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Every first Monday of the month, there’s an art + culture route in Middelburg, where I happen to live. Various artist studios and galleries are open to the public and you can just walk in to view work and maybe have a conversation with artists about their art.

Joke Apner has been a participating artist for years. She told me about the 15th anniversary of the route and asked me if I wanted to visit the overview exhibition called Kunstcarrousel (Art Carousel). Of course I did! She showed me round all the artworks. It’s always interesting to get inside information about exhibited works.

The exhibition is situated in the hallways of the beautiful old Abby complex and in the crypts, not normally open to the public, which is a bit exiting ;) Unfortunately all photos were taken with my iPhone so they’re not of the best quality, but you’ll get an idea of the exhibition. Here goes:

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Beautiful landscapes by Leontien Hooij (left) and Peter van Berkel (right).

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In the crypts, this fun cat and mouse work by Roofprint pers.

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Nature inspired art hats by Hanny Mallekote.

We had a lovely chat with artist Gerdi Zwaan, who was also kind enough to let me photograph her, next to one of her own works (I hope she likes it):

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There’s more to see and the artists are so friendly, I suggest you go and have a look for yourself if you can!

Of course I couldn’t resist the Abby’s herb garden:

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You can still visit the exhibition ‘Art Carousel’ until August 10th. For more information, visit the website: here (in Dutch).

Oh and if you’re in town for the weekend, there’s an annual Art Market on the Abby Complex Square as well this Sunday! I’ll be visiting too. And these three fellow Etsians will be selling there.