“Oh la belle vie
The stylish and always comfortable denizens of the Luberon streamed into the Galerie Pascal Lainé in Ménerbes yesterday evening to exchange tips on finding a reliable gardener or a decent pool service and to compare social calendars for the fast-disappearing festival season.
With the overflowing crowd perching themselves upon a large sidewalk ledge, guests took in the art of Michel Loeb, whose works are on exhibit at the gallery until August 18.
The creations of Michel Loeb, who lives in nearby Oppede, defy facile classification. His multicolor works evoke a range of emotions from playful to comic, from spiritual to poetic, from a fixed gaze to a tender caress.
Since his first gallery show in Paris in 1963, Michel Loeb has exhibited his oeuvre throughout Europe and in Tokyo, Los Angeles and 16 times in New York.
Blame it on the tepid French economy or a cascading waterfall of new taxes mandated by President Hollande.
To the gimlet eye of a fashionista there were few if any refreshing voguish statements and many guests were unmodishly attired for a backyard barbecue or mall shopping.
The ebullient mayor of Ménerbes Yves Rousset-Rouard, former producer of “Emmanuelle” and wine grower, appeared with his familiar dark sports coat he seems to throw on for every vernissage.
A notable standout was the toujours elegant Laura Skoler, art patron and vice president of the New Museum in New York, a longtime Luberon summer faithful, whose colorful attire frequently outdoes the modern art on display.
Her smart ensemble: honeydew pants set of with orange sandals which married with an orange necklace, and a scarlet red clutch with a bracelet strap. (photo r.)
The natty French comedian and theater actor Michel Leeb drifted in with a change in his usual habit of wearing laceless chucks.
Having sported a dark navy and a beige pair of Chucks when spotted at openings over the past two years, this evening Michel donned dark tan leather loafers. (photo l.)
A plus: Scrumptious amuse-gueules from across-the-street neighbor Café de Veranda paraded through the gallery.
The exhibition of Michel Loeb runs from July 19 to August 18 at the Galerie Pascal Lainé.
Address: Rue Sainte Barbe in the center of Ménerbes.
Tel: 04-90-72-48-30, Gallery Website
Café Veranda: Website