Thursday 23 June, 17.00

Behind-the-scenes tour (in inglese)
The Florence Studio, Borgo Santi Apostoli, 18 (black)

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The Florence Studio

Sacred Art School

venerdì 17 giugno, 18.00     

visita guidata alla Sacred Art School Firenze

meet at the entrance gate of the Opera di Firenze

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Frank Rekrut and Laura Thompson began their careers in the beautiful Niagara region of Ontario. In 2010 they moved to Florence, Italy where they now have a studio in the historic center of Florence where Frank’s great grandfather and great uncle were both sculptors. Life in Florence provides constant inspiration through the people, the architecture, the art and the history and also allows for interaction with other artists and artisans who value the traditional approaches to their craft.

Frank and Laura are both alumni of The Florence Academy of Art and   it is the academic training from life in the traditional methods and techniques which has provided a solid foundation for the development of their works and for their teaching. Most interested in exploring the human figure, Frank combines his own aesthetic with his strong academic training, the result of which is an interesting balance in a diverse variety of subjects and themes with a strong emphasis on figurative work.

The Sacred Art School - Firenze was created with the objective of promoting creativity in art and craft, with an openness to the sacred, in the service of the Catholic Church and of society as a whole.

The school is international while being connected to the local region so that it may revive the traditions of art and craft in the city of Florence. Through stimulating art and craft workshops that have marked the history and the economy of the city through the ages the school seeks this renewal, developing students through apprenticeships and empowering them to create new work in the Tuscan tradition.

Through the cooperation with the historical craft workshops and the Opera del Duomo, a living laboratory of restoration and maintenance of the Florence Cathedral, contributes to the formation of new, specialised professionals possessing an artisan’s precision together with an artist’s creativity.

The school’s motto “forward in tradition” characterises the environment of the school. That is, an environment in which students learn to design and realise works of art that are fully contemporary, that speak to the men and women of today, while at the same time are connected to the tradition of 20 centuries of Catholic art.

La Sacred Art School Firenze nasce con l’obiettivo di promuovere la creatività nell’arte e nell’artigianato artistico, con un’apertura senza confini sul mondo del sacro, al servizio della Chiesa Cattolica e dell’intera società.

La Scuola è internazionale e radicata sul territorio.

La cooperazione con le botteghe artigiane storiche e con lʼOpera del Duomo, laboratorio vivo del restauro e della manutenzione di una delle opere dʼarte più ammirate, contribuisce a formare nuove e specifiche figure professionali per questi ruoli, a metà tra lʼartigianato di precisione e la creatività artistica.

Il motto della scuola ‘forward in tradition’ vuole caratterizzare lʼambiente in cui sʼimpara a ideare e realizzare opere dʼarte pienamente contemporanee, che abbiano un significato ed esprimano un senso per la donna e lʼuomo di oggi, ma che siano anche collegate alla tradizione di venti secoli di storia artistica.

Laura enjoys painting all subjects in a diversity of styles with her main focus of interest being figurative original works and portraiture. Frank and Laura have both exhibited at The Robert F Kennedy Center for Human Rights for their interest in seed sovereignty.

Frank has had the honor of having his portrait bust of Harriet Tubman  at the National Historic site for the Underground Railroad in Ontario, Canada, and has just recently completed a life size bronze for the Niagara District School Board for the new Harriet Tubman Public School. Frank also has a sculpture in the permanent collection of the European Museum of Modern Art in Barcelona, Spain -MEAM. Their works may be found in both public and private collections throughout Canada, USA, Italy, Holland, Germany and Spain.