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Chamnian Thongma exposition at Gongdee Gallery

Thai folk drama performances held at CMIS

A sparkling event crystallizes in Chiang Mai

THAI links Chiang Mai to Taipei and Hong Kong

Witches and Pumpkins and Goblins, Oh My!

Chamnian Thongma exposition at Gongdee Gallery

Phitsanu Thepthong

The former Chiang Mai deputy governor, Uthai Nakpreecha presided at Gongdee Gallery Chiang Mai for the opening ceremony of the Painting & Drawing exhibition by Chamnian Thongma. The event was also notable for its local entertainment, such as candle lighting, umbrella dances, ka ling kala bird dances, Thai boxing dances, and Thai instrumental band performances.

Chamnian Thongma said his paintings and drawings are conceptual work about the past and thanked guests for their attendance.

Former deputy governor Uthai added that art is most interesting, and Chiang Mai has many diverse art forms, even umbrella painting which can be very beautiful.

The Chamnian’s exhibition of oil on canvas features very different items from the artist’s past, such as old abandoned houses, shop houses, buildings, wooden houses, roads, dogs, cats, an old man, bicycle, children, warehouse, factory, and a food and drink shop, all most impressive. These works reflect the past that has left only happiness, sadness, relationships, beliefs, loneliness, isolated life and other emotions.

As musicians played traditional Thai music in the background, beautiful young women performed the time-honored umbrella dance.

Guests at the ceremony were treated to exceptional performances.

A local traditional dance show was performed before the opening ceremony.

One of the paintings displayed at the Gongdee Gallery.

Young women performing traditional candlelight dances were a highlight of the opening ceremony.

Former Chiang Mai deputy governor, Uthai Nakpreecha (center left) and artist Chamnian Thongma (center right) cut the ribbon amongst honored guests and friends.

Thai musicians playing traditional instruments added an “ancient air” to the proceedings.

Thai folk drama performances held at CMIS

Chiang Mai International School (CMIS) was treated to a special performance of a traditional Thai likae drama on Wednesday, October 29. The drama was presented by the Christian Communications Institute (CCI) of Payap University, which uses traditional Thai music and dance forms to convey messages of truth, social responsibility and Christian faith.

The colorful and often humorous likae told the story of Soi Suksomboon (“the lane of perfect happiness”) where a poor man, not having eaten for three days, asks for food from people who pass by. The soi’s well-meaning residents offer to pray for the hungry man or protest the injustice of his poverty, but fail to realize that what the man needed most was food.

Finally a simple girl selling flowers sees the old man and offers him food and a place to rest. Based on the Biblical story of the “Good Samaritan,” the likae challenged society to care for the needy with action and not just talk.

Research suggests that the likae style, which is thought to have roots in the Jewish culture, made its way to Thailand after being adapted and developed by Islamic cultures of South Asia, Indonesia and Malaysia. In the mid-1800’s likae was the most popular form of entertainment in Thailand.

The CCI production incorporated spoken dialogue, traditional style singing and musical instruments, dancing and bright costumes. Touches of modern Thailand were also evident in the production (one character answers a call on his mobile phone, for example), which gave the story a universal or timeless quality. CCI Director Rob Collins is a parent of a student at Chiang Mai International School and was on hand to introduce the performance and provide translation in English.

CMIS was pleased to welcome about 30 students from Nakorn Payap International School (NIS) to this event, along with parents and community members.

A wealthy couple only talk about social change without doing anything to help.

A passer-by offers to protest injustice on behalf of a hungry man, but does not offer him any food!

A woman offers to pray for a hungry man, but does not offer him any food!

CCI Director (and CMIS parent) Rob Collins was on-hand to provide an English translation of the story.

A woman on her way to a social welfare committee meeting carries a basket of fruit but does not think to offer any to a hungry man.

The whole CCI cast after the performance.

A sparkling event crystallizes in Chiang Mai

A.C.D. Thailand presented its Crystela range

Marion Vogt

A.C.D. Thailand (Asia Crystal Decor Thailand) markets its exclusive products in Thailand under the name Crystela. Last week at the Empress Hotel Chiang Mai, Crystela introduced their new products to the North with the help of Siam Royal Orchid. Josef Aigner, the MD of A.C.D. also gave an insight into crystal manufacturing, explaining that more than 30,000 classic crystals are used daily on different pieces.

(L to R) Saroj Ratanavadi, MD Chiang Mai Malting and his elegant wife Ajarn Sunanta from the Department of Fine Arts CMU; Danai Leosawathiphong, managing director of Siam Royal Orchid, Michael Jacobsen, sales account executive of Crystela; Josef Aigner, managing director of A.C.D. Thailand, Mrs Arkarachinores, and her husband, Pravit Arkarachinores, Hon. Austrian Consul.

