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Le Vernissage complet

Guests from the Languedoc region attended the vernissage May 3

Guests from the Languedoc region attended the vernissage May 3.

My ‘Reconfiguré show opened in Roujan the evening of Friday, May 3rd. It was a wonderful experience. The Centre International et Regional des Arts, GaleriMSF  is housed in a 18th C former ‘barn’, complete with stone rubble walls, ancient crooked beams and a tile roof punctuated by small skylights, which admit narrow streams of intense Languedoc light.
Bright blue shutters on the street side provide a distinctive look along the Avenue Henri Mas.

The opening capped 4 days of on-site work, and many months of preparation. Chuck and I unpacked the boxes of art shipped from Canada, bought frames, assembled the works, ‘mounted’ the exhibition, created labels, and a guest signing board. Gary, our host, made his own preparations, rehearsing with his jazz trio, and organizing our wine sponsor, Domain de Cadablès.  While Jessie Jones, the resident artist and curator, ensured that patrons, supporters and neighbours were invited.

The principal gallery space displays  my ‘Slat Series’ – a group of 15 large ‘reconfigured’ paintings that explore the theme of human intervention in the landscape, as well as several smaller works.  The back room features my travel ‘Plein Air’ sketches, with over 100 reproductions strung like laundry!   (Chuck added a few socks and shirts for effect.)

At 6:30pm, the doors opened, the wine flowed, and there was lots of lively interest and discussion in English & French. The jazz was sublime.  Chuck presented my brief speech en français sparing me the challenge. I wore the beautiful jacket made by my sister Nicky for the occasion. One young guest drew me a charming picture of a tank as a gift. Parfait.

Enjoy this gallery of photos from the evening. Thank you all who helped, and attended.

Art from a Vending Machine

Art Surprise vending machine

Art Surprise vending machine – contemporary art for less than the cost of a deck of smokes!

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….

Art Surprise

Art Surprise

One month till Opening Night

Pic of Print File 1 GMSF ReconfiguredArtwork 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!

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I have been heads down preparing for my inaugural gallery show at the Galleri Maison Sans Fiche in Roujan, Languedoc, France. We have been without a dining room for 6 weeks, as I expanded my studio to incorporate every available table and tool in the house.  We will soon be in France to prepare for the opening on May 3rd. Thank you Gary & Colleen for hosting my first exhibition of artwork.