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10th Biennale du Carnet de Voyage, 13 - 15 November 2009 in the Polydôme, Place du 1er Mai, Clermont-Ferrand (France). This year's theme of the Festival of the Travel Sketchbook (hosting art exhibitions, over 100 artist stands and tons of carnets de voyage to be viewed and bought) is the carnet naturaliste or nature artist's sketchbook. The works presented have to do with the discovery of a place in time and space.
See www.biennale-carnetdevoyage.com

Robin d'Arcy Shillcock & his work will be present.

Artist Rein Pol is working on an allegory about the Northern Realists, a motley crew of artists who studied at the Academy of Finr Arts Minerva in Groningen, and who work in northern Netherlands. Robin d'Arcy Shillcock is one of the featured artists (see photo). The triptych is 2,5 m tall and spreads to 6 m when open. The unveiling is in November in the Museum for representational art "De Buitenplaats" in Eelde (20 k's south of Groningen).
See the photos on this page, and www.reinpol.com

Exhibition "Owls" at Galerie de Beeldenstorm, Roosendaalsebaan 4, Bosschehoofd (nr. Roosendaal, NBr).
Opening Sunday 3 October 2009, 14.30 hrs. The exhibition presents 20 painters and sculptors, and is on view until 22 November.
See www.nvdbs.nl

2008/10 Hula Valley artist in residence project, Israel
RDS took part in the international residency in the Hula Valley. This project, organized by the Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel (SPNI) and Artists for Nature Foundation (ANF) based in Netherlands, took place in March 2009.
The overall objective is to raise awareness of and understand the conservation issues in the Hula Valley, in Israel's far north, through dialogue, cultural exchange and rapprochement between artists, conservationists, and those who have a love of art and nature.
An art festival in the Agamon Reserve drew visitors from far and wide as well as classes from Israel, from Amman in Jordan, as well as Israeli-Arab students from Jaljulia, to take part in workshops conducted by various artists. President Shimon Peres visited, and in his wake various political and conservationist topdogs.
But the main attraction were the 20,000 cranes, thousands of storks, pelicans and raptors, all drifting northwards on thermals, and the jackals, patrolling the marsh, always on the lookout for prey.