Paul DEMARIA - The Open Lake & Landscape Studio d’Arte

Paul DEMARIA - The Open Lake & Landscape Studio d’Arte, Varenna: Hours, Address, Paul DEMARIA - The Open Lake & Landscape Studio d’Arte Reviews: 5/5

Paul DEMARIA - The Open Lake & Landscape Studio d’Arte

Paul DEMARIA - The Open Lake & Landscape Studio d’Arte
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3:00 PM - 7:00 PM
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3:00 PM - 7:00 PM
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3:00 PM - 7:00 PM
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3:00 PM - 7:00 PM
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Friday
3:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Saturday
3:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Sunday
3:00 PM - 7:00 PM
About
Open Afternoons and Evenings, Apr-Oct (and happily by appointment in the Mornings or during the Winter season). We have a permanent display of original oil paintings for Paul Demaria Guaitamacchi collectors worldwide featuring Landscapes, Still lifes, Interiors and paintings of Lake Como in the many possible settings and seasons. Prices include our hand-treated frames (from Florence), taxes/fees and International Shipping and we are pleased to offer complimentary Wine and Snacks with all painting purchases. See our website to view our currently Available Paintings (marked by a Green Dot) and to read client testimonials dating back to 1999. Also see our reviews here on TripAdvisor and on our Facebook page (Paul Demaria Guaitamacchi). Private viewings are available. Please contact Paolo or Melita if you have any questions (or for an appointment!).
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KCL123
Johns Creek, GA5 contributions
Worthy of a detour
Sep 2021
After looking through Paolo's paintings on his website, I was very excited to visit his gallery in Varenna. The gallery is easy to find in the middle of town and well worth the explore. Melita, his wife, greeted us at the door and answered all of our questions. We were lucky enough to also meet the artist, as he arrived shortly afterward.

Paolo has many gorgeous paintings of landscapes and towns (in addition to Varenna), but in the end, we selected a painting depicting a beautiful view of Varenna similar to what we saw from our rental property.

Details of the transaction were thoughtfully handled. The painting arrived packaged extremely well without a scratch. I can't wait to return to Italy and will make a point of stopping by this gallery to see what Paolo has been painting.
Written 28 September 2021
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Oh, Karen! What lovely words you've written. Thank you! Paolo's and I were so pleased to meet you and Andrew (and your friends). Between the four of you and our San Diego clients that were also there, it was a rather lively crowd (and the prosecco was definitely flowing that day!). Thank you for appreciating Paolo's work and for researching our little Varenna gallery beforehand. We're pretty proud of our online presence and work hard to maintain it. We hope that gazing upon the lovely scene of Varenna that you chose brings back great memories of your time here and that it tempts you to return to us and our charming medieval village soon. Warmest regards, Melita (& Paolo)
Written 3 October 2021
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Pete Myer
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Clarification
Sep 2020 • Solo
I need to amend my previous review, as your site only goes back to Sept.2020; last year, Italy was locked down; our trip was canceled. We have been to their studio in 3 successive years, 2017,2018,2019. Last year, we bought a painting on line, since we couldn’t visit. I just wanted to be totally accurate in what I posted, but your site “put me in a box”.
Pete Myer
Written 28 August 2021
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Oh, Pete. You are hysterical. I can feel your frustration with TripAdvisor coming through your words. Paolo and I know how much you and Linda love Varenna and our gallery and Paolo's paintings. Thank you for your persistence in traversing the TripAdvisor rules. Paolo and I are so proud to call you both our clients and now also our friends. I know you will be back in our charming medieval Varenna (and in our gallery) just as soon as you feel "the lights are all green". Until then, we thank you for your kind words and will be patiently waiting for that day to come. Warmly, Melita (& Paolo)
Written 31 August 2021
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Dave G
Denver, CO5 contributions
Wonderful Gallery and Art
Jul 2021 • Couples
We recently spent time in Varenna and visited the gallery. We enjoyed all the paintings and picked one with a view of Varenna to purchase. We really enjoy seeing it in our home and it brings back great memories.

