MONACO TURNS PINK ONCE AGAIN THIS OCTOBER

Pour la 6ème année consécutive, les monuments les plus emblématiques de Monaco seront en rose pour la lutte contre le cancer du sein. For the sixth consecutive year, Monaco’s most famous landmarks will turn pink for the fight against breast cancer.

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Monaco’s main landmarks are once again turning pink this October to support the fight against breast cancer.

October is breast cancer awareness month, and for the past few years over 200 cities and 40 countries all around the world have been turning pink to show their support to the victims of this terrible illness and promote early detection. For the 6th consecutive time, the Principality of Monaco will be part of this national campaign when on Friday, 7th October, at nightfall and at the instigation of Pink Ribbon Monaco, Prince’s Palace of Monaco, the Monte-Carlo Casino, Hôtel Metropole Monte-Carlo and the Thermès Marins de Monte-Carlo will be illuminated in pink lights. A visually beautiful gesture making a strong statement!

Founded in 2011, Pink Ribbon Monaco is an independent charity that focuses its actions on the region and the Principality. Its main goal is to educate people on the importance of early detection and the necessity to create an environment where women who have found a lump in their breast do not have to wait too long to have a biopsy or receive a treatment. In that particular case, fast medical response is indeed as important as early detection.

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The association also donates to the Centre Hospitalier Princesse Grace (CHPG) all the funds it is raising through the various events it organises, such as the annual Pink Ribbon Walk which takes place every March in and around Port Hercule.

Pink Ribbon Monaco has been contributing to the hospital’s new state-of-the-art mammography technology, the Selenia Dimensions 800D tomosynthesis system, which optimises early detection and reduces the radiation dose required for the diagnosis by allowing millimetre-sized sections of breast tissue to be studied.

A press conference and cocktail reception will be held before the ceremony, with updates regarding recent developments in breast cancer treatment, screening and prevention in the hospital. Then, everybody will be invited for the lighting-up on the Casino Square. Do not hesitate to join in and take photos of the various monuments. Each post on your social media sites using the hashtag #pinkribbonmonaco will help spread the word about breast cancer awareness.

 

Images courtesy Pink Ribbon Monaco

FASHION PHOTOGRAPHER MARCO GLAVIANO THE TOAST OF MONACO

Belle expo photo actuellement en cours à Monaco. Beautiful photo exhibit currently under way in Monaco.

Renowned fashion photographer Marco Glaviano is the subject of an exhibition currently underway in the Principality.

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He has photographed some of the world’s most famous supermodels of the roaring 80’s, such as Cindy Crawford, Eva Herzigova, Claudia Schiffer and Paulina Porizkova. His work has been published in some of the most important fashion magazines around the globe, such as Vanity Fair, Harpers Bazaar, Elle, and American Vogue. He has also shot glamourous campaigns for the likes of Gorgio Armani, Calvin Klein, Revlon, l’Oréal and Valentino, as well as founding Pier 59 in New York, still recognized today as the most well-known studio in the world.

Now after 50 years producing stunning fashion images, iconic photographer Marco Glaviano is being celebrated by the Principality of Monaco with an exhibition co-produced by Space SBH Contemporary Art Gallery and Muse Cultural Consulting, that runs until the 2nd of October at the Monaco Modern Art gallery.

The Sicilian-born artist started out his career by taking shots of jazz musicians, but quickly turned his attention towards the fashion world to become one of the most sought after photographers in the industry, thanks to his mostly black and white pictures which oozed with sensuality and femininity.

His impressive portfolio includes many nude images of beautiful women captured in extraordinary landscapes, portraits of jazz icons, as well as many shots taken in St. Barth. Most of them are on display at the exhibition, but what makes it particularly special is that two new limited collections are also presented. The first one contains 12 pieces that reproduce the famous Cindy Crawford kiss in all the different pop art colours, while the second one is comprised of 12 pieces representing the most famous top models Glaviano has worked with during his extensive career.

When looking at those pictures, it is easy to understand why the Italian artist’s work is highly collectable and found in some of the world’s leading museums and private collections.

The Marco Glaviano exhibition at the Monaco Modern Art gallery runs until the 2nd of October 2016. Opening hours are Monday to Friday from 10 am to 6 pm.

CONTACT DETAILS
Monaco Modern Art Gallery
27, avenue Princesse Grace
98000 Monaco

Tel: + 377 92 16 71 17

 

All images courtesy Monaco Modern Art gallery; Supermodels photo – Cindy Crawford St Barth, 1991, Paulina Porizkova New York, 1982, Olga Serova St Barth, 2006

VICTOR VASARELY CELEBRATED WITH THREE EXHIBITIONS

Ce n’est pas encore trop tard pour découvrir les 3 expositions consacrées à l’artiste franco-hongrois Victor Vasarely. It is still not too late to discover the three exhibits dedicated to Hungarian-franco artist Victor Vasarely.

