Daglan is becoming quite the home for artists and artisans. (More on this later.)
And now we’ve got a major art exhibition coming up — the Expo Art Plastique — which begins on Sunday (June 24) and runs until July 8, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day. It’s in the village’s community hall (la Salle des fètes) of course.
To be honest, I had no idea what art plastique means, so I turned to Google. There seem to be several possibilities, but I think it’s likely that it simply means visual art.
My wife Jan and I have been invited to the vernissage (private showing) the evening before the expo officially begins, so I just may have a report for you on Sunday or Monday.
And now for a brief overview of our artists and artisans, starting at the south end of the village (entering Daglan from across the River Céou):
First come two artists and their galleries, across the street from each other; both create both paintings and sculptures. Further along there’s the shop (La Petite Minoche) run by the woman who creates and sells lovely hats.
Then comes La Goutte Noire (which means The Black Drop). It is both the shop and the atelier, or workshop, of a talented young woman named Sophie Arnaud; her speciality is working with fine silver strands, shaping them into earrings, bracelets, necklaces and more, and sometimes combining the silver with semi-precious stones such as lapis lazuli.
Across the street from La Goutte Noire is the new shop called La Margotte, where a seamstress makes clothing (Jan has already bought a lovely dress) and sells a variety of decorative items.
Next to La Goutte Noire is an area where art exhibitions are often held, including the work of a local water-colourist. Then there’s the home of the sculptor who uses a power saw to create large statues out of tree trunks. And finally, another well-known water-colourist is having an ancient home renovated right in our quartier, just a few metres from our home, where he will live and operate his gallery.
If I’ve missed anyone, I apologize — just let me know.
And here’s how one of the artist’s galleries looks, with the Expo banner hung high on the exterior wall:
This is where you’ll find the work of Yannick Robain, abstract painter and sculptor. With luck, I’ll be showing quite a few pieces of his art, and others, in a blog posting soon.