Thursday, 11 June 2015

Nature AND Art in the Mercantour

A very talented local photographer, Mathieu Vernerey – who has already produced a stunning book called “Les Alpes Océanes” – is creating a summer first, for the pleasure of walkers, by offering an itinerant exhibition of his photographs around four refuges in the Mercantour. 

The exhibition will start on June 13 and continue until September 24 with Mathieu’s lovely shots being visible as follows - 

Refuge - Valmasque : June                                                                               
Refuge - de Nice : July
Refuge - Madone de Fenestre : August
Refuge - la Cougourde : September       

Launch events at 14.00, 14.00, 15.00 and 14.00, respectively, on the first day of opening.

The exhibition is dedicated to Hervé Gourdel – a fellow Mercantour enthusiast who recently lost his life.  

Furthermore entries to a concurrent competition based on Mercantour refuges can also be enjoyed.

Spare a thought for the volunteers who will be transporting the 30 or so images between the refuges!

The refuges are easily accessible in day walks and of course overnight stays can be arranged on the Nice French Alpine Club site,  for the more adventurous.

Alternatively if you are quick, you might be able to stay with local accommodation and holiday provider – spacebetween – who are based in Berthemont les Bains in the Vésubie.

Please support this great effort initiative to enhance your visit to the wonderful Mercantour National Park.

If you require any further information please do not hesitate to contact Liz Lord or Mel Jones of spacebetween – they’ve lived in the area for 12 years so know their onions!

Photo credit  - Mathieu Vernerey - of course!!