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Three exhibits are currently underway in the region, celebrating the 110th anniversary of the birth of Hungarian-Franco artist Victor Vasarely.

Hungarian-Franco artist Victor Vasarely, the father of Op-Art, is being celebrated with a triptych of exhibitions in three Provençal sites: the Vouland Museum in Avignon, the Château de Gordes in Gordes, and the Vasarely Foundation in Aix-en-Provence.

Entitled “MultipliCité”, the summer event has been designed to present the creative process of Vasarely’s work, thanks to rarely seen original artworks that take the visitor on a journey through the work and life of the artist.

My art transposes nature thus one more time, this moment right now, the one of physics that renders the world physically comprehensible”, Vasarely once said, and it is undeniable that his work has had a major impact on the way we now look at things.

Greatly influenced by the Bauhaus movement, where there was no hierarchy between the artistic disciplines of painting, sculpture and the applied arts, the painter, sculptor, and graphic designer started experimenting with shapes and shades in the late 1940’s, giving birth to a hard-edge and geometrical form of abstract art. Later on, in the 1960’s, he played with the distortion of lines, resulting in forms that appeared to be bulging out from the pieces, creating optical images that became part of the popular culture.

The first exhibition at Musée Vouland, “Victor Vasarely in motion”, compares the museum’s 17th and 18th century decorative arts to Vasarely’s own plastic universe.

The second exhibition at the Château de Gordes, focuses on the plastic alphabet that the artist invented, using circles, squares and triangles with contrasting colours to create an infinite number of units. The goal was to design a universal language understandable by all, as the third exhibit at the Fondation Vasarely in Aix-en-Provence, “Art for everyone”, clearly shows. It was with the idea of bringing together urban planners, artists and architects that Vasarely established the foundation that now bears his name. Placing art at the heart of the city, it is a unique interdisciplinary experimentation centre where “ the future takes shape in this new geometric polychromatic and solar city” and where plastic art is “kinetic, multi-dimensional and collective … most definitely abstract and inseparable from science.”

All three Victor Vasarely exhibits run until the 2nd of October. The Vouland Museum is Avignon is open Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00am to 6:00pm, the Château de Gordes in Gordes is open every day from 10:00am to 12:30pm and from 1:30pm to 6:00pm, and the Vasarely Foundation in Aix-en-Provence is open daily from 10:00am to 6:00pm.

The entrance fee varies between 7 € and 12 € and a pass for all three exhibitions can be purchased for 21 € (15 € for people under 26 years old and 9 € for children 5 to 15 years).

 

FALL IN LOVE WITH PROVENCE ALL OVER AGAIN WITH PATRICIA SANDS

Mon entretien avec l’écrivain canadien, Patricia Sands, pour Riviera Buzz. My interview of Canadian author, Patricia Sands, for Riviera Buzz.

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Canadian author Patricia Sands is in love with the French Riviera, a region she visits every year.

Her Love in Provence series, which includes three books to date, perfectly captures the beauty of the place we call home.

To get to know Patricia and her work better, we sat down with her to ask a few questions.

First of all, can you tell us a little bit about yourself and your background?

I am Canadian, with a home base in Toronto. I was a busy and happy stay-at-home mother for thirteen years until my husband suddenly died of pancreatic cancer at the age of 49. Our sons were 12 and 13. Needless to say it was a devastating time for us all.

I returned to university and became an elementary school teacher for a few years before I remarried. That was 20 years ago, and now our happily blended family consists of 7 adult ‘kids’ and six grandchildren. We all live near each other and spend a lot of time together. I play golf and tennis and still get out to ski from time to time, but my husband and I spend most of our winters in south Florida now. We try to spend a few months in Europe between May and October. It varies from year to year.

What brought you to France, and Antibes in particular?

I first fell in love with France when I backpacked around for a year when I was 21. The love affair has only grown throughout my life as I was fortunate to return often on holiday. For the past twenty years, my husband and I have spent at least two months there each year.

After renting a house in Biot one year, we discovered Antibes and that was that! My heart will live there forever and we return every year, although we also like to spend time in Nice as well.

Have you always wanted to be a writer?

I began writing seriously quite by accident! Ten years ago I started writing a book called The Bridge Club just for fun, for my real life Bridge Club. Eight women who have been friends for almost fifty years. As people began to read bits of the novel, they would say that their book club wanted to read it and that I was telling stories that most women would relate to in many ways. So I looked into publishing and decided to do it myself in 2010. After its success, I knew I would continue writing because I loved the whole experience.

