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If you are one of the many many locals who enjoy eating at Mana Espresso and admire the enterprising young Brits who started it, then this is for you! (more…)

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On Saturday, as in many towns locally, the Fete de Saint-Jean will be celebrated in Aix. Very much a Provencal custom, it will culminate in a bonfire into which participants can place little pieces of wood containing a wish.

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Tomorrow it’s the summer solstice and of course the Fete de la Musique which takes place across France.  (more…)

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If you would like a preview of MuCEM’s summer show, ‘Ai Weiwei Fan-Tan’, head off down there on Tuesday 19th June when there is free entry 16-23:00hrs.

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Members of the Ballet Preljocaj will be performing on Friday evening at the Musée Granet during their Nocturne Dansée.  A good opportunity to check out the new Picasso-Picabia exhibition whilst enjoying some contemporary dance.  The museum will be open until 22:00, and the dancing will take place at 20 and 21:00hrs, each performance taking 35 minutes. (more…)

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The Bastide Rose is the beautiful honey-coloured home of Poppy Salinger who was married to JFK’s press secretary, journalist and writer Pierre Salinger.  It stands by the translucent river Sorgue and is the setting for an annual sculpture show. (more…)

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Walking up to the Galerie de la Prévoté tucked behind Aix’s Cathedral cloister takes one through the flower market which right now is full of the most beautiful peonies.

Les Pivoines – Jill Steenhuis

And these are the subject of one  of Jill Steenhuis’s colourful oil paintings which are showing at the Galerie.

 

 

This family show is an annual event.  Along with Jill’s work, visitors can see the metal work of her husband, and now the sculptures of 2 of her 3 sons.  Husband Serge Ruffato creates lyrical forms from metal pipes while son Sergio has produced attractive installations from steel.  New to the exhibition this year Alexandre Ruffato works with stone, cement, pigments and wood, making Romanesque-inspired sculptures.  And they couldn’t be shown in a more appropriate setting than this 1000-year old space.

The garden with its pure white flowers against the dark green ivies and ever-greens is a delight, a secret space in the centre of Aix.

American-born Jill has been profoundly influenced by French impressionism and above all the work of Cézanne. Do have a  look at her website, not only to enjoy more of her work but also to watch her 5 minute videos which show her producing her oil paintings: https://www.artinprovence.com/

Most of the paintings show scenes from Aix and around. Even the recent rainy weather hasn’t daunted her – see ‘Pluie sur un champs de coquelicots’, ‘Pluie sur le marché aux fleurs’ and ‘Pluie sur la Baie de Cassis’!

Pluie sur un champs de coquelicots

This is a lovely exhibition in a delightful setting – not to be  missed. Open daily until 21st June.  10-12, 14-19:00hrs.

Metal sculpture by Serge Ruffato

Jill looking out at medieval cloister

 

 

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