- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 2, 2016

JASPER, Ind. (AP) - Italian artist and architect Guglielmo Botter has been in Jasper this week taking photographs of various buildings and overall landscapes.

He likes what he’s seen.

“I’m happy to be here because it is a German town,” Botter said Wednesday morning. “My grandmother was German. And we go to Germany, since we live so close.”

Botter will take some of the photographs and make ink pen sketches of them for an exhibition he will have at Krempp Gallery in the Jasper Arts Center next year. He has been in town since Monday and visited several places in Jasper, such as Courthouse Square, local cemeteries, the Riverwalk area including the city mill, and St. Joseph Catholic Church. He was particularly fascinated with Sturm’s Hardware, the family-owned store on Courthouse Square that hasn’t changed much since it opened more than 100 years ago.

“It reminds me of my family’s general store,” he said.

Botter went all the way to the top of St. Joseph Church, up into the bell tower.

“The view was breathtaking,” he said. “I took photos from there, and photographs of the church.”

He has also visited hotels in the French Lick area and Monastery Immaculate Conception in Ferdinand.

Not every photograph he takes will make it into the exhibit. He will choose some photos at a later date, after he has left the area.

His style is to drive to a place, park the car and do a lot of walking. He surveys the area to find unique views.

“I look to see what perspectives are around,” he said. “I do not always create a drawing from the view people are used to seeing. I prefer to change the view of the drawing. I will not draw the same view twice.”

Botter, 50, was born in Italy. He has dual citizenship through his mother, Pittsburgh artist Lyù Da Cortà Fumei. Her family immigrated to the United States in 1892, so she was born and raised here. She eventually decided to move to Italy to study. There, she met and married Botter’s father.

His father, Memi Botter, was a building restoration artist who worked with Botter’s grandfather, Mario Botter. The Botter family is well-known in Treviso for restoring structures that date back to the mid-1800s.

Botter started drawing when he was 5 years old. The first exhibit of his drawings was “Forty Drawings of an Eleven Year Old Boy,” in Treviso in 1977. At age 13, he won a national drawing competition in Rome. His sketch of Treviso became the official stamp of the Italian Post Office in 1980.

He graduated from the Istituto Universitario di Architettura in Venice in 1993 and became an architect, although he continued to draw. He became an architect because he loves buildings and did not want to restore buildings like his father and grandfather.

He began drawing buildings and landscapes from various unique perspectives in the mid-1990s. It’s an approach his father taught him.

He worked as an architect for about 20 years before the economic climate in Italy forced him to change careers. That’s when he decided to pick up his pen more.

Botter has created numerous drawings over his career and, in particular, has recent portfolios of drawings focusing on Virginia cities Williamsburg, Norfolk and Richmond, and on Burghausen in Germany. He also has an extensive portfolio of Pittsburgh sites and has written a biographical book about his mother, “Un’americana a Treviso.”

Botter and his wife, Paola, live in Treviso, which is about 20 miles north of Venice, with their two daughters, Rebecca and Sofia Melissa. The family resides in Pennsylvania during the summer. It is in the summertime that Botter travels to U.S. cities with his family.

Botter’s sketches will be on display at Krempp Gallery in November 2017 along with photographs from Jasper resident Jay Hamlin.


Source: The (Jasper) Herald, https://bit.ly/2amI24A


Information from: The Herald, https://www.dcherald.com

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