Archive for December 1st, 2014
Ten-Diez Art To FIT An Adeje Frame

New venue, new artists, and new creations from the artistic cream of the Canary Islands, no wonder I was drawn to the third exhibition from the Ten-Diez Movement. The new setting was FIT Canarias (Factoria de Innovacion Turistica) in El Galeon, just below Adeje town. Descending the spiral stairs in this bright new venue I was greeted by a nice mix of artists (33 are displaying) and enthusiasts enjoying 200 contributions.

My previous visit had been for a press conference but this time the smaller annex room was my starting point for a browse, Carlos Ortega’s montage of images (above) jumped out at me with their vivid, bold colours and Raul Ortega’s panoramic black and white interpretations of Tenerife’s volcanic glory also made a strong impression. Al mediums of art are embraced by Ten-Diez and I knew from their previous shows that the quality would be high.

All the artists have a presence in the Canary Islands but come from diverse backgrounds, Sergio Diaz from Madrid is a man who likes to travel and his photographic captures from his journeys caught my eye in the main hall. It was a nice surprise to see Tania Coello Vega with her nature inspired paintings, you may well have already appreciated her appetite for natural wonders. Tania designed the sea life murals that now adorn the harbour wall in Los Cristianos, a year long project recently completed by students of the art faculty at La Laguna University.

Mark Fradley is the founder and driving force of Ten-Diez, I grabbed a few words with him as he organized the launch evening. “ We have been planning this since last years event and feel that although the change of venue means less exhibits we have a wider scope. Around half of our exhibitors are new to Ten-Diez and we have artists with no previous exhibition exposure as well as those with more history. Adeje Ayuntamiento (council) have backed us since our first event three years ago and we are grateful to a wide spread of sponsors and collaborators. The culture department of Adeje Ayuntamiento are judging the competition for best exhibit and runner up in the exhibition, and we have a photographic contest with a sporting theme for the GoPro FIT Canarias No Limits prize.”

Back in the main body of the hall there was a constant stream of works to admire from portraits to abstract impressions, some in traditional acrylics and others like Tina Cubeddu’s studies made from shells and small stones. Photographic offerings make use of black and white, and colour, like the range of faces from Mikol Olivares. All the art at Ten-Diez is for sale, the choice of sizes and prices will make it easy for visitors to pick up something unique and special for the Christmas shopping list. Doors are open from Monday 1st December to Friday 5th, from 9 to 4.30 pm Monday to Thursday and 9 to 10 pm on Friday. It’s easy to find and on the Titsa bus route, take the left turn at the roundabout as you head up into Adeje town, it’s part of the CDTCA complex (above). To find out more about Ten-Diez during and after the exhibition just click on the this link.