Garibaldi-Meucci Museum to Host Opening for THE COLORS OF FLORENCE, 9/20

Garibaldi-Meucci Museum to Host Opening for THE COLORS OF FLORENCE, 9/20

On Saturday, September 20 at 2 p.m., the Garibaldi-Meucci Museum will host an artist's opening reception for "The Colors of Florence," an exhibition of digital images by Staten Island painter/printmaker Fritz Steven Weiss. Culled from over 5,000 images in his "Italian Collection 2007," the photographs were taken over a 14-day period. Weiss then spent two years transforming the images to express the infinite textures and vibrant colors of the Italian experience. Using photos of street scenes, architecture, landscapes and florals, Weiss painstakingly performed an intricate series of layering techniques and maximized color saturation, reworking the images until he was satisfied. Once this process was completed he compressed and flattened the layers, converting the files into printable jpegs, which, because of the processing, ripping and imaging/printing, took two to three hours to print.

Weiss has worked for 40 years as a photographer, dot etcher, engraver, typesetter, print manufacturing specialist and print consultant in the publication and catalog marketplace. Through the years he has also been a curator, gallery manager, artist's manager and arts educator. As an artist, he has worked in many mediums-painting in oil, acrylic and watercolor; printmaking; etching; engraving; aqua tints; wood cuts; lithography; silk screen printing, as well as conventional and digital photography.

Weiss explains, "Among the challenges working on this series was the objective to present the infinite textures and vibrant colors of the Italian experience, layered in centuries of classical history, culture and art... My goal is to help people visualize that which most do not notice in their everyday lives and to touch upon those thoughts and emotions for which few have time in their daily experiences."

All images in the exhibition are printed in limited editions not exceeding 50 proofs plus four or five artist proofs, and are sold with an accompanying certificate of authenticity. Most are printed on Kodak Endura archival paper, some are printed on aluminum plates and printed on Canon ink jet printers using Canon archival inks.

Admission to the artist's reception is free. Following the opening on Saturday, September 20, the show may be viewed during regular museum hours, with paid museum admission, until November 25.

For more information, visit or call 718-442-1608. The historic Italian landmark on Staten Island, the Garibaldi-Meucci Museum is owned and administered by the Order Sons of Italy in America.

The Garibaldi-Meucci Museum, located at 420 Tompkins Avenue, Staten Island, NY, was the home of Antonio Meucci, the true inventor of the telephone, and a refuge to Giuseppe Garibaldi, the legendary hero who championed the unification of Italy. For over 50 years the museum has fulfilled its mission to preserve the legacies of these great men, and to promote understanding of the Italian-American heritage through cultural, artistic and educational programs and classes.