Sina-cism: Clarkie, artist, human – a tribute to Charles Movalli

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American poet James Russell Lowell once asked, “What is so rare as a day in June?”

Chris Sinacola

Chris Sinacola

That thought flashed through my mind when I heard that Charles Movalli, a resident of West Gloucester and one of New England’s finest artists, had died March 19, after a 16-year battle with multiple myeloma.

I’d heard about Movalli from several local artists who had studied with him, read his articles and blogs, and attended his lectures and demonstrations. I met him just once, on the first day of summer two years ago. A rare day that was.

I had not appreciated how large a figure Movalli was in the New England art scene. A summary of his life and work can be found in a beautiful tribute by Gail McCarthy in the March 22 Gloucester Daily Times here. In short, Movalli held a bachelor’s degree from Clark University – always a Worcester connection! – and lived a life dedicated to art, literature, friends, travel and the joy of living.

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