Monday, July 5, 2010
French pastel exhibitions summer 2010
I know that I said I was taking a break for the summer, and in fact I won't be reviewing any websites for the moment. However, if you happen to be in France between now and September, you should try to visit St. Gelais, near Niort, Deux Sevres, from now until July 14 (Bonjour M. Breton - j'aime bien vos hortensias bleus!); Feytiat, near Limoges, until September 5th; and Saint-Florent-le-Vieil, near Nantes, until September 12th; to see a masterly display of some of the best French and international pastels. And there are other exhibitions.
If you can find a copy of the out-of-series Pastel issue of the French magazine Pratique des Arts, you will find a comprehensive list of summer shows, including a slew of exhibitions in Brittany. The magazine also contains features on Jean-Francois le Saint, Michael Norman, Nathalie Picoulet, Claude Texier, Penelope Milner, Philippe Janin, Cynthia Blair, Claude Bauret-Allard, Marie-Elise Larene, Serguei Oussik.....even if you don't speak French, the illustrations speak for themselves.
By the way, Marie-Pierre Le Sellin has an exhibition of acrylics and pastels in Magné, in the Marais Poitevin, from August 5th to 18th at the Four Pontet, from 10.00 a.m. to 6.30 p.m. each day.