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“Welcoming warm gallery”

Paul DEMARIA - The Open Lake & Landscape Studio d’Arte
Ranked #9 of 18 things to do in Varenna
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: Open afternoons and evenings April thru 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.)
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 painting with that same view. There was no pressure to buy. Melita kept us updated throughout the whole process from the progress of the painting to the actual delivery, making it a stress free experience. Thank you Melita and Paolo for our lovely painting, La riva di Varenna. Its vibrant colours and the atmosphere of Varenna captured so beautifully by Paolo will bring back many fond memories of our stay. Hopefully we will be back one day.

Thank ozmuminuk
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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 for a painter to have a client commission a painting, but we are so pleased that Paolo managed to meet (and possibly exceed?) your expectations. I know he felt quite positive about the results himself and your patience regarding the time frame was most appreciated. I hope that gazing upon this scene of the shoreline of Varenna will bring you great memories of your recent time here and tempt you to return to our charming medieval village to celebrate another anniversary here soon! Warmly, Melita

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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 it. More for the Tuscan landscapes than the Como paintings (although we brought one of each).
Prices ar every reasonable and the people are great.
Paintings arrived in N.Z in great condition and on time.

Thank Jody E
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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 as you all returned periodically to check on your paintings. That was great fun. But I really enjoyed hearing more about New Zealand and looking at the images of your great country. Paolo would have so many different gorgeous and lush subjects to choose from for some lovely landscapes there. (One day…) In the meantime, thank you again for these kind words and I hope that gazing upon your paintings will tempt you to return to Lake Como soon and to our darling medieval Varenna. Warmly, Melita

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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 and of course knowledgeable about the paintings. I felt no pressure to make a purchase while I was enjoying viewing the paintings and the delightful gallery. I am so happy to have this unique memory of my trip to Varenna, If you are traveling to Lake Como I definitely urge you to visit this gallery.

Thank Stina F
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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 winter months until the beginning of April of 2018.) But thank you for your kind words about your experience in our humble little “art studio”. I remember when you were there and how you really allowed yourself some time to look at all the paintings in a relaxed way. It is always nice for me to witness people enjoying Paolo’s work. I hope you will come see us again the next time you are on Lake Como and in our delightful village of Varenna. Warmly, Melita

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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 California. We will always cherish this piece that reminds us about our trip to Como. It is on our wall as a beautiful dream about possibility of dreamy life at the lake!

Thank marinaarkis
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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 on that beautiful September day and that you found a Varenna scene of Paolo's that will hopefully bring you fond memories of your recent time here (until you can return and become our "Lake Como" neighbors one day soon, I hope). Until then, I send you our warmest regards. (From Melita)

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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 pieces are of museum quality. Whether you are just hunting for a memory of your visit to Lake Como or are a serious art collector, his paintings will give you what you want at fair prices. Although we did not purchase anything on this visit, it was a pleasure to visit the gallery and we will return.

Thank PaulFChicago
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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 to hear your kind words of appreciation for Paolo’s work. I hope you will come see us again here in our charming little village of Varenna on your next sojourn to Lake Como. With warm regards, Melita

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