L’Art Caché Albas 2015 part II

As I mentioned in the last post, I have returned to share more from the annual L’Art Caché from the charming little village of Albas.

Sylvaine Martel can be found at: http://funambule.e-monsite.com This is not her first year at L’Art Caché and I must admit to staying in this courtyard longer than any of the others. If you would care to see some of her work from last year, here is the link: https://foundinfrance.wordpress.com/2014/07/13/lart-cache-2/  By taking a look at last years exhibit as well as this one you will get an idea of the versatility at her disposal.

Sylvaine Martel #1
Sylvaine Martel #1
Sylvaine Martel #2
Sylvaine Martel #2
Sylvaine Martel #3
Sylvaine Martel #3
Sylvaine Martel #4
Sylvaine Martel #4
Sylvaine Martel #5
Sylvaine Martel #5
Sylvaine Martel #6
Sylvaine Martel #6

#6 is the little girl dressed up, she thinks, like mom. I do love these little figures but no doubt you have noticed.

Sylvaine Martel #7
Sylvaine Martel #7
Sylvaine Martel #8
Sylvaine Martel #8

While there were a few more photos, I seem to be unable to post them as my browser keeps quitting on me when I attempt to add certain photos.  Have no fear, there are other works to share.

Michel Jacucha stands over a blazing fire melting the metals with which he creates.  Here is Michel’s information:

Michel Jacucha #1
Michel Jacucha #1
Michel Jacucha - Sculpteur
Michel Jacucha – Sculpteur
Michel Jacucha #2
Michel Jacucha #2
Michel Jacucha #3
Michel Jacucha #3
Michel Jacucha #4
Michel Jacucha #4
Nina Kleivan #1
Fabienne Laheurte #1
Fabienne Laheuret #2
Fabienne Laheuret #2
Fabienne Laheurte #3
Fabienne Laheurte #3

For more information regarding Fabienne’s work, you can contact the artist at fabienne.bernasconi@wanadoo.fr

SAIREO #1
SAIREO #1

More of SAIREO’s work is available through http://www.art-saireo.com, flickr.com/photos/saireo or you can email him directly at saireo54@orange.fr

SAIREO #2
SAIREO #2
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Maison

The above house was not officially part of the art show. However, I was unable to resist taking a photo (or three…) and sharing it. When you venture off the beaten track in France, you never know what treasures you will discover. Is it any wonder that art thrives here and that every corner is an inspiration?

Before closing, I would like to apologise to both the artists and readers. Due to computer issues, there were many photos I was unable to post. I do hope you will forgive me.

Bisous,

Léa

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Fête Nationale / Bastille Day / quatorze juillet

Arrive early to choose your seat
Arrive early to choose your seat

When it is spoken of in English speaking countries, 14 July is usually called Bastille Day or (French National Day). Here in France, it is La quatorze juillet (14 July) or La Fête Nationale (Formal name). The actual storming of the bastille was 14 July 1889

The medieval fortress and prison in Paris known as the Bastille represented royal authority in the heart of Paris. On the morning of 14 July 1789, the people stormed the building and released the seven prisoners it contained at the time. Yet this action had nothing to do with the number of inmates but the fact that the storming was a symbol of the abuses of the monarchy and was the critical stage which erupted into the French Revolution.

Make reservations?
Make reservations?

There were three events that led up to the revolution. First was the revolt of the nobility, refusal to aid King Louis XVI by withholding taxes, the second was formation of the National Assembly and the third event was the storming of the Bastille and the ensuing Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen.

Grab a beverage and start socialising!
Grab a beverage and start socialising!

The masses formed the National Guard, sporting tricolour or cockades (cocardes) ribbons knotted together of red, blue and white. These cockades and soon the color scheme itself, become symbol of the revolution and continue today as symbol of France itself.

A few are beginning to take their seats...
A few are beginning to take their seats…

While the date for the destruction of the Bastille was indeed 14 July 1789, the date for French National Day was actually 14 July, 1790 to commemorate the 1790 Fête de la Fédération. It is a symbol of the uprising of the modern nation and reconciliation of all French inside the constitutional monarchy which preceded the First Republic during the French Revolution. Celebrations are held all over France.  A largest and oldest military parade in Europe is held on the morning of 14 July, on the Champs-Élysées avenue in Paris in front of the President of the Republic, French officials and foreign quests.

