The lovely village of Albas (population: 77) once again invites us to indulge ourselves in an enchanted exposition of Art. This is the fifth year that I have had this wonderful opportunity and each year I look forward to the coming event. A number of the artists exhibiting are not local. One that I spoke to came from Brittany. Yet the generous locals make their gardens, barns and other such areas available for the exhibits. The name of the event, translated, is Hidden Art and it could not be more appropriate. Upon arrival you are given a map of the village and numbers on different sites which correspond with the names of artists at the bottom of the page. However, unless you have been here at least once or twice there is no telling the wonderful surprises that await you. Also there are always different participants.
To the left of the above sign is a small door into a barn and our first exhibit of this expo. The artist, Michel Alquier.
Please visit Michel on his website michelalquier.free.fr it is in French but translates easily. You can email him at email@example.com and I have no doubt he would love to hear from you.
As I am often early for most things, especially this expo, there is a good chance of catching some of the artists still at work setting up. That is the case here with monsieur Claverie. You can see more of his work at bertrandclaverie.com or write to him at firstname.lastname@example.org
One does work up a thirst at such events and provisions had been made. Each year I have attended a different person has opened up a small area adjacent to their home for the serving of coffee and pastry.
The pastry on offer this year were German Fruit Crumbles. I did observe a few to be devoured so early in the day. The small garden was lovely and perhaps a photo will help you decide?
There is always so much to see so there is little time to loiter over coffee. One of the things that took me by surprise the first time I attended this Expo was the level and quality of whimsical art. We are now in the space occupied by Edith Brehaux and what a delight it is. Please check out her website: https://terrarigaud.jimdo.com You will find that it translates to English at the click of a button. You can write to her directly at email@example.com
When possible, I have included the artist in my photos. Alas, there is so much to choose from… I do hope you will take that step and look at the websites of those you enjoy the most and perhaps others as well?
I shall begin working on Part II as we have only begun. I do hope you will join me for the rest of this series and perhaps beyond?
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Thank you so very much. How kind. I do hope you will come back for the rest of the series?
You’re very welcome – lovely post and wonderful art! Will definitely be back 🙂
The old budget is a bit tight but I keep a wishlist and I have a friend who likes to surprise me from time-to-time with something from there. Of course after she has read it. 🙂
The small (though much bigger than Albas) town of Kirkcudbright in south west Scotland has an Art & Craft Trail each year. There’s a map with numbers, artists open their studios to the public and some people open their gardens. http://www.artandcraftstrail.com
Thank you for the link. I shall look forward to viewing it and someday I hope to get to Scotland…
Let me know when you do visit.
How kind. Next years show with the theme of lighthouses is tempting. I shall talk to my friend in California who frequently visits here. She is an artist and it would really be a treat for her. I already sent her the link. Thanks again
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Thanks for sharing some amazing pieces.
Thank you and I’m glad you enjoyed them. There is much more to come in future posts. I’m busy working on one now.
Ah, there is much more to come. Too many photos for just one post… 🙂
I’m looking forward to future posts 🙂
There may be one from tonight after I get all the wine and dancing out of my system. It is France’s biggest day of the year and fabulous as always. 🙂
Maybe you are as good as the Norweigians at celebrating?
Oh really? The French could write the book… 🙂
It all looks so amazing Lea I wish I could wander through the exhibits too.
Perhaps next year? It is always early July and always exciting. Imagine art hid in such settings? Alas, I am having to try to upgrade or move my blog as I’ve run out of room here and now unable to post. Sad as there are still more photos… 😦