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23 Sep 2014: meet&greet with Masha Gala
This is an invitation to all artlovers.

we are very pleased to hear that will have the honour of the presence of the ambassador of Slovenia, mr. ROMAN KIRN at the gallery Arps&Co, window exhibition on Tuesday 23rd Sptember. at 4 p.m.Arubastraat 1.
The Solo exhibition by the Slovenian artist Masha Gala offers us a quick peek in her marvelous body of works.
It will be a mirror to the contemporary arts in Slovenia.

We selected Masha Gala for the educational Dutch programme to Highschools (about 3000 are participating) www.overdekunst.nl.

The Meet&Greet will take place on Tuesday 23rd Sept in the presence of the artist herself and the representative of the curator of the exhibition CURATOR NINA JEZA, (Artists&Poor) representative: PETJA JANŽEKOVIČ, Master of philosophy, who will in her name say a few words in English.
The meet&greet will start two hours earlier then usual at 4 p.m.because of your scheduled presence.

The Meet&Greet will take place on Tuesday 23rd Sept in the presence of the artist herself and the representative of the curator of the exhibition CURATOR NINA JEZA, (Artists&Poor) representative: PETJA JANŽEKOVIČ, Master of philosophy, who will in her name say a few words in English.
The meet&greet will start two hours earlier then usual at 4 p.m.because of your scheduled presence.
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11 Sep 2014: prolonge selection of works by Esra Kizir Gokcen
We kept a small selection of the delicate works by the Istanbul painter Esra Kizir Gokcen. See here below.
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31 Aug 2014: Esra Kizir Gokcen with METAMORPH-TRICK
ESRA KİZİR GÖKÇEN is from Istanbul. Funny, witty and very dedicated she made a complete new exhibition for her show in Amsterdam. Metamorph-trick is her way to express the fact that we all have many layers and under every layer there is one more, the tricky layer, the vision. Her work is inspired by the multi layered geographic and historical aspects of Anatolia, where she was born and is still living.
All things chain from the moment of realization among the layers of life. Remnants from the past change. Conditions of time and space morph everything. The illusions created by these movements tricks the eye. These illusions are what Esra Kizir Gökçen is trying to explain in the solo show named "metamorph-trick”. Hers is the eye being tricked.
Layers of time in movement are continuously morphing both past and the future creating our perceptions, fore sights, feelings. The past and thoughts about them, as well as premonitions of future and dreams all form different layers; telescoped, folded, morphed beyond generally accepted memories into colors and lines. Even though the work is considered done, it’s just starting. Changing our memories from top to bottom. Creating new knowledge. Moments in time and objects are falling apart and when they come together again they merge into new combinations. Metamorphed objects come into view, sometimes in an empty space, sometimes on a morphed ground, sometimes in a fantasy space and time zone. It is a game endlessly changing.
Portrayals of Earth may be under water like Atlantis, or may be a piece of land flying in the sky up to the emptiness of space. Figures are similar to earthly beings, mostly they are like creatures split and merged again inaccurately. The spatial elements are split and combined to create another world.
The artist emphasizes the metamorphosis and impossibility of regeneration of anything past. Pointing that all moments are new and the human perception is forever changed.
Her work also directs the viewer to our responsibility to nature through the clouds, trees, roots and all details symbolizing nature. The cloud and the tree show us about the circle of water, ergo life and the flow of past into future.
We can see the influence of Turkish classical painting, calligraphy and miniatures in the curved lines and symbols in Esra’s drawing. The technics used in her compositions and concepts contain the Metamorphic compositions that emerge as tricks.

Meet the artist from Istanbul with us on September 2nd at 6 p.m. Arubastraat 1, Amsterdam
Links: ; read more about the artist


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10 Aug 2014: Xavier Yarto fusing modern art with pre-Hispanic art
exhibition till August 31th in the windowgallery at Arubastreet 1.
Meet & Greet the artist on Tuesday August 12th,in the presence of the representative of the Embassy of Mexico.
The curator and her staff will cook for the artist, starting at 6 p.m.Snacks and drinks on the house: surprise fusion Dutch and Mexican.....hot stuff ;-)
About Xavier Yarto:
Native of Coyoacan locate at the south of Mexico City Xavier Yarto was born in 1972. Student of the Mexican Institute of Technologies Studies in Arquitecture (IMET) in Mexico City during 1995-1997.
Self-taught painter. Pioneer in the merge of the prehispanic art with contemporary art. Member of the Mexican Society of authors in Plastic Arts (SOMAAP). Member of the International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers (CISAC) in Paris, France.
Links: ; see more about the artist


