The small and picturesque village of Jimena de la Frontera in Cadiz province, just half an hour’s drive inland from Sotogrande, is the focus of arts and crafts this month with an exhibition starting on Friday 11th October and a fascinating and innovative project from 12th to 20th.
The art exhibition will be at the Silo building at the main entrance to Jimena, beside the Local Police station, and the opening will take place from 6pm to 9pm on the 11th, with a welcome drink and tapas to enjoy while viewing the works of Brian Hackett, Catherine Fender Hall, Práxedes Gómez, Manuel Cerezales LaForet, Juan Lobillo, Patricia Lucas, Juan Soler, Roderic Stokes and Clodagh Thornton. The exhibition includes paintings, sculptures and prints, and also continues until 20 October.
The following day sees the launch of Jimena Style, an initiative by a group of local and international artists/designers, fabric designers, weavers, potters, sculptors, painters, stained glass makers, and furniture makers based in and around Jimena. They say they are influenced by the beauty of the area in which they live, including the Alconocales National Park, so village life, plants, animals, landscapes, light and colours are all themes commonly embodied in the wide range of media which they employ.
These artists decided recently to bring together a fusion of their work and styles to celebrate the importance of original art and design, in an age of increasing mass production and digitisation.
For their exhibition, they are decorating and styling a village house in Jimena in a timeless array of sculpture, wall art, printed fabrics, soft furnishings, paintings, pottery, woven blankets, furniture, lighting, stained glass, rugs and mats. The purpose, they say, is to move away from homogeneity through exhibiting original unique one off products in the local context which inspires people to express their own individuality.
The house is number 3, Calle San Sebastián and the exhibition will be open daily from midday until 7pm.