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Amazing Proof That “Art Imitates Life” in France

When the Barefoot Blogger decided to travel to France, this blog was born. It was intended as a “letter back home” to those I know so they could keep up with my adventure. Little did I know that the blog would take on a life of its own. Now it introduces me to new friends from around the world.

Andy Newman, an artist from Massachusetts who lives in France part of the year, made contact after reading a blog post about the Luberon. Not only did he recognize the location of each of the photos in the blog, he had paintings that looked like they were created at the very same spot.  As we passed emails back and forth over the next months, we were amazed at the similarities in my photos and his art work.

Art imitates Life 

A visit to Tresques, France

Before Andy and I met in person, you may remember a blog post about this interesting man who had put aside a prosperous law practice to be an artist. Needless to say, when Andy and his family were in France this summer, we had to meet. He was presenting his work in Tresques, a quaint village that’s less than an hour from Uzes. It was a great day trip through beautiful countryside to visit the exhibit and the town. As you can see from another “art imitates life” painting by Andy, the road to Tresques is lined with plane trees as far as you can see.

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In a few weeks Andy will be back in the area to present his work at the Mairie in Cavillargues, October 23 to November 8 — (town hall)

 He asked me to invite you all!

Uzes to Cavillargues

Uzes to Cavillargues

“Lost in the Luberon” posts:

Lost in the Luberon: Gordes, Goult and Menerbes

Lost in the Luberon Part Two

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Uzes at Christmas: Revisited

Uzes at Christmas: Revisited
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As much as I like to travel to new places and visit again with family I love, I miss my new home in France over the holidays.

Revisit these memorable moments with me from Christmas in the beautiful village of Uzes, France.

 

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Just one of the narrow streets filled with shops and cafes that are decorated to celebrate Christmas in the beautiful village of Uzes, France.

 

Bobo French fashions at Atelier des Ours are extra-special at Christmas

Bobo French fashions at Atelier des Ours are extra-special at Christmas

 

Love the gifts of Provence from this local shop

Love the gifts of Provence from this local shop

 

Macaroons at Christmas Market Uzes. Need I say more?!

Macaroons at Christmas Market Uzes. Need I say more?!

 

Musicians caroling on the sidewalks help create a oldtime holiday mood

Musicians caroling on the sidewalks help create a old time holiday mood

 

The neighborhood wine store and flower shop is decked for all holiday occasions

The neighborhood wine store and flower shop is decked for all holiday occasions

 

Table toppers and other festive decorations fill store windows at Atzana

Table toppers and other festive decorations fill store windows at Atzana

 

Gifts for the season -- galore!

Gifts for the season — galore!

 

Potter at San Quentin La Poterie during Holiday Exhibit

Potter at San Quentin La Poterie during Holiday Exhibit

 

Favorite dress shops are decked with their finest

Favorite dress shops are decked with their finest

 

At wine tastings there's a party going on!

At wine tastings there’s a party going on!

 

Chestnuts roasting at holiday markets

Chestnuts roasting at holiday markets

 

All wait for the Holiday Parade

All wait for the Holiday Parade

 

Saint Nicolas makes his appearance wishing all a 'Joyeux Noël'

Saint Nicolas makes his appearance wishing all a ‘Joyeux Noël’

 

‘Joyeux Noël’ to my friends in France!

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local artists in Uzes

Village Scenes in Uzes: One Crazy Good Artist

Last Saturday afternoon one of the local artists in Uzes threw a soiree for a few friends and fans.

Aside from celebrating the last days of his art exhibit, it was a crazy good party.

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Artist dancing in the street

A Crazy Good Art Show

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Lemons

local artists in Uzes

“Rencontre Urbaine”

local artists in Uzes

local artists in Uzes

Le Mariage Pourtous

Good Food

local artists in Uzes

Fresh oysters and shrimp from the Saturday Market, pate, aubergine, saucisse (sausage), fromage (cheese) and pain (bread).

Funky Music

local artists in Uzes

New friends

local artists in Uzes

… and one crazy artist dancing in the street

local artists in Uzes

Francois Lewandrowski

This is how they do art shows in Uzes!

Wonder why I love it here???

Oh yes, almost forgot … and a piano tuner in the steet!

local artists in Uzes

Check out the artwork of  Francois Lewandrowski an other artist on Uzes: Village of Artists post.

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Nuit Blanche Uzes: A Grand First Edition

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Nuit Blanche Uzes: A Grand First Edition

This week Uzes celebrated its first Nuit Blanche , “White Night”.  By all accounts, the event that is an annual affair in Paris will be back in Uzes by popular demand.

Nuit Blanche was conceived as a nighttime event in October when art of all forms — natural and man-made — are highlighted by the community. The idea is to create art venues among historical architecture and places of beauty in the town or village.

For me, Nuit Blanche started off early in the day. Artful masterpieces appeared everywhere I ventured. The show began only a short walk away from where I live — on the way to the Valle d’Eur.

Cathedral in Uzes France

The Cathedral seemed more beautiful on this day of Nuit Blanche

 

Cathedral in Uzes, France

… and so magestic

 

For some reason the walk which I take to the Valle d’Eur was different this day. There were details of the Cathedral I never noticed before. Perhaps I had never really stopped to gaze up at the cathedral tower.

