“It’s the art, it’s the food, it’s the architecture! I’d rather be in Paris ’cause I don’t understand the language. It makes life simpler.” Dona Bergen of Mars Hall Gallery just can’t get enough of Paris. It’s the place to be for an artist and gallery owner, like no other place.
Come along on a photographic journey to Paris, Dona is your guide.
We begin our journey at the Musee d’Orsay, the French museum of Fine-Arts, devoted to the period ranging from 1848 to 1914. Here Dona is holding a picture of Don McLain, an artist and dear friend who recently passed away. He had always wanted to see Paris, Dona kindly keeps him in mind on this trip.
A view through time, clock at Musee d’Orsay.
Having lunch in this incredibly ornate, over the top gorgeous room will cost you no more than the other restaurants on the premises. (Dona’s inside secret!)
Waiting in line at Musee d’Orsay
Checking in at Villa Picasso.
Henry Moore happens to be Dona’s favorite sculptor and one of the top five 20th century international sculptors.
The pont des artists (bridge of artists) where Dona discovered Maurice Michel Lode. Artists line the bridge to sell their work in summer.
Picture of Rue de Furstemburg. Maine artist Ron Weaver had a show here in 1989. His painting of this scene hangs in Mars Hall Gallery. The gallery had a memorial show and gathering a few months ago for Ron.
The painting occupies a central wall in the gallery, the work is dynamic, strong, pleasing.
Sculpture by Etienne Martin in the Tuileries Gardens. The Tuileries is a public garden located between the Louvre Museum and the Place de la Concorde.
Just love this little car, it’s so Europe, so Paris!
“I’d rather be behind bars than go home, don’t send bail.”
Au revoir mon ami Paris!
Until next time.
Photos by Dona Bergen her traveling companions.