Many art lovers and students of the arts met with Georgie Poulariani at the first ever Art Market back in the early part of March 2017.

He has now invited us all to attend an open house / coffee morning at his beautiful gallery in Benissa for his Saturday at 11:00 h.

As students, supporters, and friends of the arts and artists, I hope you can come along and network and get up and close to more of Georgie's works.

Here is his website :) xx

Cheers and See you there!!
Karla Darocas
648 156 066



This workshop is aimed at making you see the world as an artist.

You will be given theoretical instruction on how to organise your vision based on the principles of beauty and design.

Then, in a real photo shoot session, you will be instructed on how to use your camera in both a practical manner and in a creative manner.

The rules of photography will be repeated with guidance and instruction!

Once you learn how to command your camera and apply the principles, your world will open up to the grand knowledge of artistic vision!


Montgo Verd * Garden Centre

Cami Cabanes 136, 03730 Xàbia, Alicante


9:00 Arrival  (if you order coffee or juice = pre-pay)

9:30 Theory Session with course notes  (do not arrive late as this part will not be repeated)

10:00 Practical Session
- part one - controlling your camera with help from instructor
- part two - walk about the garden centre practicing to command your camera and vision with guided instruction


Sunday, April 2nd

** FEE

20 euros = must be paid in cash upon arrival at garden centre.

"It was a fantastic sunny day and Karla was very friendly and informative. She taught with enthusiasm on how to take photos by looking at the beauty of things around us and applying the principles of harmony, colour, form, texture and lighting, etc. I would certainly recommend Karla’s photo walks as it is a great way to meet other people and a fun way to learn how to take better photos. I feel I received some great photography tips and my photo taking has much improved only after a few short hours." - Shirley Renouf - Orba, Alicante

"Karla had a friendly relaxed style of teaching as we wandered around the village. The focus of the information was less technical than I had expected, concentrating on the beauty elements of the shot. I was amazed at how much my photos improved throughout the morning by employing the principles that Karla taught us. Karla has a keen interest and background in Spanish art and this knowledge shines through in her approach to photography. I recommend her walks not only in order to learn more about the art of taking photographs, but also as a pleasant way to pass the time." - Anita from Moraira

"Karla is a truly talented photographer. She combines her background in fine arts with the camera's technology and through the lens wonderful creations are born enabling the viewer to see and appreciate the hidden beauty that is around us. A flower, an insect and a building come to life as a digital portrait reflecting her passion for photography." - Margaret Den Hartog
Javea, Alicante

"I highly recommend Karla's photography workshops. Even with my little compact camera, I learned a lot about how versatile it really is and what happens when I dig down into menus I had rarely touched. Whatever level you are at or whatever gear you have, Karla will help you get more out of your digital photography. Definitely give this a go!" -Maya Middlemiss, Denia, Alicante



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Thank you to all who worked with me to make this first ever Art Market a joyous and successful event. It had always been a dream of mine to have a room full of artistic talents in one space celebrating their creativity and sharing their passion for art. Well, that dream came true on the 16th of March, 2017 at the Church Centre in the old town of Javea. We were 12 dedicated artists exhibiting, promoting and selling our artworks.

Thank you to Lizzie Clayton for her hostessing services and chatting up the guests. According to her feedback from the approximately 150 folks and friends who came out to support our efforts, the comments were very positive and encouraging stating that they were impressed with the quality of the works. Many guests expressed a delight in seeing yet another art show in the near future, as they will bring friends. It is a proud moment when you find true art lovers who care about our creative culture verses the plastic machine manufactured garbage.

Like Picasso said,"Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.". You could see the joy in the faces of the guests who purchased their pieces of artworks and met the artist who created it.
Many excited guests signed up for commissioned works by many of the artists in attendance. There were folks who just bought a brand new villa and decided to fill their walls with our local artworks. There were other artists who were very pleased to meet us as an artists community!!

Thank you to musician Roger Saunders who is a fab friend for coming over and entertaining us with his sweet sounds on guitar, harmonica and vocals. Roger is part of my other creative cultural group called CrossRoads, which is another fun experience during a Saturday coffee morning that has been rolling for over 3 years now over in the Salon of Bar Mediterraneo in Teulada!!

The facilitators of the Church Centre were very pleased that we were using their location to celebrate human activity and expression. They have asked us back again!
Robert Richardson did a great job on the street signage and I met people who came to our Art Market because the placards caught their attention. Robert hosts a FaceBook social group called the Javea Art Hub and I encourage his efforts to keep up this coffee morning in order that we all can network with more artistic creators.

And of course, Thank YOU to all the artists who contributed and participated in this first Art Market Sarah Beattie, Georgie Poulariani, Angela Rich, Victoria Sand , Alice Davies , Susan Hankey, Gwen Roberts , Frances Jones, Tony Franklin, Robert Richardson and Val Blakeman.

You can read all about them in profile here on

Artfully Yours,
Karla Darocas 


10:00 - 14:00
Same day and time as the regular weekly market.

10:00 - 14:00
El mismo día y hora que el mercado semanal regular.
PREPARAR * Miércoles 15:00

The goal here is to get the art to the people - the real people - the people who appreciate with their hearts, minds and emotions and are proud to support local artists!

El objetivo aquí es conseguir que el arte a la gente - la gente real - las personas que aprecian con sus corazones, mentes y emociones y están orgullosos de apoyar a los artistas locales!


On Thursday, March 16th, art lovers will be able to come together in a public space to appreciate, celebrate and support local art and artists.

The Art Market project is an exceptional gathering of 12 wonderful and talented artists, some you may know already and some you will want to know!

The whole goal of an art market is to bring together a variety of artists into a space so they can talk and sell to their admirers.

The Art Market is being hosted by Karla Darocas, a Fine Arts Educator with help from Robert Richardson from Javea Art Hub Facebook Group and the friendly folks at the Church Centre of Javea.

Times are 10:00 - 14:00 and the Church Center is on the north east side of the Plaza de la Constitución, where the regular Thursday market takes place. Parking is just under this market and signs to the Art Market will be all around this area to make your journey easy.

The Art Market will inspire you and connect with your creative spirit and hopefully you will fall in love with a piece of creativity and take it home.


Having retired as a teacher in England, Val Blakeman moved to Spain at first on a semi-permanant basis. Within time her love for Javea made her decision to move here permanently, ver easy. Now Valerie lives in Javea and can be close to her church, which is the Javea International Baptist Church, who are our friendly hosts for the Art Market.

"I have always had a creative flair and I used that in my teaching profession," explains Val.

With the encouragement of her brother-in-law, Val decided to take lessons with Julia Evans first at her outlet in Gata de Gorgos and now in her studio in Benidoleig.

"Julia has inspired me and has taught me much of the skills I now possess," admits Val.

Val likes to take a whole day to devote to her painting. "It is the time when I can immerse myself completely in what I am doing," she explains.

"I love to express my love for people in my paintings. I try to express feelings and emotions in my work. If I had the time I would paint every day. I hope to develop a skill with the pallets knife"

Val is interested in artists who portray people with character and movement. Javea is the ultimate place for an artist who admires the sunlit paintings of Valencia's most famous artist - Joaquín Sorolla.

Val Blakeman will be at the ART MARKET so come visit her and admire her creativity and joy of painting.