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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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Lacoste: An End to Civility As You Knew It. Once Riveting Student Art Expo Now Barren as SCAD Does Away with a Bit of Drink (Wine)
SCAD Reception Saturday, August 24, 2013 SCAD Reception Saturday, August 27, 2011 During end-of-quarter expositions, the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) in Lacoste peels back its protective cover to reveal the warm honeycombs of studios and the sumptuous … Continue reading
SCAD In Paris: “Little Black Dress” Exhibit Curated by Vogue’s André Leon Talley at Mona Bismarck American Center Until Sept. 22
Audrey Hepburn in the Opening Shot of Breakfast at Tiffany’s An apocryphal tale: Dressed in fashionable black, Gabrielle Chanel encountered fellow designer Paul Poiret who was compelled by her dark habit to inquire for whom she was in mourning for. … Continue reading
Lacoste: Sebastian Brajkovic Vernissage at La Galerie Phriem on Saturday, April 13; A Notable Closing
La Galerie Phriem at SCAD Lacoste will hold a vernissage in the early evening on Saturday, April 13 for the Dutch-born designer Sebastian Brajkovic. He is acclaimed for his “Lathe” series of chairs, tables and lamps named so for the … Continue reading
Lacoste: La Maison Basse. SCAD Debuts a Brilliant Restoration – a Creative Hub for Art Study and Provencal Inspiration
At the foot of the village of Lacoste in the Calavon Valley, an abandoned 16th-century farmhouse and its derelict adjoining structures dozed for decades among vines and olive trees. And then came calling the Savannah College of Art and Design … Continue reading
SUMMER ART PARTY IN LACOSTE ON AUGUST 24-25: SCAD HIVE SHOWS ITS HONEY AND SWORDS/SABRES; ART PATRONS WELCOME
Lacoste: Its nude stone structures and somnolent nature belie the buzzing activity behind doors, gates and walls: the engendering of art by students of the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) on nine-week sleepovers with pretty views. To your … Continue reading
LACOSTE: EASEFUL STROLL TO THE CHATEAU AND VALLEY VIEWS, “UNE CALADE” – RUE BERNARD PHRIEM; STREET SIGN LIFTED
Year after year it embarrassed the Mayor of Lacoste, and presented a super aggravation, if not danger, to tourists and residents: a narrow winding pathway of ragged and broken stones and weeds greeted pedestrians after they straggled up the steep … Continue reading
To your average visitor, Lacoste appears from afar as a tightly-bunched cluster of biscuit-colored stone structures on a steep hillside whereas viewed from ground level it is an anally precise stacking of stone upon stone on four narrow stone-paved streets … Continue reading
VERNISSAGE: HOMAGE TO BERNARD PFRIEM AT THE GALERIE PFRIEM IN LACOSTE, SATURDAY, JUNE 25, 6-7:00 P.M.;
The stories people tell about Bernard Pfriem, the American painter who founded the Lacoste School of the Arts in 1970. A French-American sculptor, living in France, spent a summer in the 1980’s at Lacoste and speaks of the grip of … Continue reading
Fact or Fiction? The village of Lacoste has 450 residents as noted in an August 2009 article penned by a reporter from the Paris bureau of the New York Times (NYT). True or False? Referencing the same piece, in the … Continue reading