In the Gallery

The Landscapes: from Tuscany to Teatown

February 1, 2022 to May 31, 2022

Enjoy our new exhibition “The Landscapes: from Tuscany to Teatown” by artist Rosemary Hocking-Sanzari, now on display at our Visitor Center!

In her artist’s statement, Rosemary says: “This exhibit showcases my landscape work in oil, initially inspired by my travels in Tuscany in 2017. Since then, I have walked the Teatown trails and explored many of the nearby historic Hudson Valley sites throughout the four seasons. The painted landscapes in this show attempt to capture and celebrate that experience and the memory of those special places, reflecting their beauty and wonder. Painting landscapes, en plein air and in the studio, before and especially during the Time of Covid, has been and continues to be a source of sanctuary, community, and joy.”

About the Artist:

After retiring in early 2017 from a 45+ year career in urban planning, housing, and community development, Rosemary A. Hocking-Sanzari joined a September oil painting workshop and retreat in Farnese, Italy. Held at a 17th century villa/country house, its 1400 sf studio, a converted granary, had splendid views of olive groves, grape vines, and rolling mountain hillsides. Mornings were spent painting in the studio, followed by a late lunch of locally sourced fare. Afternoons were dedicated to exploring nearby Etruscan sites, medieval cities, great Renaissance gardens, thermal spas, and smaller villages and towns.
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Inspired by the experiences of that Farnese workshop and retreat, Rosemary has since studied traditional and landscape painting, portrait and life drawing (Her prior artistic endeavors consisted of childhood paint-by-numbers and, about 30 years later, a few adult education courses pursued after work). During the Pandemic, she continued plein air landscape lessons and explored classes in watercolor, charcoal drawing, and Asian brush painting via Zoom. Oil is her preferred medium; scenic Teatown views and iconic Hudson Valley landscapes, her frequent subjects.
Since joining the Ossining Arts Council (OAC) in 2019, she has exhibited with them locally at the Firehouse, Jug Tavern, Ossining Public Library, and Westchester Collaborative Theater. Additional exhibits of her work have included a 2019 solo show at the Greenburg Town Hall, “Sightlines: At Home and Abroad”; and, in 2021, the February virtual art show, “At Home in America,” coordinated by the Mahopac Public Library; the ArtsWestchester’s juried Spring Show, “Together apART: Creating During COVID”; the August “Lattimore Studio Student & Alumni Art Exhibition” at Beacon’s Howland Cultural Center; and the September “OAC Hungers/Harvests Exhibition” at Bethany Arts Community.
Rosemary lives in Ossining, NY with her architect husband, Paul Sanzari, and continues to paint and draw en plein air and via Zoom with local artists and fellow members of the OAC. Over the years, her instructors have included: Andrew Lattimore, William McCarthy, Henry Li, Nigel Morgan, Beatrice DiMartino, Farris Parker, and Terry Fitzsimmons.