My wife really enjoyed visiting with Melita, the wife of the artist, and looks forward to seeing her next year.
Written 23 August 2021
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Thank you, Dave for your kind words about your experience with us and the gallery and most of all, with your new painting of Varenna. It was a pleasure to meet you and work with you and your lovely wife. I am so glad to know that you have fallen a little bit in love with our charming village of Varenna (it is a special place on earth) and I'm so happy to know you plan to return next year. Excellent. I look forward to seeing you both and to you and Paolo meeting, as well. Warmly, Melita
Written 24 August 2021
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Thomas E
Houston, TX9 contributions
Varenna
Aug 2019
We found the studio by accident while visiting Varenna in 2017 and spent hours here looking at all the beautiful paintings ... Melkita was so helpful. Paul’s talent is exceptional

The landscape of Varenna is displayed for all to see in our dining room in Houston
Written 2 July 2020
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Hello, Tom. Greetings to you and Kathy (from Melita). What a lovely surprise to see your review this morning. I apologize that I didn't thank you sooner. We've been busy these past weeks with the online launch (on our website) of the new paintings that Paolo worked on during "Lockdown" this spring (which has been a smashing success, I'm happy to say). Thank you so much for these kind words and for thinking of us all these years later. We hope that you are still enjoying your Varenna scene and that it will tempt you to return to Varenna soon to take in all it's beauty and medieval charm that is always welcoming and never ceases to amaze. (Maybe in 2021??) Warmest regards, Melita (& Paolo)
Written 28 July 2020
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j582015
Pittsburgh, PA2 contributions
Wonderful People, Beautiful Paintings
Oct 2019
My wife and I stopped into this gallery while we were staying in Varenna. Paolo and Melita were very gracious while we discussed the local area and their wonderful artwork. Paolo painted a beautiful painting for us which just arrived at our house in the US. It is a wonderful reminder of this amazing part of Italy. We will definitely visit this gallery again the next time we are in the area. Joe & Julie
Written 25 January 2020
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Oh, thank you Joe and Julie! How delightful to see your review this morning. Thank you for your kind words. We are so pleased that you are ‘so pleased’ with the Varenna scene that Paolo painted for you. (I have a particular fondness for that view of Varenna.) Between that and the scene along the lakefront, you have two great reminders of the beauty of this part of Lake Como. I hope that gazing upon them will tempt to return to our charming medieval Varenna soon (and to us). Paolo and I are so pleased it all worked out so well. With warmest regards, Melita
Written 26 January 2020
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SolonComet
Carbondale, CO14 contributions
Wonderful Art & Wonderful People
Nov 2019 • Couples
My wife and I wandered into this studio while on our 40th anniversary. We loved the art and met the artist and his wife. They are warm, genuine and engaging. The work speaks for itself! We bought three pieces and had them shipped home to the US. Everything arrived in great shape and surprisingly fast. Overall, a great experience!
Written 20 November 2019
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Oh, Scott. What wonderful words you've written. I can't believe it was less than three weeks ago when we all met! It was great fun chatting with you and Karen about life and your travels and your interest in Paolo's work was such a fabulous surprise. (I think Paolo's work is fantastic, but I don't pretend that everyone agrees with me.) Thank you for your words of appreciation. I hope that gazing upon your Lake Como paintings brings you great pleasure and beckons you to return to our darling medieval village of Varenna sooner rather than later. Warmly, Melita
Written 21 November 2019
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Lisa DeHaas
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Return to purchase more art after 10 years
Sep 2019
Paolo and Melita were still in the same location after 10 years!

