Rocks and tree

Seeing art in the landscape – winter abstracts

As we walk around the island, my eye is often caught by interesting details – arrangements of colours or textures that are like small pieces of art in the landscape. Some simply occur naturally, such as weathered rocks or tree bark, while others are the result of human activity (good or bad). Here are a…

Korčula east side

A tasty trip to Korčula

Korčula’s Pjatanca – the annual Spring Food & Wine Festival that takes place at the end of April, offered a fine excuse for a little overnight  expedition to our neighbouring island. Arriving on the morning catamaran, we get all day to explore the old town before the special dinner and wine pairing event, and then…

Auditorium

A rare glimpse into Hvar’s 17th century theatre

As part of Hvar’s Advent celebrations, everyone was invited to visit the Arsenal Theatre to see how the restoration works are progressing. It’s been closed for performances since the 2004 season, so we’re talking about a 14 year project so far, now hopefully coming to a successful conclusion, with a grand opening possibly in the Spring of 2019. Really excited about that, as it should include regular art exhibitions in the gallery, also on the same floor.

St Martin

Exploring Istria: Beram’s beautiful frescoes

Our final cultural destination in Istria (at least for this trip) is a visit to the truly wonderful frescoes in Beram. These are not in the parish church in the town centre, but in a tiny chapel in the graveyard, just a little way out of town. This is the church of St Mary on…

Out the door

Seeing art in the landscape

There are wonderful abstract compositions everywhere you look. Many times on our walks around the island my eye will be caught by some object which just begs to become an artwork. So I’ll take a photo and sometimes the ideas will show up in my paintings as patterns of colour, or shading. The best images…

Marinka's art

Marinka’s welcoming art studio in Dol

While I’m on the topic of art to see on Hvar, I must also mention one of the most beautiful art studios that I’ve ever been in – Marinka’s very creative and inspiring atelier in the village of Dol. This is a place to come to enjoy her art, and that of Marin Ribarić, but…

Woman with blue stockings by Zvonimir Lončarić

In the Summer – art exhibition in the Arsenal Gallery, Hvar

It’s so good to see a contemporary art exhibition on Hvar – such powerful artwork, beautifully presented. As part of the Hvar celebrations of 150 years of organized tourism, we have “In the Summer”, selected works from the art collection of Dagmar Meneghello. It’s on at the Gallery Arsenal in Hvar, 27th June to 7th…