Nov 24, 2008

Julie Baugnet - Art Expo - October

To the left, is the poster for the painter and book artist Julie Baugnet's Art Expo at La Muse on October 24th.

Julie lives in Saint Paul, Minnesota, where she's the Professor of Design in the Art Department of St. Cloud State University.

You can check out better images of Julie's great work on her gallery's website, or, on her blog.

Below, is a video snippet (sorry about the poor video quality!) of the show. It will give you an idea at least of the beautiful work Julie created while she was here during the months of September and October 2008.

Oct 10, 2008

August Art Expo

So, the first paintings you see on the video above are by our resident artists last August, Jane Hoople and Rachael Peacock. Jane's are the two top paintings and Rachael's are the three portraits below them (they were all done at La Muse.)

Next: (the landscapes on the easel) Painted by Mary Offermann, an artist from Santa Cruz who spends all her summers two villages down from us in Miraval.

Next: (the earth colored mystical landscapes on the white wall) are by the local artist, Maria Walther.

Next: (the large oil landscapes on the back wall) are by our friend the Texan artist, Thomas Darnell, who also lives here in Aude.

Next: The four very colorful canvasses on the stone wall are by Lance Simms, also from Santa Cruz, California.

Next: Beside Lance are local artist Virginie Campagnie's cool collage paintings.

Last: Christine Lange's abstracts.

Above is a video of Judith Mok, the Dutch opera singer and writer, singing her last piece "Summertime." Judith sang four beautiful songs in the medieval chapel next door to our art studio.

Thanks to Jane Hoople for taking the two videos of the exhibition!

Aug 25, 2008

Wine Tasting & Picnic

So, these are some photos of the wine tasting and picnic we all had at the beginning of August at Chateau La Villatade.

In the photos, above and below, are the Morin and Fanning families as well as all of our August attendees :

poets Tadgh O Dushlaine, Ted Deppe, Annie Deppe, Michael O'Loughlin and Judith Mok,

artists Jane Hoople and Rachael Peacock, and

novelists Julianne Mooney and Sue Hubbard.

Judith was also working on a novel and sang some beautiful old Irish songs after the picnic.

Below, the amazing "Rituel" red!

Aug 11, 2008

July Potluck

Here's a couple of photos from last month's end of retreat potluck dinner.

We fired up the bread oven and the poet Elizabeth Knapp (green top on the right) made a cool vegetarian/Sicilian pizza which Kerry is cutting on the left.

John and Kerry made a leg of lamb stuffed with sardines and garlic and it was fun doing it and all the other stuff in the bread oven.

Below, Robert Olmstead with Julianne Mooney and Bob's famous oatmeal raisin cookies. They were goooood! Julianne was working on her young adult novel for the month and Robert was working on the sequel to his last novel Coal Black Horse.

Robert and Denise Oventile, below. Robert was working on a book about Satan and Denise was working on her art. Robert's book Impossible Reading: Idolatry and Diversity in Literature just came out.

Jul 28, 2008

"Play Time"

We finally found some time to upload some photos from the art expo we had for two local French artists at the end of June!

Part of the show before people got into the atelier to see it.

The artists, who are married and come from the North of France, live in Miraval Cabardes, about three villages away from Labastide. They are:

Virginie Campagnie (with her little girl):

and, Sebastien Darroman:

Sebastien's the smiling guy in the white pants and black t-shirt - the white and black installation of circles on the easel in the corner, as well as the colorful circular one hanging from the ceiling above the man in the shorts and cap are some of Sebastien's work. They are all made out of hand carved wood and then painted, and people move them about as they pass through the exhibit.

Both Sebastien and Virginnie's work is all centered around the idea/concept of play, hence the title they gave to the expo, "Play Time."

Here's some of Virginnie's smaller sculptures:

Below is one of her acrobatic suspended sculptures. The sculptures are made out of wire and papier mache, then painted.

Below, is Jean-Pierre, in black, from Labastide, the droll waiter from the Sire de Cabaret down the road, who is probably telling those two ladies how much he loves them.

