Belfast artist Dina Petrillo, who is teaching two three-day intensive printmaking intensive courses at the University of Maine’s Hutchinson Center this winter, will teach plein air and mixed media printmaking in rural Italy come April.

The five-day workshop intensive, titled Exploring Monotype amidst the Garden Splendor of Galeazza, is an offering of the nonprofit Reading Retreats in Rural Italy, founded by College of the Atlantic grad Clark Anthony Lawrence. This incarnation of Petrillo’s Painterly Print course brings printmaking together with plant life and landscape amidst Early Renaissance Italian architecture and exquisite gardens. The weave of art, art making, deep history and sustainable horticulture makes for an experience that is bound to be memorable.

Petrillo is a sculptor and printmaker who began teaching with UMaine’s Hutchinson Center in 2004. She runs the Post Office Studio Workshop in Belfast and sits on the board of Waldo Arts Mission. “Creatura Botanica II: Human and Plant Forms Conjoined,” a show of prints, encaustic mixed media, luminaires and sculptures will run in Emilia-Romagna, Italy, April through October and in conjunction with her week-long print intensive there.

For more information, contact Petrillo at 735-8237, or via

VillageSoup Knox/Waldo Arts Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401, ext. 251 or