Paris - France
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The Salon was
held this year in Paris at the IPEDEC. The Institute
Superiore de Peinture Decorative de Paris is the leading
French educational establishment concerned with Decorative
Arts. It was founded by a group of like-minded professionals
with the assistance of some specialist manufacturers. The
school runs many classes of instruction on the various
decorative techniques both full-time and as short courses,
and this year the whole of the school premises was dedicated
to the four day event.
The Organization of 'Paris 2001' was announced in
1998 during the closing diner. The French proposition had
been totally spontaneous and the approval of former and
future Salon Organizers was quick and friendly. Consequently,
we had three years to prepare this Salon and think of what
we would it to be like.
little, each Salon Organizer benefits more and more from the
work of their predecessors. As we had the great luck of
having good and vast facilities at the IPEDEC plus moderate
price hotels nearby, we focused our attention on the
welcoming of our hosts. The first concern was to keep the
Salon “spirit”, made of friendship, exchanges, and of the
pleasure of being together and sharing our love of the craft
participants arrived on Wednesday and some of them even
started painting during the afternoon!
quite busy, as most participants installed their exhibitions
pieces and discovered the different rooms and studios in
which the demos would take place. A preview was organized at
18.00 and after the welcome speeches, all had their first
sip of French Champagne .
admitted on Friday morning and very soon exhibition and
demonstration spaces were full of admirers.
level of the exhibition was extremely impressing. The
exhibition was distributed in 10 different rooms, and for
the visitor, each new room was a magnificent surprise. All
day long the exhibition space was full of people marveling
at the technical and artistic qualities of decorative
painters coming from 13 different countries .
opening diner the participants were invited to Les Pavillons
Ledoyen on the Champs Elysees. This place is a very old and
famous restaurant and it really makes you feel like being in
the very heart of Paris. After the diner most participants
enjoyed Paris by night in May.
no doubt the most busy of those three days as we welcomed
more than 2000 visitors in 8hours. The place was totally
crowded during the afternoon, but we were lucky enough not
to overcome the limit beyond which the visit would have
seemed uncomfortable .
evening, in the main studio, Paul de Gobert, French
muralist, made a slide show of his work, and after a cup of
Champagne, Karsten Bergfelt, from Gothenburg, showed us his
video made on the theme of Decorative Painting in South
Both were very
appreciated and the mood, as usual ,was friendly and warm.
Sunday was an
excellent day for everyone, Pierre Finkelstein made a slide
show of his work. A hundred of us packed in a room where we
usually do not have more than 45 students, but the interest
of the show was worth a bit of discomfort. The exhibition
closed down at 6.00 p.m., we had more than 5000 visitors, we
all felt a little bit tired but the exhibitors packed up in
a remarkably short time. Everyone was probably very much
looking forward to the closing diner and wanted to have time
to relax a and dress up.
diner took place in a extraordinary setting which is
actually a museum of “Fairground Arts“.
wonderful evocation of fun fairs of the past nicely set in a
mix of baroque style and of the structure of the XIX°
century building. The appetizers were served in one room and
the participants had the surprise of having the meal served
in an other, as beautiful and charming as the first .
So many things
happened that it is impossible to tell it all .
awards were given to Ron Gordon and Bill Holgate for their
talent as craftsmen and for the respect and admiration all
Salon members have for their work .
A scroll, in
which the introduction and preamble of the Salon Manifesto
(by Jan Berghuis) were handwritten by Ron Gordon, was handed
over by Paris Organizers to next year’s: Nicola and Leslie
Vigini, Vigini Studios, San Antonio, Texas.
whose pieces had been painted by the participants over the
days of the Salon was assembled on the scene, some presents
were offered: superb boxes by Don Gray to the organizers, a
beautiful 'column', also painted by the participants, by
Suzanne Arnild and Eric Peitersen to the IPEDEC.
announces of future Salons was made :
(plus a proposal
from our Danish friends Susan and Eric for 2007)
Of course, our
Salon traditions were also honored: Don’s 'friendshipchain',
and the famous Swedish “Skol “.
Last but not
least, an outstanding Tequila was offered by our Texas
Friends to all Salon Members, as a very promising foretaste
of Salon 2002.
We think that
the spirit of the Salon has been kept alive, all newcomers
were deeply impressed by it, and the closing diner was the
climax all were looking forward to. Many left on Monday
morning, back to business with beautiful memories.
50 people took
part in the visit to Vaux le Vicomte on Monday morning. 30
persons on Tuesday and Wednesday visited the Opera Comique,
Museum Carnavalet, the Hotel de Ville, Sainte Chapelle and
l’Ile de la Cité.
Many told us
about the pleasure they had during these days. Even if
organizing such an event means a lot of work and
psychological pressure, we also had sheer pleasure when
looking at the smiling faces of our hosts and friends during
Good Luck to
Nicola and Leslie.
wall mural completed by Salon organizer and mural
instructor, Pascal Amblard, during his 5 week Mural workshop
at the IPEDEC.
Detail of mural
Jean-Luc Sable from Lorient, France demonstrating Breche
Violette using a water based technique. Winner of
the Best Craftsman in France Award.
Tommy Valentine and Bill Holgate enjoying the carrousel
during the closing dinner.
The handover of the Salon Manifesto to Nicola and Leslie
Vigini from 2001 Paris organizers Alban Hamot and Pascal
"I am writing to thank you and all those at Painters Hall
(London) who have made my trip to the 6eme Salon
International de Peinture Decorative possible. My visit to
the Salon was an unforgettable experience..." Bobbie
Fennick, Stonemasonry Student, Building Crafts Cottage,