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Ambitious and Entertaining

Hua Hin Artists Group exhibit at Gallery 116

Members of the Hua Hin Artists Group join Gallery 116 owner Wantip Nimmanhaeminda for the opening of the exhibit at the gallery on Charoen Muang Road on November 1, 2014.

By Jai Pee
Gallery 116 on Charoen Muang Road has once again presented its Chiang Mai art lovers with a very interesting new exhibition which opened on Saturday November 1st. This time, the ambitious and forward-thinking gallery owner Mrs. Wanthip Nimmenhaeminda has invited the Hua Hin Artists Group to exhibit a range of its paintings. The leader of this interesting group of 23 artists, Ajaan Tawee addressed the crowd of visitors at the short opening ceremony by saying that the painters had brought the seaside here to Chiang Mai – and indeed there are many seascapes there to justify his comments. But what makes this exhibition unusual, ambitious and entertaining is the rich and varied style of the 13 or so artist contributors from the group. The paintings cover vast time periods in the development of art, from Turner-like landscapes and rural scenes, through the impressionist school of Monet, the glaringly brighter and richer hues of Van Gogh, Gaugin and Pizzaro to the almost surreal world of Matisse. The subject matter is treated devotedly in the various scenes on display – rural Thai life in realistic settings, captivating seascapes at sunset, fishing boats in the style of Matisse (not always laden with fish!), large and quite startling abstracts as well as the landscapes and naturally the flowers and plants which are very often the hallmark of Thai artists. Many of the canvasses, some in oil, others in acrylic, are varied in size, colour and also in cost, all being for sale at very reasonable prices.
Browsing such a rich and varied display where huge talents abound is a delight and now that the rainy season has all but disappeared, there should be no excuses for not going along to see these ambitious and interesting exhibits. There is something for everyone here and plenty of time to have a good browse – the exhibition is open until December 14th giving one and all the opportunity of purchasing a last minute present for Christmas or New Year!
The gallery opens daily except Mondays at 12.00 noon and closes at 7.00pm. You are always assured of a warm welcome at Gallery 116, which is to be found some 300 or so metres from the Nawarat Bridge along Charoen Muang Road on the right-hand side of the road heading towards the railway station. For more information, phone the gallery during opening hours on 053 302 111 or 086 659 7527 or email at: [email protected]

 


Same Life by Sagon Luerit

Songkhla born artist Sagon Luerit moved to Chiang Mai to study at the Faculty of Fine Arts at Chiang Mai University and like many others, stayed to find the area offered great inspiration. The artist held an exhibit of pencil drawings, paintings and beautiful steel sculptures at the Meeting Room Art Café on November 1, 2014. The artist studied sculpture at CMU and his sculptures evoke bonsai trees as a positive way in which humans have cultivated nature in a way related to meditation, heritage and the relationship between the seasons. The exhibit is on display until November 15, 2014.


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Ambitious and Entertaining

Same Life by Sagon Luerit