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Gallery 116 offers an Alter- Native

Exhibition by Pakitsilp Varamissara and students

Local art lovers including local monks attended the opening event and viewed the diverse artistic styles on display.

By Nopniwat Krailerg
Chiang Mai’s native son Pakitsilp Varamissara invited five of his former students to join him in opening an exhibit at Gallery 116 on May 3, 2014. The event, which displayed eclectic and diverse pieces, was attended by many local art lovers keen to see the works of this famed local artist and his students.
Although he has exhibited widely in the past few years, in large part due to the help of the Toot Young Gallery, the artist decided against a solo exhibit instead inviting his former students, now several years after graduating from school, to join him in exhibiting their work.
As Pakitsilp approaches retirement in a few months’ time it is difficult to not ask why these particular students and not others? Or is it rather a gracious, altruistic, non- hierarchical relationship that surpasses the teacher/ disciple paradigm? Perhaps it is a bit of everything at once.
The exhibit shows op-art, street art, landscapes, the references to art history are numerous. The exhibition makes manifest the concerns of six individuals regarding the future of both the art world and Thai society. The exhibit illuminates their messages. As the artist notes; the road to peace and coexistence is long a long one, and fraught with difficulties…but let’s hold fast to hope by recalling the words of the French poet Lautréamont in the The Songs of Maldror: “Doubt is a tribute to hope.”
This communion reaches its climax in a large canvas that was created by the artists in a collaborative effort showing their collective wishes.

Pakitsilp Varamissara with some of his works on display

Ajarn Pakitsilp Varamissara of Chiang Mai together with the five former students that he asked to join his exhibition.

Some of the young artists chosen by Ajarn Pakitsilp Varamissara.

An art lover views some of the works on display.

Totally Tropical at La Salsa Beach

Promenada imported beach sand for the months of April and May for their successful evening party La Salsa Beach.

By Shana Kongmun
The Promenada Resort Mall is continuing to strive to its goal of providing family friendly, fun and exciting events at the mall with the La Salsa Beach series of parties held during April and May.
The themed party Totally Tropical was held on the weekend of May 4 and 5 with the last event held last weekend on May 10, 11 and 12 in the evening. La Salsa Beach has seen live concerts on the imported “beach” – a sand filled area in the garden with tables and live music. Chiang Mai favorites Del Ritmo were some of the many performers on offer for this free event.
In addition to salsa dancing and live music there were fun and games for the entire family.

 Dressed in tropical colors the ladies were ready to salsa away.

Chiang Mai’s popular jazz band Del Ritmo drew the crowds with their great sounds.

Food, drinks and fun were the draw for mall goers.

Kids got into the fun too as the family friendly atmosphere offered games.

High fashion comes to Chiang Mai with Chai Gold Label show

Former President of the Chiang Mai Chamber of Commerce Narong Kongprasert joins L’Officiel and Dhara Dhevi staff and celebs before the start of the cocktail party by the high fashion magazine L’Officiel.

By Shana Kongmun
The magnificent Dhara Dhevi Hotelwas the scene of L’Officiel Fashion Magazine’s high style fashion show on Friday, May 2, 2014. The event saw models and celebrities from Bangkok on the catwalk featuring the fabulous fashions that have made the magazine popular with fashionistas in Thailand.
Former pop singer Ardhawadee “Mint” Jiramaneekul and well-known fashion guru and Managing Director of her family business Fay Onchuma Durongdej as well as actress Laila “Ploy” Boonyasak were some of the visitors to Chiang Mai who joined local celebs to watch the fashion show from Chai Gold Label. The well-known Thai label is helmed by designer Chai Jeam-Amornrat who was on hand to present the show.
The evening started with cocktails and ended with Chai’s famed designs. Chai, who shot onto the Thai scene after completing his Masters in Norway, is known for his fresh designs, colors and street style. Located in The Headquarter in Siam Center, the designer is known as a pillar of Bangkok and Thailand’s fashion scene with 5 major fashion international awards.

Laila “Ploy” Boonyasak was the star of the show in the fabulous gold gown designed by Chai Jeam-Amornrat.

The fashions of Chai Gold Label wowed the audience as models strolled through the Dhara Dhevi.

The evening started with a magnificent traditional Thai dance.

Show goers were joined by models before the start of the event.

Ladies dressed to the nines as they entered the luxurious Dhara Dhevi for the fashion show.

Executive Editor of L’Officiel Thailand Kusuma Chaiyaporn and other L’Officiel staff, dignitaries and Dhara Dhevi personnel join designer Chai Jeam-Amornrat at the end of the show.

Le Crystal celebrates 9 years in style

Pawalee Muninthorn of Hallo Chiang Mai gives Ajava-Riddhi Diskul a congratulatory bouquet of flowers before the dinner.

By Shana Kongmun
Chiang Mai foodies will know Le Crystal well, this fine French restaurant celebrated its 9th anniversary on May 9 in the same great style and taste which has made the restaurant so well-known in Chiang Mai. Located on the banks of the Ping River, guests made their way up winding Patan road to enjoy the party.
It’s rare that a restaurant mixes a great ambiance with friendly and professional service and delicious food in Chiang Mai but Le Crystal manages, in part thanks to Co-Managing Partner Ajava-Riddhi Diskul, more popularly known as Big. This affable young man was educated in the United Kingdom and the United States and since his arrival in Chiang Mai over four years ago to take over the running of the restaurant has shown that he understands what it takes to give a complete dining experience.
The restaurant was filled with good food, good music and good friends. The owner and co-managing partner, and father of Big, Riddhi – Damrong Diskul was on hand to greet old friends, family and guests to the celebrations. Always welcoming and often happy to join in with the live jazz band in singing a few old favorites, the welcoming atmosphere made all the partygoers feel right and at home and enjoy the evening.

Riddhi – Damrong Diskul greets friends at the party celebrating Le Crystal’s 9th anniversary.

Rooj Changrikul (center) of the Ratchamankha Hotel celebrates the vening with friends and co-managing partner Ajava – Riddhi Diskul.

Friends and guests enjoyed the evening, toasting congratulations at the dinner table.

Riddhi – Damrong Diskul is presented with a gift of wine glasses from well-wishers.

HEADLINES [click on headline to view story]

Gallery 116 offers an Alter- Native

Totally Tropical at La Salsa Beach

High fashion comes to Chiang Mai with Chai Gold Label show

Le Crystal celebrates 9 years in style