“Amazing”, “Impressive”, “Terrific” … the superlatives kept on coming all through Saturday when Arte Algarve pulled off its first “double whammy” for the summer.
Our OPEN VIII exhibition brought up to 1000 people flocking in intense June heat to Lagoa – scores turning up even before we had opened!
And then, early in the evening when we moved on for the first night of the Ferragudo Art Festival, people were dancing in the streets before it even got dark!
“It’s just so wonderful to see the kind of people that come together in the name of art and culture”, said gallery owner Rolf Osang, whose vision for promoting art in the Algarve has been pivotal in the creation of all these events.
“It always turns into one great big lovely party”…
But it wasn’t only about partying. It was about promotion, getting known, and ultimately selling.
“This was such an incredible experience”, artist Nathalie Abbing from Holland told us. “I have never exhibited outside of Holland and I was very curious to see what people would think of my work. I was amazed not only by the interest, but by the level of knowledge of art here. People really appreciate what they are looking at, and the range of work on show here is exceptional!”
The OPEN VIII, as all the other Opens before it, presents established artists while at the same time boosting new talents. In all, over 40 artists and creators are involved, and regular visitors couldn’t keep their thoughts to themselves.
“This is the best show ever!”, “You’ve done it again!” “How do you do it?!”
The answer to that last one is easy: artists know where we are now. They are “just coming” – regularly turning up at the door, keen to get involved in a project that is bringing life and colour to the region beyond the habitual sun, sand and sea.
If you weren’t one of the hundreds of people who came on Saturday – or if you were one of those who turned up as we were closing our doors on the way to opening in Ferragudo – please come and see us this week, in the gallery, from 10am to 1pm or 3pm to 6pm. There is so much to enjoy and marvel at: extraordinary abstracts, powerful nudes, impressive sculptures, lyrical ceramics, magical photographs, haunting portraits. We know no one will be disappointed!
And remember, next Saturday from 6pm to midnight, we’ll have another fun, colourful, arts and crafts evening under the stars and beside the river full of fishes and fishing boats in the heart of picturesque Ferragudo. Music starts early, bring family and friends, and enjoy the very best of the Algarve in a relaxed open-air friendly atmosphere!
Written by Natasha Donn