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Friday, December 23, 2011

Buon Natale & Merry Christmas!

With Love,
from Venice ~
'Fresco at St. Mark's Basilica'
© SERANTONI Designs/2011
All rights reserved.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Great Inspirations

"Art is the only way to run away without leaving home." 
-- Twyla Tharp

This is such a profound quote for anyone who has experienced great escapism through an art form. Music, writing, drawing and painting, eventually stepped aside for Photography, a synthesis of genres. Whenever I miss the people, the arts, and the energy of Chicago, I spend time creating 'City Novellas' ©. Enjoy!

'Time Standing Still' ©

'Sweet Home Chicago I.' ©

'Sweet Home Chicago II' ©

'Sweet Home Chicago III' ©

Available as Fine Art travel photography prints, Gallery canvas wraps, paper products and wood photo blocks (home decor or office cubicle art). City Novellas Collection, 2011 © SERANTONI Designs. All rights reserved.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Thanksgiving Gratitude ~ Etsian Love Letters

Little moments that quiet the creative spirit, and make it all worthwhile...

Hi Mary, 

I should really be thanking you for sharing your art. I drop by your shop when I'm missing Italy. 

My husband and I spent part of our honeymoon in Florence and Venice, and have been fortunate enough to be able to travel back for a few days since. Neither of us is Italian, but those places feel like home, and are so beautiful. 
Some of our photos disappeared when we made a thief very happy one day, 
so it's nice to be able to appreciate yours. :-)
Thanks again, and best to you! 
S. B.,  Detroit

... xoxo to S.B.

TITLE: 'Meet Me at The Duomo', Tuscany
All rights reserved.  2011 © SERANTONI Designs

Signed original Fine Art Photograph of The Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore and Giotto's Bell Tower -- a perfect meeting place. Gothic Renaissance architecture on a sunny afternoon in Florence, Tuscany. Photograph captures extraordinary detail in design. 

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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

New product launch! Postcards from Venice, 'Venetian Jewel'

"Beautiful color...otherworldly. Love it." -- Collector, Newport Beach.

TITLE: Venetian Jewel
St. Mark's Basilica in Piazza San Marco -- The Jewel of Venice. A celebration of color and detail from the Venice Collection. The prints are lovely affordable art print gifts ready for matting and framing.
You will receive 10 Fine Art Postcards with envelopes -- A fabulous alternative to the traditional HOLIDAY card to gift someone special. Lab printed on heavy card paper with glossy finish.
This 8x12" art print normally lists for $35.00.

All images are also available as Fine Art POSTCARDS and NOTECARDS with envelopes. Please contact me for requests, including wholesale.
Visit my shop for additional work: 
Ships from USA ~ FREE shipping on orders within the United States

Friday, September 23, 2011

New Work at Scottsdale's XANADU Gallery

Xanadu's Online Gallery now features six works from the Venice Collection ~

Bridge of Sighs, Intermezzo, Men at Work, Venetian Fairy Tale,
I Could Have Danced All Night and Juliet's Windowscape.

View Online Gallery at:

Award-winning Fine Art Photographs available for Museum White Matte/Gallery Framing or as custom Gallery Canvas Wraps.

'Bridge of Sighs' received 2011 International PPA Photographic Competition Award and 
2011 Merit Award of Excellence. Chosen for prestigious Loan Collection of AZPPA - Professional Photographers of America.   

'Men at Work' received 2011 International PPA Photographic Competition Award and 2011 Merit Award of Excellence, AZPPA - Professional Photographers of America. 

View Online Gallery:
or Contact for information on creating a customized Venetian Story Wall for Home Decor or Corporate Art.   © SERANTONI Designs

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

JUST PUBLISHED: 'Buon Giorno, Venice' from 
SERANTONI featured in Cursive Arts Blog.

"Truly a city of fairytales, this Venice photograph from Serantoni Designs captures a bright spot in the city of water. The picture is so soft and subdued, the reflections so deliberate and colorful, it appears to almost be an Impressionist painting."

Fine Art Photograph available at

Monday, August 29, 2011

Notes from Sketchbook:

‎"I have heard I am very much an acquired taste. If you don't like me,
I suggest you acquire some taste."

-Doug Gordon, Photographer

Monday, July 4, 2011

CHICANITAS Exhibition from the Cheech Marin Collection through July 31

I invite you to a visual feast for the eyes, an explosion of color, energy and humanity. Art connoisseur Cheech Marin's Collection of Small Paintings by 26 Chicano artists is now on exhibit at Mesa Contemporary Arts Galleries in Mesa Arts Center. The show runs through July 31, 2011, and includes an endearing video interview with comedy legend and art collector Cheech Marin. He champions Chicano artists deserving of widespread recognition with diverse styles ranging from the refined and masterful traditionalist to the more primitive, yet profound muralists.

Emerging and internationally recognized Chicano painters explore beyond the canvas, and work on found objects such as wood, tile, metal (tin, copper) and paper. The textures of oil and acrylic on these surfaces create an intimate capture for the viewer. The color palettes range from vibrant and robust, warm and impacting to neon-graffiti statements.

Lifelong journeys and social commentary are presented to fascinate the viewer. As a photographer, I was stretched in two distinctly polar directions: the need to create photojournalistic imagery and the urge to add the physical aspect of painting to digital works. I left with a deep respect, empathy, and a hunger to see more work from this prolific community of artists.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Welcome to SERANTONI Designs, a Celebration of Color. Photography Collections include Venice, Tuscany, San Francisco, City Novellas, and Botanicals. My shop creates Little Stories with Heart -- Fine Art Photographs and Art Licensing works. Travel through magical Landscapes and Street Scenes, to Botanicals and Still Life. SERANTONI artisans date back to the Renaissance -- Tuscany, Italy.


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“Photography is like Music ~ It Should Move You.” - M. Serantoni

MARY is a member of American Society of Media Photographers, Professional Photographers Association, and attended American Academy of Art, Chicago.
2 - 2011 International PPA Photographic Competition Awards
2010, 2011 AZPPA Merit Award of Excellence
2011 Award of Excellence, chosen for prestigious Loan Collection of AZPPA - Professional Photographers of America.

I love to create Little Stories with Heart. My wish for you is to get lost in travel through magical landscapes to street scenes and botanicals, as I do. SERANTONI artisans date back to the Renaissance ~ Tuscany, Italy.
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Arizona Museum of Natural History
Arizona Weddings Magazine
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