The art of living

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Costa del Arte Collective: Anouk Slegers, Gerrit Oppelland-Hampel, Annabel Keatley, Sally Hirst and Lieuwke Loth (front).


I WAS pleasantly surprised to bump into so many art lovers and artists at the official launch of the Javier Melus Pop Art collection in the Kempinski hotel last week. 

Javier’s Madrid yuppie style and Spanish good looks captured as much attention as did his pop art.    No one was expecting such a well dressed and well groomed man to be responsible for street art. 

However his elegant city-style actually made sense when the artist himself described the “publishing background” to his conceptions: a mix of acrylics, collages, sprays and cartoon characters that, once compiled, apparently have no hidden meanings and certainly none of the conspirator theory undertones being conjectured as to the ‘why’ behind the SpongeBob, Wonder Woman and Pepsi Cola combo as an example. 

Anyway, you will have time to see for yourself and come up with your own theory, as the exhibition will remain open until mid July.

Another art gathering that I think we will all enjoy is the first edition of FestiArte. This interactive event has been organised by the Cultural Department of the Marbella Town Hall and takes place over four days, starting today! 

This ‘happening’ is located in the beautiful Alameda Park and continues down the Avenida del Mar in Marbella, which is a fabulous stroll from the town centre down to the ocean even on a normal day.

The opening day live performance will be by Zarvahe Judith (after the official inauguration at 7.30pm) and there will also be live performances by graffiti artists Doger and Nauni and the watercolour artist Daniela Miazzo over the following days which I know I won’t want to miss. 

The exhibitors’ stalls will be open from 4.30pm to 11.00pm every day, but on Sunday only until 9pm.

The Costa del Arte Collective will also be part of this event. This #BetterTogether collective of professional, international artists who live in the Costa del Sol area have been my guests on Marbella Now TV several times and they and their artwork are just delightful, so make sure you also take a look at their paintings at stands 37 and 38 whilst you’re there as supporting each other and our local community, for me, is truly the art of living!

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