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Last Chance to See: 'Impressions of Languedoc' Exhibition at Courtyard Arts

Courtyard Arts

We are entering the final days of this years Impressions of Languedoc Exhibition at Courtyard Arts. The Exhibition has been viewable for free for the last two weeks at Hertford’s premier community arts venue. The vibrant exhibition will have its final curtain call this Saturday at 4pm.

The exhibition displays the work of 5 local artists who embarked on a weeklong arts programme in Languedoc at the foot of the Pyrenees. Bryan Andrews, Tony Freeland, Ruth Rankin, Unity Harrington and Sue Morter all have work presented in the clean crisp exhibition area of this busy community arts venue.
This arts programme that has been running for several years now has as its point of departure  the village of Paziols.  Collioure is one of the themes of the art on display. Key buildings including the Church of Notre-Dame-des-Anges and its striking bell tower which dominates the artists’ works as well as the Chateau Royal of Collioure. 
Such spectacular views have captivated these artists in the early 21st century just as it has the other innumerable artistic visitors to the area including, notably, Henri Matisse and Salvador Dali in the early 20th century (indeed the affection between  Dali and nearby Perpignan was such that a sculpture of his sits upon the railway station’s roof). 
Indeed, Matisse noted that in whole of France ‘there is no sky as blue as the sky of Collioure.’ The importance of colour emanates from all this artwork, as Bryan noted the bright, stunning colours of the artwork may seem fanciful to us deep within Britain during November but in Collioure in May it is very much ‘reality’. Hence why to him this exhibition is about ‘France, colour and joy.’
Tony Freeland, a trustee of Courtyard Arts as well as an exhibitor, explained that the programme has ‘evolved’ over the years into a comprehensive cultural tour of the local quintessentially French, artistic environment. Wine, canvas and culture merge to create a unique and memorable time in France. 
Bryan Andrews, who as well as the host to the programme is also chairman of the board of trustees at Courtyard Arts, noted that you don’t have to go far from your front door to find areas with artistic appeal. You certainly get that sense through the photos and canvas works on display with ornate gutter pipes and filigree house gates and facades. 
Bryan hoped that the exhibition ‘will inspire people to join my next French Painting 
Holiday in Languedoc’. This will take place in May 2011. And, as this years work has been, will be exhibited at Courtyard Arts in October 2011. 
The largely unstructured programme includes a variety of visits to captivating areas. For example, the exhibition reveals part of the trip which included a stay at the Hotel-Restaurant of ‘Les Templiers’ in Collioure. This particular venue, Bryan and Tony noted, is always awash with art. Certainly, a small overview of the art on canvas and photos on display here will show you why.
Tony summarised the exhibition when he described it as ‘Colourful, uplifting and enjoyable.’ And certainly in such a pleasant environment as Courtyard Arts, the exhibition matches the character of the venue itself.
A Little about Courtyard Arts
Courtyard Arts is a community Arts venue, one of few in Hertfordshire. It was founded in 1996 and since then has gone from strength to strength. With the arrival of the director, Corinna Dunlea, the centre's success has accelerated and looks secured into the future. The centre is booked up with exhibitions for the next year. 
If you would like to get involved in the Courtyard Arts project, there are plenty of opportunities to do so. Not only are arts courses taking place year-round for you to attend and which help fund the project, but there is also a café. 
In addition, volunteering opportunities exist including stewarding. Tony Freeland reminds us that ‘joining in the activities at Courtyard Arts is fun and has a lot to offer. It is unpretentious and all comers are welcome.’ 
If you are interested in any of the opportunities, just contact the centre. They will be happy to hear from you.
See the ‘Impressions of Languedoc’ event for more details. Further events at Courtyard Arts are also detailed on the events page. 
Contact details
For Courtyard Arts: 
Tel: 01992 509596, 
Web: www.courtyardarts.org.uk
For French Painting Holiday – Contact Bryan Andrews: 
Tel: 01992 304022  
Website: www.lesdarlingsartistes.com

We are entering the final days of this years Impressions of Languedoc Exhibition at Courtyard Arts. The Exhibition has been viewable for free for the last two weeks at Hertford’s premier community arts venue. The vibrant exhibition will have its final curtain call this Saturday at 4pm.

