Once again, Caffè Barbera renews its traditional appointment with art, presenting the Arte & Caffè 2016 Calendar.
And thus, we celebrate the fascinating union between this company from Messina and the creativity of artists who skilfully render pages dedicated to each month of the year unique, offering evocative images to all who can glance through and admire it. This year, the chosen artist is Lelio Bonaccorso, a graphics artist from Messina, lecturer at the Scuola del Fumetto, Palermo and Messina, one of the many talented artists who have sprung up from the isle of Sicily. Bonaccorso has decided to pay homage to Messina, its history and monuments, portraying its beauty through seductive female figures. He starts from myths and legends which surround the waters of the Straits of Messina. As Giovanna Famà, who edits the text of the calendar, writes, “on windless days, which the inhabitants of the Straits call ‘calmaria’, looking over at Messina from the Reggio Calabria coast, suddenly the distances seem to shorten, the two towns appear to join up, and swimming across the Straits seems an easy undertaking. It is the fault of the beautiful, whimsical Morgana, the fairy who, with her spell, enchanted the poor dreamers that hoped with a few strokes to reach the Sicilian coast from Calabria”. This enchantress still plays a big part, and, from myth, survives to our day, taking on the likeness of bewitching women who, in the charming designs of the comic-strip artist, guide us through the treasured places of Messina, romantic views, the Duomo, the Madonna of the port, natural and traditional scenes. It is an striking, involving comic strip, which triggers off the colours and traits of a marvellous town trying to flourish, cherishing its ancient, precious past before the eyes of those who seek. A prime mover of every image, naturally, is also coffee, Barbera coffee, with the unmistakeable aromas of its blends, firmly attached to a long tradition of love for product quality, its clients and the town of Messina, and who, in dedicating this calendar, wishes a better new year for all. It is a greeting expressed by those who firmly believe in the town, in the territory, in its energy and potential. The Caffè and Art 2016 Caldendar is all of this, and is a present which Caffè Barbera offers to its clients, suppliers and consultants, a precious item for those who love coffee and art, for those who love Messina and Sicily and want to fill every day in 2016 with enchantment and hope, enjoying, between one coffee and another, the fascinating charm of the female figures and the magic of the scenes skilfully designed by Lelio Bonaccorso.