A.C.D. Thailand was the first company in the world to adopt the Swarovski Pointiage system for its manufacture of crystal articles, and designs unique products for individual clients or limited batches for retail outlets. The ‘Pointiage System’ is based on new specialized adhesives and it is now possible to place colored crystals on almost every hard surface.

People know Swarovski for its crystal animals, and one of those animals make up another Swarovski line, unique crystal covered handicrafts like this elephant.

And that was what the evening was all about - to show what could be done today with the former vision of Swarovski founder Daniel more than 100 years ago. In Chiang Mai there are many artists who are eager to design and experiment with the technique.

A.C.D. Thailand invented its own product range in 2000, registered as Crystela.

Pravit Arkarachinores, the Hon. Austrian Consul in Chiang Mai, said he felt sure that A.C.D. Thailand, Crystela and the Austrian Swarovski crystals will have a bright and sparkling future in Thailand and could even become a new OTOP product.

Danai Leosawathiphong, MD Royal Orchid Collection, said Thailand was chosen as a manufacturing centre as it has an aesthetic and creative base unrivalled by other countries. The beautiful glistening temples of Thailand are testament to this fact and he has no doubt that the culture of the north and the knowledge of the Lanna artists will make this product an even bigger success.

CM Vice-Governor Prinya Panthong showed interest in the Crystela products and Josef Aigner, managing director of A.C.D. Thailand, provided him with information about Crystela and Swarovski.

The shining pieces of jewelry were as beautiful and glittering as the eight models.

THAI links Chiang Mai to Taipei and Hong Kong

Another spoke in the aviation hub

Michael and Marion Vogt

On October 28, Thai Airways International (THAI) inaugurated its direct route between Taipei-Hong Kong-Chiang Mai-Bangkok. Chaiwat Chanapai, THAI’s vice president, western sales & distribution, said that the new route has been introduced in accordance with the government’s policy to turn Chiang Mai into the northern aviation hub of Thailand. He was very confident that this would happen and THAI, as the flag carrier, is proud to bring Chiang Mai to the world.

The new flight from Taipei-Hong Kong-Chiang Mai-Bangkok will be operated three times a week on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays utilizing Airbus 330-300 aircraft.

After the first Airbus had landed the passengers were showered with blossoms, and Suwat Tantipat, the governor of Chiang Mai welcomed the passengers.

Governor Suwat said he spoke on behalf of the Chiang Mai people and thanked THAI for their support in developing Chiang Mai. He said, “THAI’s operation into Chiang Mai will help to increase the number of tourists visiting the province and promote tourism, trade and cultural exchange. I hope that all of you will take good memories of Chiang Mai and Thailand back to your respective homelands and help promote our country to your people.”

THAI also plans to open new air links between Chiang Mai and major cities in the neighboring countries of Singapore, China, Myanmar, Bangladesh, India, and Taiwan.

Passengers were showered with blossoms on arrival.

Welcome to Chiang Mai!

Guests at the welcoming party were treated to the renowned Chiang Mai hospitality.

Chaiwat Chanapai, THAI’s vice president, western sales & distribution said that the new route should help turn Chiang Mai into the northern aviation hub of Thailand.

(L to R) Chaiwat Chanapai, THAI’s vice president, Suwat Tantipat, the governor of Chiang Mai and Prakaido Hovatanakul, THAI district sales manager of the upper northern region.

Witches and Pumpkins and Goblins, Oh My!

Prem Junior School Celebrates Halloween

Katherine Voll

Last Friday, October 31st, Prem first through fifth graders donned their scariest costumes and marched through campus in a lively Halloween Day Parade. Witches and vampires rubbed shoulders with ladybugs, Spider men and even several Harry Potters.

Students and teachers started off the celebration by singing a spooky Halloween song in the Junior School. The parade then made its way to the cafeteria, through the Senior School and the library and then back again. Everyone was in a festive mood and much cackling-er, or rather laughter-could be heard throughout the campus.

Even the youngest of participants (Sarah Shadravan’s K1 & 2 classes) enjoyed themselves, bringing up the rear of the parade with a tiger (Nicholas), two princesses (Sophie and Katinka) and even a fireman (Crawford).

“We don’t understand completely why we should dress up so scary...”

The Halloween Parade

Stacy, the princess and Amy, the witch. Amy seems to say: I don’t want to be scary, I want to be beautiful!

A fairy princess and a witch, two good friends.

Scary witches and goblins parade through the school grounds.