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02 Aug 2014: Erica Campanella extended till August 31st
Meet and greet the artist on August 1st at the window gallery.The Dutch public has received the works of the painter Erica Campanella with great enthusiasm and admiration. Her virtuosity in portraying the devotion and love of the people around her in her day to day life. Love, friendship, devotion, the catholic, the buddhist, body language. One can find all this in a few brush strokes. Works mostly on copper. Shwoing light reflections and the absence of canvas in a very personal yet classic styling talking to the heart and archetypes of the observer. The exhibition will be party extended until August 31.
Highly recommended stuff!
Ella Arp

The artist was born in Milan in 1974.
She has been given a diploma by the academy of fine art of Brera moves freely among painting, restoring and decoration.
The call to meditation that the metropolis can unexpectedly offer is captured with extraordinary sensitivity by Cmpanella
Links: ; see more about the artist


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01 Aug 2014: Dario Ballantino
In the Window Gallery Solo show of 10 paintings by Dario Ballantini from Milano, Italy, to see 24 hours, 7 days of the week, till August 11th. Finissage with reception by the artists representative on Friday August 8th.
In his works, the busy splintering of the human figures and objects recalls the Futurist tradition with its Cubist influence. Some perspective, inspired by Sironi and De Chirico suggest a metaphysical atmosphere of unease. The Surrealism’s legacy is displayed in Dario’s compositions in which beliefs and dreams become part of the artist’s reality. He attacks with acrylics or pastels his paintings and adds a modern twist to the era of obsession and desolation by taking inspiration from Sironi's suburban leaden factories, contrasting with the arrogance of a face's haunted expression, lit up by an subtle smile or the sneer of a mask. (promotional text)
Links: ; see more about the artist


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09 Jul 2014: Kahlil Gibran and Adnan Yahya in window gallery
a famous poem from Kahlil Gibran inspired Adnan Yahya from Jordania to 10 paintings for the Amsterdam public. Exhibition at Arubastraat 1. with films about the painter open July 9th - 21st.
the works are all calligraphy 60 X 60 cm oil color on thin wood, date of creation 2013.

Kahlil Gibran:
Your children are not your children.
They are the sons and daughters of Life's longing for
itself.
They come through you but not from you,
And though they are with you yet they belong not to you.

You may give them your love but not your thoughts,
For they have their own thoughts.
You may house their bodies but not their souls,
For their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow,
which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams.
You may strive to be like them,
but seek not to make them like you.
For life goes not backward nor tarries with yesterday.

You are the bows from which your children
as living arrows are sent forth.
The archer sees the mark upon the path of the infinite,
and He bends you with His might
that His arrows may go swift and far.
Let your bending in the archer's hand be for gladness;
For even as He loves the arrow that flies,
so He loves also the bow that is stable.
Links: ; see more


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01 Jul 2014: FIRST IMPRESSIONS 1.VII TILL 10.VII
In 2012 mixed media artist Lynne Sung and painter Diane O’Dwyer undertook a trip to Central Australia where the harsh dry climate and dramatic landscape informed their work for many months. This year they have come to The Netherlands to immerse themselves in a place of quite different geographical and physical features where water is plentiful. The works in this exhibition are first impressions of the area around Renkum, Oosterbeek and Arhnem where they have been artists in residence with the Obras Foundation.
After a week or two of cold wet weather, Spring burst in with vigour and energy. The colours, textures and insect life became a feature of the observational drawings and sketches of the artists’ work in this period. Lynne likes to include materials that are sourced in the place she observes and reflect human activity there. These found materials will feature in her final works. Diane responds to what she sees by sketching in colour and working these sketches up into abstract works. Her work tends to be experimental with mixed media, printing and finally oil.
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12 Jun 2014: Patricia Laroche
Meet the fine artist in imaging arts at the arpsallery window. Open house from 6 till 9 p.m.
Patricia Nah (Roche) is a Singaporean who loves life, nature and the bright side of the human spirit.Widely travelled, schooled in the ministry of life and a veteran of TVC, documentaries and print production in Singapore and around SE Asia.In 2001, after a two year sojourn in Bali, Pat returned to Singapore with her family to rekindle her interest in creative arts and her other passion of holistic and energy healing.Over the past 12 years, Pat has been exploring a diversity of art forms and materials from Oriental to Western Art. Prints of her works will be available till the end of July 2014.
Links: ; see more on the website of the artist


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01 Jun 2014: Gail Lehman
upcoming soloshow in windowgallery Arps&Co
FRESH PAINT
Meet the artist Tuesday June 3rd, we cook for the artist and the artlovers.rubastraat 1

There are so many articles written about this super talented abstract painter. Arpsgallery prefer to say it in a few words: Lehman is gifted with an inner power to give a max energizing to the observer letting free the interpretation of this inner self.

