art and artists

Art and Artists, local and visitors. All of interest to me in one way or another!



Trisha Lambi

artspacegites artist in residence  : October 2019

Trisha Lambi is an award winning artist known for her bold and lavish oil paintings. Of her work, Lambi says 'Light and its effect on form is my inspiration and whilst I don't particularly aspire to convey a conscious emotion in my work it seems to emerge of its own will'.

She has exhibited widely in Australia and internationally. Highlights of her career include her selection to represent Australia at the 2006 and 2007 Guangzhou Art Fair in China and her selection as a finalist in the 2012 Art Taipei International Competition. She was a Zone winner in the London Olympics 2012 Art Show and was selected as one of the Best Picks for Painting in the 2013 Dubai International Emerging Artist Award.  Her latest  achievement is her selection to exhibit in Underbelly, a group show curated by Dab Art at H Gallery in Ventura California and her selection as a finalist in the 2018 Artbox Project New York.

Trish's impressions of Fontaine-Daniel...


"I have recently returned from an artist residency at Artspace Gîtes in the village of Fontaine-Daniel in Mayenne. I spent a week there but oh how I wish I’d stayed longer, such was the inspiration I gained from this beautiful village and Ursula’s Gîte.


I was at a crossroads with my figurative painting and came to France seeking inspiration for a new body of work. Not only am I now overflowing with ideas for a figurative series based on the interior of the Artspace Gîte (and the beautiful light which flowed into the space) but I am bursting with inspiration for a new series of landscapes based on scenery within and surrounding the village. Fontaine Daniel has a luminous quality I’ve not seen before and a very special relationship with the trees which surround it. I felt at home immediately in this friendly village and welcomed the independence afforded me by the residency.


Ursula Benjamin runs the program and not only did she take me on a private tour to places not normally seen by the public but she was always on hand when needed. Her passion for art and the village was invigorating and stimulating and I enjoyed her company immensely. The Gîte itself is fully self contained and beautifully appointed. Ursula has decorated it with flair and creativity and every object tells a story.


In short, this village stole my heart and I will definitely return."

Dorothee Bajeux

Artisan Potiere



9 rue du Temple

Jublains 53160


06 84 37 69 91


Alain Legros

Sculpteur sur bois


Atelier sculpture Alain LEGROS

6 rue du châteaux

53110 Lassay-les-châteaux


06 32 53 55 73

Marc Girard

ArtSpace Gîtes présente actuellement des peintures d'un artiste local Marc Girard (voir blog). Les œuvres exposées dans les gîtes sont disponibles à l'achat.

www. Nature morte 22


Ursula's dream

Marc Girard artiste peintre

Kristin Jones

Inspiring, large scale public projects.


Have a look at the website :

Helen Foster-Turner

Stunning silver jewellery by London artist Helen Foster-Turner.


Well worth a visit to her site. She also runs one-to-one training courses and has been know to appear in strange places... Discworld-con to name but one!


Commissions available.

Paul Harfleet

Highly recommended...

A Picture Book 

Pansy Boy is a picture book written and illustrated by artist Paul Harfleet. Rhyming couplets tell the story of a boy who revels in the joys of summer, exploring the flora and fauna around him. Reluctantly he returns to school where he is subjected to incessant bullying. Intelligent and bright, he is driven to create a plan to reclaim his school...


The Pansy Project


Pansy Boy is a creative extension of Paul Harfleet’s ongoing artwork, The Pansy Project. The artist has been planting pansies at the site of homophobia since 2005 and it is this revelation that ends Pansy Boy, bringing the concept into the real world. The Pansy Project has featured in many exhibitions and festivals around the world. Notably his Pansy Project Garden won a Gold Medal at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show in 2010. In 2015 Harfleet was the subject of a documentary commissioned by CANAL+, it went on to win several documentary film awards. His work is currently on show in Never Going Underground  an exhibition that explores the past, present and future of LGBT+ activism at the People’s History Museum in Manchester.

Available to order now on Amazon.

Amanda Clarke

Ethereal images of an otherworldly land.

Jo March

Cornish Based Artist and Illustrator


Quirky and original artwork.

Collection Lemasson

Ann Cuthbert Glass Art

Essex based artist working in glass and teaching others how to make their own pieces.