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 didnt, 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-Summers Eve, a major celebration in the area on June 21, the Summer Solstice, according to Gottesthals 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.