Richard A. Byrnes





Where is Les Cerqueux Sous Passavant?    
Les Cerqueux Sous Passavant, a quiet country village in Anjou Department is 35 kilometers from Angers, a major city 200 kilometers due west of Paris. It’s an hour drive to the ocean beaches (and Casinos). The natives are friendly and there are several American artists who have studios in the village, you can identify them by their accents.

Begin your trip to Les Cerqueux Sous Passavant at Charles de Gaulle airport terminal 2 and drive or take the SNCF [Société National Chemin de Fer] TGV to Angers-Saint Laud.  The Gare is in the airport. You’ll need a car to get to Les Cerqueux Sous Passavant which is easy with a Tom-Tom.

Access to Angers from Paris
From Roissy-Charles de Gaulle airport:
• Direct link by TGV (high speed train) to Angers (2:10 hours travel)
3 TGV per day from the airport terminal 2.
Advance seat reservation necessary (return ticket costs 100 to 130 € in 2nd class).
• Air France bus shuttle service, leaving from terminal 1 and 2 every 30 minutes (from 7:00 to 21:00) to Montparnasse railway station in the city of Paris (one way ticket costs 11,50 €)
• Taxi between Roissy and Montparnasse costs approximately 60 €.

From Orly-Sud and Orly-Ouest airports:
• Air France bus shuttle service, leaving from the airports every 15 minutes (from 6:00 to 23:00)to Montparnasse railway station (one way ticket costs 7,50 €).
• Taxi between Orly and Montparnasse costs approximately 30 €.

From Montparnasse railway station:
• 15 TGV per day to Angers (1:30 hours travel)
Advance seat reservation necessary (return ticket costs 84 to108 € in 2nd class).
By road:
• A10 and then A11 motorway from Paris to Angers. 3:00 hours
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STUDY WITH RICHARD: Studio Cerqueux Art Week Sessions
Art Week participants are provided with a 6-night accommodation, continental breakfasts, 6  multi-course lunches at the village restaurant dining room, and transportation to plein-air site. Accommodations range from home-stays to chateaux, to lovely bed and breakfasts in the Les Cerqueux-Sous-Passavant area.






RENTING STUDIO CERQUEUX: Teachers, Artists, Printers & Visitors
The studio is extra large (6,000 sqft) with four bedrooms, two full and two half baths. 

First Floor. There is a small gallery and library just inside the front door.  Then a large painting and/or sculpture studio with five easels and a model stand as well as a shop area with table saw, drills and tools.  The apartment on the garden end has a large salon with an electronic piano and TV.  The dining area and cuisine are ala Americain.  There is also a half-bath.  Large glass sliders open to a wisteria covered pergola, terrace and the garden. The master bedroom on this floor has a large full bath (shower).  There is also access to a laundry/wannabe bedroom with a cot, a washer and dryer - a good spot for young children.   

Second Floor (Grenier) has access from the front door as well as a hidden stairway in the Salon.  There’s a fully equipped print studio with a full sized press and drying racks as well as a large blank wall for pinning up work.  The northern half of the grenier has twelve sky lights and 30 feet of folding doors that open to a view of the village. There are also three bedrooms and a full bath on this level. 

At the end of your stay, the studio must be thoroughly cleaned and press covered with plastic.  All bottles and cans securely closed. 

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