A two-day exhibition-cum-sale of paintings by amateur artists was opened by Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief of the Eastern Naval Command Anup Singh at WelcomHotel Grand Bay on Saturday.
An interesting feature is that all the artists are homemakers, who had received their basic training at classes conducted by Jumani Topiwala through her ‘Art Works'. The women have taken time out to hone their creative abilities.
There are over 200 works, including pencil sketches, pastels, charcoal drawings and watercolours on display. The paintings are characterised by the use of rich colours and neat framing. The subjects were varied like a kitchen, collage of flowers, musical instruments, a series of paintings on Lord Ganesh, pencil sketches and pen-ending drawings.
“Most of the paintings on display have a lot of depth and it's all the more interesting to know that all the painters are young who are using their leisure in creative pursuits,” said Vice Admiral Anup Singh. He also appreciated the efforts of Ms. Topiwala in promoting art awareness among housewives. Accompanied by his wife Nani Singh, Vice-Admiral Anup Singh went round the expo patiently and bought a painting before leaving the hall.
Ms Topiwala said this was the ninth annual exhibition being organised in the city. She felt that greater art awareness was needed among the people of the city and lack of patrons was a disconcerting for artists. She said that the expo was a motivating factor for them as visitors would come to know of their works.
She said that the response to the exhibitions was very good during the last few years.
The prices range from Rs.1,500 to Rs.50,000. The expo will be on Sunday also.