Through a narrow passageway at the end of Rue du Four sits an imposing house on Cours St. Jacques. But, like most village houses in France, it's not what you see from the street that is most captivating. The home of Andy and Amanda Attenburrow, Le Castelou, falls into this category. During the month of August, in the Galerie, garden and adjoining salon rooms, several local artists displayed theirs works. It never ceases to amaze us, that for a village the size of Leran, there is always something going on.
The large balls fascinated me. The artist worked with inflatable exercise balls, covered with layers of paper, an incision made to remove the ball, then covered with hundreds of copies of her personal photos.
At Le Castelou, Amanda teaches watercolor and collage classes. Students are housed in one of the several renovated rooms, now part of their Bed and Breakfast. On an easel at the entrance to the room displaying Amanda's artwork was the painting on the left entitled "Village". I kept going back to look at it and realized that Doug had done the same. Later that evening we told Andy we wanted it, and he sheepishly informed us that it wasn't really a village in France, but rather in Umbria Italy. Fine by me, I love Italy too.
Thanks to Rachel for the Photos.