KunstTour 2011 – Impressions

So , here they are at last! In short; it was a fantastic weekend. In long; please read on 😉

Friday we set everything up. I was able to use pretty much all the space I wanted which was great. No room for hanging the work which was great too; saved a lot of work and hassle. We laid everything out on tables and saved one table in the middle to display the camera, a book with guiding information, prices and a guest book. At first we covered the tables with a green cloth which later that day got removed by Franz Rothenburg, one of the organizers, as you can see on first photos. Luckily he decided to remove them and spread the layout a little although I was a bit afraid when he mentioned having done so the night before opening.

The way things were with the green cloth
The way things were with the green cloth
Close up of the presentation. This image actually sold that weekend!
Close up of the presentation. This image actually sold that weekend!
The way it had become; without the people
The way things became - Photo: courtesy of Moonesque

The boat was situated at the wharf of the Landbouwbelang which, unfortunately, wasn’t clear enough for everybody as some ended up missing the boat. Great location though, not many people know this place but it’s a beautiful spot in Maastricht. Calm but raw, showing the industrial part of Maastricht in its “gone-by” glory.

The weather proved to be an excellent companion this weekend. The sky remained blue and the sun hot and burning most of the time. Also good companions were on the boat as in the other artists. Katrien Haemers showed her paintings which were quite fascinating! The work of Astrid Verkoijen also appealed to me. Her colorful work used in her furniture looked really great.  Jimmy Dee played guitar on board and sang as well. He also performed on a didgeridoo which was cool!

He also gathered quite the bit of attention.

Another musical artist who performed on Sunday with Coen van Dam was Nico Zwackhalen with his bluesy voice. I met Coen before while there were still those famous jazz-monday-evenings at the Tramhalte in Maastricht. He rocked the piano there and I loved his playing from the start. Great to have met him on the boat listening to his music again. Downstairs at the boat “Viola di Gamba” gave a performance too.

Nico Zwackhalen
Nico Zwackhalen - Photo: courtesy of Moonesque
Coen swinging the hell out of his piano, the rest enjoying the hell out of it ;-)
Coen swinging the hell out of his piano, the rest enjoying the hell out of it 😉

Coretta Dekker treated us with a comical performance which was really funny. Unfortunately she found it to be not good enough so she canceled her performance for Sunday. Too bad; would have loved to see it again 🙂

Coretta as 'Angelle"
Coretta as 'Angelle"

Let’s not forget the wonderful poet of the house “Krokus” with his sharp words. A true addition to the boat with a remarkable feel for expression.

Photo courtesy of Leon Moonen
Photo: courtesy of Moonesque

Youri Penders showed us the wonderful process of the printing press late 1800’s. Really cool as my camera is from somewhere around that very same time! He explained the process with quite the bit of passion and engagement which made it all the more fun.

Youri and his printing press
Youri and his printing press
And me...enjoying the sun and stuff ;-)
And me...enjoying the sun and stuff 😉

Of course, let us not forget about the people who made this all worthwhile: the guests!

Photo: courtesy of Leon Moonen
Photo: courtesy of Moonesque
The crowd out on the deck
The crowd out on the deck - Photo: courtesy of Moonesque
Some unexpected performers
Some unexpected performers - Photo: courtesy of Moonesque

Also, let us thank the weather for being so incredibly kind!!

Of course, a special thanks goes to the Basta family, Suzanne Stohr and Resi Claessens, the owner of this boat (which is available for rent).

As you can see a totally different KunstTour than last year and that made it all the more fun! Hope to see you (again) next year.

🙂 Indra 🙂


  1. Beter laat dan nooit. Mooie foto’s en keks commentaar. Ben blij dat we je langs deze weg mogen bedanken voor je aanwezigheid. Wens je veel geluk en ambitie om je doel te bereiken. Aan de hand van deze site zit dat wel snor. Je was het zonnetje aan boord. Hopelijk maken we je ook nog in een andere setting mee. Het was leuk om je te leren kennen. Je hebt een positieve uitstraling en weet andere mensen blij te maken. Dikke zoen Jean-Louis.

    1. Hey Jean-Louis!!

      Wat een superlief commentaar! Ik ben blij te horen dat jullie het ook zo leuk hebben gevonden. Ik hoorde van Jean dat binnenkort de officiële presentatie van de papieren Basta is. Daar ga ik zeker bij zijn! En hopelijk ook bij jullie eerstvolgende vergadering. Ik voel me vereerd door de uitnodiging en heb er reuze zin in. Ik weet nog niet precies hoe mijn bijdrage in te schatten, maar daar komen we vast wel uit!

      Ik ben blij jullie allemaal te hebben leren kennen en hopelijk tot snel. Tot snel in het echte leven. Dan kan ik je de dikke zoen persoonlijk retour geven! 😉


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