Friday, August 21, 2009

Counting the cost

It is easy to take liberty for granted, when you have never had it taken from you. ~Dick Cheney

Yesterday I went with a couple of friends to see two exhibitions. The first was an exhibition of many paintings all done with pastels. This was not an exhibition of local amateurs they were all of a very high standard. Now to make you really appreciate the pictures we were handed a ticket and had to vote for the best. Around and around we went, choosing was a difficult task, eventually I chose a large picture of three donkeys, if I could have bought one that was my favorite, maybe I should have chosen the ballerina, or the coiled rope?

Next we visited another modern building where we viewed many black and white pictures showing us sights of the town in years gone by. Many photographs of buildings destroyed due to the Allies bombing the town were on display for us.

An information plaque explained that a leaflet drop warning the townsfolk to leave the town hadn't hit its target but had showered the surrounding countryside, so many people in Fougeres died.

The entrance fee to both of these exhibitions was free, gratuit! However here is some free art on a local building.
Small details

Viva le coq

The glory of a former work place

Have you got any interesting factory buildings where you live?

A French word for surrounding is environnant.
A French word to point at a target is diriger.


French Fancy said...

Those facades are lovely.

We have art expos like that around here - you think that as everyone is an amateur the standard will be dire but it is surprisingly high. We also have to vote for our favourite - which, suprisingly enough, is usually my mother-in'law's (I'm not stupid me)


Carol said...

We have quite a lot of Art Exhibitions here too!! I think most of them are amateur but the ones I've seen here have been fabulous!!

I do like seeing art outside and have come across a few sculptures dotted about the landscape...must take my camera next time we're out and about and take some pictures :-)

C x

LadyFi said...

Lovely facades - great detail!

There are lots of interesting old buildings and factories in Stockholm. In fact, I once worked in an old industrial building...

bindu said...

Great pictures - so colorful! I'm trying to take pictures for a submission here with the theme "Looking Up". So I've been going around with my camera, looking up! Your images are perfect for that.

Btw, you have won a set of bookmarks. Please send me your address at bindu11 (at) gmail (dot) com and I'll put them in the mail for you!

claire p said...

I expect there are some beautiful building around here, but nothing like those-lovely x

Clive said...

Wonderful facades - the colours are gorgerous!

We're big into art exhibitions here but are banned from buying any more pieces - no more wall space!!