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PROVENCE: GEOGRAPHY MATTERS
“Provence” has more efficacy as a "brand" than as a place. One rarely if ever hears any residents of the Vaucluse say that they live in "Provence." The word is heard frequently in its adjectival form: provençal.
As geography, the term "Provence" suffers abuse. The French consider contemporary 'Provence' to take in three administrative department:
Confusion pops up due to the administrative region PACA: Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur.
When "Provence" is employed for the department of the Var (Toulon, St, Tropez) or the department of the Alpes-Maritime (Côte d'Azur) or even the five departments of the Languedoc-Roussillon, it is the "brand" asserting itself.
This is a regional distinction that Peter Mayle buys into 100% in his book Provence A-Z. In fact, if Mayle had been 'geographically-correct,' his iconic best seller would have been titled "A Year in the Luberon."
The Luberon and the Comtat Venaissin, referred to as the “Comtat,” are the two large regions within the Vaulcuse,
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Coustellet: The Galerie 22 is a Sweet Spot for Contemporary Art; Exhibit of Gottfrield Salzmann and Nicole Bottet Runs to Oct 13
Smooth white walls in an L-shape form two rooms with natural light flowing into the space from both ends; the Galerie 22 in Coustellet offers a bevy of artistic talent in painting, sculpture, photography and ceramics. The place is … Continue reading
A tacit culinary assumption is that one does not dine posh everyday. Here are four budget-respecting joints in the Luberon to pop into this fall: Restaurant de la Gare, Quartier de la Gare, Bonnieux, Serves lunch only every day from … Continue reading
Galerie Pascal Lainé: Vernissage Friday, April 26, Ménerbes (above) “Trames” – canvas, paper and engravings: Works of Louise Cara, who experiments with tools, formats, materials: pigments, oils, impasto, binders, and ink, employing brushes and spatulas. Exhibition runs from April 26 to … Continue reading
The inventive works of the Dusseldorf-based artist Petra Ellert are founded on the principle of collage: pasted materials, pictures and forms. Matisse created his “papiers collés” by fashioning cut-ups with scissors whereas Petra Ellert always tears the paper into scraps … Continue reading