In one of those serendipitous moments that can often happen while travelling, I met artists Juan Petry (above, right) and Sonia Eva Domenech (not shown) in Barcelona. Juan initiated a contemporary art project, “Art Surprise” in 2011 which involves selling of contemporary European art using re-purposed cigarette vending machines. At 5 euros per ‘box’ an art lover can sample diverse artists working in a range of mediums. In just 18 months, over 10,000 works have been created by more than 100 artists and sold at these locations across Europe. As a Canadian artist working in France for the summer, I am delighted to be invited to participate, and will soon be creating my first series of 100 artworks, sized 5cm x 8cm x 1.6cm (which fits nicely inside their elegant custom box). Fabulous idea which could make its way to Vancouver before long….
Artwork and sketchbooks are packed. We will soon depart for France (via London, Barcelona, Tel Aviv & Rome) before settling into the Languedoc region in May. It goes without saying that any Canadian family member or friend who makes their way to Roujan will be a welcome guest. Beds are waiting! Chuck and I are initially staying at a converted convent near the GaleriMSF, so that we can set up my show, visit the ducks & geese, and acclimatize ourself to village life. Bon Voyage!