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Elianne Richard’s Art Show | 13/06/2019-06/07/2019 | All Day

Elianne Richard's Art Show

The month-long art show “Eye to Eye – Avec ces yeux-là” featuring engraving and print pieces by Elianne Richard opens on Thursday, June 13th at 6 PM. Join us for refreshments and meet the artist! The exhibition, free and open to the public, continues until July 6th during opening hours.

In 2006 Elianne Richard was first introduced to metal engraving by Richard Chester, a specialist in multi-colored (polychromatic) engraving using the Hayter method. Her goal at the time was to learn how to use acid to prepare pieces for enameling, but she was intrigued by this method of inking an engraved metal plate with several colors at the same time, which would then produce beautiful polychrome and monochrome prints after just one pass through the press. The traditional approach requires several passes through the press, cleaning the plate and applying a different color each time to obtain a multi-colored result. Drawn by the beautiful results Elianne forgot about enameling for a time and devoted herself to learning the art of engraving.

Elianne says she enjoys the manual work that engraving demands (cutting, polishing, inking, wiping, etc.) as well as the astonishing softness and warmth that a plate can have. To her own surprise, she discovered a fascination with worlds of air and water, worlds of genesis, worlds of promise or worry. Her first pieces, in small colorful formats, have become increasingly bigger. She duplicates the same print multiple times on the same paper and does forms of collage. In fact, she has combined her two passions as she will use enameled plates to further adorn and enhance her engravings. Currently, she has started dabbling in black and white ink, which she says is a real luxury.

“I go where I want to go, starting from outside observation or from within myself, I search for each engraving, print, collage… a new perspective. “ – Elianne Richard


Pizza and board games | 18/06/2019 | 6:00 pm-8:00 pm

Pizza and board games

The pizza and board games evening is scheduled one Tuesday a month from 6-8 pm. Cost is 7 euros (covers pizza and non-alcoholic drinks, 5 euros for children 12 and under and native English speakers). No reservations necessary, just come and enjoy! This is the last pizza and board games before the summer holidays, you won’t want to miss it!

(Save the date for the next Pizza & Board Games on September 17th.)


Celebrating 20 Years with Saumur Library! | 19/06/2019 | 2:00 pm-6:30 pm

Celebrating 20 Years with Saumur Library!

Join us in celebrating the library’s 20th Anniversary of partnership with the Médiathèque of Saumur! Come to the garden party in Saumur, with books, cakes and tea, board games, readings in English, cocktails and a sing-along.
It’s an afternoon full of festivities, come and join the celebration! For more details have a look at the program here.


Books and Tea | 20/06/2019 | 2:00 pm-3:30 pm

Books and Tea

“Books and Tea” is a monthly meeting for bookworms and tea drinkers. Bring a book you’ve really enjoyed, talk about it and pass it on! The group meets from 2 to 3:30 at the tea shop in town called “Les Casse-Croûte de Suzy”. No need to sign up, just come and enjoy!


Textile Arts & Crafts | 20/06/2019 | 2:00 pm-4:00 pm

Textile Arts & Crafts

If you love needlecraft, this activity is for you! Each participant will make a textile creation of their choice (bag, pouch, wall tapestry, whatever you fancy!) all while exchanging different techniques in English.

Bring your own materials and join us at the library from 2 to 4 pm. Open to library members. Please sign up at the front desk, when possible.


Photography Club | 20/06/2019 | 2:30 pm-4:30 pm

Photography Club

Come join the Photography Club, share and exchange with other aspiring photographers and go on photo shoots together. Meetings are once a month on Thursday afternoons either at the library or at a predetermined photo shoot location. This activity is led by Peter Bolos, professional photographer and member of staff along with Pol Corvez, professional photographer and library volunteer. It’s free for library members, please sign-up at the front desk.

Please note that during this session members will be sharing and discussing their photographs from the last session’s photo shoot. The theme was “reflections”. If you’d like to share please send a couple of your favorite “reflection themed” photos to Peter at pbolos@gmail.com via wetransfer.com. Otherwise simply come and join the discussion!


Coffee House | 21/06/2019 | 9:00 am-11:00 am

Coffee House

This is the last Coffee House before the summer holidays. Join the library community for a special moment to talk about anything and everything (in English of course!) over a cup of coffee or tea. Coffee House is free and open to all library members. Just drop by, no need to reserve!


Knit and Natter | 21/06/2019 | 10:00 am-11:00 am

Knit and Natter

Come along and bring your knitting,

Have a natter while you’re sitting,

Or learn to knit with wool provided,

Needles loaned and stitches guided.

Knitted garments are très chic,

So be in vogue and start this week.

Knit and Natter is a free activity, open to all library members. No need to reserve, just come and enjoy! If anyone has some extra wool please bring it in. This is the last Knit and Natter before the summer holidays. 


Book Club reads “The Ballroom” | 21/06/2019 | 2:30 pm-4:00 pm

Book Club reads "The Ballroom"

The June read for the bookclub is “The Ballroom” by Anna Hope.

1911: Inside an asylum at the edge of the Yorkshire moors where men and women are kept apart by high walls and barred window there is a ballroom vast and beautiful. For one bright evening every week they come together and dance. When John and Ella meet, It is a dance that will change two lives forever. Set over the heatwave summer of 1911, the end of the Edwardian era, The Ballroom is a historical love story. It tells a page-turning tale of dangerous obsession, of madness and sanity, and of who gets to decide which is which.

For any inquiries about joining the book club please send an email by clicking here.


Jazz & Swing Concert at the Library! | 21/06/2019 | 7:30 pm-9:00 pm

Jazz & Swing Concert at the Library!

Join us at the library on Friday, June 21st at 7:30 PM for a concert of both French and American jazz and swing music ballads with the Swing Colporteurs! Free and open to the public, no need to reserve, just come and enjoy! It’s Fête de la Musique!


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