ART SAVES SPANISH TOWN AND SURPRISES THE WORLD!


In the news last week, I came across an inspirational story about how the concept of an "open-air" art gallery transformed a struggling village of 323 people in the Castellón province of Spain and is now part of the world's circuit of street art events.

ART MARKET IN THE NEWS!!!

Thanks to my good friend Jack Troughton, the Art Market scored a full page in the newspaper!!

Let the celebrations begin!!

Karla Darocas


AMAZING ABSTRACT ARTIST SARAH BEATTIE CAPTURES COLOUR & ESSENCE

Scottish born Sarah Beattie is now yet another Costa Blanca artist.

Sarah has always been a creative person so it was logical that she would study interior and environmental design at Duncan of Jordan stone college in Dundee.

"I graduated with a BDES Hons in 2006," explains Sarah

When it comes to her art practice, she admits at not having any preferred style but she confirms that she likes to create abstract art!

"My work is mostly abstract landscape," she confirms. "I don't aim to create an exact scene but to capture an essence of that place, through the use of mixed media and the use of bright and contrasting colours!"

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FANTASTIC FRANCES JONES BRINGS BEAUTY TO OIL AND BRUSH


The wonderful and lovely Frances Jones was a Londoner who lived and worked in Sussex for many years as a hair stylist. She always enjoyed art but owning her own salon kept her too busy.

Finally, when she and husband Myke moved to Spain and settled in beautiful Benitachell in 1988, she picked up her paint brushes and oil paints and never looked back.

Fran is a big fan of the Impressionist painters like Monet and Nydia Lozano, (1947) a Valenciana from Alginet, Valencia, who worked in the tradition of Valencian artists much the same as Sorolla.

Fran's work also shows that she is an admirer of Fabian Perez, who is an artist born in Buenos Aires but currently residing in Los Angeles and is known for his paintings of the tango and for his portraits.

Perhaps Fran is drawn to painting because she was always told that her ancestor was Sir John Millais, an English painter and illustrator who was one of the founders of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood and perhaps most famous for his epic painting of Ophelia (1852) at the Tate Britain, London.

"The family thinks that Sir John Millais is my ancestor because my mother's maiden name is Millais," explain the Benitachell artist. "However," she continues, "I have little proof of that!!"

You will be able to meet Fran and admire and purchase her beautiful paintings at the Art Market on Thursday, 16th of March.