My recent trip to Northwestern Italy was in order for me to see Casa Regis, which is the brainchild of Mikelle Standbridge. It is a very old, ornate villa in Mosso Santa Maria that is being rehabilitated to serve as an artist retreat.
I think any artist in residence at this villa will be inspired to write, draw, paint or dance like never before. Imagine falling asleep in a house built in the late 1700s with your last sight before closing your eyes being an ornately painted ceiling. How inspirational!
If a bit of writer’s block sets in, a stroll around the garden or through the village would clear one’s mind. Need inspiration for a painting? One can merely look out the window for a vista worthy of a masterpiece.
The opening date for artists to be able to work at Casa Regis is not far off. But the organizers are still in need of funds in order to complete the renovation and preservation of the large villa. To give you an idea of the space, the non-profit association that Mikelle created around the villa has produced a video, created a newsletter and Facebook page to inform the public of the project. They also have a Kickstarter campaign underway, which is in need of support. Click here to see the video and learn more about the campaign and project. With just 10 days to go, now is the time to show our support (and Mikelle says even very small contributions are very helpful and each donations has a reward attached to it!).
This is a really interesting structure with a long heritage. Its new use will breathe new life and purpose into the villa. What a great idea!
For more information on Casa Regis, visit the website by clicking here.
Link to the Kickstarter campaign by clicking here.