Virginnie's sculpture below was at the entrance of the studio and a lot of people got a great kick out of it.

That's Virginie, below, doing some face painting, with Max our baby-sitter, who's a French horse-whisperer.

Seamus, below, as a tiger!!!

John Clanchy, the Australian writer, pretending to be interested, as John talks about potatoes and the price of cabbage in Venezula.

Jun 2, 2008

Andras Maros: novelist and screenwriter

András Maros, an Hungarian writer, and former attendee here, has had his first novel, Lemonade, published.

Born in 1971 in Budapest and Andras has written short stories for Hungarian newspapers, journals and magazines such as Sárkányfű, Élet ÉS Irodalom, Alföld, Mozgó Világ and Jelenkor. His first collection of short stories, Puff, appeared in 2001 and his second Neveket akarok hallani (I would like to hear names) in 2003. Both are published by Palatinus.

Andras also writes screenplays. With Károly Ujj Mészáros he wrote the screenplay for the film rubber man, which was awarded first prize at the Budapest Film Review in 2003.

Apr 15, 2008

Art Expo Night

Now that all the Sunday art shows are over we've finally got around to posting some photos from the night. You can also check them out on Facebook too.

The guy with the hat and a smile is Denis Morin.

His wine domaine Chateau La Villatade supplied the red and rose wines for the night.

Below, our neighbor Yves Moffre plays his sax in front of Tom Darnell's landscapes.

Yves is the organizer of the Roquefere Jazz Festival. The Jazz Sous Les Chataigniers is on every August for three days with musicians from all over the world playing. Every year it gets bigger.

Rey, below, shows Janet Stilson his mother's paintings of our village. Elinore Hollinshead, Rey's mom, stayed at the annex last month.

Two of the local octogenarians, below, enjoy the party. To the left of them is a painting by Mary Offermann from Santa Cruz. She lives here for five months of the year in the nearby village of Miraval.

Seanin, aka The Troubadore, plays his mandolin, below left. Seanin attended La Muse on a barter last month.

John and Kerry with Christian Bastian. Christian's paintings are barely visible on the wall directly behind John's head, but you can check him out on his website.

Apr 14, 2008

Recent Press

Three articles about La Muse were published last month.

The first profile was on Ginny Wiehardt's great Fiction Writing website for Ginny came to La Muse as a guest at the wedding of Soft Skull press publisher Richard Nash two years ago; as chance would have it, she had already been accepted on a barter residency at La Muse when she found out that this was also to be the location of her good friends' wedding. Ginny is currently revising a novel. Her book of poetry, Compulsion of the Unlocked Thing, was a finalist for the Ohio State University/The Journal Book Award in Poetry in 2005.

The second article was in the El Dorado Sun's Sun Monthly, entitled "The Power of Writing to Heal," by former La Muse attendee, Shanti Bannwart from Santa Fe, New Mexico. Shanti attended La Muse in April 2006. Her most recent article, Eating Her Children, appeared in the June issue of monthly The Tokyo Advocate published by Printed Matter Press.

The third was an interview with Kerry and John in The Connexion, the largest expatriate newspaper in France, discussing how they made La Muse possible.

Apr 5, 2008

Robin Hemley - Guggenheim Fellow!

Well done and congratulations to our friend, and previous attendee, Robin Hemley, who has just been awarded a 2008 Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship!

Robin has published seven books of nonfiction and fiction. His latest book will about revisiting his youth. His nonfiction includes: Invented Eden, The Elusive, Disputed History of the Tasaday (Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 2003), the anthology Extreme Fiction:Fabulists and formalists with Michael Martone (Longman, 2004), the memoir, Nola: A Memoir Of Faith, Art And Madness (Graywolf, 1998) and Turning Life Into Fiction (Graywolf Press). He has also written a novel, The Last Studebaker, (Graywolf) and the story collections, The Big Ear (Blair) and All You Can Eat (Atlantic Monthly Press).
You can get all of his books on Amazon.

