Watercolors in Virginia Woolf's garden






Watercolor workshop with Silvia Molinari

29 - 30 September 2018


Silvia Molinari's watercolor class alllowed the participants to immerse themselves in Monk's House, the country house at the foot of the Downs in East Sussex bought by Virginia and Leonard Woolf in 1919. 

Everybody was at one with the garden's flowers, leaves and shrubs, the light and shadows of its borders and mixtures, enjoying crocosmia, fuchsias, anemones, vervains (verbena), asters, red hydrangeas, roses, dahlias, all in their last bloom, and  with berries of all kind abounding (rose, blackthorn and hawthorn).

Monk's House is a beautiful natural garden, purely informal and spontaneous, a source of great inspiration for Virginia Woolf. It is the place where she later created "a room of one's own" and where she wrote many of her novels. From an incultivated land the Woolfs created a spectacular mosaic of colourful flowers, the depiction of which Silvia Molinari developed with her students.

Guests at the TheArtsBox Cultural Association  - Contrà San Paolo, 23 - Vicenza - Italy

In collaboration with Elite Viaggi - Vicenza



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Silvia Molinari 


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Silvia Molinari was born in Piacenza in 1976. She graduated in decorative techniques from the  Paolo Toschi Institute of Art in Parma. She lives in the countryside of Emilia-Romagna, in a house surrounded by fields and the rhythms of nature. Her artistic career includes the study of and experimentation with various pictorial disciplines, but it is through watercolor that she best expresses her talent.

The combination of the simplest elements (water, pigment and graphite on paper) are, through her technique, the best means of interpreting the subjects she loves to capture: shrubs, vegetable scraps, leaves and wild flowers that seem to have slipped on the white paper a moment ago; she is deeply interested in weeds, those tiny and tenacious heroines of the third landscape synthesized by Gilles Clément. Her watercolors begin with elbows on a windowsill, rummaging in drawers, collecting things, walking, perhaps getting lost.

A renewed curiosity about the world of illustration led her to create, together with the writer Alessia Napolitano, the book Il Cosario, a book of childhood treasures - short poems and illustrations - presented at the book fair in Bologna 2016 and published by Edizioni Corsare.

From the many exhibitions, personal and collective,  which she has taken part: in 2011, the Venice Biennale in the regional headquarters of Emilia-Romagna, invited by the journalist Camillo Langone, who then selected her for the "Excellent Painters" portal; Affordable Art Fair in New York and Milano; in Tokyo, at the Ginza 1 Chome Gallery, with the San Francesco Gallery in Reggio Emilia; JCO Gallery, Park City - Utah. 

Silvia illustrated the agenda Gardenia magazine for the years 2011 and 2017. Also in 2017 she created the works that animated the National Assembly of LIPU in Parma, the scientific convention "Birds In Europe 3" with a urban artistic event, a project curated by Kreativhouse studio.




  • ACQUERELLI - Salamon & C. Gallery, Milano  - curated by Lorenza Salamon
  • FIORI IN OFFICINA - Officina dell'Arte, Piacenza


  • MADE IN ITALIA - Ginza 1 Chome Gallery, Tokyo - collective exhibition curated by David Parenti and by the Galleria San Francesco of Reggio Emilia
  • PRIMOVERE - Castello di Felino, Parma - curated by Camillo Langone
  • C'ERO SOLTANTO - Bookbank, Piacenza - curated by Elisa Bozzi


  • DEMETRA ANESIDORA - Modena - curated by Alessia Napolitano


  • AFFORDABLE ART FAIR - Milano - collective exhibition curated by Galleria d'Arte Il Lepre
  • BINARIO UNICO PIACENZA - ROMA - Palazzo Incontro, Roma - collective exhibiton curated by Galleria d'Arte Il Lepre


  • AFFORDABLE ART FAIR - Chelsea, New York - collective exhibition curated by Galleria d'Arte Il Lepre


  • BIENNALE DI VENEZIA - Palazzo Pigorini, Parma - curated by Camillo Langone 
  • ERBACCE - Galleria d'Arte Il Lepre
  • GENERAZIONE CASSANDRA - Perino, Piacenza - collective exhibition curated by Zeroarte


  • ACQUERELLI - Villa Necchi Campiglio, Milano - curated by Gardenia Cairo Editore


  • DENTRO, FUORI - with the photographer Lucia Covi - Piacenza
  • UN ATTIMO PRIMA, UN ATTIMO DOPO - Surimono, Milano


  • ACQUERELLI - ZEN, Milano - curated by Zen Arte


  • ... E ANCORA PRIMAVERA - Treviso - curated by Maddalena Dal Sie


  • MESSER TULIPANO - Pralormo (TO) - curated by Consolata Pralormo
  • FLORA ET POMONA - Galleria Salamon & C., Milano - collective exhibition curated by Lorenza Salamon


  • KIMONO -  l'Acquaforte Gallery, Torino