Celebrating Inspiration- An Immigrant’s Story through Art

Mar 15th, 2012Press Release from Northampton County Historical and Genealogical Society

Media Contact:
Barbara Kowitz
Executive Director
Northampton County Historical & Genealogical Society
610 253-1222


Celebrating Inspiration- An Immigrant’s Story through Art

EASTON, Pa. Celebrating Inspiration

The Art of Raffaele DePamphilis


A Special Exhibit at the Sigal Museum

April through August 2012

From Italy to Easton: An Immigrant Illustrates the Story of His Life

Raffaele DePamphilis was born in Italy, surviving WWW II bombing raids, and graduating from Technico Instituto “Tito Acerbo” Pescara. Using his degree, DePamphilis worked for six years with architects and engineers prior to his move to the United States in 1956.

Here, in Northampton County, DePamphilis met his wife, Lucia Caporaso of Pen Argyl. They married, raised a family and settled in Easton. For more than thirty years he owned and operated Raffaele’s Dip and Strip in Forks Township. His ties to his homeland remain strong, with frequent trips to Italy and his love of preparing Italian delicacies for friends and family.

It was not until 2006 that DePamphilis began to paint, and since then has produced an impressive volume of work. With only the experience of painting sets for plays when he was in school, DePamphilis’s work shows his talent for realistic portrayals of everything from fresh flowers and vegetables in his garden to the architectural detail of familiar Easton buildings and his renditions of his memories of Italian streetscapes. His portraits include family and friends, as well as several self-portraits.

The Sigal Museum is honored to tell the story of this creative native Italian through his art. “Celebrating Inspiration, The Art of Raffaele DePamphilis” will open in the Charles Chrin Gallery on April 13, with a reception from 5pm to 7pm and will remain on exhibit through August 2012.  The exhibit is free with Museum Admission ($7 adult, $5 child).

About Northampton County Historical & Genealogical Society

The Northampton County Historical and Genealogical Society was established in 1906 and continues to serve Northampton County PA and researchers throughout the world, by preserving, showcasing, exhibiting, and interpreting its more than 60,000 collection items. The Society maintains four locations in Easton, PA – the Mixsell House Museum at 4th and Ferry Streets, the Jacob Nicholas House Museum at 5th & Ferry Streets, the 1753 Bachmann Publick House at 2nd & Northampton Streets, and the Sigal Museum at 342 Northampton Street. Sigal Museum and Society office hours are: Tuesday through Saturday, 9:30am to 3 pm, Sunday, noon-4pm. The Jane S. Moyer Library for Local & Genealogical Research is located at the Sigal Museum and is open Tuesday through Friday, 9:30am to 3pm. All other locations open by appointment.


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