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From 12 to 21 September in the château

 

Angèle VILLAT, watercolours

 

Free admission from Friday to Sunday from 5 to 7 p.m.

and al days by appointment : tel. 04 68 78 38 93

She was born in Morocco. Both her parents were students at the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Nancy, working with renowned teachers like Victor Prouvé. So it was only natural that she came to love drawing and painting at a very young age. She first discovered light and colour in Bandol in the Var. She was brought up there by her grandparents, with a love of handicrafts and painting.

She later lived in Normandy and Brittany, with their tides and mists, their diverse colours and their subtler moods, their wild seas and their people, she loved to paint them all. At the Sévigné Institute in Granville, the nuns nurtured her desire to draw and paint, and taught her much. Then back to the South, where she remained, in Marseilles, until 2002.

Further studies, family  and professional commitments kept her busy, alongside courses at the Beaux Arts in Marseilles and the Cours de Pastel  in Aix-en-Provence where she honed her skills. She began to exhibit in these two cities and, from this time onwards, she never stopped painting until she retired.

In 2005, in the small village of Castelnau d’Aude, with financial support from the Mairie and helped by her husband, she founded the Association “Ar Lo Cast”, whose aim was to promote Art in the Minervois. Here she began to develop her newly-found passion for “wet-on-wet” watercolour painting. At the club “Art et Loisirs” in Castelnau, the workshops, which are held every Monday afternoon, are open to all and cover all disciplines : oil, acrylic, pastel and watercolour. She teaches everyone, in a spirit of sharing, whatever their level of skill. The workshop on Thursday afternoon is devoted entirely to watercolour.

She has exhibited widely in both the Midi-Pyrénées and Languedoc-Roussillon regions and has won several awards. At the moment she is concentrating on her research, and experimenting with new techniques and different supports. Pastel remains close to her heart, and she shares this passion with her students.