Category Archives: Art

Stunning Carrières de Lumières in Les Baux de Provence

A stunning “immersion exhibition” of art inside the quarries of Les Baux de Provence, this is a must stop in Provence.  This season’s collection features Picasso and the Spanish Masters which follows last season’s Dutch Rainassance artists Hieronymous Bosch, Pieter Brueghel, and the Italian Giuseppe Arcimboldo.

Les Baux de Provence is approximately one hour and forty five minutes’ drive from Cotignac.

For gorgeous photos, videos, and more information in English about the current exhibit click here.  Or go to:

Fall 2017 Exhibit BOTANIC’ART at Cotignac’s Centre d’Art

The opening party of the Fall exhibit, Botanic’art was held last Saturday the 28th October at 11:30am. The centre was packed with locals, artists, and Cotignac council members and the party was an outstanding success. Visitors were treated to chilled rosé and lots of freshly catered aperos.

The art will be on show until the 3rd of December.  Opening hours: Every day except Mondays and Thursday from 10am to 12:30pm then 2pm until 5:30pm. The centre is located at number 5, Cours Gambetta, Cotignac 83570.

Nature inspired artists include: Jean ARNAUD, Sylviane BYKOWSKI, Jean-Marie CARTEREAU, François JALAIN, Damien GENTAUD, Sylvie MAURICE, Patricia NEWMAN, and Daniel VAN DE VELDE. I highly recommend visiting this exhibit, awe-inspiration guaranteed!

“En Face à Face” – Summer exhibition at Centre d’Art La Falaise

Another dynamite exhibit at Cotignac’s Centre d’Art La Falaise, a private foundation that puts up fine art temporary expos from a variety of different private collections and museums in the region. The village of Cotignac is lucky to house such beautiful pieces that wow both local residents and tourists alike! The photos in the gallery here are from the exhibit itself as well as the opening party held on the 8th of July, 2017. The art will be displayed until the end of September 2017. Open daily (except Mondays) from 10am until 12:30pm, then again from 3:30pm until 6:30pm or by appointment.

A big thank you to Middle Easter chef/caterer Sophie Daloyan of Barjols, for her delectable samosas, acras, dolmas, and veggie plates:

Falaise des Arts – Spring expo at the Centre d’art la falaise

There’s a new exposition in town and it opened today at the Centre d’Art La Falaise, in Cotignac. The current collection features regional fine artists, sculptors and photographers (in alphabetical order): Elian Bachini, Jean Marie Cartereau, Chantal Casefont, Martine Doll, Michel Dufresne, Alain Francois, Vonick Laubreton, Stéphane Lovighi-Brougogne, Manuel Pontarelli, Eric Principaud and Carla Van Der Werf.

The centre is a beautiful renovated old chapel and was once a cinema from the 1930s until the early ’60s.  It was then turned into a restaurant until ten years ago when it became a garage until Mirabeau Wine turned the lower floor into its headquarters and boutique two years ago.  Anyone can enter the Centre d’Art on the first floor for a very reasonable fee of just two euros, benefiting the privately run non-profit foundation.  If you are a local or live here most of the year, I highly recommend getting a “Pass Privilège” for just 5 euros with access to all the expositions (not counting other events such as concerts or conferences) throughout the year. For more information and announcements, follow their facebook page here.

Opening hours from 15th April – 14th May: Tuesdays and Fridays  10h00-12h30 15h00-17h30, Thursdays (from 27th April) 10h – 12h30 and
weekends (Saturdays and Sundays):
11h00-12h30 & 15h00-17:30

-mardi – 10h à 12h30
– jeudi – 10h à 12h30

– vendredi – 10h à 12h30 et 15h à 17h30
– samedi – 11h à 12h30 et 15h à 17h30

– dimanche – 11h à 12h30 et 15h à 17h30

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Les Baux de Provence

Tourists from all over the world who visit the South of France flock to Les Baux and it’s not surprising; the region is already stunning but what makes Les Baux stand out is its dominant stone chateau and the white rocky hills that surround it.  From the top there are sweeping views across Arles, Camargues and the Alpilles. Les Baux is in the department of Bouches-du-Rhone (13) and about one hour and a half’s drive from Cotignac in the Var. Continue reading Les Baux de Provence

Artist Bruno Nahon’s expo in Cotignac

Artist Bruno Nahon will exhibit his paintings at the Cercle des Arts hall (just behind the church) in Cotignac once again this August. Stay tuned for the announcement of opening hours. 
His original work includes impressions of popular artists of our time (music and theatre) as well as his impression of stunning realism in symbols of Provence nature (like grape vines, cherry trees, and olive trees). Great stuff - I recommend a detour to this one!

