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.

“We’re thrilled to bring Father Bruno to Sonoma for two days of lessons at the center,” said SCC Executive Director Toni Castrone. “Father Bruno helps students to really cut loose with their work. It’s a lot of fun, and a very freeing experience for everyone involved.”

During his stay in Sonoma, Father Bruno will offer two workshops in acrylic painting over the weekend of Aug. 16 and 17. “Make Your Own Masterpiece” will be offered for teens ages 13-to-17 on Saturday, Aug. 16, from 1 to 4 p.m. at Sonoma Community Center. The fee for the teen workshop is $25. Materials will be provided.

Sunday, Aug. 17, he will offer “Adventures in Acrylic Painting,” a workshop for all levels of adult artists, emphasizing freedom of expression with color from 1 to 4 p.m. The fee for the adult workshop is $65. A materials list is available from SCC’s front office.

To register or request a scholarship application, call the Sonoma Community Center at 938-4626, ext. 1.

Sonoma Community Center enriches the lives of the people of Sonoma Valley by fostering a broad range of cultural, educational and community services, and by ensuring the preservation and restoration of its historic building.