When my husband and I were living in Antibes for 5 months in 2011, I wrote the first draft of The Promise of Provence, published in 2013, and the reader response was tremendous. So out of that novel grew the Love in Provence trilogy. In 2014, Book #2, Promises To Keep, was published. To that point I was publishing independently. However, Amazon discovered my books and signed me to a contract with their women’s fiction imprint, Lake Union Publishing. Lake Union then published Book #3 of the series, I Promise You This, in May 2016.

Being an author is never easy and it consumes my life, but when you love what you do, the effort is worth it.

Can you tell us a little bit more about the series?

In Book #1, 55-year-old Katherine Price’s husband of 22 years suddenly leaves her. She moves in with her elderly mother for a few months. The character of her mother, Elisabeth, is based on my late mother-in-law and much of her story is factual. It was important to me to share that. I hope readers will think about preserving their own family history when they read that part.

Then, Katherine or Kat, as she is often called, is persuaded to go on a home exchange to the Luberon and her life begins to change from her first day there. The location moves to Antibes as the story progresses. Book #2, Promises To Keep,continues her journey with a bit of drama added. Book #3, brings the trilogy to a close as Kat makes choices that will change her life forever. The story is in many ways a coming-of-age in middle age, and encourages readers to see that it’s never too late to take chances, make changes, and realize dreams.

In some ways the series is my love letter to France. I focus on location a great deal as I want my readers to see, smell, taste and savour life in the south of France. Many readers tell me they felt they were right there with the characters, and that’s very satisfying to me as a writer.

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Was it obvious for you to set the story in Provence?

Absolutely, no question! After the success of The Bridge Club and the realization I was going to keep writing about older women for the rest of my life, I knew my next book would be set in Provence. Little did I know it would become a series!

And do you have anything in common with the main character of your love in Provence series, Katherine Price?

I’ve never had to go through a divorce. However, having been widowed I know how it feels to suddenly begin to face life on your own at a later stage in life. Certainly, some aspects of Katherine’s personality have similarities to mine, but for the most part I would say she is her own person. We are both optimists and share the same values. It was great fun feeling her grow in confidence and outlook as the story unfolded.

Can we expect a fourth book in the series?

Funny you should ask! I receive emails from readers on a regular basis asking me to keep writing about the characters in the series. I would love to do that! So, right now I am working on a stand-alone novel … also set in France, but the Bouches-du-Rhône department rather than the Côte d’Azur. Hopefully that will be published early in 2017, and then I will return to Kat and friends. I can’t wait!

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You have a blog and you also lead tours of the French Riviera with the Women’s Travel Network. Does this help create a strong bond with your female readers?

Yes, I have a website with a lot of information about my books, about France and a lot of photography about France. I try to post once a week but don’t always manage that these days. Readers can also sign up for my monthly newsletter.

I’ve led two tours based on the locations in The Promise of Provence and we will do one in June 2017. I believe there are two spots left as we speak. There will be 16 women in all and it’s a fabulous trip. We spend 6 days in Nice and 6 in Avignon, with day trips to many of the wonderful villages in the story, including lavender fields. It’s great fun and lovely to get to know my readers in person.

In general, what is for you the hardest part about writing?

This may sound crazy, but I love everything about the world of writing. I guess the hardest part is knowing when to say a first draft is finished and ready to go to an editor. Writers always find ways to keep tweaking a story to make it better and better. I’m definitely guilty of that.

And the most rewarding?

This was a surprise to me. I never anticipated hearing from so many readers and the emails they send are wonderful. They are inspiring, motivating, satisfying and rewarding. The advent of ebooks has made it so easy to communicate with an author and I love hearing from readers. I try to respond personally to each one, but some times this is not possible and that’s why I began writing a monthly newsletter. It helps me feel like I am talking to readers who want to hear from me. I only send it to people who subscribe to it.

The other rewarding part of writing is the amazing, supportive, caring international community of writers I get to associate with and learn from. What an honour to be part of it.

What advice would you give to aspiring writers?

Read Stephen King’s book “On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft”. The most important advice I took from it when I was beginning to write The Bridge Club is this: if you feel so strongly that you have a story to tell, sit down and write it. Make mistakes. Find your voice. TELL YOUR STORY IN YOUR OWN WAY! Then work with a good, reputable editor (not a relative or friend) who will help you hone your style. Write, write, write!

Finally, as you spend some time every year in Antibes, what do you like so much about the French Riviera?

Where do I begin? I like the people, the history, the language, the food and wine, and, of course, the beauty. Since photography is a big part of what I do, the visual beauty of that part of the world offers endless opportunities.

I feel incredibly blessed to spend time there and to be able to share my love of that part of the world with so many readers.

Thanks so much for inviting me to visit with you.

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Many thanks to Patricia for taking the time to talk to us. To find out more about the Love in Provence series and Patricia’s other activities, you can visit her website, her Amazon Author Page, or connect via Instagram.

All photos courtesy Patricia Sands except final image via Amazon