In his words: 
"A scribbler from a young age,
I experimented at the far end of my classroom, close to the radiator, and took one day to make my passion materialise. 

After a few years of taming myself to give my ideas some structure, I knew it was time to work. I took a few years to break into the Internet bubble then explored the world of graphic arts and all that communication had to offer. The world seemed so broad to me; something that constantly reinvents itself. But support is unlimited: web-design can provide the setting for a factory's last firework, and photoshop is for life - it can give any company an attractive face for it can sketch, scrape, paint and format, illustrate and make anything come to bigger life... 
I have worked with Lycos, Mapa, for Seat and Chivas, Gaumont of RATP. I communicated with Causette, designed for the Crillon, surfed for ADEME. But exploration and learning are never-ending and it would be easy to forget the events and instruments that led me to where I am today. But I knew that, more than anything, I am a lover of the practice of illustrating and drawing which have led me to painting. The "Roots" and "Earth" were a big part of my childhood as I related to the landscapes and its fragrances and flavours, and flourished in the Provence sun -something that always inspired me to create ."vigne 01

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Mr. Gum, Villecroze

Guillaume Goisque, the creator of the Mr. GUM brand of hand-made ceramic jewelry, has his atelier/shop in the quaint and really pretty village of Villecroze, just 20 mins drive from Cotignac, passed Salernes.

When I met Guillaume I was immediately taken by his good looks but this went further upon exploring his beautiful shop in the old part of the village. It’s inviting with its iron sign and colourful interior. Guillaume is a warm and beautiful gentleman and show- room is carefully laid out with stunning beaded necklaces, earrings, rings and gorgeous bracelents which he creates, with love,  from clay and glazes.  I have seen women and men all over Cotignac wearing his bracelets, even my husband is a fan! I now know what to get him for Christmas…

I highly recommend a visit to his shop!!

MR GUM, place de l’Horloge, 83690 Villecroze Tel: 06 09 55 18 36, 04 94 67 50 27

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Here’s a photo gallery and video of Mr. Gum’s Atelier, Villecroze:

La Petite Marmite, Montfort-sur-Argens

This place is for the locals-in-the-know. It’s just a little restaurant but it certainly has BIG TASTE. The chef here uses the freshest ingredients and the best olive oil, it’s hard to believe how inexpensive it is. I thoroughly enjoyed the home-made ravioli stuffed with goats’ cheese and honey and drizzled with tomato and basil confetti – it was so tasty I kept thinking about the next time I’d have it again! My partner dined on a spicy steak tartare with artichokes and red onions and the biggest house fries I’ve seen since my days in America. Daily lunch specials: an appetiser and main, or main and dessert starting at just 13 euros. Do all three courses for 18 euros – a total bargain.

Antique Shop MODES

Each piece is a work of art, an original, an antique, or something that looks old and expensive! John and Simon welcome you into their treasure chest of furniture, paintings, light fixtures, brocante items etc, all in perfect condition and fair price. They also renovate old furniture. Modes is one of the most beautifull shops in Cotignac and is surrounded by still more picturesque flowers, buildings, and shops. Just out front from MODES is the fountain built in the 1800s for the place de la mairie. It’s worth a visit even if just to admire the art here.


Le Passé, Le Présent (Nadine’s shop)

Nadine Dehennin and her husband run this gorgeous brocante and decoration shop in Cotignac. Nadine has a knack for finding old objects and furniture and likes to make them look even more beautiful with her magic touch! If you are really nice to her she may even let you see their stock that is elsewhere – it’s like an Alladin’s Cave full of paintings, antiques, treasures… A terrific place to find those little objects that bring a sense of character to your home.

Le Passé, Le Présent can be found just across the street from the Place Neuve on Rue d’Antoine. 9 rue d’Antoine, 83570 Cotignac. Tel 0677 70 22 96. CLOSED MONDAYS.

Tigrane expo officially opens in Draguignan

Cotignac’s resident and modern artist (plasticien, painter, and sculptor) Marc Tigrane officially celebrated the opening of his exposition at the Art and History Museum and Chapel d’Observance in the Var’s capital town of Draguignan. The expo is being sponsored by the Municipality and the new Mayor of Draguignan, Richard Strambio, was there to welcome the invitées to the splashy opening. Wine and aperitifs were served after the speaches and everyone had a fine time in the beautiful early evening June sunlight! Continue reading Tigrane expo officially opens in Draguignan