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

Contrada Del Prato, 6, 23829 Varenna, Italy
+39 335 608 6530
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Upon walking into this gallery you are enveloped within a cozy space, surrounded by Paolo's art... read more

Reviewed 8 June 2018
Caddis1979
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Tokyo, Japan
Do not miss this gallery!

This gallery is a must see while in the Como area. Paulo's work is incredible and his wife Melita... read more

Reviewed 22 May 2018
RobynSr
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Basel, Switzerland
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Open afternoons and evenings mid-April thru mid-October (and happily by appointment in the mornings or during the Off-Season). We have a permanent display of original oil paintings for Paul Demaria Guaitamacchi collectors worldwide featuring landscapes, still lifes and paintings of Lake Como in the many possible settings and seasons. Our prices include our Florentine frames, all taxes/fees and international shipping is free of charge. We are pleased to offer complimentary wine and snacks with all painting purchases. Feel free to check out our website to view our available paintings (marked by a Green Dot), and client testimonials and to contact us if you have any questions! (Private viewings are available. Please contact us for an appointment.)
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Contrada Del Prato, 6, 23829 Varenna, Italy
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+39 335 608 6530
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Reviewed 8 June 2018

Upon walking into this gallery you are enveloped within a cozy space, surrounded by Paolo's art which has been meticulously displayed. His thoughtful use of light and color makes one feel as if you could simply disappear into any one of his paintings and be...More

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Paul Demaria G, Owner at Paul DEMARIA - The Open Lake & Landscape Studio d’Arte, responded to this reviewResponded 10 June 2018

Oh, Shannon. What a delightful surprise to read these very kind words both about your recent experience in our gallery in Varenna and also your impressively descriptive feelings about Paolo’s paintings and your reaction to viewing them. Wow. I’m almost speechless. But not speechless enough...More

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Reviewed 22 May 2018

This gallery is a must see while in the Como area. Paulo's work is incredible and his wife Melita is very knowledgable. It was a pleasure to talk with her while deciding which painting to purchase.More

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Paul Demaria G, Owner at Paul DEMARIA - The Open Lake & Landscape Studio d’Arte, responded to this reviewResponded 23 May 2018

Oh, thank you, Robyn for these kind words about our little gallery and Paolo’s work. It was such a pleasure meeting you (and your lovely parents and your delightful girls) and working with you. Really, it was. I’m so pleased to hear that the experience...More

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Reviewed 13 May 2018

We first encountered Paolo's work nearly twenty years ago. A wonderful study of Bellagio that has pride of place in our home. We have added to the collection since, but always acquiring through galleries, never direct. Learning that Paolo has his own gallery with Melita...More

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Paul Demaria G, Owner at Paul DEMARIA - The Open Lake & Landscape Studio d’Arte, responded to this reviewResponded 19 May 2018

Thank, you, Sara! It was so great to finally meet you and Bobby after all the twists and turns over the last two decades of you collecting Paolo’s work, especially through the gallery in London. What a story there of your experience with late, great...More

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Reviewed 3 March 2018

Don't miss this art gallery! The masterful paintings of Paulo DEMARIA Guatamacci represent iconic scenes of Tuscany, Lake Como, and so much more. You will want one!More

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Paul Demaria G, Owner at Paul DEMARIA - The Open Lake & Landscape Studio d’Arte, responded to this reviewResponded 5 March 2018

Oh, Anne. How lovely to read your complimentary words about Paolo’s paintings. You and John have quite a history with Paolo’s work (and Varenna) dating back from when you (we) all met at Paolo’s exhibition at the Hotel Villa Cipressi in 2000, all the way...More

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Reviewed 28 February 2018

Paulo is a most talented artist and I love so much of his work. I have two of his paintings hanging in our living room - one of the lavender fields in Provence and the other of the mountains in the Italian Alps (this is...More

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Paul Demaria G, Owner at Paul DEMARIA - The Open Lake & Landscape Studio d’Arte, responded to this reviewResponded 3 March 2018

Oh, Andrew, thank you for these kind words about Paolo’s work. What a nice surprise to read them. So pleased to hear that you are so pleased with your latest acquisition and to know that you actually hiked in the scene itself. Monte Disgrazia (Mount...More

