Vol. V No. 8 - February 18 - February 24, 2006
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Incorrect time

Theater Festival at Payap

Art exhibition at The Pub

Incorrect time

Dear Chiangmai Mail-

It’s difficult to find out correct information for events here, so we naturally depend on your fine periodical, as I’m sure other expats do. Please do us all a favor and get the information correct. To wit: the time for the Flower Festival Parade- both last week’s and this week’s edition said it was to be at night. That is unusual, but we figured the powers that be finally figured out that the midday heat
was not good for flowers or people. To be sure, I called TAT only to find out that the parade occurred this morning. Why is it so hard to get such information correct? I really do not understand...

Susan Stem

(Editorial reply. What can we say, other than sorry, and whip us with some long stemmed roses!)

Theater Festival at Payap

Rebecca Lomax donated 20,000 baht to the festival on behalf of FERC.

A Peace Corps volunteer organized theater festival will be hosted at Payap University on the weekend of February 18 and 19. Merissa Shunk, a volunteer working in nearby Sanpatong, says that about 200 Thai students will participate. Working with other volunteers, she says that one of the goals of the theater festival is to improve the students’ English language skills. The festival will be open to the public on Sunday between 1 and 6.30 p.m. when the students will be performing. Tickets are 20 baht, and audience can come and go at leisure.

The Foundation for the Education of Rural Children (FERC) recently donated 20,000 baht to the festival. Samsara donated 5,000 baht. For more information, contact Merissa at [email protected]

Art exhibition at The Pub

Pinutda Suwanchaisri-Kittiyaporn Kanjam (Student Trainee MFLU)

Surasak Suveera, (right) and Grahame Quinn from The Pub (left).

The 3rd Exhibition of works by the artist Surasak Suveera showcasing a variety of artistic techniques including impressionist, landscape, abstract, and portrait painting, was held on February 4-17 at The Pub restaurant. The exhibition featured about 30 pieces both old and new works, in different genres of painting.

A youthful Surasak showed early talent as a painter of fine art, and was featured in magazines when he was 22 years old; and in his 25 year career has produced and sold more than 500 paintings to customers in the United States, United Kingdom, Saudi Arabia, Switzerland, Norway, India, and Singapore.

Surasak has made art his life’s work because he wanted all people to experience
pleasure from his special gift, saying, “I want to give people something which is clean inside and special”. Adding, “Before I paint I have to clean myself inside (mind and motives) before I can create my pictures. This gives me the power to express in my paintings a special energy, which is my goal to give to everybody.”

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