Robin is also the Director of the Nonfiction Writing Program at the University of Iowa.

Apr 4, 2008

Tim Keane - Alphabets of Elsewhere

Tim Keane, who attended La Muse last year, has just had a book of poetry published.

Please check him out at his website, or buy his collection on Amazon, in St. Mark's bookstore or directly from Cinnamon Press.


Here's what a few people had to say about his poetry:

'Tim Keane's poems move with impetuous energy, fired by a centrifugal and neo-Romantic enthusiasm. His appetite for texture, color, sound, culture, and sensation is inspiring.'
-Wayne Koestenbaum, Hotel Theory & Jackie Under My Skin

`With a subtle, economic music that retains the strength of fiction, Tim Keane surveys the world -- through desire's fancy and memories of the real -- with the accuracy of a cartographer.'
-Ammiel Alcalay, Memories of Our Future & Sarajevo Blues

`Tim Keane paints daybreaks, loves, losses, and longing. His is a passionate voice that does not compromise its craft, a voice free of ‘chic ironies,’ engaged with its times, politics, places beyond its borders, a voice that assures us American poetry is in good hands.
-Naveed Alam, A Queen of No Ordinary Realms

Mar 17, 2008

Getting Ready for the Show

Dominique hangs Helene's chestnut wood hanging "systeme"...

Helene tries to choose...

Christophe framed...

Kerry wonders...

Petit a petit l'oiseau fait son nit.

We all meet again tomorrow.

On verra...

Expo d'art

Vernissage le Samedi, 22 mars, 16H-20H

18H: apéros, musique

Paysages du Coin”

Christian Bastian – Villar en Val

Thomas Darnell – St. Valiere et Texas, USA

Christophe Eppe – St. Julien

Hélène Geyre - Castans

Elinore Hollishead – Rhode Island, USA

Dominique Martin - Roquefere

Mary Offerman – Miraval et California, USA

mandoline par Seanin (aka Trubadore) – Berlin via Angleterre

Lieu: A l'atelier de La Muse, 1 rue de la Place, 11380 Labastide Esparbairenque.

L’expo se poursuivra les dimanches après midi, le 30 Mars, 6 Avril et 13 Avril 2008 (de 15 à 18 heures)

par “l'Association La Muse pour la Culture et la Création en Cabardès et Montagne Noire”

tableau par Dominique Martin

Mar 4, 2008

Cowboy the Painter

On his daily trip to the bread truck M. Garcia, "aka Cowboy", decided to show one of our artists how it's really done. Note how he has suggested a very striking Greek blue sky as a background, quote, "This piece needs more Gauguin and less vegetation to fill the canvas out. The juxtaposition of ..."

And then the bread truck horn blared and he ran.

Feb 4, 2008

The New Year

January came to a close, and we said our sad goodbyes to what was a great, productive month. The weather was in the 50s and 60s most of the month, and we had a rare number of complete double rainbows right here in our valley. We're feeling pretty lucky to live here.

Tom Montgomery-Fate (US; creative non-fiction) will be missed for his parenting empathy, his very focussed and calm presence, and his great sense of humor. Robert Chiovolini (US; fiction; chef by day) was like a Tasmanian devil in the kitchen all month (as he was last March, during his first stay with us). He cooked like crazy and could write reams about why he chooses the kind of flour he chooses (details we've decided he should release into his fiction or at the least a blog). A lovely, soulful person, we hope to see him a third year in a row, in 2009. Thanks for the lovely meals, Rob! Alice Nelson (Australia; fiction) returns home ready for the release of her first novel in March, tentatively titled In Arcadia. She, too, plans to return... we hope so! Congratulations to all (including Barbara, below) for a month of hard work and play.

Barbara Clark (UK; poetry) is staying on for her third month, this time as a barter. She has been joined in February by Christina Koechl (Swiss by way of US and Canada; fiction). La Muse hails the return of our most-returned barter, Seanin Cloney, aka Trubadore, (UK by way of Berlin and Paris; mandolin player, singer, songwriter).

Now, time to get back to work!