A Fistful of Drawings Opening and Artist Talk with Joe Ciardiello

A Fistful of Drawings Opening and Artist Talk with Joe Ciardiello

A special exhibition paying homage to Sergio Leone's films coinciding with Arthur Vint performance

Apr 8, 2022
6pm — 8pm
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ArtYard and the Frenchtown Bookshop are pleased to announce the opening of A Fistful of Drawings with an artist talk with illustrator Joe Ciardiello at 6 PM on Friday, April 8 at ArtYard.

A Fistful of Drawings is a special exhibition paying homage to Sergio Leone’s films coinciding with a performance by Arthur Vint which features works by film-score composer Ennio Morricone.

Illustrations from Ciardiello’s graphic memoir of the same name will be on view in ArtYard’s second-floor McDonnell Theater lobby. A Fistful of Drawings weaves together Ciardiello’s Italian family history and the mythology of the American West while paying homage to Leone’s films and the classic Westerns of the ’50s and ’60s. Ciardiello’s sinuous ink line and vivid watercolors illuminate the oversized characters that dominated the cinematic American West ― featuring John Ford, John Wayne, Clint Eastwood, Claudia Cardinale, Sophia Loren, and many more.

Following a reception, Gil Roth, host of the weekly podcast The Virtual Memories Show, will interview Ciardiello in the McDonnell Theater. A limited number of copies of the book A Fistful of Drawings will be available for purchase by the Frenchtown Bookshop at the opening.

Ciardiello was born and raised on Staten Island. Since 1974, he has worked for most major magazines and newspapers as well as for corporate and advertising clients, book publishers and record companies. Among his awards are four silver medals and the prestigious Hamilton King Award from the Society of Illustrators.

On April 9, Arthur Vint and the Associates will perform selections from Morricone’s films, including Once Upon a Time in the West, Death Rides A Horse, and For A Few Dollars More. Clips from the films will be projected on the two-story-tall movie screen at the McDonnell Theater. Arthur Vint performs more than 250 concerts each year, at concert halls including Carnegie Hall in NYC, the Olympia Theater in Paris, and the Hammersmith Apollo in London. In 2019, Ennio Morricone’s 90th birthday, Vint rearranged Morricone’s often-symphonic film scores for a nine-piece jazz orchestra, recorded those arrangements on the album Death Rides A Horse, and toured the country presenting Morricone at 90.


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ArtYard, 13 Front Street, Frenchtown, NJ
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