JÁVEA-WALK FRIDAYS - Explore and Learn About the History of JÁVEA by visiting its most exciting and unique monuments and museums.
MEETING PLACE: Central Indoor Market * The Cafe shop is at the Calle San Marco door. Beside Carniceria Mutt https://goo.gl/maps/CL6yXQMw2zM2
- Come early for your coffee.
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TIMES: 10:30 - 13:00 finish times depends on bathroom breaks :)
FEE 10 euros: includes LECTURE & WALKING ROUTE / MAP, in case you get lost or separated from group
MAX. 5 students per group MAX
END OF WALK: Get a beverage and Q & A time...
NOTE: If you enjoy ancient artifacts then you can head back to the museum after the lecture.
PARKING in the Municipal Parking Lots...
INSTRUCTOR: Karla Darocas, Hons. B.A. Fine Arts, Educator Since 1990, Spanish Arts Historian,
Javea's architecture reflects three special historical periods when wealth and prosperity produced very unique sacred and civil architecture.
We will go through the town and I will share my information about the most artistic and interesting architectural artifacts.
We will go quietly into the church and look at the craftsmanship of the alters and the polychrome statues. There is only one painting in the church, and it is very old copy of an ancient icon. Can you guess?
Later we will visit the Museum to witness a some very important paintings. Also, I will give a brief lecture on Soler Blasco, (see below) . Then together we can briefly analyze his visual cultural stories and impressionist painting techniques. Scroll to bottom to learn more about Blasco.
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*arts historian and impressionist / costumbrista painter *
BIRTH: 1920, Gandía
DEATH: 1984, Jávea
BIOGRAPHY: Born Gandia 1920 will move to Barcelona, initially studying at the School of Fine Arts of San Jorge then later in the School of Arts and Crafts of Castellón, and later in the School of Fine Arts of San Carlos in Valencia. After the war he will go to the studio of Juan Bautista Porcar and work on the craftsmanship of paintings and mural works. At the end of the forties, he moved to San Sebastian and then to Paris, where he studied the Impressionists, feeling very attracted to the work of Degas. He will return to Spain residing in Madrid and will make friends with the poet Bernat Artola In Jávea, that quiet town next to the Mediterranean, Soler Blasco will continue painting, teaching and doing outstanding mural works, until his death, becoming mayor of the town.
FEEDBACK ON JAVEA-WALK
"The walk opened my eyes to look in depth at many buildings I walk past all the time. The talk was absolutely fascinating and highly detailed. Karla communicates in a friendly and accessible manner; answering questions in an enthusiastic way that demonstrates her depth of knowledge and willingness to share her knowledge and encourage interest to those with her. Karla's teaching method is friendly and easy to understand. I recommend her lectures and walks."
***** Nicky Clark - Javea
"I learned about the history of the major buildings in the old town. I have been on similar walks in the past but I felt this was more informative and spontaneous. I like the way Karla uses modern phrases that are succinct with their meaning. I would certainly recommend her teaching."
***** Wendy Loxley, Javea
"I have lived in Javea for many years but did not know much about the history of the town. Karla brought the past to life and linked the history to art and architecture of the times. I will now revisit the places we visited during the walk, particularly the museum, to learn even more. Karla is really good at explaining history and making it interesting."
Thank you Karla,
***** Karen Stephens, Javea
"We had a very enjoyable morning with Karla wandering the streets of the pueblo that we have walked many times before, but this time with fresh eyes and ears. We learnt so much on our walk, about Valencian Gothic, including Isabelline architecture. We also learnt about the three great periods of prosperity in Javea. Each period contributing to the architecture that surrounds us in Javea, the reason why Javea is considered to be an architectural gem.. the use of tosca stone, unique to this area.... and why a raisin or pasa , became known as a sultana!
We love Karla’s art lectures and now we love the walks as well. Karla has an inimitable teaching style that raises smiles at the same time as educating. I would definitely recommend her teachings. "
***** Gladys and Ian Cummings
"I learned a lot about architecture in the Old Town of Jávea. I have lived here now for 13 years and have discovered a lot of treasures over time, however, Karla's tour opened my eyes even more to historical details and the beautiful architecture (e.g. the church, the market hall, and the numerous mansions and palaces with an inner courtyards). What a 'rich' place we live in. I appreciate Karla's huge knowledge about art and architecture as well as her ability to draw attention to details. I absolutely recommend her teaching."
Karla - thank you for this wonderful tour!
***** Angelika Goette, Jávea
"Being new to the area, Karla is opening up a whole new culture for me. I feel I'll be "more at home", more comfortable with my Spanish surroundings. She's so natural with her knowledge. She's a pleasure to listen to. I definitely recommend her"
***** Josette Jouas, Denia
"I learned many interesting facts about the life of Javea - the importance of raisins etc in the wealth of this town. The difference between palaces & mansions, use of tosca, Franco’s memorial & more. Karla's style of teaching is knowledgeable & enthusiastic. I would recommend it"
***** Jo Connell, Moraira
"I learned about the origins of the building that is now the covered market and more about the 'Franco' memorial and the Bolufer and Arnauda mansions plus loads more. I had always wondered why the churches in American cowboy films looked like those in our small Spanish village and now I know why! Karla has a relaxed approach to her teaching with plenty of interesting facts. I definitely recommend her classes."
***** James Ward in Javea