SHOW 354 .. 29th November 2008

- The olive trees of Slovenian Istria  
- Artist Stane Jagodič 
- Goldsmith Christoph Steidl Porenta 
- Parachutes made by Stane Kranjc 
- Accordionist Marko Hatlak 

The olive trees of Slovenian Istria
The olive is a tree of great symbolic value. It is a symbol of peace and a source of a healthy diet. It is native to areas with a Mediterranean climate. Olive oils from the northern Mediterranean regions are generally believed to be better than those from the south, as they contain more unsaturated fatty acids. In Slovenian Istria the olive has been grown for centuries. After two damaging frosts in the last century, the cultivation of olive trees picked up twenty years ago. Presently, there are some 310,000 olive trees in Slovenia that are expected to yield a record amount of 550 tonnes of oil this year. Compared to world production, however, this is only a drop in the ocean.
All-round artist Stane Jagodič
Stane Jagodič is an artist of many talents: a painter, draughtsman, caricaturist, graphic artist and photographer, creator of photomontages and assemblages, and the author of the first performances in the 1970s. He has introduced many original creations into the Slovenian fine arts scene and into broader public life. Above all, he is a witty social critic, analysing social relations through his art. He withdrew from public life for a few years, but this summer, he made a comeback with an extensive exhibition entitled ‘Zoo Poetics’.
Goldsmith Christoph Steidl Porenta
Christoph Steidl Porenta is a goldsmith and silversmith, one of the best in Europe, a true artist. He could work in any capital of the world, but has chosen to settle down in Ljubljana, to where love brought him from his native Germany and where he feels at home. Christoph Steidl Porenta moulds the most precious metals into truly magical forms. Among other things he has created a globe for the Technical Museum in Bonn, and a number of crosiers, chalices and episcopal rings for bishops from many different countries.
Parachutes made by Stane Kranjc 
Stane Kranjc decided to follow his heart and chose to make parachutes. As a top-notch constructor and manufacturer of parachutes he is one of the best in the world. He is also considered a guru of paragliding and, in the last decade, also of base jumping. When he took up this highly dangerous extreme sport, he was over forty.
Accordionist Marko Hatlak 
Marko Hatlak is a virtuoso on the concert accordion. The accordion is very popular in Slovenia, particularly in popular folk music. This, however, has never been Marko Hatlak’s cup of tea. He prefers classical music and was particularly captivated by the tango and the music of Astor Piazzolla, to whom he even dedicated his first album called ‘History’. It was recorded in cooperation with his band Funtango and released several months ago.  


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