In Search of Magical Waters

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In Search of Magical Waters is the pilot for a series of short films by Artful Vagabond that explores the creative lives of artists in America.

“This film series exactly what we are waiting for….a deep dive into art-making.”

Part documentary, part reality show, this road-trip series with host Serena Kovalosky presents artists in a whole new way as cameras follow their search for inspiration and capture what really happens behind the studio door.

Sumptuous cinematography offers a vicariously experiential glimpse into how artists “see” and reality-style filming tells their unique and fascinating stories in an entertaining way.

Produced, directed, written and hosted by Serena Kovalosky of Artful Vagabond Productions. The pilot is currently in post-production.


Adriano Manocchia left a jet-setting career as a photojournalist in New York City to become an artist, teaching himself to paint in the style of the Old Masters. Tapping into his emotional resonance with water he took up fly-fishing, moved to the country, and is now one of the leading sporting artists in the United States today, painting water landscapes from the perspective of someone who has spent countless hours standing in rivers.

For over three decades, Manocchia has traveled from the Battenkill River in northeastern New York to Yellowstone National Park and beyond, looking for “magical waters” that provide the inspiration for his paintings.

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Screenshot from “In Search of Magical Waters.” Copyright Artful Vagabond Productions.

In Search of Magical Waters takes the viewer on an extraordinary excursion both in the studio and on the river – from the ups and downs of the creative process to the environmental and spiritual philosophy behind the “sacred art of fly-fishing.”

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Screenshot from “In Search of Magical Waters.” Copyright Artful Vagabond Productions.

The challenge of bringing the zen-like experience of “being at one with nature” into the studio and putting it on canvas is heightened by the artist’s concern for the future of these rivers.

“In the last 35 years I’ve been fishing and painting, I’ve seen a change in the environment. I want to paint these scenes because I feel they are disappearing in front of me.”

– Adriano Manocchia, painter, In Search of Magical Waters

“Out From the Edge of the Forest” by Adriano Manocchia. Oil on panel. Copyright Adriano Manocchia.
“In The Mist” by Adriano Manocchia. Oil on panel. Copyright Adriano Manocchia

The Magical Waters pilot was filmed in and around Cambridge and the Battenkill River in New York as well as locations in neighboring Vermont.

“Late in the Anglers’ Season” by Adriano Manocchia. Oil on panel. Copyright Adriano Manocchia.

Check out the teaser from our recent fundraising campaign!

When and Where You’ll See the Film

The film screening premiere will be launched in upstate New York. Our production schedule is dependent upon the level of funding we receive. The more we raise, the sooner the pilot will become available for screening!

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Serena Kovalosky is the creator of the concept and the producer, director and writer of the Magical Waters pilot as well as the film’s on-camera host.

Screenshot from “In Search of Magical Waters.” Copyright Artful Vagabond Productions.
Screenshot from “In Search of Magical Waters.” Copyright Artful Vagabond Productions.

The idea for this art docuseries was inspired by a summer of binge-watching shows on the Food Network. As I realized how much they contributed to the expansion of the “foodie culture” in America, I dreamed of a similar awakening towards art.

I then began exploring how shows like David Gelb’s “Chef’s Table” and Anthony Bourdain’s “Parts Unknown” might help me craft a new narrative to facilitate a greater understanding and appreciation of the artist’s world.

The mission of this art docuseries is to bust through the sense of intimidation many people have about art, and use that creative space to explore life, culture and issues of our day. I plan to feature a significant percentage of female artists throughout the series, who continue to be vastly underrepresented in the art world.

This is a series for everyone who loves art – artists and non-artists alike – and those who are simply curious about creativity and living an artful life.

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Serena Kovalosky, Artful Vagabond Productions


Serena Kovalosky. Copyright Artful Vabgabond Productions.Serena Kovalosky
Founder & Producer, Artful Vagabond Productions
Producer, Director and Writer for Magical Waters

Serena Kovalosky spent 18 years in the travel industry before trading her well-worn suitcases for an artist’s loft in Montreal to become a professional sculptor.
She returned to the U.S., bringing her project management talents and skills to the art world – curating, producing and marketing art exhibitions and cultural projects. She co-founded a juried biennial that has brought well over a quarter of a million dollars in art revenue and tourism to rural upstate New York.
Serena Kovalosky originally founded Artful Vagabond in 2009 as an art and travel blog and has interviewed hundreds of artists from around the world, including pop culture icon Angie Bowie.
In the film world, Kovalosky has worked on the film crew of Life on the Run, an innovative independent film created and directed by Roger Wyatt that asks the question, “Why Do Art?” where she filmed celebrity comedian Dion Flynn and other behind-the-scenes footage.
Kovalosky has appeared in front of the camera on BBC Television’s travel program, Holiday, Canada’s Life Channel (TV), Quebec’s Canal Vie (TV) and numerous public access productions.

Debra Pearlman. Copyright Artful Vagabond Productions.Debra A. Pearlman
Pearl Productions
Consulting Producer for Magical Waters

Debra A. Pearlman is an award-winning producer with over 30 years of experience producing, directing and editing film and television projects. She has worked with all the major networks and many cable and international broadcasters, including National Geographic, A&E, Discovery Channel, Natural History New Zealand, NHK Japan and the BBC.
Her production company is based in Baltimore, Maryland where she just completed working on a live, streaming broadcast for Discovery multiplatform content and live TV.
Debra Pearlman brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in all aspects of pre-production, production and post-production to the Magical Waters project.

Tracy Cring - Editor. Copyright Artful Vagabond Productions.Tracy Nichole Cring
Editor for Magical Waters

Award-winning editor Tracy Nichole Cring brings 20 years of experience to the Magical Waters project. She’s edited 40 films, documentaries and television series throughout her career, including The Neighborhood That Disappeared which premiered on PBS to record-breaking fundraising and audience viewership and the award-winning Danseur, a documentary about professional male dancers and bullying which was featured on NBC Nightly News.
One of her current projects is John Holser’s Who Killed Hazel Drew? a documentary based on the unsolved murder mystery that had inspired the 90s hit television series, Twin Peaks.
Tracy Cring’s investigative mind and editing skills combine with her talent for “mothering” projects to their greatest potential. She is looking forward to bringing her talents and storytelling expertise to the Magical Waters project.

Kenny Hopkins. Copyright Artful Vagabond Productions.Kenny Hopkins
Kenneth Cooper Films
Lead Camera, Cinematography and Audio for Magical Waters

Kenny Hopkins has been involved in various aspects of video production for over 10 years. He currently owns Kenneth Cooper Films, a wedding and event cinematography company based in New York. He regularly travels worldwide to produce wedding films, business retreat films and commercial work for large and small-scale companies.
Kenny Hopkins brings his unique and artful imagery and talent for visual storytelling to the Artful Vagabond Productions project. His philosophy is simple: create a beautiful story.

Jim McLaughlin. Copyright Artful Vagabond Productions.Jim McLaughlin
McLaughlin Photography
Lighting, Set Manager, Camera and Still Photography for Magical Waters

Jim McLaughlin is well-known throughout upstate New York as a professional photographer. For over 30 years he has made people, places and products look great, from fine art at the Hyde Collection in Glens Falls to sports celebrities Kristi Yamaguchi and Nancy Kerrigan at the World Figure Skating Tour.
Jim McLaughlin brings his exceptional talent for composition, lighting and creative filming to the Magical Waters film project, as well as exploring unconventional shots and assisting in directing the on-camera talent. He also photographed behind-the-scenes stills and promotional shots for the film’s publicity.

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