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Art experiences in the Loire Valley

From arts and craft to contemporary art, discover the creative side of the Loire Valley

Arts and craft

For centuries, the Loire Valley has been representative for French « Art de vivre »: Chateaux, gardens, vineyards, gastronomy as well as an extraordinary talent in restoring cultural heritage and creating contemporary art.

We take you to meet renowned quality for luxury goods. These artists create authentic works of art for famous French brand names, luxury hotels around the entire globe, the cultural world and the art of entertaining.

Anxious to find experienced craftsmen proud of their territory, Loire Secrets is a member of the organization “Loire Valley, Heritage & Creation” assembling highly skilled professionals in domains like furniture, interior decoration or art of preparing and presenting food.

At present, these goldsmiths, jewelers, art-foundry workers, china painters, cabinet makers, create and innovate to meet the high standard of their clients’ expectations in quest of the typical French “art de vivre”.

Loire Secrets invites you to listen to the jeweler’s secrets when touring his workshop for a personal encounter. Join Ch. M. in her manor to try painting on china-ware or crystal, ask to hear her personal experience when creating for Dior. And perhaps your next stay in France, Loire Valley, will be the opportunity to take home a unique work of art for your interior decoration.

 Contemporary Art

Have you ever been sprinkled by an oversize steel elephant or tested a ride on a manta ray or yet met eyes with a sea snake?

In the Loire Valley, adventures for children and adults continue at Nantes, where very strange machines are brought to life on the site of a former shipyard: the Isle of Nantes. Imagined by François Delarozière and Pierre Orefice, the ‘Machines of the Island’ go back in their origins to Jules Verne’s invented worlds and Leonardo da Vinci’s mechanical universe but also to Nantes’ extraordinary industrial past.

On your way to the beaches of the Atlantic Ocean, the estuary of the River Loire unfolds against the backdrop of both fragile nature reserves and huge industrial buildings. Along this estuary around thirty astounding modern art installations from international artists can be found, best to be visited on a bike tour with your private guide!

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