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Giovanni DeCunto: Pioneering Expressionist

Giovanni DeCunto (photo ©Nicola Orichuia)

Giovanni DeCunto realized he could live with his art at the tender of age of 12, when the mother of one of his best friends bought a painting for $35. “I thought I had a million dollars!” he recounts. Hailing from Lawrence, Mass., where his grandparents moved from outside Naples, the 67-year-old artist has come a long way since the days of selling art for a few bucks. Regarded as one of the nation’s leading expressionists, works by DeCunto can be found today in prestigious collections at the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C., the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, the ...

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Nanni & Tata Brings Taste of Naples to Lawrence

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Ah, bella Napoli — one of Europe’s oldest and most flavorful metropolises, the very heart of empires past. With its bustling center built upon rich volcanic soil alongside a bountiful sea, and home to archaeological treasures, Naples boasts a flavor unlike any other in Italy. Behind Naples’ aging façades is a city very much alive. In crevices of the urban sprawl, down alleyways rife with scooting Vespas, one can discover a profound humanity, rich culture, and unexpected culinary elegance. Gaetano and Annamaria Migliaccio, recent newcomers to the United States, and proud owners of Nanni and Tata in Lawrence, Massachusetts, are ...

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Folk artist Ralph Fasanella returns to Lawrence

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During his career as a painter, Ralph Fasanella (1914-1997) was fascinated by the struggle the working class endured both before his time and during his life. For three years in the 1970s, Fasanella lived in Lawrence while he transformed huge canvases into colorful scenes of the city’s industrial past. Now for the first time, eight of these works have been gathered from around the East Coast for the special exhibition, “Fasanella’s Lawrence,” which is on display at Lawrence Heritage State Park Gallery through Dec. 16. The paintings are some of the most significant in the history of the American labor ...

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Feast of Three Saints in Lawrence Celebrates 90th Anniversary

Feast of Three Saints (photo ©Ross Photography)

When: August 30, 31 and September 1, 2013 Where: Common Street, Lawrence MA In Lawrence, Labor Day weekend is much more than a holiday. In fact, for the past 90 years it has represented one of the region’s most important and successful traditions: The Feast of the Three Saints. This year marks the 90th anniversary of the feast, started in 1923 by a half dozen paesani immigrated to the area from the Sicilian town of Trecastagni, which celebrates Saints Alfio, Filadelfo and Cirino in the month of May. “I’ve never missed a feast,” says 70-year-old Ray DiFiore, who remembers his ...

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Lawrence Performance Honors Giovannitti on 100th Anniversary of Speech

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On November 23, the Everett Mills in Lawrence were home to Teatro del Loto's theatrical interpretation of Arturo Giovannitti's self defense of 1912.

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Creating Bridges Between Sicily and Lawrence

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Report for RAI International Television about the Feast of Three Saints in Lawrence and the strengthening ties between the northern Massachusetts city and the town of Nicolosi, in Sicily, from where many immigrants to Lawrence originally moved to. Nicolosi and Sicilian dignitaries were brought to Lawrence for the occasion thanks to the work of Francesco Daniele and Giovanni Bonomo (Federazione Siciliana del Massachusetts), Giuseppe Mazzaglia (Assessore for the Nicolositi nel Mondo) and the city of Nicolosi.

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Nicolosi Dignitaries Visit Boston

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A group of dignitaries from Nicolosi, Sicily, recently visited the Boston area and took part in the Feast of Three Saints in Lawrence.

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Photos from Feast of Three Saints in Lawrence 2011

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The Feast of Three Saints kicked off in Lawrence on Friday, Sept. 2, 2011. We were there to take pictures of the annual event.

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