Michelangelo, Raphael, and Da Vinci just to name a few knew this to be true. And now we are thankful recipients of their artwork that endures. Let us consider the patience and determination it must have taken Michelangelo to paint the Sistine Chapel. The fresco is measured to be more than the length of a full basketball court. Today, more than five centuries (Duration 1508-12) after completion the Sistine Chapel sees more than 5 million visitors a year. One of the most famous paintings of all time, Mona Lisa, has become a household name that even the youngest of school children can deliver!

You will be hard pressed to find someone that does not have some sort of a love affair with Italy. It makes sense doesn’t it? Known for its food, culture of style, design, long history, architecture, and not to mention the natural beauty of the land — there is something for everyone. My love for the country perhaps come from the fact that it is the country of my husband’s upbringing, but may also have something to do with my love for "gelato al limone."

Just north of Rome is Civita Castellana. This is a picturesque village home to an immersion based art school. Two of Art on the Green’s artists were honored to be featured as the artists in residence that lead the 2017 summer long workshop in Civita Castellana. Jason Sacran and John P. Lasater IV, both of whom are especially fond of plein air found the hillsides of the Lazio region to be just fine for plein air painting. Art on the Green welcomes this charismatic duo to the gallery for an unveiling of their latest Italian works sure to bring to life the Italian countryside and "la dolce vita." Come ready to experience art that endures and works that harken to centuries gone by.

Today, November 9, 4-6 p.m. at Art on the Green, 1100 Bob Courtway Suite 1, Conway, we will have an abundance of new pieces, parmigiano reggiano wheel serving up "insalta di pasta alla caprese," and a pick me up by way of tiramisu (actually translated "pull me up")!

Save room in your calendar during the holiday season to fill those stocking. You will have so many chances to do just that and support area local businesses.

• Sunday, November 12 — Annual Downtown Conway Christmas Open House 1-4 p.m.

• Thursday-Saturday, November 16-18 — Dazzle Daze, Conway Expo Center

• The entire month of December Art on the Green will be hosting a Christmas special for small works priced

$25-$250. Door prizes all month for our patrons that come visit the gallery and answer a quick questionnaire.