North meets South - ‘Icons of Serenity’ exhibition successfully opened
Photos Michael Vogt
Henry Quick from HQ Art Gallery, opposite Wat Phrasing,
was proud to again present two artists who have received numerous awards as
regards their artistic knowledge, their love for the environment and their
feelings for the old Lanna kingdom.
Yotaitiang, Suriya Siemmai and Henry Quick from HQ Art Gallery.
It is very easy to see that this is the work of two
different people, yet both use mostly oils mixed with organic materials, and
acrylics and both focus on nature.
Wattanapong’s paintings are ‘Lanna style’, using
symbol; that can communicate well with the being of Lanna, with elegant
patterns, red and gold. He exhibits two series, one called Lanna Spirit and
the second, ‘color in winter’, reflects on Wattanapong’s personal
feelings for the winter sky in Chiang Mai. Pastel shades, different size
canvases, mysterious spiritual and emotional evolution and solid blue
shades, in all mixtures of the night.
artists at the ‘Icons of Serenity’ were (from left) Rafaela Kraushaar,
Felix Kastler and Doris Kraushaar.
Suriya Soemmai’s work is so different, yet so
outstanding, that would I have to choose a painting, I probably would need
days to find a favorite. He caught the tranquility of coastal life and the
love for the region he represents is felt by the onlooker in every picture.
Even for non-artists, his pictures just ask for a second look. The style,
the color combinations, the use of glitters, sparkles and gold shows a
somehow surrealistic touch. Well worth a visit.
This collection of contemporary paintings can be seen daily, Monday to
Saturday from 8.30 a.m. - 5.30 p.m. until March 31st.
Lifecycle of people in Thailand
Marion and Michael Vogt
A photographic exhibition in collaboration with the
Embassy of Sweden and the Planned Parenthood Association of Thailand (PPAT)
with support from the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) opened last
Friday at the Chiangmai City Arts and Cultural Center.
Sviestins, the artist, reflects on the ‘age ladder’ and its
representation of mankind.
Swedish photographer Ivar Sviestins was inspired by
‘the faces of Thailand’ and decided to show a reflection on the
lifecycle of Thai individuals. His photos range from a newborn baby to an
elder of 73 years old.
Ivar said in his opening address, “Taking portraits of
people is a very sensitive and intimate affair. I ask everyone to take off
the make up and show me his face without a smile. The face tells a story by
itself. It tells a story of laughter, worry, hope and fear, a map of
experiences can be seen. We don’t need to hide, since time passes and
affects all individuals. We cannot explain beauty. Is beauty a simple layer
of skin that covers our body and changes over the years? Or does it come
from within? I hope with my photographs I can inspire some of the watchers
to reflect the precious gift of life that we are given and the beauty of
Bengt G. Carlsson, minister from the Sweden Embassy in
Bangkok highlighted the universality of his fellow countryman and reflected
on the ongoing ‘love affair’ between Sweden and Thailand. He
congratulated Thomas Lundh, the Global Photo Project Organizer that he took
this opportunity to bridge the gap between arts and science.
The exhibition can be seen daily at the Chiangmai City Arts and Cultural
Center until March 31. After the exhibition in Thailand, Ivar Sviestins
plans to photograph the faces of people in 19 more countries around the
world, all of which will be assembled in a grand exhibition.
International Women’s Day and Zonta Rose Day
Creating awareness for the status of women
International Women’s Day on March 8 is a day that
provides an opportunity to add our individual and collective voices, in
solidarity with women around the world, to efforts to promote individual
rights and fundamental freedoms for women and girls.
the integration of the Zonta commitment to the United Nation’s sponsored
initiatives for women, legislative awareness and advocacy on international,
national and local levels for the Zonta global and local service projects,
we can strengthen our work to advance the status of women throughout the
This day (March 8) is combined with Zonta International
Rose Day to promote each Zonta Club’s efforts to advance the status of
women. It is a tradition of each Zonta Club worldwide to create awareness of
these two events to the general public.
What is the Rose Fund? It is critical to the ongoing
efforts of the Zonta International Foundation. The Rose Fund was created in
1998 as the Foundation’s annual operating and program support fund. It is,
of course, named for the Zonta Rose.
The Rose Fund is particularly important to the foundation
because contributions to it are unrestricted. This means that the board of
directors has some flexibility in the use of the contributions. The
foundation’s general management and fund- raising expenses are paid from
the Rose Fund.
In addition, these contributions can be used for any
program with a shortfall in funding; to expand existing programs; or to
develop and initiate new programs.
Contributions support the International Service Fund,
Amelia Erhart Fellowship Fund, the Rose Fund and other programs.
This year on Sunday, March 7, the Zonta International
Chiangmai Club will acknowledge the importance of these two events with a
dinner at 6.30 p.m. at the Penthouse of the Amari Rincome Hotel. Tickets are
available at 600 baht from Charter President Somboon Suprasert at tel. 053
801 232 or Past President Margaret Bhadungzong at tel. 053 247 083. It is
also possible to buy tickets at the event which starts at 6.30 p.m. at the
Penthouse of the Amari Rincome Hotel on Huay Kaew Road.
Zonta members are looking forward to meeting you!