In Bugarach, the Maya calendar stated, you will be able to survive the end of the world. Even though things did not happen as predicted in 2012, the small village in the Aude mountains ist well worth a visit. Not only for a hike up the legendary Pech de Bugarach, were UFOs have been observed landing by locals and foreigners, but also for the new gallery opened in May by Diana Liljelund, a Finnish lady and trained architect.
Now based in the south of France, she follows her true passion: the arts, bought a derelict post office at the village’s main street (Grand‘ Rue) and turned it into a fascinating gallery, showcasing not only her paintings, but also works of other local or regional artist, some of them with international renown or great potential to succeed on the world’s leading arts markets.
Like Marcus van der Grinten, a Dutch painter now working in her neighbourhood, on show until 27 September along with Franck Menon, a true master in turning local wood into arty bowls and plates, Jean-Claude Courtot with his wood objects, and Lena Nyqvist Nykänen with her clear-cut clothes from fascinating fabrics.
Info: Galerie Grand rue 9, 11190 Bugarach, mobile phone: 06 38 55 66 00, http://www.galeriebugarach.com. Friday to Sunday 14:30 – 18:30