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MENAFN - Muscat Daily - 30/09/2012

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(MENAFN - Muscat Daily) Armed with canvas and brush, members of the American Women's Group (AWG)-Mona Lisa Art Club are holding an exhibition at the Al Qurum Complex.Thirty-five members of the art club have showcased a range of inspirational paintings at the exhibition, which was inaugurated by H H Sayyida Tania al Said, president of the Environment Society of Oman (ESO), on Thursday. Titled 'Muscat mosaic together with colour,' the exhibition will conclude on Sunday.Acrylic paintings, charcoal sketches and textile art brought out different shades of life in the sultanate, set across various time periods. The wrinkles on a bearded Omani, the mesmerising dark eyes of Bedouin women, vast ochre-green shades of an oasis, mosque domes kissing the skies and a herd of sturdy horses on green fields are some of the works on display.The AWG members wanted to take part in some creative activities and that's what sparked the idea of showcasing art. ''So the ladies became part of the AWG Mona Lisa Art Club."A portion of the proceeds from the exhibition will go to ESO. We first exhibited at the headquarters of Omantel, which sponsored the event on September 24, and a few of the paintings have been sold,'' said AWG president Cassandra Bullock.Virginia den Hartog, main coordinator of the AWG Mona Lisa Art Club, said, ''This exhibition means a lot to me as it took a lot of hard work to develop the club. The club tries to motivate members to have fun and share new ideas.''Virginia herself has found that art helps relieve stress and pent-up emotions. She lost her mother recently, and has played around with melancholic blues on canvas. She has also used clay on canvas to depict an Omani theme.Club member Sunaina S Ahluwalia, an author and photographer, said that photography is an extension of painting and that it helps promote individualism. ''Painting is another aspect of my creativity."Photography is an extension of painting as well as writing, and I can do them on my own without being dependent on others. Three of my artworks, The first dance, And she smiles and A white Christmas have been exhibited.''I am hoping that we can take this exhibition forward and exp-lore art in other media too.''Pari Berlin has turned to the scintillating views of the sultanate for inspiration. She uses traditional jewellery in her work and showcases her love for life and commitment to art through her paintings.''I designed the brochure for the exhibition. My canvas speaks volumes about Indian women and their ornaments. I have used jewellery from a traditional souq to adorn the canvas,'' she said.First-timer Sonal Shah, who is passionate about painting, said, ''I have tried to depict the beauty of an Indian woman using mixed media to give it a 3D effect. Taking part in the exhibition has been a rewarding experience.''Revati A Sanzagiri's She sells seashells features a rare green shell she found on Azaiba beach. Her spiritual batik paintings also catch the eye.With Cycle of Life, Family Ties and Joy in her portfolio, artist Tania Hens has experimented with concepts of freedom using bright and bold colours.Call it a social cause, an expression of one's inner emotions or just dabbling with colours, the AWG exhibition unleashes artistic expressions and speaks volumes of their calibre and creativity.


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