A Counsel member chats with the DJ - a band takes over when the meal is finished!
A Counsel member chats with the DJ – a band takes over when the meal is finished!

 

In most cities outside of Paris, there is usually a small ceremony at the monument for those who gave their lives in WWI and WWII. In the evenings there will be fireworks. In our village, the are shot from the ancient castle behind my home.

A great view of the castle and fireworks
A great view of the castle and fireworks

Here in my small village, there will be a meal (repas) attended by all who wish. Each year a different village organization takes charge of preparing the dinner, selling tickets procuring music and everything else that is involved. As the meal comes to a close fireworks are shot from the village chateau. The tables and chairs get moved way back and the dancing goes on well into the morning. Despite the fact that I was, once again, invited to spend the day in Carcassonne where there is the second largest fireworks display outside Paris. However, the evening with my friends and neighbors cannot be matched by a mere firework display. It is one day I truly do not want to be anywhere else.

Henri et Georgette - await their respective spouses
Henri et Georgette – await their respective spouses
Christiane, Serge et Pierrette
Christiane, Serge (the respective spouses and friend) et Puerto
After a great meal, fireworks begin
After a great meal, fireworks begin
And the dancing begins
And the dancing begins
Dance the night away... at least until 5am
Dance the night away… at least until 5am
Trinkets for the little ones, a few small arcade games as well
Trinkets for the little ones, a few small arcade games as well
Barbe à papa (Papa's beard) AKA Cotton Candy
Barbe à papa (Papa’s beard) AKA Cotton Candy

Seating fills quickly but you can make a reservation by stationing someone from your group or by placing something at one point, tipping forward the chairs you will be using and also with a pen or marker put the name and number of guests you require seating for.  While this may sound simple, the claim is respected and your seats await you.

Chef station
Chef station

Bisous,

Léa

First course: melon with port
First course: melon with port
Everyone is in a festive mood!
Everyone is in a festive mood!
Meals take longer because there is real communication going on!
Meals take longer because there is real communication going on!
Bonsoir!
Bonsoir!
The place to be!
The place to be!
Feux d'artifice
Feux d’artifice!
Our chateau by night!
Our chateau by night!
Dance...
Dance…
Dance, dance, dance! The DJ won't stop for hours...
Dance, dance, dance!
The DJ won’t stop for hours…

Infr’Action – Performance Arts Festival

 

Artist demonstrating against testing on animals by cosmetic firm
Artist demonstrating against testing on animals by cosmetic firm

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Infr’Action made it debut in 2005. It is the leading performance art event in France. The primary goal is to develop the performance art scene in France. In addition support is available for those who desire to participate. The public is treated with a nudge to the imagination as a parade of artists stimulate your concept of what is possible in the world of art.

The young artist in the first two photos is making a statement regarding the practices of a chain of shops that make and sell beauty products.

You are invited to an experience that you will not forget and the public is invited and encouraged to interact with the art/artist. Five days exposure to contemporary art in the beautiful setting of the city of Sète a vibrant and hospitable jewell set on the sea.  The avant-garde

Young artist (in WC) composes poems from words written on post-its
Young artist (in WC) composes poems from words written on post-its

has become popular. Infr’Action is certainly another way of distributing contemporary art. Everybody is free to go to and meet up with the art, and the artists, who are presenting their work, live and direct in the public space. Infr’Action gives you the possibility to live five days that you will certainly not forget. To discover the avant-garde of contemporary art in the remarkable settings of the city of Sète, blending nearness and conviviality with the back-drop of The Mediterranean. Plan to attend all five days of the event. I was only there for two and missed so much. Next time, I plan to have more than one extra set of batteries for my camera and more than two days at the festival.

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Being an International event, you will have a first hand encounter with art and the artists from numerous countries. This years artists include participants from France, Sweden, Poland, United Kingdom, Netherlands, Ireland, Spain and many more.

Kisses for Sale!
Kisses for Sale!
Interactive Installation Art
Interactive Installation Art

A young man in a wheelchair encourages passers-by to contribute to  living poetry via post-it notes. Some wrote their own short pieces of verse and some place a single word or quote on their posting.

It is not to late to plan to attend or perhaps even participate. If you would like to know more about this cutting-edge art experience, click on the link for Infraction information: http://www.infraction.info/en/index.html

This year the event is scheduled for September 12 – 16. Perhaps I will see you there.

Bisous,

Léa

Artist demonstrating against cosmetic company
Artist demonstrating against cosmetic company