Vol. V No. 13 - Saturday March 25, - March 31, 2006
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La Luna Gallery celebrates 2nd anniversary

Blind wine tasting at The House

Baan Panom Art Gallery

La Luna Gallery celebrates 2nd anniversary

Sandy Clark

The second year anniversary at La Luna gallery was celebrated with the opening of a very special exhibition, showing that ‘the spirit of cooperation’ is still alive.

Laura recreated “Okita of the Naniwaya Teahouse” from 1790 by the artist Utamaro on Chadwick Gray’s body.

It was a day of events, starting early in the morning, when Laura Spector and Chadwick Gray demonstrated their unique Museum Anatomy painting, where Laura recreates an old painting on Chadwick’s body. In this case “Okita of the Naniwaya Teahouse” from 1790 by the artist Utamaro.

This living canvas event amazed everyone during the day, as well as the guests attending the anniversary party in the evening.

The finished colorful body painting artwork in the evening.

The evening also saw the opening of the exhibition “2gether”, where artists from Chiang Mai, Bangkok, Malaysia and Vietnam had created art in couples and trios on canvas, aluminum and boards. Among the artists are Therdkiat Wangwarcharakul and Sirat Ubolyaem from Thailand, Trinh Tuan and Cung Hoa from Vietnam, and Lim Ah Cheng and Soon Lai Wai from Malaysia. Also local artists Supachet Bhumakarn and Siriwan Lohacheewa. The “2gether” exhibition runs until April 24. Well worth a visit.

Blind wine tasting at The House

Sandy Clark

The House in cooperation with the Chiang Mai Wine Gallery hosted a ‘Blind Wine Tasting’ for wine lovers and connoisseurs. A ‘blind’ wine tasting is where the wine is presented without the taster knowing the identity of the wine, to overcome bias from knowledge of variety, vintage, region, or maker. 12 different wines from South Africa, Chile, Italy, New Zealand, and Australia were served throughout the evening at the stylish oriental garden of the ‘The House’.

Connoisseurs enjoying the evening (from left) D2 Guru Somock Inthavong, Rachamankha’s owner Rooj Changtrakul with a friend and on the far right, Bangkok DJ P. Mee who played the music from his soon to be released album ‘Music Angels’.

Every table was in animated discussions as to which wine had just been tasted. When the foil was removed, the tasters had sampled from South Africa: a Kanonkop Kadette 2003, a Kanonkop Pinotage 2002, a Kanonkop Sauvignon 2002 and a Backsberg Chardonnay 2002. From Chile an L-F-E Gran Merlot Reserva 2004, a Mont Gras Antu Ninquen Syraz 2004, a Mont Gras Antu Ninquen Cabernet Sauvignon 2003. From Italy a Paolo Scavino Rosso Vino Da Tavola 2004 and a Paolo Scavino Sorriso 2001. The New Zealand wine was a Giesen Sauvignon Blanc 2001 and Australia’s vintages were represented by a Red Fox Creek Shadow’s Run 2003 and a White Fox Creek Shadow’s Run 2005.

The wine connoisseurs of the community enjoyed a perfect blend of socializing thanks to the never-ending flow of wines from The Wine Gallery and tapas from The House.

This experience mixed with the atmosphere, the music, the friendliness of the hosts, the quality of the served wines and tapas made people stay a lot longer than they probably estimated. The House hosts, Hans B. Christensen and Chef Pom seemed to be everywhere, talking to staff, guests, advising here, explaining there, which made all feel at home and at ease. The staff served endless trays with mixed tapas and this evening not only gave us a new understanding of what is available in town but also reminded us that the balance between quality wine and quality food should never ever be underestimated.

Baan Panom Art Gallery

An evening of art, music, and poetry

Sandy Clark

The new Baan Panom Gallery, on Tewarit Road, is Galen Garwood’s art gallery. Galen is personally known as a man of varied artistic talents, but also as the mentor of Chang Lek, born, Artur Amayut in Wawi, a small Akha village in the district of Chiang Rai.

Chang Lek’s work has developed since his last exhibition in 2005

Chang Lek was the center of attention, and his new paintings could be seen everywhere. His artistic eye has definitely been unfolding since his last exhibition in 2005 and he expressed himself in natural, dark, mysterious colors which left the audience in awe of the eye-catching simplicity.

Dr. Howard Graves Jr. gives a dramatic recitation of poetry by Galen Garwood

Galen greeted the guests, and told them despite the fact that his prot้g้ Chang Lek has already had an exhibition in USA, the proceeds of the current one will be used to fly the artist there in order to broaden him even more.

A special performance of poetry and music followed from well known members from the Chiang Mai community including Richard Dixon and the lovely Lisa, accompanied by virtuoso John Smith on banjo and guitar, and Edward Winter on the piano.

The appreciative audience proved that the philosophy behind Baan Panom to connect with the creative spirit of the art community had paid off.

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