IN FOCUS: Bristol Woman joins Friends of Florence Foundation11.20.2005
The Friends of Florence Foundation, a non-profit international organization based in Washington, DC and Florence, Italy, has selected Sandra T. Woolley (Mrs. John E. "Jack" Woolley) of Bristol, Tennessee, to be a member of its advisory board.
The Foundation was established to allow citizens of the world to participate in the restoration, preservation and enhancement of the unique and glorious works of art, sculpture, architecture and literature of Florence and the Tuscany region of Italy.
Mrs. Woolley joins a distinguished group of internationally respected experts and historicans who guide the Foundation in the selection and execution of projects in need of restoration. Recent projects include the sculptures in the Loggia dei Lanzi, the paintings in the Tribune of the Academia, the cleaning of Michelangelo's David, and the soon to be completed Niobe room in the Uffizi Gallery.
The Foundation, which was founded by Contessa Simonetta Brandolini d'Adda, an American, also develops educational programs and events dedicated to increasing public understanding and enjoyment of the artistic treasures of Tuscany and, especially, the city of Florence.
Dr. Ross King, art historian and author of Brunelleschi's Dome and Michelangelo and the Pope's Ceiling, accompanied the group in October 2005 on a program focusing on the birth and rise of the Renaissance.
Mrs. Woolley's grandparents were born in Italy and her Tuscan heritage comes from her paternal grandmother. One of her favorite quotations, which describes her passion for everything Italian, comes from Robert Browning: "Open my heart and you will see engraved inside it...Italy."
A community volunteer, Mrs. Woolley is president of the board of directors of the Bristol Ballet, a vice president of the Bristol YWCA, a member of the board of Arts Alliance Mountain Empire (AAME), secretary of the 1900 Literary Club, and a member of the Producers Guild of the Paramount Center for the Arts. She is also active in the wives club of the Military Officers of America Association, a member of the National Italian American Foundation, and a contributor to various other performing and visual arts groups in the Tri-Cities region.