Robert sends in word on a few Tolkien related events in Italy. The big one, called “Images from the Middle Earth”, will open in Rome in January, 2003. It was showcased in Riccione last summer. The Press Release features all the talent expected to be at the event.

“Under the sponsorship of the Government’s Premiership and the Ministry of Communications, Arteventi, society for the creation of cultural events, and the Italian Tolkienian Society will bring to Italy the best international show concerning fantasy never carried out in the last decades. The event includes more than 120 original items by:

Angus Mcbride (SA), Ted Nasmith(CA), Roger Garland (UK), Brothers Hildebrandt (USA), Alan Lee (UK), Lode Claes (BE), Rob Alexander (USA), Luca Michelucci (IT), Anton Spazzapan (SLO), Angelo Montanini (IT), Pascal Yung (FR), Tony Galuidi (UK), Capucine Mazille (FR), Mikel Janin (SP), Patrick Gely (FR), Ivan Cavini (IT), Anke K. Eissmann (GE), April Lee (USA), Stephen Walsh (UK), Randy Asplund (USA), David Wyatt (UK), Roger Thomasson (SW), Carrel Douglas (USA), Danny Staten (USA), Timoleon Kouimtzoglou (GR), Maura Boldi (IT), Ed Beard Jr.(USA), Maria Distefano (IT), Diego Iaconfcic (KR), Michael Rudin (SW), Giovanni Giurco (IT), Peter Gaber (KR)”.

Robert aslo writes: I received a press release of another exhibition, this time entirely dedicated to the acclaimed Italian illustrator Maria Di Stefano, who will present 50 of her works in Merano, between December 7th and 31st. You can admire 3 paintings of her clicking at this page. [More]