Feria y Fiestas de Loja 2011 25-31 August

From last year's Feria

The annual Feria Grande de Loja starts tomorrow. We reported on it last year so you can refer back on this blog for more pictures and, despite being busy preparing for our move on the 1st September, we hope to visit a few events this year. The new Mayor has said that Loja is putting on the best feria possible in these austere times. Of course the fairground will be lively all day and night but there are many other attractions and events. Two we enjoyed last year and which are on again this year are the Espactáculo Ecuestre “Cuidad de Loja 2011”  on Saturday night and the Real Feria de Ganado de Loja on Sunday. A programme of events is available from the Ayuntamiento.

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About Margaret Merry

I grew up in Falmouth, Cornwall, England where, after leaving Falmouth High School, I spent a year at Falmouth School of Art. Then followed three years at Hornsey College of Art in London where I obtained a Diploma in Art and Design. I then spent a post-graduate year at the West of England College of Art in Bristol where I gained an Art Teacher?s Diploma and a Certificate in Education of the University of Bristol. I lived and worked in Truro for over 30 years and became one of Cornwall's most popular artists. My paintings have been exhibited in New York, Tokyo, Paris and London and have been bought by collectors from all over the world. I have published 4 books which became local bestsellers - 'The Natural History of a Westcountry City', 'Margaret Merry's Cornish Garden Sketchbook', 'Sea & Sail' and 'Tidal Reaches'. In 2002 I moved to Spain and now live pn a small farmer the town of Alhabia in the Alpujarra Almeriense in the Province of Almeria. I now get my inspiration from the dramatic scenery of Andalucia and its old cities, towns and villages which I usually capture in watercolour. I also enjoy portraiture and figurative art, particularly nudes and dancers. For these paintings I use artists' soft pastels. I have written and illustrated 3 children's books - The Wise Old Boar, The Lonely Digger and The Adventure of Princess The Pony - which have been published in the USA.
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