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More Than Just A Christmas Craft Market

The Christmas Craft Market that Frogsiders prefers is the one that’s held each year in Montreuil at 119 rue Pierre Ledent. This year it will take place on Saturday and Sunday, 1 & 2 December.

First, it’s held in the indoor comfort of a magnificent house with vast rooms. Second, the quality of the craft items on show is first class, and they are all genuinely the product of local craftspeople (unlike some of the stuff at other Christmas Markets). And, finally, it is as much a meeting place as a shopping expedition. You will meet people you know (or would like to know) there, some you may not have seen since last December’s event.

For both shopping and social reasons Frogsiders says “Do Not Miss It!”

Montreuil Christmas Crafts Market – the very place for the nicest gifts

We went to the Christmas craft market in Montreuil last Sunday and were most impressed, both by the variety and the quality of the handcrafted goods on sale.

Colourful and delicately-formed glass objets

Among our purchases were a nicely presented pot of home-made chutney, a very attractive and practical hand-made kitchen apron, a delicious Lemon Drizzle Cake a pot of something for skin-care (I think), and a couple of pieces of beautifully crafted objets made with tremendous skill and artistry in glass.

The range of jewellery, decorated household and personal items created by the talented glassworker we met at the fair would solve anyone’s Christmas gift problems.  How about a bookmark in brightly coloured swirls of glass, a pretty cheese knife or handsome salad server set with exotically coloured glass handles, or some exquisite hand-crafted jewellery, guaranteed unique? – something in the range is bound to charm even your most ungrateful, anti-Christmas, Uncle or Auntie Scrooge.

Salad servers - the perfect gift!

The young artist who makes these beautiful glass pieces goes by the fabulously Italian name of Paola Boccanfuso, appropriate enough, since she uses rods and beads of Murano glass for her creations.  But her workshop isn’t far away in Italy, it’s in Montreuil, and you can call in during normal afternoon shopping hours, every week Wednesday to Saturday, to browse her shelves and trays of goodies.

Here are the details:

Paola Boccanfuso, L’échoppe No 11, 11 rue du Clape-en-Bas, 62170 Montreuil s/ Mer.

If you’re lucky, Paola might be exhibiting at this weekend’s Christmas Market in Montreuil, or at one of the other Christmas Markets in the region during the next week or so.

If you can’t visit her workshop or find her at a Christmas market, you can always look up her delightfully quirky website where you can order online.

Art Exhibition at St Georges – more details

It was unfortunate that the weather was windy and rather cool on Sunday when we paid a visit to La Chapelle de St Georges near Hesdin.

Entering the show by way of a well-restored private roadside chapel adjoining a house which provided a splendid venue, we were greeted warmly and colourfully by David Maiden’s oil paintings.

Jeannete Todd's Raku wall plaques

The wind made for rather uncomfortable viewing of the outdoor exhibits, and ceramic wall plaques by Jeannette Todd had to be removed from their hanging places and displayed, instead, lying flat on the concrete floor of an outbuilding, in case they blew down and shattered.  There was no doubt we lost the opportunity to see this exhibit at its best.

Nik Meergan’s large garden sculptures, on the other hand, lost nothing of their monumental quality in the rather dramatic weather.  His swirling organic creations stood firm while the wind howled through their metal Continue reading “Art Exhibition at St Georges – more details” »

Don’t miss this! – 5 artists exhibit work at St Georges

Chantal Cox présente

les œuvres de

Sally Elizabeth – joaillerie
Hilary Garner – aquarelles
David Maiden – peintures
Nik Meergans – sculptures
Jeanette Todd – céramiques

Exposition visible du 29 août au 5 septembre 2010 10h à 13h, 15h à 19h

The venue is 75 rue Principale, Saint Georges, 62770

All 5 artists are British, and two of them – Nik Meergans and Jeanette Todd –  are permanently based in France.  The work on show covers a range of skills and visions, from huge garden sculptures to ceramics, paintings, watercolours and jewellery.

Frogsiders hopes to be able to publish more news and photos very soon.