Exhibitions: touring and otherwise.

As a member of the Metiers d”arts Bergeracois, an association of about 67 artists and artisans, I’ve just completed a small “fresco” for our next group exhibition. The group’s previous touring exhibition was themed “La Bestiaire”, our size limit was and still is anything up to 40 cm square; with 67 different makers, including jewellery makers, leatherworkers, joiners, sculptors, printers, potters, and painters it was a very diverse and interesting expo,  it has been touring round France the last 4 years and now it’s come to an end I have my painting back, here it is, it’s our dog Meggie of course!

 

 

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The next one’s theme is “the Heart” ; as each piece should represent our particular metier, I did a mini-fresco inspired by a detail from a Pompeian wall painting. I based it on a poem by Rani Turton and called it “ My heart trembling like a leaf ”:

 

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It’s been a busy summer with the B&B, the apartment rented out, friends visiting, and mounting and manning exhibitions. The sad death of our very dear friend Carl Gellings in June made us stop and think a while and re-evaluate our lives: yes, we made the best decision in coming to live here 25 years ago. We don’t have permanent employment, but, oddly enough we have felt more secure; our lives are serendipitous but grounded, for La Crabouille is the best place to be.

 

 

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The days are still gloriously hot, the figs, plums and apples are ripe for picking, which involves dodging hornets and wasps, the figs weep as I harvest them, spilling milky tears. There is that hint of autumn in the air with the cool early mornings, and golden light and long shadows in the evenings.

I have 4 days invigilating the exhibition this week. The drive there is a pleasure, with hardly anyone on the roads,  the countryside opens out when travelling further south, with bigger skies, rolling hills and hill-top villages in the distant blue haze.  It makes a change spending time elsewhere, Castillonnès is a busy bastide town; the exhibition space is huge, part of a renovated mediaeval “château” it was originally a tythe barn.

The town square, (and the curse of the white van!) :

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The exhibition building, I haven’t any decent photos of the interior, so I’ll post them later:

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The arcades giving shade from the sun:

 

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Our next visitors for the apartment arrive on Saturday, so we have a quick breather to tidy up the garden etc, and Graham has his annual 20 ton pile of wood to cut ready for winter, it was delivered a week ago, I won’t bore you with pics as I posted a blog about the great wood-cutting event last year! See here.

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