The 19th Century Salon, Reinvented and Redefined

(Pictured: Claressinka Anderson, Piero Giramonti, Lisa Borgnes)

Gone are the days of one on one conversation in an artistically aromatic environment – we’re too busy texting and chatting online to actually converse in person.

Yet every few months, there is a place in Venice that has been providing a safe haven for those dying to get away from it all – at least for a few hours. At Marine, a contemporary salon, there is an opportunity to not only have a face to face conversation, but to get your art on as well. Brit born Claressinka Anderson opens the doors of her home to those in need, not only providing a few delectable accoutrements but a wide array of artistic endeavors designed to invigorate the dying art of conversation.

Until October 30th, you can view the works of Jow, Lisa Borgnes, Ching Ching Cheng, Ron Griffin, Felice Grodin, John Latour, David McDonald, Mathew Picton, Jill Sylvia, Sam Winston and Daniel Wilkinson.

(Above: Jow’s commentary of life as we know it…)

My personal favorite? The work of Lisa Borgnes. Not only is her medium unusual, it harkens back to a simpler time – which is evidenced by the sentiment displayed in her Dorothy Parker-like sampler prose, for example in her work on the lower left the text goes:
“In days gone by, a work like mine,
Would have admirers all in line.
No more are home arts prized like rubies,
Today we must have perky boobies.”

Truer L.A. sentiment was ever spoken — or rather, so eloquently and deftly — stitched together.

(Above: Two works by Lisa Borgnes)

For more info on Marine, go to:, as visits are by appointment only.