My first photo exhibit: snapped up in Paris!

Art Director’s letter no. 1 addressed to me: 
Hi Maria, I am very excited to tell you that your artwork was sold today at the office!  Congratulations! The buyer paid cash and was so excited with your piece that they were able to convince the office manager to let them walk out the door with it today!….
Art Director’s letter no. 2 to all exhibitors:
……It has been a great show and I am happy to say that one of the pieces was sold (artwork by Maria Adams). Thank you all again for your participation!

Mariadams: 
Hi (Art Director’s name)!  You can’t imagine how happy I was, almost jumping on my seat inside the car (we were driving when I thought of checking my mails via my husband’s iPhone)   upon receiving your good news!  My very first attempt at exhibiting a photo – and in Paris! – was a success, hurray!  And the double excitement was – when I read in your second  mail that you even announced it to everyone – another hurray!

 

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Oh my goodness!
I am still over the moon with this news that I received yesterday from the Exhibition Art Director.    The two month exhibit ends on 15 March but my work was snapped up 28th of February!  What a great way to end the month of Love!
And if you are wondering, here is my winning photo:
Stairs at Maxim’s
September 2010

The shot was taken during my visit of Pierre Cardin’s Maxim’s Restaurant and Museum in September, 2010.  The whole establishment itself, an Art Nouveau masterpiece and a jewel, was and still is frequented by international celebrities, the likes of Aristotle Onassis, Jacqueline Kennedy, Brigitte Bardot, etc.  I fell in love with the stairs and took several shots of it while the guide was conducting the tour.

Two years and four months later, I presented it as my entry to the Art Exhibition, with the theme: Texture and Lines.

 

The rest is history!

Isolabona, Italia

Second Stop:  Isolabona

Not far from Dolceacqua, Isolabona extends over a strip of land at the confluence of two fast flowing streams, the Nervia and the Merdanzo.  A 13th century castle (left) with its monumental circular tower dominates the village.

  The village is a network of discreet alleys and narrow passages called “carrugi

This is Piazza Piccola (small square) where the octagonal 15th century fountain is located.

And this is the Piazza Grande (Big Square) which overlooks the Chiesa Parrocchiale di Santa Maria and the Oratorio di Santa Croce

This is the facade of the Oratorio di Santa Croce

We could not get inside the church as there is a funeral service going on.

So we just explored the little alleys and passages.  Like Dolceacqua, art is everywhere in Isolabona.

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Just like any typical Italian village, shrines are everywhere.  This could have been put up by the owner of the house where the shrine is built on its facade.

Or by the town authorities such as this one on the bridge.

 

 

Isolabona celebrates its Harp Festival every summer, so I reckon that this statue represents the soul of the village.  Unfortunately, parts of the harp and the statue are now missing.

This is the face of the statue which looks like a royal person.


We noticed a lot of houses are For Sale.


 

A tourist bus was bringing a full load of visitors into the village when we arrived…

Dolceacqua, Italia

It has been a very busy week since we arrived from Paris so we decided to take a day off and declared today as Land of La Dolce Vita Day…….where else but ITALIA!

First Stop:

DOLCEACQUA

(Dear readers, for lack of time as we are off again tomorrow to some faraway land, I shall leave the caption-making into your imagination.  Happy virtual travelling!)

Dolceacqua, in the Nervia valley:
the site is superb, there is a bridge that is a jewell of lightness.
Claude Monet, February 18, 1884

Twin bridges?  No.
On the right is the real Dolceacqua bridge.
On the left is a reproduction of Claude Monet’s
The Old Bridge on the Nervia at Dolceacqua, 1884 
Original work is at Sterling and Francine Clark Institute
Williamstown, Massachusetts

 The 12th century castle, the Tera (Old Town) and the Church of Sant’Antonio Abate

 

 The Borgo or the more recent part of the town.

The Baroque Church of Sant’Antonio Abate

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Art in Dolceacqua
They are the trompe l’oeils, the statues,
the art gallery in the alleyways and many more



 

Shrines of Dolceacqua

 

The Flowers, the Gardens, the Food and the Restaurants

Post boxes under a mimosa tree
Mimosa
Mimosa
The man taking home mimosa blooms to the wife

 

Artichokes

 

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The Tourist Office