A nationally recognized visual artist and Michigan native, Cascardo’s imaginative style of work can be seen on large murals. His works include two side altars at St. Barbara’s Catholic Church in Dearborn, MI, along with a diverse range of paintings, sculptures, clothing, and installations. His characteristic is the use of uninhibited brush strokes.
Sergio De Giusti
Birthplace – Maniago (Friuli) Italy
Sergio De Giusti’s work has been exhibited in both the United States and Europe in such places as the Detroit Institute of Arts; Newark Museum; Tampa Museum, The Smithsonian; the British Museum in London; Minnesota Museum of Art; the Council of Cultural Affairs in Stockholm; the Hungarian National Gallery in Budapest, and the Institute of Culture in Zacatecas, Mexico. He produced bronze panels for the doors of the Church of San Vito in Maniago, Italy.
In Detroit, De Giusti created sculptures for the Rick Finley U.S. DEA Building; a bronze relief for Wayne State University Law School; General Anthony Wayne sculpture for Wayne State University; and bronze sculpture for Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Michigan building. Most recently, De Giusti finished 16 bronze reliefs for The Labor Legacy Monument in Hart Plaza, Detroit and a Memorial sculpture of founder William Davidson for Guardian Industries in Auburn Hills.
Other Michigan commissions include twenty panels for the State of Michigan Library and Archives Building in Lansing and four bronze panels on the life of Dr. Martin Luther King for Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti.
Daniela Allega Fuciarelli
Born in Abruzzo and raised in the province of Rome is the founder of Architectural Gold. Her workshop is in Macomb County. Daniela is a creator as an intellectual of great collections inspired by Humanistic tradition. A renaissance woman in the 21st century, she has a classical education, a commitment to charitable institutions and a deep love for the arts.
A local fine arts and environmental portrait photographer, whose most recent works, “Art within Art: from Italy to Detroit and Vice-Versa”, was exhibited in Turin, Italy and Dearborn, Michigan. Richard’s involvement in the Italian community includes membership and active participation in many local organizations.
An eminent American painter who has been working from Venice as his primary resource and inspiration since 1986 but maintains his home studio in Detroit. A delicate and meticulous artist in his reading of Nature, Parish manages to first involve and then transport the observer who spontaneously enters into his state of mind. Tom is Professor Emeritus of Painting at Wayne State University.
David, a Detroiter, has exhibited nationally and internationally with thirty one-person exhibitions and has participated in numerous invitational group exhibitions in Europe and locally. David’s art works are in many public and private collections. His art has been published in several issues of The Structuralist Journal and his fine art photography has been featured in Black and White Magazine.
A born American with Italian origins and a passionate Italian language student, Julie is a self-taught artist who works mainly in acrylics and watercolor. She often paints her dreams of the beautiful Tuscan landscape. Julie teaches painting and acrylic to adults and children. Her works are displayed at “Pierre Paul Design gallery” in Ann Arbor.
Sharon is an instrument restorer and sculptor who devotes to meticulous restorations of violins and violas. Recently she worked on the collection of fine violins at The Henry Ford. Her sculptures can be seen in Detroit, Michigan at the permanent collection at the Detroit Institute of Arts and she had a one person exhibition in San Francisco at Museo Italo Americano.
Tokiko currently teaches unique paper art workshops at the Northville Language Academy. Tokito features traditional origami techniques from her native Japan, fused with innovative American approaches to paper craft and design. As an accomplished educator in Japan, she received accolades for her directorship of several academic programs there.
Graduated from Wayne State University with a Master’s in Fine Arts, David is a great contributor to the art and culture in his own community and in 2013 he was honored by the State of Michigan at the 2013 Legacy Gala. His sculptures are not only in Michigan but in various location in the world. Since 2008 he is also a fine book writer and producer.
Armando was born to a family of immigrants from Italy. His life long appreciation for his Italian heritage resulted in his writing a book, “Italians in Detroit” in 2005. He also co-authored two other books, Detroit’s Corktown and Detroit’s Cass Corridor. He has enjoyed lecturing about Italian subjects as well as Detroit’s history. Armando his now a retired teacher of history and media specialist.
Pierette Domenica Simpson
Award-winning author and speaker, Pierette survived the Andrea Doria-Stockholm collision at sea as she immigrated to America in 1956. She has published three books and an audio book, recounting survivor stories and a complete scientific explanation of the collision of the Andrea Doria. Pierette, together with Richard Haskin, is co-founder of Project Detur: Detroit Turin Exchange.
Gaia Capurso | Massimo Ferrari
Massimo Ferrari and Gaia Capurso, after their experiences in Cinecittà as directors and executive producers founded “MaGa Production”, an independent Italian production company. MaGa produced documentaries, commercials and docu-films that have achieved many international awards. This year their awarded documentary “The Women Workers’ War” participated at the Italian Film Festival.
Luca is a cinema and television author and director, who promotes and teaches Italian history in Italy and the U.S. relying on the best Italian cinematic tradition. In 2002, he directed the movie “Inseguito”, which has been identified as a new cinematographic genre, “Marron”: a fusion of psychological and noir mystery. He published several essays and novels.