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A mixture of talents at Espace Cuirassiers

A mixture of talents at Espace Cuirassiers

This biennial exhibition is a wonderful explosion of colour, an abundance of work by local artists, from painting in all forms, to knitting, sewing, photography, wood objects, models, glass etching and other metal work.

“It’s all sparkling, it’s the celebration of life, the celebration of spring,” said Mayor Hubert Walter during the inauguration, while the Chancellor of Alsace, Nathalie Marago, was “stunned by the diversity of talents.”

Inspirational and inspiring artists

Christian Allenbach, trained in fine art, Monique Machi and her dazzling oil paintings, Serge Reckling, ex-president of Tarn and her luminous dry pastels, Frédéric Steinlander and her flamboyant figures, Chantal Thiersey and Christian Wenling, both keen on drawing and embroidery…and this is the whole merit of Reich’Art . The two photographers, Marc Geller and Michel Merck, complement each other harmoniously in the spaces of this fleeting art gallery: the first “early morning or evening, at golden hour on the northern Vosges” and the second’s distant sentimentality, Japan and its imperial temples of wood and gilded.

Visitors were able to admire glass etchings by Christelle Pichaud, oak and recycled wood that became art pieces by Didier Fink, ceramic paintings by Yvonne Gürtner, crisp models of Alsatian houses by architect Guy Hausalter, and metal figures by Philip Weiss. Young Elisa Lafleur’s digital illustrations paint with light and colour, to say the least.

The old ones are still there: Jo Rule who manages, with a little bit of wire, to fashion figures that inspire the joy of life, the “Little Ships” of Bernard Lorentz, the toys of Lucien Kocher who promotes falling wood and transforms them into trucks and trains as well as the colorful wooden props of Jean-Louis Inger.

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The embroidery work by ten enthusiasts for Nehwiller Creative Meetings is exquisite, as are the knitwear by Evelyne Ding and the embroidery by Brigitte Weber. Finally, the post presents what I have published, i.e. the evidence, the Reichshoffen-Nehwiller study and the work of Jan-Valentin Haase.