Villages de la forêt - Office de Tourisme Nançay-Sologne

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Arts and Crafts

Our Local Artists

Whether it be well-known or hidden talents, the Woodland Villages are home to artists of many different backgrounds...

Painters express their passion with varied techniques and subjects. A creator of fountains and aquatic landscapes welcomes you in a rich natural setting at the Coralis Workshop in Saint Laurent. 

A master lacquerer exposes his magnificent wares in Nançay.

A passionate ceramics maker exercises his talents in Vignoux-sur-Barangeon.

A lovely wall painting by the hand of the local artist Montaine can be seen inside the church of Saint Laurian in Nançay.

Commented visits are given by the artist in the summer;information and registration at the Tourist Office.

At Nançay you will also find a creator of art deco and contemporary metal furniture.

He exposes and sells his work at the “Métalspirit” gift shop.

All of these artists welcome you to their shops to observe and admire their talents.

Our staff is at your service for any further information you might need. 


The « Atelier Rouge de Venise » artist's workshop

The « Atelier Rouge de Venise » artist's workshop

Montaine paints on many types of supports and her source of inspiration is wide and varied. Ethnic diversity and the creative drive provide endless opportunities...

An ardent devotee of Italian painting and the fresco, Montaine, a local artist from the village of Nançay, created a mural in the church of Saint Laurian between 2005 and 2009. The themes of her painting are cloth, weaving, and interwoven destinies.   

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Jacqueline GIRAULT (Painter)

Jacqueline GIRAULT (Painter)

When she observes an animal, it's as if she is exploring a landscape, delineating the zones that catch the eye. Striving to avoid producing a lifeless mask, she puts her trust in reality, and lets light illuminate the expression.

She enjoys experimenting with different techniques, working slowly, emphasizing emotion. 

Her painter's workshop can be found 700 m outside the village.

There you will discover watercolors, acrylic paintings on wood, bark, papyrus, driftwood, and animal portraits. 

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Gold medallist of the price of France of Drawing and Honorary member Founder of the Group Artistique Florentais, Bernard PATRIGEON painter and the sculptor, likes to illustrate George Sand's novels, to represent the landscapes of Berry, old Bourges and his swamps, solognotes houses and their ponds, with compositions of still life or to paint with whim of the scenes of the life.

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Atelier Coralis

Atelier Coralis

“As one tends the earth, so does one tend water”: These words might summarize the work of  Michaël Monziès.

Since 1992 Michaël and his wife Sylvie have been subtly integrating plants and water into a landscape of divers elements (forest undergrowth, bamboo, azaleas, rhododendrons, orchards, organic vegetable gardens, herb gardens, English gardens), creating a privileged environment for birds, fish and other wildlife.

In their showroom, a range of unusual fountains invites you to “go with the flow”.

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Office de Tourisme des Villages de la Forêt

5 rue du Château
18330 NANÇAY
Tél. : +33 (0)2 48 51 80 31


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