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The creativity of the San Casciano artist, Elisabetta Rogai in the exhibition, “Donne Oltre”, where she paints with wine on marble, makes a sheet of white Carrara marble immortal.

The piece of stone arrived from Monte Altissimo a Valle and recalls an eternal voyage in time, the memory of the first block brought down on a chariot of contention, which you can still admire at the Bargello, transformed into sculpture in “La Vittoria” by Gianbologna.

Two faces of women, “women beyond”, is a message from Rogai to underline the marble ”economy” as a fundamental base for the territory, but it is also a strategic defense to avoid the depopulation of the mountain, in honor of the wives of the quarrymen, the widows of marble.

It is for the many disasters and the laws not respected, to help the quarrymen to continue to live where they have always lived with their families, to support the process of extraction and processing of the stones and to stimulate investments and observance of safety laws.

The one man show, “Donne Oltre”, by Elisabetta Rogai, is at the Open One Gallery (with Carrara marble), with the patronage of the Township of Pietrasanta and Fidapa Versilia, BPW Italy (Versilia sectin), and the Federazione Italiana Donne Arti Professione Affari.

It is a tribute to the territory, to the marble caves, to the women of the quarrymen, to the raw material (marble). It salutes the inclination of the material to allow itself to be forged with particulars and minute embroideries, a sort of art imprinting obtained not only through an artist’s talent with hammer and chisel. Elisabetta Rogai seizes the moment, lives it and transforms it into an evocative moment. She illustrates thought out innovation, reflections of her thoughts, of her curiosity, of her eclecticism… .

A new material on which to paint with wine is born: Marble…white, almost complaining about how white it is. But Rogai dominates it with grace and knowledge. She brings it to life and gives it a soul.

The eclecticism of Rogai brings us to a new combination, marble and wine, for the first time. The marble is the artist’s canvas. The wine is the paint. It is an unusual but logical combination which unites the two products of the territory.

Nothing like marble and wine efficiently represent our land and all of the characteristics of our cultural tradition and history, season after season. They speak of our territory, made of real men and women, unpolished and ironic, people of the earth who looked you directly in the face, who reveal their emotions in a  glass of wine.