Every artist instinctively seeks an environment that helps them create their art.
It is not always so easy to find either the place, nor the time and serenity to create, however. Every artist knows those stumbling blocks. Sometimes they are easily surmounted, other times it is not so easy.
Sometimes, luck intervenes too. In my case, Lady Luck definitely came calling this summer.
For a multitude of reasons, it has become difficult to have the time to spend in my studio, so I have been fortunate enough to be able to slip away for a while to different art residencies that I have been awarded hither and yon. This year, I had a magical two weeks in spring in Portugal. I was then able to have time at another residency, La Porte Peinte, in Burgundy, France, a country I adore anyway.
|At the entrance to Noyers sur Serein, photo J. Cook|
|Up the street from La Porte Peinte, photo J. Cook|
|L'Hôtel de Ville (Town Hall), Noyers, photo J. Cook|
Michelle Anderson Binczak, the Executive Director of La Porte Peinte, is not only the most gracious of people, but her very international approach and wide knowledge of people and places make her able to help in so many ways. She also knows a lot of local people and that means that an artist has suddenly all sorts of insights and introductions into other ways of life in the area. That is beyond price. Her husband, Oreste, runs their elegant and diverse Gallery and does a million other things to make life at La Porte Peinte so pleasant and constructive. And yes, La Porte Peinte is situated in rue de la Porte Peinte - how about that for destiny!