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Ursula a une nouvelle expo! Ursula has another exhibition!

Ursula a une nouvelle expo! Ursula has another exhibition!

Vernissage ce vendredi 24 Juillet

Opening this Friday 24th July in Aix en Provence…

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Espace d’Art Contemporain
2 rue de l’Annonciade
13100 Aix-en-Provence

Venez nombreux / Join us!


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Pas à Pas, Exposition Véronique Guidon

Septembre 2014, Véronique Guidon nous a proposé de suivre Pas à Pas ses dix années de sculpture auprès d’Ursula. L’exposition a duré tout le mois après un vernissage très sympatique le vendredi 5 septembre.

Step by Step, Véronique Guidon presented ten years of creation under Ursula 



«Voir la sculpture dans un paysage»   «To see the sculpture inside a landscape»    Henry Moore 

Petite, je m’évertuais à créer des personnages avec les bouteilles de coca 25 Cl en verre et je gravais des têtes dans tous les rouleaux de carton qui me tombaient entre les mains. Mon enfance passée pour partie au Liban, au Maroc et au Sénégal  m’a donnée un goût particulier pour la stylisation dans l’art musulman et m’a sensibilisée à la puissance symbolique des arts premiers.

Après des études d’histoire j’opte pour le métier de bibliothécaire et j’entame quelques années d’initiation à la sculpture académique en suivant les cours d’Albert Spinelli à Salon-de-Provence.

Ma rencontre avec Ursula Hanes a été une vraie révélation de ce vers quoi je voulais tendre. J’ai été immédiatement conquise par la simplicité des lignes de ses œuvres qui leur confère autant de puissance, l’attention qu’elle porte à l’harmonie des corps et son respect de la matière. Des valeurs qui ont une énorme résonnance en moi.

Depuis plus de 10 ans, « pas à pas », grâce à Ursula, j’effectue un rigoureux travail sur les plans dans un parti pris de simplification et d’épure. Cette lente maturation ouvre par paliers le champ des possibles.       Véronique Guidon

As a child I was always creating figures with glass bottles of Coke or carving heads in every cardboard roll I could get my hands on. My childhood in Lebanon, Morocco & Senegal gave me a strong taste for the stylised representations prevalent in Muslim art and, more generally, for the power of symbols in primitive arts.

After my studies in History, I became a librarian and started academic sculpture with Albert Spinelli in Salon-de-Provence.

Meeting Ursula Hanes was a revelation of my goals. I immediately loved the simplicity of her lines and the strength it gives to her pieces, the attention she gives to the body’s harmony and her respect of the raw material. These very important values resonated in me.

In the last ten years, accompanied by Ursula, I explored planes rigorously, step by step, simplifying them then refining them. This slow process opened, one stage at a time, a world of possibles.                                    Véronique Guidon

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Summer / Eté 2014


A big thank you to all the artists -painters, sculptor, silversmiths, writer- who spend some time with us at Fourwinds this summer….

Merci à tous les artistes -peintres, sculpteur, orfèvres, écrivain- qui sont passés par Fourwinds cet été…

Joseph Go-Mahan (USA); Laura Jefferson (UK); Judith Kramer (USA); Susan D. Albert (USA); Joy Gleason Carew (USA); Lois Betteridge, Beth Alber, Mary Anne Barkhouse, Brigitte Clavette & Chantal Gilbert (CANADA); Katinka Fennema (NETHERLANDS); Linda Manguiat (USA)

To enjoy more pictures and details of the residences

Pour un aperçu en images de l’ambiance des résidences

click here / cliquer sur ce lien Summer 2014 Residences

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The purpose of Fourwinds’ residency program


Both professionally mature and emerging artists need a period during their lives in which they are isolated from the stress and interruptions of daily life and the chaotic state of the today’s world.

The basic purpose of Fourwinds is to provide artists this opportunity to concentrate all of their energy on working without any obligations or responsibilities for other things. Only in this way can the creative process run its course through the ups and downs, the insecurities, the doubts and then on to the finding of new solutions.

One of the Fourwinds objectives is to protect our visiting artists from outside interference. Therefore, suggestions for the need of a break from their work must come from the inner need of the artist as only he/she subconconsiously knows what is needed to take the project forward.

This is the reason that artists choose to come here and perhaps also the reason that many of them return each year. Each individual has their own method of working and this must be respected as well as uninterrupted and the Fourwinds dynamics are disturbed by iniatives coming from a non-artist world.

The contact between artists living together and working separately is extremely important. Their exchange of ideas brings about a ‘fertilization’ which often leads to ‘catalyzation’ in their work. Feedback, criticism or advice on the work of any artist is given only when they ask for it; when they themselves feel the need of support in their determination to delve deeper into their research.

This does not mean that there is no social life at Fourwinds. In fact, community meals, exchanging ideas, excursions to exhibitions, etc. are often encouraged, but these things must be instigated by the artists-in-residence themselves…. and with no obligation to participate.

Trying to create an oasis for artists in this troubled world has been neither an easy nor a completed task. It takes careful thought and constant, enormous flexibility to try to ensure that each individual artist has the optimum environment needed to work as peacefully as he/she desires.

A residency at Fourwinds is for artists what a retreat is for Buddhists…. a time of ‘search-for-self.’ Buddhists do it through meditation. Artists do it through their work.


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