In the winter of 2010, I was deciding on the name for my new gallery
in Chatham. A couple of things were happening at the same
time. First, January marked what would have been my paternal
grandmother’s 100th birthday. At the same time, I was
reading My Antonia by
Willa Cather. It’s a pioneer story and reminded me
of my grandmother who came here to start a new life, a pioneer
grandmother, Antonia Boreffi, was born in Arnara, Italy,
hill town south of Rome. Antonia migrated to the United States
her husband Domenico.
is hard to put into words what an amazing woman she was:
loving, funny and compassionate. Although she has been gone
for many years, she remains a force for her family and friends
that knew and loved her.
am so proud to have my gallery named after