Storefronts in Odemira turned into art spaces until September

About 20 storefronts in the village of São Luís, in Odemira, Beja district, were transformed into exhibition and creative spaces to receive the Show of Local Artists and Artisans that runs until September.

The event ‘Montra’, which aims to revitalize the local commerce and promote the community’s creative pulse, is repeated for the fourth consecutive year, between August and September, with a diversity of artistic projects in the streets and shops of the village, which is transformed a center for arts and socializing.

“The initiative was created to revitalize the street of commerce in São Luís that was already very dynamic, but nowadays it is stagnant, and for this reason, we decided to give life to these spaces, mostly disabled, with works of art” , explained Filomena Patrício, of the São Luís Transition movement.

Sculptures, paintings, handicrafts and the visual and plastic arts of artists, ‘some natural, others by adoption’, who live in São Luís, are some of the works that ‘adorn’ the windows of two streets of the Alentejo village.

“In addition to the disabled windows, the owners of the open stores also made themselves available to participate and, this year, we were able to expose art in a total of 20 spaces and make known what is done by the community to the locals and visitors,” explained the door – voice of the movement responsible for the creation of the collaborative event.

The carpets and cushions of Celina Ruas, sculptures by artist Crystal Kershaw, floral paintings by Dominik Jasinski and realists by Frank Steinhoff, rag dolls by Laura Kennard, photographs by Joana Gregório and the plastic art of Jevz are some of the works exposed in shop windows.

“Some works were created purposely for the initiative, but others are developed throughout the year by the artists, who, voluntarily, participate in this artistic intervention,” emphasized Filomena Patrício.

The event, which opened last weekend with music, workshops, performances, poetry and documentary film, also has two permanent exhibitions, patents in the Day Center and in the São Luís Market, and artistic installations distributed throughout the streets. village.

Artistic interventions in shop windows can be visited until September 9 and the closing party will feature a show from the Adiafa group.

The initiative is promoted by the São Luís Transition movement, local community, Cultivate Culture, Ateneu do Catorze and Ferrador Distillery, with the support of the Town House and Town Council of São Luís, Sociedade Recreativa Sanluizense and Câmara de Odemira.

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