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“Portes Ouvertes des Ateliers d’Artistes” ~ les 18, 19 et 20 octobre 2013

John Hutton in La Grange Blanche with 'Flight'

Don’t forget this is the weekend when artists in the Pas De Calais open their studio doors to the public.

Among those artists, John Hutton, based at Neuville near Montreuil, will be most happy to welcome you.  John’s  large painting “Flight”, seen in the photo above, encapsulates one of the heroic scale works made in his studio, La Grange Blanche within a ten year period. The majority of work exhibited in this show has been shown in France and abroad.

Opening times on 18/ 19/ 20/ October at La Grange Blanche are 14.00 hrs to 18.00hrs.

La Grange Blanche
43 rue de Montreuil
Neuville sous Montreuil 62170

If you are interested in contemporary works then you are welcome to visit.

For more information on the “Portes Ouvertes des Ateliers d’Artistes” event, with list and locations of all participating artists and studios, click on this link to visit the POAA Nord website.

Local British Artist’s “Open Studio” Show, Oct 20 & 21

copyright Pascal Mores 2010

John Hutton in his Montreuil studio. (photo by Pascal Mores)

John Hutton is a British abstract artist who has lived and worked in Northern France for many years.  Next weekend, Saturday October 20 and Sunday October 21, he is throwing his studio doors open so that the public can take a look at some of his latest work.

Although John usually works in acrylic on canvas, Frogsiders has heard that in some of  his most recent pieces he has been tempted to depart from pure painting in order to experiment with the 3-dimensional effects of coloured and textured perspex.  Visitors to John’s studio may be intrigued to see some of  the results of this new direction in his art.

John and Tricia Hutton

John Hutton’s “Open Studio” show is at La Grange Blanche, 43 rue de Montreuil, 62170 Neuville s/s Montreuil.

Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 October, 2012.

Opening hours 9h00 – 12h00 and 14h00 – 18h00 each day.

Admission Free

Frogsider Editor’s Note:  The dates originally posted by us were incorrect.  The dates for the Open Studio event, now shown above, are correct.

La Galerie du Marais Art Show, Free Admission, La Madelaine Sous Montreuil

It seems the good weather has come along in the nick of time for an outdoor art exhibition about which Frogsiders has just received brief details.

There is a wonderful exhibition starting Monday at the Marais in Madelaine-sous-Montreuil – it is a beautiful location with streams, lakes and trees – and over 30 artists have installed various sculptures on the paths, hiding in the gardens and even hanging from the trees.

It is open from Monday 23 July to Sunday 5th August, from 3pm to 7pm each day. Entrance is free but the organisers do appreciate a 1€ donation per person (or you can join their association for 5€, and I assume be kept informed of future events).

Madelaine-sous-Montreuil is just below Montreuil-sur-Mer and boasts the Michelin-starred La Grenouillere restaurant. The exhibition is a bit tricky to find – but you will notice A4 size posters and arrows on all the lampposts once you approach the village. You have to park and walk along a path to the marais entrance.

And yes, of course, Nik has a piece in there!

Restaurant La Grenouillere at La Madelaine Sous Montreuil

In case you’re wondering about the “Nik”, mentioned in the last sentence, he is Nik Meergans, a talented British sculptor and ceramic artist living and working in the 7 Valleys Region, whose work Frogsiders has featured with enthusiasm, in a previous article.

The marais at La Madelaine Sous Montreuil is a very pretty area close to the banks of the River Canche,  ideal for a walk or a cycle ride on a warm summer day.  It is also the location of the famous Restaurant “La Grenouillere”, so you might want to consider treating yourselves to a very special day out.


4 British Artists announce a summer show at Montreuil

Last year’s group of 3 has become this year’s gang of 4 with the inclusion of Frank Banfield along with regular exhibitors James Buchanan Johnston, Alice Lawrie Johnston and Peter Wyart.

All 4 artists have homes in or around Montreuil. We look forward to an opportunity to examine the ways in which this common experience might impact differently on 4 separate artistic visions.

“Life on the ocean wave” – an art event in the heart of Europe.

Rajula at Madras

An invitation to an artist to show his work at the European Parliament represents a special form of recognition.  And when the artist is British, and one of the paintings is entitled “Trafalgar Dawn: The French Perspective”,  you could be forgiven for imagining, at least for a moment, that the EU had been taken over by the UK Independence Party.

“Life On The Ocean Wave”, an exhibition of maritime paintings by Gordon Frickers, is to be mounted next month in the new Altiero Spinelli building of the European Parliament in Brussels.  This is a considerable honour for a British artist, even one with such impeccable European credentials as Frickers, who lives and works much of the time in France.

Gordon Frickers is a professionally trained artist, shipwright and boat builder as well as naval historian.  He is the only artist who is a member of the British Marine Federation and Superyacht UK and the first marine artist to be invited to show in the European Parliament.  His paintings feature subjects as diverse as emigration, ocean racing, Olympic sailing, superyachts, passenger and commercial shipping, ports and people: subjects all linked by the common thread of life on the ocean wave.

Swans at Guernsey

Brian Simpson MEP, the chairman of the Transport and Tourism Committee, and host for the exhibition says “Frickers merits the exhibition, he has produced some outstanding and renowned art.  Frickers is widely regarded as one of the finest living marine artists”.

The show will include a selection of original works including some new paintings and some key pictures from his 30 years of art work.  Invitations to the show preview, in the evening on May 23, have gone to most of the 400 MEP’s and heads of departments, plus VIPs and invited guests from Britain, France and further shores.

If you are interested in Gordon Frickers art, it may still be possible to get your name on the preview invitation list.  Contact Gordon Frickers through his website  for details.

Personally, I can’t wait to see the look on the faces of the French MEPs when they catch sight of Frickers’ “Trafalgar Dawn” painting – the ominous view, seen from one of the  French ships, of Nelson’s fleet approaching, ready to give battle.

Trafalgar Dawn: The French Perspective

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