I would have pondered the beauty of the Cathedral longer but it was delaying my walk. With my head obviously still in a cloud, I took a first step forward — and tripped. Catching myself I said to me: “Pay attention! Look down before you walk.”

Fortunately the lesson prepared me for the stairs down to the Valle d’Eur —  treacherous.

 

Stairway to the Valle d'Eur Uzes France

Stairway to the Valle D’eur

 

The Valle d’Eur

The Valle d’Eur has been in several previous blog posts. I love that place. On this day in addition to the scenery —  the truest form of art —  I ran into these most interesting creatures and objects.

 

Valle d'Eur stream that feeds Pont du Gard

Swans and more swans live peacefully along the stream that once fed the might Pont du Gard

 

 

Swan at Valle d'Eur Uzes France

 

 

Swan at Valle d'Eur Uzes France

 

 

Swan at Valle d'Eur Uzes France

 

A swinging bridge extends from one side of the valley to another. From the middle of the bridge onlookers stop to watch the swans that glide by at their own nonchalant pace. 

 

Swan at Valle d'Eur Uzes France

 

 

The swinging bridge at Valle d'Eur Uzes France

The swinging bridge stretches from the natural areas of the river bed to an athletic field on the other side

 

 

This day a  bride and groom were enjoying their special occasion in a most unique chapel.

 

Valle d'Eur Uzes France

 

 

Walking along the sides of the stream I discovered art of a most unusual kind. Donkeys, squirrels, fish and other clever sculptures sprang out of the ground — otherwise known as tree stumps. 

 

 

Valle d'Eur Uzes France

 

 

 

Valle d'Eur Uzes France

 

 

 

Valle d'Eur Uzes France

 

 

 

Valle d'Eur Uzes France

 

 

 

 

Valle d'Eur Uzes France

 

 

Blanc Nuit

After a vigorous walk and climb back up the stairs from the Valle d’Eur, I was ready for a night on the town — Nuit Blanche
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The Place des Herbes Uzes France

The Place des Herbes

 

The Nuit Blanche symbol Uzes France

The Nuit Blanche symbo

 

Nuit Blanche Uzes France

Streets decorations set the tone for the evening

 

Street decorations included the Nuit Blanche symbol that was scattered on walkways and buildings where events were taking place.  Driveway posts were dusted with white powder giving the surroundings an even more ethereal look.

 

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A hidden Roman well was the site of a subterranean art gallery.

 

Roman subterrerean well Uzes France

 

 

 

 

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Some of my favorite galleries and places ….

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nuit Blanche Uzes FranceThe Mairie (Town Hall) joined in the theme with theatrical presentations and with floor art reminiscent of an ancient sundial. 

 

 

 

 

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Nuit Blanche Uzes France

 

 

Oh that I could have stayed awake until midnight to enjoy it all.  

Next year!

 

Nuit Blanche Uzes France

 

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French artist village

Uzes: A French Artist Village

Uzes is a French artist village that reminds me of a place Van Gogh, Matisse and Monet would have liked to hang out. The beauty of the town and surroundings could inspire anyone with an inkling of talent to pick up a brush, a pen or musical instrument .

Today the town is filled with artists of all types. One of my favorite pastimes is to explore the expositions local artists sponsor. Earlier posts have shown examples.

Last week the exposition of Guelpa, Lewandrowski, Memin and Vieville in the Galerie La Verriere caught my attention. Francois Lewandrowski and I met at another art gathering and I was anxious to see his work. When I stopped by the Galerie, three of the artist were “in residence.”

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Artists at Galerie La Verriere. Exhibition August 1 to Septemer 15, 2014.

Here are examples of their work and notes about the artists.

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Denis Gulpa works primarily with stone.  His whimsical sculptures are created in classic sizes, adding a comical twist to his art.

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Jean Marie Memin chooses pen and ink to illustrate people and their “traits”.  In addition to his artwork, Memin’s “porchette signet” collection was on display — the first of its type I’ve seen. Each porchette signet contains a series of small drawings put together with a themeFrench Artist Village

French Artist Village

French Artist Village

“Wood in the Head”

French Artist Village

Francois Lewandrowski expresses himself with contemporary and abstract creations in oil, pastels, and crayon. His choices of canvas, cardboard and paper give him the freedom to express his “futuristic” views of life and the world.

French Artist Village

French Artist Village

“Rencontre Urbaine”

French Artist Village

“Maternite”

French Artist Village

“Paternite”

French Artist Village

“Pardonnez Nous”

The exhibition runs until September 15. Stop by if you are in or around Uzes. Not only is the visit worth the time to enjoy the artwork, the Galerie La Verriere itself is an amazing place to see and to wander through the grounds.

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Courtyard of Galerie La Verriere

French Artist Village

Galerie La Verriere

Galerie La Verriere

Galerie La Verriere

French Artist Village

The artists at Galerie La Verriere

 

Contact information:

Denis Gulpa

guelpa.ch

Jean Marie Memin

jeanmariememin.com

Francois Lewandrowski

francois-lewandrowski.com

Galerie La Verriere

8 rue du Docteur Blanchard

30700 Uzes

http://www.laverriere.fr/

Artists’ work in previous Barefoot Blogger posts

Elisa Cossonnett

 

Francois Mandin, 100Drine, Dom Labreuil, and Cecile Constantin

Christina Rabaste

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Pottery in San Quentin La Poterie

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