It’s always a bit nostalgic this time of year- as the summer fun and festivals end and the sunflowers themselves start to droop. August was busy and the month flew by.
We made a trip to Pertuis in Provence where there was the 19th annual Festival du Jazz and Big Bands. It’s a “free to low cost” event that brings the best jazz/blues/swing bands together. Every night for a week there are 2 shows, the 7:30 PM show featuring younger emerging talent and then the 9:30 show features a group that has been around a while. From all over the world- American, British, French, Polish- all who love and play the music of the 40’s and beyond.
Our favorite group this year was the ShoeShiners Bandfrom Marseilles. They specialize in the dance music of the 1920-1940’s and they even brought with them a dance group. I wish you could have seen these French dancers dancing the Lindy Hop! FORMIDABLE!!
And the David Hichen Big Band a group of truly international performers- British, French, Italian, Spanish, all playing full force with the joy of music making!
I should have made this post right after Bastille Day but I still want to share these pics with you. I had a lovely opportunity to share a great dinner and the evening with friends in Castelnaudary- a town about 1/2 hour from here. Castelnaudary is the home of great Cassoulet and the official week-long Cassoulet Festival!
Our friends Roger and Cheryl have an apartment right on the Canal du Midi where the fireworks for Bastille Day take place.
I have never in my life had such an unusual fireworks experience. We were safely behind glass but the fireworks were right over us! Every time a new one went up we felt like we were right inside of the sparkling shower. Of course it’s very hard to capture in pictures but here’s a few.
Le Tournesol (the Sunflower) is a restaurant in Soreze, a charming village five minutes away, that has a single chef/owner who has been there for over 40 years! The restaurant serves lovely traditional food at moderate prices and I have taken my workshop groups there for several years. Gigi exhibits local artists and the art is beautifully displayed on the old stone walls of the restaurant. There are 5 rooms of wonderful paintings, sculptures and wall pieces.
I am honored to have my first exhibition in France there this summer. I have 5 large fabric collages (approximately 2 ft x 4 ft) and 8 small collages (9″ x 12″).
Each wall hanging has polymer clay embellishments including a brooch that comes off to wear.
Thank you Gigi and to the lovely ladies that have purchased my art this summer- means so much to me! Here’s pictures of a few of the wall hangings.
It’s been just a couple days since my workshop gals left. I want to thank these fun adventuresome ladies for a great time! Thanks for letting me share La Cascade, this wonderful area of France and studio time with you all. AND the sunflowers!
We had a very full week. Started off the week with a silk painting class with Ann Mason- each participant making a beautiful finished scarf. We had studio time each day, making mixed media jewelry, handmade books and some wonderful art figures/dolls.
We visited local galleries and boutiques in our sweet village Durfort, and also the Dom Robert Tapestry Museum in Soreze, the big Saturday market in Revel and a good flea market in a lovely village called St. Michel de Lanes.
Four days and counting til my workshop gals get here! I am looking forward to a fun-filled full week with all of them.
I’ve got a surprise for them- my first exhibition in France has opened. It’s in a beautiful restaurant called Le Tournesol (the Sunflower). We’ll all be going there during the week. I’ll post several pictures next week.
And the sunflowers in the fields have started blooming- glorious!