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Marianne Fons American Quilter
Ediror in Chief magazine Fons and Porter
--Host of "Fons & Porters Love of Quilting" nationwide in the US on Public Television
--Co-founder of Fons & Porter's Love of Quilting magazine, circulation 310,000
"To Whom It May Concern:
I'm writing to express my support of the work of the beautiful Jardins de Magali and of Andre Girod.
I have learned, with dismay, that there are threats to the safety of this remarkable and unique living monument to art of every kind.
In the early 2000s, for three consecutive years, I brought a groups of about 30 American quilters to Provence. Andre Girod was my very capable co-leader, handling all transportation and accommodation needs in France.
"French-American Day" each time at Jardins de Magali was the high point of the week-long tour. Local French quilters were invited to luncheon in the courtyard. Exchanges of small quilts between the American and the French quilters were made. All toured the artwork on display in the caves. Each time, it was a wonderful day of camaraderie and communication (sometimes despite a language barrier) among art loving people.
The Jardins complex, is, in my opinion, a national treasure of France.
I will mention also that my husband and I have visited Andre and Francoise both prior and subsequent to the tours I brought to Provence. We are quite familiar with the history and layout of the Jardins. We have shared the story of this amazing place with many American friends.
Any threat to Andre and the art display center he has established in Lauris would be despicable, in my opinion.
Dianne Ogg Painter from Australia
"To Whom it May Concern,
As an Australian artist who is fortunate to have exhibited paintings in the Jardins de Magali, I would like to urgently request any help and remedy required for the preservation of this historic, cultural and tourist destination of local and international importance. The jardins are not just a garden or gallery, but a site of major historic interest, as well as of cultural and artistic encouragement that must be preserved.
Andre Girod has been incredibly active in drawing artists and performers from as far away as Australia to exhibit or perform in this amazing venue.
Please help him to continue this worthwhile endeavour.
Dianne Ogg BSc Gen Sc
Paintings by Design"
Sheila Frampton Cooper, American artist
In May, 2014, I had the great honor of exhibiting my artwork at the Jardins de Magali, in the lovely village of Lauris. I was invited by André Girod. I was one of four artists and it was a wonderful show.
The exhibit was a great success and we had so many special visitors, several from neighboring EU countries. We also had tours of people coming to see this amazing venue, which is so magical. With the incredible stone as the backdrop for my art, and the professional lighting that illuminated the work, it made for a truly special experience for myself and everyone who visited.
André Girod's exquisite mosaics throughout the cave, and in various locations in the garden, enhance the ancient feeling of this very special place.
I have told everyone that I'm sure I will never exhibit my work in a place that will come close to the caves at the Jardins de Magali. André has spared no expense in restoring this historic site to it's full glory. It's has been a labor of love that he spent decades and a considerable investment of time and money.
On the last day of the exhibit, André presented a concert with a local jazz band and the residents of Lauris enjoyed a great evening. This is something André does a few times a year, and he does this for the community and to attract people to the village of Lauris.
I sincerely hope that this beautiful place will endure, and bring joy and culture to Provence for many more years to come.
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