She is not the only one in this Window solo exhibition programme to show an enormous capacity to sublimize personal suffering through giving creativity.
Links: ; see more about the artist on her site


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22 May 2014: the Eagleman Story Monday May 26th meet and greet
Fine arts visionary whose work is found in private and public collections in the US, Europe, the Middle East and Asia.

Painting and sculpture combine his rigorous modernist approach with classical disciplines to define two and three-dimensional images. Work emphasizes mythical narratives, spontaneous sophistication and dedication to technical excellence.

Commercial applications demonstrate his challenging artistic approach to design related problems. These include color design, special painted effects, architectural restoration and renovation, interior design, and custom furniture design.

Since 1998 the scope of his work has grown to include large scale structures that utilize the tetrahelical concept of R. Buckminster Fuller that can be lit with fiber optics. These new forms are virtually unlimited in scale and form with both indoor and outdoor applications. In 2005, another sculptural innovation was introduced that resulted in the installation of RIBBONS, a painted steel sculpture in a building lobby that has, again, many indoor and outdoor applications.

"Unite the Eagle of the North
and the Condor of the South
because we are one,
like the fingers of the hand."
Links: ; see more about the body of works by this artist on his website
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10 May 2014: THE BELIEVER
Transparant silk screens painted both sides.

Art and Science once were one. So the ancient people called this magic. Behind every great art and creation lays technology in order that the magic would happen. So, CREATE YOUR OWN MAGIC. That is the creed and belief of the Canadian drawing and sculpting artist Ivo Arnaudov.

Arnaudov is from Canada, his delightful works are made with sanguine and charcoal on polyester screen offering a view on both sides of the painting.
see more in the interview with Walter van Teeffelen
http://ifthenisnow.nl/nl/verhalen/world-fine-art-professionals-and-their-key-pieces-3-ivo-arnaudov
Links: ; see the artists site for video presentations


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21 Apr 2014: Tatjana Maneva
Landscapes Soulscapes
exhibition in the window galleryAmsterdam till May 2nd.
Here you can find interesting information about the artist.
http://www.prima-center.net/Exhibit2009/TatjanaManeva.htm
Links: ; see more on the artists website


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12 Apr 2014: Stefano Catalini: The subject converses with the visitor silently
The widely premiumed painter Stefano Catalini will honour us with his exhibition Dialogues and Silences.
The show comes with a beuatiful catalogue.It provides us with an interesting view on the meaning of visual arts nowadays.Written by Claudio Nalli: The artist is here... we still need him! Please ask and we will send it to you.
We will have a special dinner with soup and bites on Tuesday April 15th from 6 till 9. All artlovers are welcome, there are no costs, but please notify your visit one day in advance.
Amsterdam, Arubastraat 1 at the Windowgallery:
0031(0)6 2236 3133
We are waiting for you! Culture Cardholders have preferences.
Links: ; read more on the artists website


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02 Apr 2014: Iris Low and Therese Lydia Joseph
Two artists in Canada,Vancouver, one Dutch born, the other one original from Swiss, meeting in the field of their visual arts, both awarded in 2013 Don S. Williams Grant Award 2013,
is there something in their art that is connecting? Come and have a look for yourself.
Now on a great adventure back to their roots and showing their works in Amsterdam. Met and greet on Tuesday April 8th: Arubastraat 1, from 6 till 9, wraps and drinks will be served.See more about Iris Low: http://www.irislow.com
Links: ; see more about Therese Lydia Joseph


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02 Apr 2014: Iris Low and Therese Lydia Joseph
Two artists in Canada,Vancouver, one Dutch born, the other one original from Swiss, meeting in the field of their visual arts, both awarded in 2013 Don S. Williams Grant Award 2013,
is there something in their art that is connecting? Come and have a look for yourself.
Now on a great adventure back to their roots and showing their works in Amsterdam. Met and greet on Tuesday April 8th: Arubastraat 1, from 6 till 9, wraps and drinks will be served.
Links: ; see more about the artist Iris Low

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31 Mar 2014: Inner Peace by Hedy Maimann prolonged in Bonaire Gallery
From March 31st tiill June 30th the works of Heday Maimann are on show in the Bonaire Gallery, Amsterdam
Links: ; read more about the artist on het blog


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18 Mar 2014: we are cooking again in honour of the artist
Let us know when you come and meet&greet the artist Angela McCaffrey from Scotland. Starting time around 7 p.m. Arubastraat 1.
Angela McCaffrey is a fine art painter who was born in Dumfriesshire, Scotland, and now works in South East England.Her paintings are held in private and corporate collections, and by public arts councils.Having studied as an undergraduate in the midlands of England, she completed her Masters in Fine Art at Wimbledon School of Art.Angela has taught fine art and painting at a variety of colleges and universities for more than twenty years.

