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Returning from France - "La rentrée"

                                                                                         Christina's View. Parc des Buttes-Chaumont, Paris.

                                                                                        Christina's View. Parc des Buttes-Chaumont, Paris.

YOU ARE CORDIALLY INVITED TO THE ART OPENING AT
CINÉ
ATHENS, GA

Thursday, December 14, 2017
5 -7 pm

La Rentrée, 
René returns from France to share with her friends what she saw there

                                                                                                        Le Grand Café. Felletin, France

                                                                                                       Le Grand Café. Felletin, France

 La rentrée, René returns from France will be on display at Ciné at 236 West Hancock Avenue, Athens, GA from December 14, 2017 to January 31, 2018.There will be an opening reception on Thursday, December 14, from 5-7 p.m. The event is free and all are invited.

 I welcome you to this exhibit of paintings on silk and prints on paper of the architecture and landscape of central France. Much of the work was exhibited at the City Hall of Felletin, in La Creuse, France during the summer of 2017.

 After living in France for the better part of this year,  I now return to my Athenian life, friends and loves. But the experience of living in France was transformational, and I wish to share that feeling, the sites, and the adventure of being there with you, my Athens community. 

                                                                               L'eglise et la ville, Felletin, France.

                                                                              L'eglise et la ville, Felletin, France.

La rentrée, in France, is the time at the end of the summer when people return to their “normal life” - school & work - after the summer vacation. But I noticed that what I experienced at the time of La rentrée was not just busy highways as all of France traveled on certain days, but a whole-country feeling and an attitude of excitement marking the end of the summer. At lawlessfrench.com, they describe it best: “…but la rentrée is much more than that – it marks the entire country’s return to normalcy after the summer break. It’s time to go not only back to school but also to work, as well as catch up with friends and clubs and choirs and teams. La rentrée refers to returning home and getting back to real life.”   

 As I settle down to my real life in Athens, I remember that daily life in France was challenging but also very rewarding. The landscape was beautiful, the skies large, the architecture inspiring. While planning my return to Georgia, I knew that I wanted to share my experiences through the artwork I created while in France. I had the feeling La rentrée was the perfect title for this exhibit, as I was returning from a sojourn overseas to reacquaint myself with my Stateside home. This exhibit is a way of bringing my two worlds together, and, hopefully, of sharing what I saw, experienced and enjoyed while overseas. 

For more information, contact the artist:

 rene.shoemaker@gmail.com
 706.424.4730

  reneshoemaker.com

                                                                                                                                                               Eternit, Felletin, France

                                                                                                                                                              Eternit, Felletin, France