Storm's comin', right before a Vernissage
Thursday, May 24, 2012 at 05:00PM
Ann Barry Burrows

Brie near her favorite spot.

Late in the morning my eyes opened to the sounds of people yelling and bustling outside my window, setting up the Vernissage.  For those of you who don't know, the Vernissage is an art exhibition at the end of each quarter here at SCAD Lacoste.  It is a chance for the students to showcase work they have done here, to tourists and invited professionals passing through the teeny tiny town of Lacoste.  I am signed up tomorrow to "work" in Studio 2, which is the Interior Design classroom.  In Studio 2 all of our Maison Basse projects will be displayed, as well as the other architecture projects dealing with the Quarry of Lacoste.  Ben and I are working the Studio from 4:00-5:00 pm, and it will be our job to keep an eye on things, as well as meet and greet with people and answer any questions that English-speakers have (unfortunately that will only be about one fourth of the questions). 

 Walking down the hill from my dorm I noticed the beautiful weather we had today, making it fun to prance through the streets with my artwork (that's how it felt, I love art shows!) and write my name on little white tags hanging on nails in the stone walls.  I was so excited to learn that if we were quick, we could pick our own spots of where our artwork would go in the Vernissage.  This is very good news, because the way some artwork is displayed, is hanging on the exterior of the stone buildings, and tourists and guests will literally walk through the town, while also walking through our art show (in my opinion, those are the COOLEST spots).  I picked a quaint exterior hallway of stone that Brie says is her favorite part of Lacoste.  Standing in this spot of Lacoste's main street, one can look down the hill and see a medieval portal, as well as the gate to my dorm and the curve that leads to the cafeteria.  And looking up in the other direction one sees a beautiful iron gate and the curve that leads to the Interior Design and Architecture studio.  We are only allowed to hang work on nails that are already in the walls, and so a little white tag hangs on each nail, and the idea is that we come up throughout the day to claim our spot by writing our names on the tags.  I twisted wire on the backs of my frames, fired the staple gun a couple times, and hung my six pieces to see how they looked in their newly selected place.

Later in the day, the beautiful blue sky turned to gray and the air smelled like a storm.  I quickly moved my work inside as we were instructed to do, and my roommate Aimee and I went for coffee at the other café in Lacoste: Café de France.  The storm was still far away, and sitting under a canopy of grapevines at Café de France, Aimee and I watched the storm approach as stacks of smoke rose from small stone ovens in terracotta-topped homes throughout the valley.

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