Kvarner newsletter / no 36

Kastav – town of the arts
Three new artists' studios in Kastav

In 2010, the quaint old town of Kastav saw the arrival of three new artists' studios. Each of the town's four galleries offers something new, special and unique.

The historic town of Kastav, located halfway between the town of Rijeka and the seaside resort of Opatija, in the last year saw the arrival of as many as three new artists' studios where visitors can view exhibitions and buy some souvenirs. Kastav now has a total of four galleries – all are located in the quaint old part of the town, and each one of them offers something different and unique.

Kastav, Lokvina AtelierThe first gallery that was opened in Kastav is the Potočnjak Gallery & Atelier. It is the workshop of the versatile artist Ante Potočnjak, who received the Croatian Danica Award for his extraordinary contribution to the Croatian culture. In addition to painting, Potočnjak also engages in design, interior design for representative ships and other facilities, and costume and set design for theatrical performances.

The second gallery that was opened in Kastav, the Lokvina Atelier & Gallery by the painter Saša Jantolek and ceramic sculptor Mladen Ivančić, will be particularly interesting to visitors who love ceramics. The gallery, which is open throughout the year, includes not only works by its owners, but will also promote less known local artists and more renowned ones, with the aim of promoting the town of Kastav as a centre of culture. Since its opening, the gallery hosted several exhibitions of paintings, photographs and ceramics, as well as some book presentations. The owners also intend to use this gallery as the venue for other cultural and art projects such as the Kastav Film Festival.

Cubo de Lubo is the name of the third gallery that was opened last year in Kastav. Its owner is the artist Luka Jelušić who makes unique useful items of wood – mostly furniture and toys. One of his most famous products, which made this artist widely popular outside local borders, is his unique boat-shaped swing, which can be made in two sizes – for children and adults. Apart from that, Jelušić also makes other quality items of wood – child's beds, various vehicles, folding chairs, hanging mobiles for child's rooms, and various small toys. It is interesting to mention that all items are hand-made, and the wood is protected with non-toxic oil based natural wax, which gives this original products high use value.
Finally, the latest gallery, the Atelier Pavić, is a working and exhibition space of the artist Željan Pavić from Kastav. In the atelier, visitors can learn more about various painting techniques such as oil and acrylic painting, collage and jute, silk batik and raku techniques in ceramics. The artist creates his works in the atelier, and the visitors are invited to join him in the creation.