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Reviewed 10 January 2018 via mobile

We were celebrating our wedding anniversary and just popped in to have a look. Melita gave us a very warm welcome and we were captivated by one particular painting of Varenna. Unfortunately it had been sold BUT Melita assured us that we could commision a...More

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Paul D, Owner at Paul DEMARIA - The Open Lake & Landscape Studio d’Arte, responded to this reviewResponded 17 January 2018

Oh, thank you, J.K. and Kevin! What lovely words you've written about your experience with our gallery and of acquiring your "La riva di Varenna" painting. It was such a pleasure working with you two these past few months. It is always a bit tricky...More

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Reviewed 15 November 2017

We loved Pauls paintings and brought two of them. We are quite fussy about what art we will buy and had been looking all through france and Italy to find really nice paintings. At the end of our trip we found this gallery and loved...More

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Paul Demaria G, Owner at Paul DEMARIA - The Open Lake & Landscape Studio d’Arte, responded to this reviewResponded 18 November 2017

Oh Jody, you and Paul are the best! Thank you so much for this delightful review. We so enjoyed working with you and I remember well meeting all the family members you were traveling with over the course of the days you were in Varenna...More

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Reviewed 20 October 2017

This is a charming and welcoming gallery. You won't regret stopping in to view the beautiful oil paintings by talented local artist Paul DeMaria. There are many scenes of Italy as well as other subjects. The artist's wife handles the gallery and is friendly, helpful...More

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Paul Demaria G, Owner at Paul DEMARIA - The Open Lake & Landscape Studio d’Arte, responded to this reviewResponded 25 October 2017

Hello, Stina. Thank you so much for this lovely review. My apologies for not responding sooner. We are in the midst of the closing weeks of the gallery for the 2017 season. (After November 1st , we will be open “by appointment only” during the...More

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Reviewed 16 October 2017

We just wondered into this adorable gallery during our visit to the Como lake. Such a memorable find - excellent art collection and friendly and stimulating conversations with the owner. We finished buying a nice piece of art that now found its permanent home in...More

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Paul Demaria G, Owner at Paul DEMARIA - The Open Lake & Landscape Studio d’Arte, responded to this reviewResponded 20 October 2017

Hello, Marina! What a nice surprise to hear from you and to receive this lovely review. Grazie mille (a thousand thanks). Your enthusiasm for art (and life) is truly infectious. I am so glad that you and Dwayne found your way to our art studio...More

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Reviewed 21 September 2017

What a find this gallery is! Varenna is so refreshing after the hustle and bustle of Bellagio. Happening upon the gallery, located just off the main square, added immensely to our enjoyment of Varenna. Paul DeMaria is truly a gifted artist and many of his...More

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Paul D, Owner at Paul DEMARIA - The Open Lake & Landscape Studio d’Arte, responded to this reviewResponded 27 September 2017

Oh, Paul. Thank you, thank you, thank you for this delightful review. You said you were thinking of writing one, and you did! I remember well when you visited our humble little art gallery in Varenna. I enjoyed speaking with you and am so pleased...More

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Chesalon R
Paul and Melita, I am curious as to a rough price range on a landscape painting? I live in the United States and go on trips every summer with a friend if mine. This year we are going to be spending it traveling Italy. Every trip I love to friend a nice piece of art as a memory of the trip to bring home. However I am young and unexperienced about shipping international. After reading so many amazing reviews on your studio i am very excited to try to visit during our trip in May. But sadly as I said, I am young, and while planning to buy as nice of a painting as I can on the trip. I do not have all money I would love to spend on a painting. So I was curious what one roughly ran for in your studio? If there us a general range that would be amazing to know. Thank you so much for taking to time to read this and respond.
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Response from Paul Demaria G | Property representative |
Hello from Melita (Paolo’s American wife from Chicago). Thank you so much for contacting us and for your question about our prices for Paolo’s oil paintings. In general, I would say the range is from 800 euro (approx... More
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Response from Paul Demaria G | Property representative |
Hello. Thank you for your questions. Yes, we have "wheels" (as in two cars) and with some advance planning we could potentially collect and return people to their hotels/vacation rentals on and around the center of Lake... More
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