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The Arte Italia has just opened their newest exhibit which runs from March 17 to Sept. 18, 2016. The documentary exhibit “Italian American Cinema: From Capra to the Coppolas” looks at the contributions of Italian Americans in cinema. The gallery is open to the public Thursday through Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. Admission is free.

1. Learn about Italian American Culture

The Arte Italia is owned and funded by the E. L. Wiegand Foundation. The Arte Italia chefs share Italian culture and traditions through exhibitions, culinary and visual arts. They even offer culinary classes taught by real Italian chefs. Sign-up online and choose a future class held in their state of the art kitchen.

2. Gain insight into the Italian American contribution in film

The current exhibit is a documentary that highlights the contributions made to the film industry by Italian Americans. The film features classic cinema icons such as Frank Capra and modern filmmakers such as Francis Ford Coppola. Capra directed 14 films between the years 1915 to 1928. Coppola is a multi-award winning filmmaker made most famous as the director of the Godfather.

3. Visit a historic landmark of Reno

Located at 442 Flint Street in Reno, Nevada’s Arte Italia is a historic mansion in Reno's art district. The mansion was built in 1914 and has been restored by the E. L. Wiegand Foundation to its original glory. The building features a massive Italian Cultural Center, a commercial state-of-the-art kitchen and two art galleries featuring an original Raphael painting titled “La Velata.”

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