Benahavis has long been known as a centre for gastronomy, drawing gourmets and gourmands alike to its many restaurants. Now it also enjoying a renaissance as a centre for live art. David Marshall’s sculpture gallery and Lily Kojman’s painting workshop have been permanent features in the village for many years. Recently they have been joined by Venancio Sanchez who can be seen in his studio creating life-size figures in bronze.
Four years ago the art society BDFAS arrived on the scene, promoting a lively programme of lectures and events. This summer local resident and artist Nacho Hernandez-Hercuejo organized his second arts weekend in the village. Visitors enjoyed a colourful selection of paintings in the Old Town Hall accompanied by a stream of music outside.
Young people – who are the life-blood of tomorrow’s arts scene – were not forgotten. With sponsorship from BDFAS local artist Sylvia Pereira Soria was able to lead a painting workshop for youngsters – with striking results that are now on show for the public to see. The paintings have all been mounted and put on display in the new Town Hall beside the Salon de Actos. Thanks to the cooperation between the Town Hall, a local Spanish artist and a British society, Benahavis Tiene Arte has been able to leave a visible legacy.
Pictured admiring the young people’s work are Nadfas CEO Florian Schweizer on a visit from London, Marie Angeles Mena Councillor for Culture and Betty Fooks Chairman of BDFAS.