Ecotone is a new series of paintings by Angela McCaffrey. Here the artist depicts an imagined peripheral territory cohabited by human and animal. The paintings represent alliance and broad tolerance between humans and commonplace birds and mammals.
Links: ; more about the artist, click here


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01 Dec 2013: The Sexy Dolls from Modena Italy
Hsrd Core Digital Art High Definition. on sale now.The Sexy Dolls collection by Italian artist Cristina Ghelfi (1969). With a background in advertising and graphic design Ghelfi has started designing a digital collection of dolls from her studio Chicca Fine Art in Modena.

Still to see at the Arpsgallery at Arubastraat 1 Amsterdam
Links: ; see more


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18 Nov 2013: THINK CAPOEIRA: Buy a children picture, we send them the money directly
Brazil: Children In Salvador de Bahia, Urugai. We did a workshop there and told them picture capoeira and capoeira in your life. Some of them went to the old alagados to take pictures of the destroying of their homes and the rebuild of a new town, knowlingly that their parents never would be able to pay the new rent.Do not despair, Think Capoeira they want to say.
Links: THINK CAPOEIRA;


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03 Nov 2013: Chris van den Broeke in the window show
This is night photography. So, there is no framing necessary. Each print (only 6 prints are sold from each photo, whatever the color or format) is a lambdacolor print on dibond 3 mm, with an alu hanging system on the back.

There are several sizes possible. The base right now is 1 or 1,5 m; prizes: 900 or 1100 euro.
Links: ; see more about the artwork


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04 Oct 2013: Monica Forrer from Switzerland at Thijs gallery
Monica Forrer still on show at our partner gallery at Dikker&Thijs, Prinsengracht 444, Amsterdam.
Ending exhibition December 19th.
Links: ; see more about the artist


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24 Sep 2013: Patries Landwehr with Automotion in the windowgallery
Emotions of human beings and society are topics that are frequently used in the projects of Patries Landwehr.Currently she works on a big project that she calls Automotion. In this project she tries to express hidden emotions of the individual.
Links: ; www.joetsart.nl


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14 Sep 2013: Jina Lee from Korea at Thijs gallery
Jina Lee still on show at our partner gallery at Dikker&Thijs, Prinsengracht 444, Amsterdam.
Ending exhibition December 19th.
Links: ; see more on the site of the artist


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01 May 2013: Ryuji Taira from Japan is going on tour in Europe: next stop Munich
We discovered Ryuji Taira at the Fotofever Artfair in Paris in september 2011. The opening of his first European solo-show was in September with us in Amsterdam.Now the body of works is going on. We are so proud of him!
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20 Feb 2007: An extreme cup of tea
Lee Kyu Hyung is a professor in 'Ceramic Studies' . His continuous search for new glazes has made him one of the most versatile Korean ceramic artists. Apart from ceramic paintings and sculptures he has designed ingenious sets for the drinking of pu erh tea in Chinese style and other tea utensils. He has exhibited his work in Korea, Japan, China, the USA, New Zealand, Mongolia, Uzbekistan and Egypt and Arps&Co at Amsterdam.
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03 Oct 2006: Vernissages 2006/2007: vernissage Robert Rizzo
at the Dikker&Thijs Fenice Hotel, Prinsengracht 444, Amsterdam. On Show till November 12th.
All photographes are taken by Diana Snabilie.
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20 Aug 2006: History Arps & Co
Bernardus Arps ( 1813-1896) was typesetter,printer, founder of Arps&Son Printers, Royal Purveyers in Rottterdam. He started in 1860 in Culemborg, the next step was to move to Rotterdam in 1871 to the Great Market Square.
Typsesetter was a very humble profession at the time. The beginning of the profession he learned in Haarlem at the famous Johan Enschede & Sons Printers company.
The fascinating fact is that he had developped his own learning process as a co-working trainee, at first in Bruxelles and later in Paris. That were Christian bookprinters. There is a European workpermit from this episode with his name and accompanied with an invitation letter from the printer in Paris stating he should come to France and work with them, on the condition that he would be a good and Christian young man. Already in those days there was a political hesitation in allowing working class people travel to other countries, as they might lose their job and decay to begging and would need the social care of the hosting country. (one can notice that there is not much changed in the last two centuries).
Bernardus 1 married at the age of 22 with Elisabeth Zweeres (28)and first settled in Haarlem.Their only son, also named Bernardus (2) was born in 1836. He married with Catherina Pardij. See:
http://nl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bernardus_Arps
My great grand parents got 7 children.They all lived in Rotterdam.
My grandfather William Arps started an Art-Gallery, annex Printers in the Nobelstraat 4 in The Hague togehter with his sister, Jet Arps. The grand opening was in 9 november 1902. This was the reason to name the gallery Arps&Co.They also became Royal Purveyers.
Jet Arps was a talented painter and designer. She finished the Royal Academy of Arts in 1900, she never married.The artgallery brought many equisit articles on the market, and also the oil-paintings of their famous brother Bernardus Arps (3), member of the Dutch School. Bernardus Arps has studied at the Academy of Rotterdam, where he was assigned a silver medal for drawing. Later he studied in Delft, with the master A.le Comte. After a long working period as a typesetter at his fathers printíng company, he left the city of Rotterdam to live in Arnhem in 1893 where he stayed till 1898. Het lived 15 years in The Hague. He became a member of the Pulchri Studio.
My grandfather married in 1910 at the age of 31 with Frederica Hoekstra.(24), a referend’s daughter from Friesland who had gone through a terrible period of loosing both her parents and three brothers.

