Review and Photos by Lizzie Clayton
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The Art al Vent art show represents 70 exhibits from 16 different countries from 5 continents that have been selected by a professional jury. Gata launched their fourteenth edition of Art al Vent on August the 14th, the most important textile art exhibition in Spain.
The idea for Art al Vent, as a contemporary art exhibit grew out of the popular tradition of placing blankets over balconies (usually damask or crocheted fabrics) to celebrate the passing of a procession, which is deeply rooted in Catholic Spanish rituals. Hence, old and the new concepts have been combined to create this marvelous expression. The works are, therefore, the same size as traditional procession blankets and nothing can disturb their free fluttering fabrics as they move with the wind.
We enjoyed a gentle walk through the streets of Gata enjoying the shade offered by the houses in the town. A band was playing, so easy to find the street the textiles were hanging in.
As usual I took many photographs, which I hope you will enjoy.
I hope you too enjoy a trip to Gata de Gorgos to enjoy these fabulous pieces of art.
Link to the website for Art al Vent http://artalvent.com