Sonoma Community Center to host painting priest

The Sonoma Community Center will bring visiting artist Father Bruno Segatta to Sonoma to offer two special painting workshops for teens and adults on Aug. 16 and 17.

SCC will be offering scholarships for teen participants, thanks to a generous grant from the Sonoma Plein Air Foundation.

A native of Italy, Father Bruno has practiced and studied art, language and travel since earning his degree from Cal State Northridge in 1982. In the autumn of that year, Father Bruno began his tenure at Gonzaga University in Florence, Italy, as assistant to the dean of student affairs. Father Bruno is a renowned master artist and his paintings are displayed in galleries around the world.

For more than 30 years, he has instructed painting, drawing, design and the delicate techniques of fresco. His own creative style emphasizes abstraction, including a generous use of color and line. He has a special love of painting the City of Florence and scenes from Tuscany.

Locally, Father Bruno is known for his enthusiastic teaching style and passion for encouraging artistic exploration in his students. In 2013, Father Bruno visited Sonoma and taught classes for adults as well as youth at the Sonoma Valley Teen Center. He looks forward to the return of those students this year. His hosts in Sonoma will be avid fans Audrey and Ron Chapman.

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