The gallery Arps&Co offered them an extreme interesting period of life, in the middle of the The Haugue establishment. Though financially they didn’t do very well in the crisis episode (the 30th) and 3 of their children went to the Indies to try to earn their own living, none of them comming back from the second world war. That is how my father took over the Arpsgallery in 1953, by that time changed into a stationary shop, annex printer, still Royal Purveyers.
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21 Mar 2005: Pat Andrea
Men and women in provocative situations are playing the main part in the work of Pat Andrea. He is connected as a professor at the Paris University of Fine Arts Paris and lives both in Buenos Aires and The Hague. He exposed in over 80 galleries all over the world.
His work is to define as magic realism that sprouts from a group of Dutch artists in the sixties.
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01 Mar 2005: Think Peace children picture peace in Amsterdam
Just for our own pleasure we re-edit the exibition of the children-photographers that started 25 oktober 2003 as an Open Source project in The Baarsjes in Amsterdam. Childen aged 9 to 12 received for one day a Nikon instant camera and took pictures of their urban environment in search for peace in the area.
The children received a shorty and compact explenation on photo-techniques form the professionals Robert Rizzo and
Lars Keppel.
Not all was understood so clearly as came out at the end of the day: Desmond had told Basma that she would find the pictures ready printed when she would open her camera. That's how Basma had to redo all her work with a fresh roll. Maryan enjoyed the photographing so much that she did the shooting twice. After all there came out beautiful results double taken.

The young photographers are:

Dagaya Blokland, Stephan Bosompem Mensah, Hicham Bouychaouihan, Gilermo Cairo, Marc van Iperen, Abdelhak Krafes, Negesty Mensah, Earlyson Meridina, Jack Morsman, Stefan Verhaaff, Oumaima Zemouri, Jisca Kerkhof, Jean Paul Hendrickx, Sami Achetib, Omer Bay, Mylo Chanté Ferrier, Jeven Doski, Sharon Streur, Jasem Jawaheri, Youssra Boujemaoui, Abigail Banguilem, Michael Fahim, Mümin Erkan, Desmond Ben Smith, Khadir Yusuf, Charafeddin Alachkar, Basma Ahaddouch, Pola Fahim, Solen Doski, Jelena Todorovic, Naďma El Ghazouani, Maryan Boudhan, Aďsa Bel, Mevlüt Erkan, Eddy Nannan, Chourisha Linkers, Anita Rmharakh, Donya Salarbux, Safir Tadrous, Jaryn Yigit, Sabrina Hazel, Rachel Bijvank en Mitchell Kunst.

The expo travelled along various places in the city.
The project was sponsored by Jantje Beton Foundation, Lumino Fotovaklaboratorium, KPMG Make it Happen Fund, Kral Super Foto, Woningbedrijf Amsterdam, Stadsdeel de Baarsjes.
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23 Jun 2004: Children Paint Love
Children age 9 - 12 living in the Baarsjes, Amsterdam are invited to paint in acrylic their impressions of love in the Baarsjes. The workshop will take place at the end of August 2004. Paintings will be exposed in public windows in the neighbourhood.
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