Gotthesthal exhibits watercolors in Austria

Flintstone sculptor, painter and stained-glass artist Hilmar Gottesthal recently returned from a successful exhibition of his watercolors in Austria in a resort area called The Wachau, which runs along the Danube River an hour west of Vienna.

Gottesthal also taught an art class there.

The exhibition was in Wosendorf within a villa that has an enclosed courtyard leading to the gallery, owned by Wolfgang Bergner, an artist who had been one of his classmates at the Vienna Academy of the Arts. The gallery still contains a large wooden wine press from the 1700s.

Gottesthal arrived a week early to prepare his works for the hanging. “We arrived in Austria but my watercolors and frames didn’t,” said Gottesthal. “They were at Heathrow Airport in London. Plus accommodations in the village for my art students were scrambled and we had to hustle to find space for students arriving from Yugoslavia, Arizona and Vienna.”

The accommodation problems were a result of the Mid-Summer’s Eve, a major celebration in the area on June 21, the Summer Solstice, according to Gottesthal’s wife, photographer Penny Knobel-Besa.

Knobel-Besa assisted with the students and prepared the exhibition program, using a German version of the Windows program.

“All the foreign students spoke English,” she said. “They thrived on a daily schedule starting at 8:30 a.m., painting until at least 5 p.m. each day with a lunch break at a cafe, often meeting again for dinner in an outdoor garden.”

In the village of Wosendorf, on June 22, no cars were allowed and the streets were covered with grass and tree branches were tied to the walls. A procession led the local priest to church for Mass and then through the village carrying the Eucharist for the celebration of the Feast of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ.

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Date: 18 October 2003

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