The Art of Fire

April 20, 2016

Artefuego glassblowing studio is at the back of Plaza Sotomayor, where they hold the Argual flea market every Sunday. It’s a good idea to combine the two, because they hold public demonstrations on Sundays between 10 am and 2 pm. They combine fragments of lava into their creations, and to the best of their knowledge, they’re the only people in the world to do so. This makes every piece unique….

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The 2015 Art Fair

The art fair is currently on in El Paso fairground. It’s a chance for artsts from all over the island to show off their work, and for the public to see a big, varied exhibition and maybe snap up a bargin. I don’t have time to go this year unfortuneately, but it’s open from 11am – 9:30 pm Saturday and Sunday.  On Sunday there are workshops for kids in ceramics, origami…

December 12, 2015
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Art Exhibition by Mariana Arranz

Poster for Mariana's exhibition
September 3, 2015

Mariana Arranz has an exhibition in Santa Cruz de La Palma, in the art room of La Molina Artesania (the rather good craft and souvenir shop), on the Calle Real. To my mind, the paintings are surprisingly cheap, starting at 70€, which will bepart of the reason why she sold two at the inauguration. Mariana will also take orders. For example, the owner asked for a painting of his two…

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Flemish Art

June 5, 2015

16th century Calvary in the church of Las Nieves   When La Palma was conquered (or invaded, depending on your point of view) in 1493, the Spanish empire also included what is now Portugal, Belgium and Holland. So settlers arrived from all these countries, quite often with surnames like Groenenberg or Van de Walle. Some of them became very rich, and spent a lot of money on their local churches….

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A lovely calendar

Vanessa Sancho is originally from Barcelona, but she’s been living in La Palma for the last 18 months. The island’s amazing skies inspired her to produce very good pastel paintings of nebulae. She’s crowdfunding a calendar of her paintings, and I’ve already signed up for one. The calendar is A4 (opens to A3) and each month includes a colour painting, an explanation of what it is an where you can…

November 15, 2013
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Almond blossom

The north-west of the island is home to great many almond trees, and at this time of the year, they’re all blossoming. The trees in El Paso and Garafía are beautiful, but the best display of all is at Puntagorda. In fact Puntagorda hosts an annual almond blossom fiesta. The date varies — the Town Hall sets it a couple of weeks in advance, to (hopefully) coincide with the best…

January 28, 2011
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