We first met them on our first trip to Varenna and purchased 2 beautiful lake scenes which hang in our family room today. Last month we joined our daughter on her honeymoon and stopped in at their store to chat. Melita is a warm and knowledgable business owner. Unfortunately, Paolo was not there but we ended up buying 2 more paintings to add to our collection.
We have followed his work for years and it only gets better! He is also a master packer of art work.
We hope it won't be 10 years before we return.
Grazie mille,

Lisa and David
Written 6 November 2019
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Hello, Lisa. Many heartfelt thanks you for these wonderful words about your and David's recent experience with our gallery here in Varenna. It was wonderful to see you both again after ten years. (You, my dear, haven't aged a bit!) I so enjoyed talking with you and Paolo and I were most pleased that you found two other Italian scenes (especially that very unique mountain scene) to compliment your Lake Como's from years ago. And I loved your commentary on Paolo's packing. He does tend to take extra precautions (and sometimes tools and a bit of muscle are required for the unpacking). Better that, than him having to repaint the paintings! And yes, I hope we don't have to wait another 10 years for your return to our charming medieval Varenna and next time I'll be sure that Paolo is present, too. I think we have some celebrating to do! Warmly, Melita
Written 8 November 2019
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rmeryl
Seattle, WA5 contributions
Lovely experience
Jun 2019
Our last night in Varenna we walked into this small gallery wanting to take a piece of Lake Como home with us. Happily we found the perfect painting that hangs in our living room and reminds us of our trip. Melita was so wonderful ,making the whole experience a pleasure.
Written 6 November 2019
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Hello, Rachel and Rodney. Many thanks for this kind review! I remember well when you two came into the gallery this summer. Paolo was particularly pleased to know that you were struck by one of his little paintings of the mountains (with a sliver of the moon, so aptly placed)...probably his favorite subject to paint, in the end. Thank you for your words of appreciation (and for the lovely photo). I hope we will see you again soon in our charming Varenna one day soon. Warmest regards, Melita
Written 8 November 2019
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CiaoChowLinda
23 contributions
Talented artist, beautiful studio, excellent service
Oct 2019
I bought a painting from Paolo a couple of weeks ago, and met him and his wife for the first time. His art is beautiful, and the painting I bought is of the town of Varenna, from the water. It is just exquisitely painted, and framed with such care you would think it was going into a museum. He and his wife were a pleasure to talk to, and couldn't have been nicer. Moreover, the painting was shipped on a Wednesday in Italy and arrived at my home in the U.S. on a Thursday. I was flabbergasted at the speed of the delivery. I can't wait to visit his studio again, hopefully next year when I return to Varenna and Lake Como.
Written 25 October 2019
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Grazie mille, Linda for your kind review. Paolo and I were concerned that you might not come back to the gallery after you first walked into our rather lively appointment with our other clients that afternoon (with all that prosecco flowing). But we are so glad that you did so we could have the opportunity to give you the proper attention you deserved. Thank you for your touching words of appreciation of Paolo’s work. I hope your Varenna scene will provide good memories of your recent time here (with that extraordinarily fabulous weather). We really enjoyed getting to know you and working with you and we are already looking forward to when you can return to our charming medieval Varenna (hopefully in 2020!). With warmest regards, Melita
Written 26 October 2019
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billhauhe
Katy, TX8 contributions
A beautiful reminder of our trip to Varenna
Aug 2019 • Family
We walked by the gallery and spotted a painting of hat we had to have. It is a wonderful work that captures the essence of Varenna. Melita was a great hostess, even entertaining our two year old grandson while we admired all the paintings. We were all so enamored with what we saw, that our son and daughter-in-law purchased a painting for their own home as well. We highly recommend a visit when you are in Varenna.
Written 10 October 2019
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Oh, Bill. You impress me with your rapid technology skills! Thank you so much for your kind words about your experience in our gallery. It was a nice family affair that day with your grandson. I actually broke out the colored markers and stickers yesterday for some client’s charming little 4 year old, which were exciting for awhile, until mom’s I-pad appeared (though it did allow them to look at the paintings with a bit more calm, I suppose). Paolo and I are ‘so pleased’ that you are ‘so pleased’ with your Varenna scene. You both chose lovely pieces. I hope that you and Tara enjoy gazing upon yours for years to come and that it beckons you (all) to come back and rendezvous again in our pretty little medieval village of Varenna (maybe when Will and Victoria are seeking a bit of a “sun” break from the UK?). All the best to you all. Warmly, Melita
Written 13 October 2019
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