The exhibition displays the work of 5 local artists who embarked on a weeklong arts programme in Languedoc at the foot of the Pyrenees. Bryan Andrews, Tony Freeland, Ruth Rankin, Unity Harrington and Sue Morter all have work presented in the clean crisp exhibition area of this busy community arts venue.

This arts programme that has been running for several years now has as its point of departure  the village of Paziols.  Collioure is one of the themes of the art on display. Key buildings including the Church of Notre-Dame-des-Anges and its striking bell tower which dominates the artists’ works as well as the Chateau Royal of Collioure. 

Such spectacular views have captivated these artists in the early 21st century just as it has the other innumerable artistic visitors to the area including, notably, Henri Matisse and Salvador Dali in the early 20th century (indeed the affection between  Dali and nearby Perpignan was such that a sculpture of his sits upon the railway station’s roof).

Indeed, Matisse noted that in whole of France ‘there is no sky as blue as the sky of Collioure.’ The importance of colour emanates from all this artwork, as Bryan noted the bright, stunning colours of the artwork may seem fanciful to us deep within Britain during November but in Collioure in May it is very much ‘reality’. Hence why to him this exhibition is about ‘France, colour and joy.’


Tony Freeland, a trustee of Courtyard Arts as well as an exhibitor, explained that the programme has ‘evolved’ over the years into a comprehensive cultural tour of the local quintessentially French, artistic environment. Wine, canvas and culture merge to create a unique and memorable time in France.


Bryan Andrews, who as well as the host to the programme is also chairman of the board of trustees at Courtyard Arts, noted that you don’t have to go far from your front door to find areas with artistic appeal. You certainly get that sense through the photos and canvas works on display with ornate gutter pipes and filigree house gates and facades.

Bryan hoped that the exhibition ‘will inspire people to join my next French Painting Holiday in Languedoc’. This will take place in May 2011. And, as this years work has been, will be exhibited at Courtyard Arts in October 2011. The largely unstructured programme includes a variety of visits to captivating areas. For example, the exhibition reveals part of the trip which included a stay at the Hotel-Restaurant of ‘Les Templiers’ in Collioure. This particular venue, Bryan and Tony noted, is always awash with art. Certainly, a small overview of the art on canvas and photos on display here will show you why.Tony summarised the exhibition when he described it as ‘Colourful, uplifting and enjoyable.’ And certainly in such a pleasant environment as Courtyard Arts, the exhibition matches the character of the venue itself.

If you would like a virtual tour of the exhibition then visit the YouTube Tour of the Languedoc  Exhibition made by Bryan Andrews.

 

 

Ahren Lester.


A Little about Courtyard Arts

Courtyard Arts is a community Arts venue, one of few in Hertfordshire. It was founded in 1996 and since then has gone from strength to strength. With the arrival of the director, Corinna Dunlea, the centre's success has accelerated and looks secured into the future. The centre is booked up with exhibitions for the next year. If you would like to get involved in the Courtyard Arts project, there are plenty of opportunities to do so. Not only are arts courses taking place year-round for you to attend and which help fund the project, but there is also a café. 

In addition, volunteering opportunities exist including stewarding. Tony Freeland reminds us that ‘joining in the activities at Courtyard Arts is fun and has a lot to offer. It is unpretentious and all comers are welcome.’

If you are interested in any of the opportunities, just contact the centre. They will be happy to hear from you.

See the ‘Impressions of Languedoc’ event for more details. Further events at Courtyard Arts are also detailed on the events page. 

Contact details


For Courtyard Arts: 

Tel: 01992 509596, 

Email: admin@courtyardarts.org.uk  

Web: www.courtyardarts.org.uk

 

Enquiries surrounding the French Painting Holiday – Contact Bryan Andrews: 

Tel: 01992 304022  

Email: bryan@lesdarlingsartistes.com   

Website: www.lesdarlingsartistes.com