Ever since my days in art school, I’ve always been fascinated by artists who despite their solo endeavors came together and worked side-by-side communally. Such places like Montmartre and La Ruche were part of this enchanted ideal of Paris that inspired my eventual move here. Typically, the building’s inside is not open to the general public, so I was delighted to tag along on a WICE member’s Walk & Visit recent visit for an exclusive peek at both the interior and gardens.
Walking through the lush quirky garden and live/work spaces, one couldn’t help take in the mixture of smells of oil paints with fresh grass while the bustling sounds of the city blare in the distance. Named for it’s beehive like shape, it’s not hard to imagine all the buzzing that’s gone on here over the years.
First created as a temporary rotunda by Gustave Eiffel in 1900, the building was dismantled and relocated to the 15eme by Alfred Boucher, a sculptor, who wanted to establish studios and exhibition space to young artists such as notables Marc Chagall, Diego Rivera, Max Jacob, Soutine, and so many others. Like Montmartre, a colorful history of bohemia and art endured since then – shifting and changing with the times.
La Ruche is still home to artists. Some choosing just to work here, some still live on site. Regular exhibitions feature international and local artists – and it’s a great opportunity to check out this historic space.
This Saturday, March 23 WICE offers a printmaking workshop at La Ruche:
Now you can also be part of the hive making art!
WICE Walks & Visits are a great way to learn more about this cities cultural history and offerings. Click here to see what's coming up!
WICE provides varied and interesting courses and classes that allow our members to make the most of living in Paris, one of the most vibrant and creative cities in the world. We see our mission as being an organisation where Internationals are able to connect with French Culture and the diverse and artistic scene that can be found in Paris. We are also keen that WICE is a place where people both locals and expats are able to connect with each other which we support specifically through our month Apero Evenings and activities such as the French English Conversation Group.
To help strengthen the WICE community, we have introduced a members forum area into our website that can be used by members to share tips, ask questions and connect with others so as to enhance their life in the City of Lights.
So, if you have a question about living in Paris such as where to find the best cheese or wine, or you have been to a great restaurant or exhibition then please use the forum to share your experiences and help enhance other’s experience of Paris. The forum will also be used as a place where the organisation will post information about member only offers from WICE and our partner organisations as well as details about volunteer opportunities. We would also like to see it as a place where our members can give feedback to or ask questions of the WICE organisation.
We hope that you get something out of the members forum, if you have questions then please let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org
Andrew Insley - WICE Technical Team
WICE and our partner, Maison Noire Américaine, are thrilled to host the Champagne & Amuse-Bouches social mixer on Friday, March 15th, featuring Chef Jennifer Hill-Booker along with select champagne from Champagne Marie Césaire!
Atlanta-based Chef Jennifer Hill-Booker describes her cooking style as “a modern reinvention of Southern cuisine that incorporates the traditional use of seasonal ingredients, important to maintain a healthy lifestyle, with French culinary techniques she learned from her training at the Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Paris.” She’s the author of “Field Peas to Foie Gras”, a cookbook that artfully blends traditional Southern dishes with French techniques, and “Dinner Déjà Vu: Southern Tonight, French Tomorrow”, a cookbook with recipes that use one list of fresh ingredients to create two meals: one Southern and one French. These combined grocery lists provide time-saving tools for recipes from cocktails to desserts and everything in between".
This appetizing event will take place at Treize au Jardin, across from the Luxembourg garden where Marie Inès Romelle, the founder of Champagne Marie Césaire, will also be in attendance. Along with her brother, Jaïro, Marie Inès Romelle runs the family-owned Champagne Marie Césaire which they named after their parents: Marie et Césaire.
Laurel Sanderson, owner of Treize au Jardin, will also collaborate with Chef Jennifer on a tasty treat.
This is a great opportunity to enjoy southern inspired bites paired with select bubbles, and also a fun and exclusive evening for socializing and networking. What better way to kick-off your weekend than that?!
March 15, 2019
Treize au Jardin
5 rue de Medicis, 75006, Paris
Get your tickets here:
Champagne and Amuse-Bouches Mixer
Chef Jennifer Hill-Booker
Champagne Marie Césaire
Maison Noire Américaine
Treize au Jardin Bakery
An ode to my pride
by Vaishali Somasundaram
You are strong. You are intelligent.
You are the power house that people need.
You are the wind beneath your family’s wings
You are a mother. You are a daughter. You are a wife.
You are all of that and more.
Then, why do you stoop sometimes so low?
You make every battle, your war
Every challenge your game.
Every Dream, your dream.
Every effort, your effort.
Why do you feel the need to be so?
Be that woman who says a kind word when someone is facing challenges.
Stop. Don’t say I went through worse. This is not a competition.
Be that woman who is able to appreciate another woman’s efforts.
Stop. Don’t envy her hard work. You had your day and this is hers. This is not a competition.
Be that woman who is able to stop rumours being spread about another.
You don’t know the truth. Neither does the hater who is spreading it.
Be that woman who is there for that girl trying to beat all odds to shed a few pounds. Looking good is as important to her as it is to you.
Be that woman who appreciates the thoughtfulness that goes into her actions. She is seeking love and that is her way to express.
Be that woman who keeps quiet when another is saying something inadvertently wrong. Call her aside and tell her in confidence. Don’t use this opportunity to showcase your knowledge. This is not a competition.
Be that woman who is able to walk away when another continues to cause you harm. You don’t need her anymore. Move away.
Be that woman who gently reminds another of your capabilities, when all they seem to remember are your flaws.
Be that woman who cherishes and remembers the good deeds that other women have done. They didn’t have to, but they did.
Be that woman, who is able to look in the mirror and say, ”Mirror, Mirror on the wall, who is the kindest of them all?”
Be that woman who can happily accept to see another face other than your own.
Your life. Your story. Be that woman who takes charge of your own narrative.
Happy International Women’s day dear ladies!!
Vaishali is a volunteer in the Tech department of WICE and a published writer. For more information on WICE's creative writing workshop courses click here
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