River Ping Palace Resort
and Restaurant organises Artwork Exhibition
Watcharapong Jingkaujai and
An art exhibition was organized at the River Ping Palace
Resort and Restaurant on Charoen Prathet Road, Chiang Mai, by the two
artists Chang Lek and Galen Garwood.
Amayut “Chang Lek” and his self portrait
Galen Garwood is a painter, printmaker, photographer and
filmmaker from the United States. He first came to Chiang Mai in 1998 to
work on an independent film about the plight of Asian elephants and to raise
both awareness and funds for elephant conservation in Thailand.
Chang Lek (little elephant) was born Artur Amayut, 24
years ago, in Wawi, a small Akha village in the district of Chiang Rai.
Garwood hired Chang Lek to help him in the studio. Chang Lek has had no
formal training in art whatsoever but he has a keen eye. He decided to do
his own paintings when Garwood left the studio. Garwood said, “I knew he
had a natural, intuitive gift to be encouraged. I felt it important not to
impose any Western notions about painting, but rather to let his work unfold
through his own intuitive processes.”
Chang Lek told Chiangmai Mail that the principles
of art came from the internal mind. Each painting was unique and could be
not copied. Some paintings took less than an hour but some took longer, such
as “Chang Lek”, which took 3 weeks.
at the art exhibition
They discussed showing some of their works both here in Chiang Mai and
America, and channelling the profits to a charitable fund for the tsunami
victims. They had heard there were Akha living in the south that were
affected by the tsunami. They have both decided to donate profits to the
Akha Heritage Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to help
preserve the Akha hill tribe traditions as well as programs for education
and food and to be focused on any program set-up for Akhas living in the
south displaced by the tragedy.
Happy Birthday Dude
Cindi and Steve Novkov gave Richard Dixon a surprise
birthday party at their home in Sansai. Guests gathered upstairs and greeted
Richard with the traditional “Surprise!” when he entered. After much
laughter, the group adjourned to the beautiful garden by the river, for
music and a feast of delicious Thai food prepared by Manat Chowmuang. Guest
musicians serenaded the partygoers, and Richard himself took over the
microphone and sang “oldies” that were familiar to the group.
and Steve Novkov, (front) guest of honor Richard Dixon, Ric and Corinne
Fowler. Happy Birthday Dude!
A fireworks display spelled out Happy Birthday Dude, and the
evening ended with Richard and his guests placing krathongs into the nearby
river and sending khamloys into the night sky. Guests came from Chiang Mai,
Phayao, and Bangkok in Thailand, and from the United States and Bhutan.
“Fairytales and Folktales”
commemorating Hans Christian Andersen’s 200th anniversary
La Luna Gallery
La Luna Gallery in Chiang Mai is joining the worldwide
celebrations of the 200th anniversary of the birth of Danish storyteller and
poet Hans Christian Andersen. On the actual date, Saturday, April 2, the
exhibition “Fairytales and Folktales” will be opened by HE the Danish
Ambassador to Thailand, Ulrik Helweg-Larsen, at 2 p.m.
Nightingale” by Christian Develter
The exhibition will run until May 15, 2005 and include
paintings, photographs and - as something new - carpets. In the evening
there will be a Fairytale-dinner at The House Restaurant.
“Fairytales and Folktales” will have beautiful
ducklings in high heels and mermaids in despair. There will be small girls
with matchsticks and huge giants with evil intentions. There will be
innocent girls, jealous girls, goddesses, elves, fairies and a lot of
Seventeen artists from eight countries, but based in
Thailand and Malaysia, will present their interpretations of some of
Andersen’s fairytales as well as other local sagas and epics, including
Participating artists are Supachet Bhumakarn, Lim Ah Cheng, Diem Dangers,
Christian Develter, Panuwat Hoonunrung (Neung), Jane Iverson, Klaus Koenig,
Doris Kraushaar, Siriwan Lohachweewa, Komkit Mekmok, Pilaiporn Penrith,
Jittiwut Sriyang, Jason Tamthai, Jirapat Tasanasomboon, Alexander Tinti,
Louise Truslow, and Soon Lai Wai.