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article imagePhoto Essay: 'PictoParque' — Art in the park in Fuengirola, Spain Special

By Anne Sewell     Dec 16, 2012 in Arts
Fuengirola - The Councillor for Culture in Fuengirola, Rodrigo Romero, has come up with a great idea. Artists will be able to display their work and discuss art in the Parque de España every Sunday, at no charge.
Not only will artists display their work, the park will become a meeting place for artists and fans of the world of art. Discussions and exchanges of ideas will also take place.
Not only is this great for local artists, they figure it also helps to make Fuengirola more interesting for tourists.
For a rather nice change, there is absolutely no charge for the use of a section of the park to display your wares. The premiere of this cultural project was December 16.
Málaga city as painted by Paco Camacho
Málaga city as painted by Paco Camacho
Strolling around the park, you could watch the artists at work "in situ" on their latest creations, as well as browsing existing paintings.
Castle Sohail  the bridge over the Fuengirola River and the beach by Paco Camacho
Castle Sohail, the bridge over the Fuengirola River and the beach by Paco Camacho
It is a place for both professional and amateur artists, and even children can get into the fun. People exchange ideas, comment on each others work, and offer their art for sale to the public on a regular, weekly basis.
The old tourist office  Fuengirola by Paco Camacho
The old tourist office, Fuengirola by Paco Camacho
Romero told the media, that "the idea came about because sometimes artists and members of the art academies request to use public streets to display their work, to make their work accessible to the public in general."
Maria José begins a new painting.
Maria José begins a new painting.
"For this reason, we thought it would be a nice idea to create a meeting point in Fuengirola where anyone who wanted to paint, make portraits, sell his work or simply have fun as an amateur painter, could do so without any problems."
Maria José has almost completed her painting.
Maria José has almost completed her painting.
"We decided that the Parque de España would be the ideal place, because it is centrally located, has plenty of parking nearby, is well shaded for the summer months, is very spacious and pleasant," he added.
Kids got involved too.
Kids got involved too.
There are some rules on basic standards of behavior, for instance artists must not leave rubbish or cause any damage to the park.
PictoParque - art in the park in Fuengirola  Spain.
PictoParque - art in the park in Fuengirola, Spain.
The art of Juan Antonío Pradales on sale in the park.
The art of Juan Antonío Pradales on sale in the park.
"Our intention is to become a center where people can go and exchange ideas, pictures, styles, curiosities and everything that is related to the pictorial world of Spain."
The work of Johan from Belgium.
The work of Johan from Belgium.
Some paint for a hobby, as part of their retirement, and some paint for a living.
The local TV station films an artist at work in the park.
The local TV station films an artist at work in the park.
Diego Ferrera Priego is retired, and paints at home, creating colorful local scenes.
Diego Ferrera Priego painting in the park.
Diego Ferrera Priego painting in the park.
While a lot of people are against bullfighting, including the writer, toreadors and bullfighting scenes are popular as art.
The work of Paco Aguilar
The work of Paco Aguilar
The artwork of Paco Aguilar.
The artwork of Paco Aguilar.
Art in the park by Paco Camacho - PictoParque  Fuengirola
Art in the park by Paco Camacho - PictoParque, Fuengirola
There are many nostalgic scenes in art form to be seen in the park including the old Town Hall (Ayuntamiento Viego), now bastardized into a future "Hotel con Encanto", retaining only a part of the facade - the painting below shows the original building:
The old town hall  Fuengirola  Spain - now becoming a  charming hotel   painted by Paco Camacho.
The old town hall, Fuengirola, Spain - now becoming a "charming hotel", painted by Paco Camacho.
And some nice scenes of another plaza in the town by Paco Camacho:
Painting by Paco Camacho of the Plaza de la Constitución  Fuengirola.
Painting by Paco Camacho of the Plaza de la Constitución, Fuengirola.
And here's Paco at work on his latest painting:
Paco Camacho at work.
Paco Camacho at work.
Some more general scenes of today's event:
The work of Maria José
The work of Maria José
Even Batman was represented in the artwork.
Even Batman was represented in the artwork.
A young girl getting artistic.
A young girl getting artistic.
Hours for the artistic display are every Sunday from December 16, from 10:00 am until 15:00 pm.
More photos can be seen in the photo slideshow below:
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