Thursday, 9 June 2022

Destination: Alpilles! A heavenly Hangar trip...

Mid May, Ina and myself 'tested' the area in which we will draw and paint on the next Hangar Trip. We checked out the hotel rooms, breakfast and dinner. Our feedback: All completely approved! 

And we visited many places in the area, to see if they were as good as we thought.



They were! We took our time and saw so many good ones, there is enough to go back next year! We also sat down to draw:

 Check! Very good for that too. 
We came back, revived, feeling happy and full of energy

O, and did I mention we had excellent lunch? Everything about this trip is highly recommended. So those of you who already signed up - expect a great weekend from 23 - 25 September!

NB: There are still places available, so if you see this and think, I'd like to join, just drop an email to the Hangar email address and we will send you all the necessary information... 




Friday, 13 May 2022


Your 8 Hangar teachers-jury has voted for their personal Top-10. It was incredibly difficult, the work was of an impressive standard & quality! In the end out of almost 60 works, a Top-15 of artworks was selected.
Congratulations to:

Helen Wilkinson, Laurence Margaillan, Jutta Agnew, Sylvie Dargery, Veronique Carette, Judith Veraart, Martine Andrieu, Evert van den Brandhof, Margaret Mackley, Janine Hoedemakers, Kate Tarratt-Cross, Jo Painter, Margo van Wijk, Michele Debrez and Magali Lexcellent


In the coming 2 weeks 'the Public' will go play their role:
For the next round we would appreciate your vote, for your favourite!

Vote with the words  'My favourite is number X'

- by reply to this email
- by leaving a comment on this Hangar blog article
- by leaving a comment on our Facebook post
- by leaving a comment to the Instagram post

You can only vote once (we keep track) but you are welcome to invite your friends to like our Facebook page (or blog or insta account) and vote too (once)

The voting ends Tuesday 31 May 6pm.

Soon after that we'll publish the votes and announce the winner!

Sunday, 3 April 2022

Hangar Membership Cards

For Your Information - from Monday 4 April am, you can get your credit card-sized Hangar CARTE ADHERENT for 2022. This will give you the certainty that you have paid your membership and also helps you to discounts in certain art shops, like the Geant des Beaux Arts in Nice (15%). Ask your teacher about it - they should carefully write your name and Hangar number (starting with the M of 'Member') on the card and cross you off the list...

Saturday, 2 April 2022

The Hangar Art competition III - suggestions on pricing!

HOW TO Price your artwork

There have been a couple of questions, especially from the less-experienced artists in our membership, about pricing their artwork. I am not a specialist or  gallery owner, but I know of a couple of methods that have helped in the past. I will repeat them here, for your information. 

There are several ways to get there. 

1. A good one is speak about it with your artist-pals who are similar in their artistic development, what prices do they ask when they have an expo. Does their price feel reasonable for your work too? Then that is a good indication

2. Another one is to calculate what the creation of your artwork has cost you, in hours, materials and maybe rent of a space, stuff like that.
Example: 60€ of clay + 10€ firing +  10 hours of actual creating à 25€ per hour (rule of thumb) would give a price of a small sculpture on 320€.

3. There are also formulas. They are based on size, combined with your art education and the time you have dedicated to being an artist. They are often used by galleries. The formula is:

Artwork length + width times a factor for years of art education  (6 for an academy diploma) plus experience, prizes won, articles written. For a mid-career professional artist the factor is 12, for an established artist the factor is sometimes 'thousands'!
Example: Your painting is a canvas of 80x80 cm. That's 160 to start with. You have never been to art school, but consistently went to a Hangar class for 4 years. Let's rate that as factor 2. You have won an art contest and have sold  artwork to people you don't know. Add 1 to your factor, and then the gallery price would be 160 x 3 is 480€.

Again, rule of thumb, an indication! Does it feel good? Keep it, or else, use the cost price + hours rule or compare with peers, or ask your teacher for advice.

Lots of success!!

Le Hangar in the News

Our Hangar had an extensive and illustrated article in the Chateauneuf-Grasse magazine Spring Issue! 
With an announcement of the new board and our president Ina Carels, her plans to improve the Hangar after a couple of difficult years. And a column dedicated to last years' Autumn Trip to Castiglione.
To be repeated this year in Les Alpilles,from 23 - 25 September, watch this space if you are interested!!