Sunday, August 19, 2007

The French Adventure

When Filthy arrived in St. Amand en Puisaye, he saw posters for his exhibit all over the village.
Including one here on the bulletin board at the visitor center.

St. Amand is a lovely village surrounded by fields and farms in the heart of Burgundy, France. It is historically known for it's nearby clay quarries and the pottery that has been produced here by artisans for centuries.

Filthy's exhibit took place at L'Espace Ceramique Jacque-Jeanneney in a gallery that typically displays both traditional and contempoary ceramics. But Yolene, the proprietor and a potter herself, took a chance and welcomed Filthy and his unusual drawings. At the opening event for the exhibit Filthy met the Mayor of the region and was interviewed by a reporter from a regional newspaper. Pictured left to right: Yolene, Filthy, the mayor, the reporter.

Filthy's friends who helped with local logistics came to the opening event and also shared their homes and showed us around their towns. Filthy's SL friends Other and datssia were especially helpful in getting Filthy set up in town and with the exhibit here.

Filthy's wife Anya joined and they did some sightseeing in and around St. Amand, attending an exhibit at the local pottery museum that is housed in a centuries old chateau.

Our next adventure took us on a road trip to a pair of villages in Normandy known as Barneville-Carteret. There we visited with SL friend Clames Clanger and his partner Lou and their young daughter.

They are renovating an old manor where they live and also where Clames has his music studios.We spent some time getting to know them and then Filth did a drawing for them based on some stories they told. He also had a private showing of several other works in one of the unfinished rooms of the manor. Clames' assistant Richard was a big help in getting the room ready for setting up the show . Clames and Lou were wonderful hosts and we had a teriffic was hard to leave.

After, we returned to St. Amand to close the show there and party with our new friends. We had yummy food, wine, music, and good company. The next day it was back to the states.

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