From 10 to 21 July  at the château



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

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

She was born in Narbonne in 1959 ; she now divides her time between Saint-Denis and the Gard.

She won the Painting Prize awarded by the Fondation Fénéon in 1991.

Since 1981, numerous solo exhibitions have been dedicated to her works, notably at the Centre d’Art in Gennevilliers, the Théâtre de St Quentin in the  Yvelines, the Library of the Carré d’Art in Nîmes, the Musée Pierre André Benoît in Alès, the Bibliothèque Municipale in Strasbourg and the Musée de Gap.

In 2012, the Musée d’Art et Histoire in Saint-Denis, in partnership with the Museum in Cayla, in the Tarn, devoted a large exhibition to her work, including a momograph, with text by Bernard Noël (published by IAC-Ceysson). In 2013, several solo exhibitions were held : at the Musée Ingres in Montauban, the Musée Rimbaud in Charleville-Mézières, the Museum of the Ardennes, and the Centre for Contemporary Art in Arcueil.

In 2014, the Forney Library, the History Library of the City of Paris, held an exhibition of her illustrated books and her canvases and, in 2015, seven separate exhibitions were held in the Yvelines, one notably at the Musée National de Port Royal des Champs, to reflect the different aspects of her painting. A new monograph was also published at the same time.

In 2016 and 2017, she exhibited at Victor Hugo’s house in Paris, on the theme of  his poem “La Pente de la Reverie”, also a solo exhibition at the Museum in Périgueux. In 2018, the Paul Valéry Museum in Sète organized an exhibition of her work, “Petits Poèmes Abstraits”, consisting of large paintings and illustrated books. In 2019, the Library at the Carré d’Art in Nîmes celebrated the acquisition of a collection of 130 books of illustrated manuscripts. There was also a solo exhibition at the Centre d’Art in Bédarieux.

In 2020, the Manoir Michel Butor in Lucinges, in Haute-Savoie, will devote one of their first exhibitions of monographs to her large paintings, works on paper and illustrated books.

Colour remains at the heart of her artistic journey, applied in various media to her large canvases, painted in her books and on manuscripts, as a possible  go-between, painting and books, painting and poetry.

Over time, there have been numerous encounters and friendships with poets like  : Bernard Noël, Jean-Pierre Faye, Bernard Vargaftig, Claude Royet-Journoud, Michel Butor, Jacques Demarcq, JG Cosculluela,  Gaston Puel, Bernard Chambaz, Adonis…..which have resulted in texts, nearly 400  books published, and a collection of illustrated books and manuscripts running to 130 titles.

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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.