My Own Art Gallery On the French Riviera

My life as an artist changed in a big way since December. In March I became the owner of an art Gallery in Hyères, someone gave it to me. I thank that person from the bottom of my heart. The gallery is well known all over the Var, that’s the region on the French Riviera that encompasses the turquoise beaches from Toulon to Saint Tropez. Hyères is in the middle. It’s that little needle that sticks out into the crystalline waters of the French Riviera. The Olympic Games will be here next summer.

The gallery is on the main pedestrian street, 26 Rue Massillon. It’s called click >>La Nouvelle Galerie Massillon. I thought of changing the name to Galerie Brooksby but it didn’t seem right. Galerie Brooksby is light and easy. Galerie Massillon has punch. And the gallery came with some serious baggage. I’ll tell you about it in a minute. Let’s talk about Hyères.

Queen Victoria had a villa here. It’s a museum now. The jet set came here once upon a time. Belmondo, Serge Gainsbourg, Dalida, Charles de Gaule, Simone Veil, Aznavour, Chiraq, Mitterand… etc.

But Hyères seemed to fall off the beaten track when huge shopping centres were built 20 minutes west. Lots of people come here and spend a week at the beach then never come into the historic center. The town is a jewel. It has museums, lots of art galleries, and artists’s ateliers. Excellent restaurants and an amazing market on Saturday mornings. It’s not overrun with international franchises. It’s got local shops with local products and produce. Maybe I shouldn’t be telling you this. Our little paradise will explode.

For the last nine or ten years my gallery hosted a slew of exhibitions. Every week a new show happened. A club of amateurs showed here for years. Professional painters and sculptures as well.

I was overjoyed to open the door the first time and settle in. A few days later I felt like Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz, lifted off my feet and swirling in a storm of battles. The French administration was the easy part. The worst was having to tell all the artists who planned to show here this year that I could not honour their shows. I decided to host professional artists and young artists. I can’t talk about lots of things that happened. Too personal.

On April 22 I inaugurated the gallery with a series of oil paintings done onsite. Charlotte Wood did a Gong Bath. My whole family came across the Atlantic and down from Paris and Germany to support me and to be there.

Here is the poster for the show I am having until May 30th. And one of my new works that is a street in Hyères.

Come visit me. I’ll be there until May 30th, End of July to Mid August. Again in September. Most of the summer several artists will have solo exhibitions.

La Nouvelle Galerie Massillon

26 rue Massillon

83400 Hyères France

Tuesday – Thursday
2pm – 7pm, Friday 11- 7pm, Saturday 9:30- 12:30 2pm-7pm

Greeting cards now available

Limited edition greeting cards from my originals are now available on my e-shop. They come with an envelope and are blank on the inside. More details on each item page.
These are print-on-demand with a good company. The postage is calculated according to your location so they are not shipped from France, unless you live here too, LOL! They are available on my e-shop. Clic on the image or the button to purchase. I new window or tab will open where automated checkout is available.

2622 Les Saveurs

2622 Les Saveur, 10×15 cm pen and ink on archival paper

I just love French pastries. They are edible sculptures. When I first moved to Paris, Wayne Thibault popped into mind every time I walked into a bakery. Colourful little cakes lined up to greet me and ask me for a date. These seven macarons are lined up to greet you every morning with your coffee.

Only a few days left to buy this for 25 euro, with free shipping. December 1st prices go up to 40 euro. It is available check here Daily Paint Works.

2522 Parisian Windowbox

Parisian Windowbox, 10×15 cm pen and ink on archival paper

The facades of the Haussmanian buildings in the 17th arrondissement are gorgeous.

Haussman reworked Paris, the stone cut buildings that were constructed during his time have beautiful ironwork.

Only a few days left to buy these for 25 euro. On December 1st prices go up to 40 euro. To see what is available check here Daily Paint Works.