[BCMA] NEWS RELEASE: Caetani Centre Splashes into Summer with Revamped Fundraiser

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Please accept the attached press release about our upcoming fundraiser, the
Caetani Splash Viva d'Arte, taking place at the Caetani Centre gardens in
Vernon, BC on June 25.

We'd appreciate any attention you can provide our event,

Feel free to reach out if you have any questions or require any more

With kind regards,


Kristin Froneman (she/her)
Communication and Tours Coordinator
Caetani Centre Society
3401 Pleasant Valley Road
Vernon, British Columbia V1T 4L4
Phone: (250) 275-1525
Email: programs at caetani.org

*I respectfully acknowledge that my workplace is within the ancestral,
traditional, and unceded territory of the Syilx Nation.*

3401 Pleasant Valley Road, Vernon, BC V1T 4L4 250-275-1525 www.caetani.org

June 14, 2022


Caetani Centre Splashes into Summer with Revamped Fundraiser

Celebrate the start of summer when the Caetani Centre holds its newly
revamped live fundraising event, the Caetani Splash Viva d’Arte, June 25.

VERNON — The gardens are getting spruced up while colourful works of art
are being delivered in time for the Caetani Centre’s annual fundraiser.

Formerly known as the Splash of Red, this year’s event has been
renamed the Caetani
Splash Viva d’Arte to better reflect the Caetani Centre’s Italian roots.
The event has also been moved to an earlier date and time, Saturday, June
25 from 4 to 8 p.m., in order to celebrate the summer solstice with a
colourful garden party and art auction during daylight hours.

“We are looking forward to having a live event again after holding an
online art auction the past two years during Covid,” said Susan Brandoli,
Caetani Centre executive director.

“Our volunteer gardening crew has been working diligently through all kinds
of weather to make our 1.3 acre property safer and more conducive to
holding large events. We couldn’t have done this without our volunteers as
well as a donation we received from Home Hardware. We are also appreciative
to our sponsors MQN Architects, Bannister GM, and realtor Don Kassa, with
Re/Max Vernon, for their generosity in helping us stage this year’s event.”

Several artists have donated colourful artworks for this year’s live art
auction, which will be presided over by auctioneer Kevin Rothwell.

“We have 29 original paintings on the block that have been made using a
variety of styles, colours and mediums that will make a wonderful addition
to any art connoisseur’s collection,” said Kristin Froneman, Caetani Centre
staff member and Splash artist liaison. “We are also excited to have Kevin
as our auctioneer. He is a well-known media personality and community
supporter who will add to the fun with his lively banter.”

Those who wish to view the artwork before the event can visit the Caetani
Centre gallery from June 22 to 24 between 9:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. An
appointment is not required.

Sticking to the Italian theme, the event will also offer up scrumptious
charcuterie, appetizers and desserts created by Uprooted Kitchen and
Catering, accompanied with prosecco, wine and limoncello.

“As this is a summer solstice garden party, we encourage everyone to show
up wearing their most festive garden hat. Think flowery, colourful, and
fun. Flat shoes are also encouraged due to the new turf we have installed
in our gardens,” said Kathy Parton, Splash committee chair.

Patrons are also encouraged to bring cash in order to purchase draw tickets
for specially curated gift baskets, featuring golf packages, food and other
donated items.

“Parking will also not be available on site. People who have mobility
challenges will be able to be dropped off at the house. However, we ask
that people park on surrounding streets and to please be respectful of our
neighbours,” said Parton.

Tickets for the newly revamped Caetani Splash Viva d’Arte fundraiser are
selling quickly. Single tickets and tables of eight are available at the
Ticket Seller. Call 250-549-7469 or order online at www.ticketseller.ca

Also now on sale at the Ticket Seller are tickets for the Caetani Summer
Music Festival on Saturday, July 23, 1-9:30 pm., featuring headliner Shred
Kelly, as well as the summer guided tours of the Mysterious Caetani House,
featuring the second installment of Sveva Caetani’s stunning Recapitulation
painting series. Visit www.caetani.org for more information.


Media Contact:

Kristin Froneman

Communications Coordinator/Splash artist liaison

email: programs at caetani.org

phone: (250) 275-1525

Link to images, poster, event announcement and news release:

Colour photo credit to: Don Weixl

Black and white: Caetani Centre

Captions: (colour photos): The Caetani Centre opens its gardens for its
newly revamped fundraiser, the Caetani Splash Vive d’Arte garden party and
art auction, June 25.

(Black and white): The Caetani family —Leone (father), Ofelia (mother),
and Sveva (daughter) enjoy the original gardens at the historic Caetani
house in Vernon. The home is now a museum and is hosting its newly revamped
fundraiser, the Caetani Splash Vive d’Arte garden party and art auction, on
June 25.

About the Caetani Centre:

Duke of Sermoneta Leone Caetani, his partner Ofelia and his daughter Sveva
Caetani arrived in Vernon, British Columbia in 1921. They lived a life of
wealth, privilege, travel, and luxury throughout the Roaring Twenties until
the economic crash of 1929 decimated their fortunes.

Following the death of Leone in 1935, Ofelia and Sveva went into
self-imposed exile. During this time, mother and daughter rarely left the
house, and Sveva was not allowed to pursue her love of art.

It was not until her mother's death in 1960 that Sveva, now in her early
40s, started painting again.

Her economic circumstances dictated that she find work for the first time
in her life. She took on teaching positions at St. James Elementary and
Charles Bloom Secondary. Around this time, Sveva began work on her
Recapitulation series, featuring 47 large-scale vibrant watercolour
paintings, documenting her story and journey through life.

In the mid-1980s, due to several mitigating circumstances, Sveva donated
the complete Recapitulation series to the Alberta Foundation for the Arts
(AFA). The works left the province of British Columbia for 35 years. The
AFA provided access to the collection through exhibition loans and an
online database.

Now, after more than 30 years since the first painting travelled to
Edmonton, Sveva's Recapitulation has returned home to Vernon permanently
and is now part of an extensive collection held by the Caetani Cultural
Centre Society and on display at Sveva's former home, which is now the
Caetani Centre museum in Vernon, BC.
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