(MENAFN -Arab News) The annual Jeddah Art Week literally turned out to be a ‘JAW’-dropping event with an impressive 6,000 people turning up for its grand opening at Park Hyatt, on Feb. 1, and the number growing through the week with people pouring in to see the biggest art event of the year.“The event is a perfect blend of local and international talents showcasing different art forms including painting and photography. We loved seeing the diversity of talents,” said Mariam Saleh, an art enthusiast. “We in Saudi Arabia are always hungry for something new and such an event is always educational, social and entertaining where we can gather around and appreciate art,” she added. Kal Murad, another guest, said that Saudi Arabia needed more cultural events than malls. “People need such activities to look at and educate themselves knowing that creativity has no limit. Something like this is more fun than visiting a mall. All that the people do in the Kingdom is go to malls,” he said.Mudi bint Mansour bint Abdulaziz says JAW has successfully evolved with the entire society celebrating art. “I am very impressed and excited to see local artists being involved in such an event. It’s a new event acknowledging talent in Saudi Arabia and I am very happy to see everyone involved and everyone appreciating it,” she said.“I am also proud to see how Saudis are expressing their thoughts and ideas through art and I am especially proud of my son Saad bin Mohammed who is also participating with his art piece for the world to see and enjoy,” she added. JAW offers a platform for people to gather and celebrate art and culture, says lawyer Faisal Yamani, who attended the event. “Today, we saw many local and international artists coming together to showcase their work and I am very happy to see this in Saudi Arabia,” he said, adding: “I don’t have any particular art piece as favorite. I got to see many artists and loved everything and I saw many pieces that I wanted to acquire but some of them have been sold while some are still being negotiated.”“Art is neither old nor young in Saudi Arabia. We cannot give it an age or historically link it to the Kingdom or its people. Seeing the younger generation attending such an event is very impressive and that’s very promising,” said Yamani. JAW-2014 has been an overwhelming success, not because of the several thousands of people who visited the exhibition but because JAW has managed to draw attendance and support from a cross-section of Jeddah community, says Lina Lazaar, founder of JAW.“Art knows no language, has no race, gender, or nationality, and JAW-2014 has been a triumph in showcasing the richness of Jeddah’s vibrant community through art,” she said. “On behalf of the JAW team, and our many Saudi and international partners — without whom such a week would not have been possible — I would like to thank the people of Jeddah for their commitment to art and for being such gracious hosts to all of those who traveled to Jeddah to be part of JAW-2014. For those yet to attend, we look forward to receiving you at the venue through the month of February,” she added.