The Main Nudes at Sano Deli: 22/07/09

Living in Ibiza gives you the opportunity to meet some exceptionally talented, creative and inspiring people – it really is a melting pot of many cultures and styles. Tonight, under the balmy night sky in the garden area of all-new Santa Gertrudis hot-spot Sano Deli, some of the island’s most well known residents were preparing to show off their talents in the form of an art exhibition and musical gathering. Ladies and gents, may I present to you the family Main…

A collective of Australians (though I think of them as more ‘international’ these days) based primarily in Ibiza, sisters Emma, Sarah (whose name you may recognize from her ‘night job’ as resident DJ at Pacha), Pietra and dad Peter Main pooled their collective artistic talents together to come up with the idea of a Nudes exhibition, quaintly displayed hanging from trees, walls and propped up against fences at Sano. Now, before the blokes out there get too excited, let’s be clear – this is strictly an on canvas affair, you won’t be getting to see the girls (or their dad for that matter) with their clothes off here.

What was on display then? A series of exceptional line drawings, from the hands of Emma, a set of stylish paintings courtesy of Pietra and an abstract lot from Sarah (who called a few of them finger paintings – and yes, she was being literal). Papa Main’s (who couldn’t be in Ibiza tonight, sadly) contribution was an amazing leather piece, with the curves of the body raised from the background… it’s easy to see where the artistic talent stems from in this family.

Artwork aside, the atmosphere at Sano was fun, light-hearted and a very welcome respite from the unrelenting heat of the day once the sun had gone down. With plenty of small groups milling around, the venue had a great buzz about it, from the little kids frolicking in the gardens to the serious folk contemplating life and art and Miss W and the White-ettes on hand to sample Sano’s wares… while contemplating life and art of course!

Chilled white wine and beer? Yes please. Delicious Italian canapés made with the freshest and finest produce? I’ll take one of each. And then of course, for those who were still peckish before moving onto the soiree taking place at Aura afterwards, there was the option to try-before-you-buy Sano’s deli selection. I tell you, a girl could get used to living like this pretty easily…

True to form, it wasn’t long before Sarah jumped behind the decks to spin a few of her favourite tunes – in between local DJs Tomas Hedberg and DJ daZZla – to a very welcome audience, many of whom were unaware of her dual talents!

A big round of applause to the inspirational sisters – who by the way ALL looked stunningly fresh, stylish and beautiful, despite the alleged stress that holding the exhibition had put on them during a hectic season – for trying their hands (quite literally) at something a little bit different in the summer months. Though the three of them looked absolutely mortified and attempted to hide when a speech was given in their honour (and even translated into Spanish), we’re pretty sure they must be chuffed with the fruits of their labour.

We’re looking forward to the next instalment already…


THE LOWDOWN

THE GOOD: It was lovely to see the island’s artistic community turn out in force and to finally have a new venue, perfect for such events. With good food, wine, music AND art, what more could you ask for on a Wednesday night in Ibiza?

THE BAD: The fact nothing was on sale! This was an exhibition done purely out of love for their art, not for money – which I guess makes it a good thing – however Miss W heard many people saying they would have loved to purchase a piece if they were available. I’m afraid each piece remains the property of Casa Main until further notice…

THE GOSSIP: Was it true two of the sisters had still been up and working on the exhibition at 7am that morning and were pretty much running on no sleep? Well, I’ll never tell which two… and was even more pleased to discover that my favourite painting was one of the last to have been completed.