Carla Romanelli Crowther, your host, was born and raised in Arezzo, in Tuscany. She has carved an impressive career in public relations, representing the Italian actors' union with other Eusopean unions and fund-raising for the Spoleto, Italy Festival of Two Worlds. For many years she was associated with the Aspen Institute in Italy, organizing large-scale conferences that brought together many of the world's leaders in the fields of politics, science, and the arts. Her passion for the antiquity of her native Tuscany is very much in evidence at La Pietra, where she supervised the extensive renovations and restorations from start to finish.

John Crowther has juggled multiple careers as artist, writer, director, actor and teacher his entire life. John made his acting debut in 1962 in Something About a Soldier, starring Sal Mineo, and was frequently seen in films and TV before turning to directing and screenwriting. In recent years he appeared off-Broadway in the one-man play Einstein: A Stage Portrait, and has toured the country as Frank Lloyd Wright in his one-man play F.L.L.W. Painting has always been a major part of John's life, from early childhood and training at the Museum of Modern Art when he wss a teenager up to the present.  His paintings are in numerous collections in the U.S. and Europe. He is a member of the Portrait Society of America, and has taught portrait painting in West Los Angeles as a certified teacher of the John Howard Sanden method. He is the illustrator of the children's book How the Waif Bunny Saved the Boy. He also did the illustrations for The Man in the Red Bandanna, a book for children about his nephew Welles Crowther, a hero of 9/11, written by Welles's sister Honor Crowther Fagan.  His new book of portraits 101 Souls; Facing Forward is now available at Amazon.com. More of his work can be seen at his website www.jcrowtherart.com.

The Art Experience - Rome and Tuscany