St. Ann Arts and Cultural Center will hold Fresco Italiano Saturday

St. Ann Arts and Cultural Center will hold Fresco Italiano Saturday

St. Ann Arts and Cultural Center, 84 Cumberland St., will present Fresco Italiano on Saturday, Nov. 9, from 5 to 9 p.m. Pictured is a self-portait of Guido Nincheri.

WOONSOCKET – St. Ann Arts and Cultural Center, 84 Cumberland St., will present Fresco Italiano on Saturday, Nov. 9, from 5 to 9 p.m. Fresco Italiano is another opportunity to dine under the magnificent frescos while enjoying an all-you-can-eat Italian buffet.

The idea came from the center’s chairman Wally Rathbun. “I wanted to do something to celebrate the artist Guido Nincheri who painted the frescos that adorn the walls and ceilings of the center. It is sort of a delayed birthday celebration. Nincheri’s birthday is on Sept. 29 but we already have the well-established Breakfast with the Saints,” said Rathbun.

The event will be held in the evening when the stained glass windows are darkened by the lack of sunlight which allows the frescos to come to life, displaying their great vibrancy allowing Nincheri’s masterpiece to become front and center, according to event organizers. “My hope with this event is to give you the feeling of being transported to Italy,” said Rathbun.

The event will not only celebrate Nincheri but will also feature three local artists: Dan Guernon, Carma Santos and Ana-Maria Santos whose work will be on exhibit.

During this evening, the center will be pulling out all the stops by opening its archives. It has been at least 10 years since the center has displayed its collection of Nincheri sketches. Some of the sketches are for the paintings inside the center and other churches that Nincheri painted during his lifetime.

Also, new to the center, is a 6-foot by 6-foot painting by Nincheri. “About a month ago, Paul and Denis Bourget reached out to me asking if the center would be interested in a Nicheri painting that was found inside the old All Saints School. They were working on cleaning out the building when they discovered the painting. After seeking the pastor’s permission, they offered it to the center and without hesitation I said yes,” said Rathbun.

As part of this evening, the center is looking for musicians to volunteer their time to play Italian themed or styled music for a half hour or an hour or so. If interested, reach out to the center at StAnnArtsCtr@aol.com.

Similar to Breakfast with the Saints, visitors can come and go as they please. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door and are available at Bileau’s Flowers, The Honey Shops, Salon Royale, Vose True Value Hardware or online at the St. Ann Arts and Cultural Center website, www.stannartsandculturalcenter.org .