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Young photographer exhibits at Sangdee Gallery

James Mitchell opened his photo exhibition on June 12, 2012.

James Mitchell, a young English man from the Devon coast launched his exhibition of photographs at Sangdee Gallery on Tuesday, June 12, 2012. The series of photos were taken in London and Thailand and are digitized and manipulated to create interesting, thought provoking and beautiful pieces of art. Many photographers will stick to one type of photo perhaps only people or scenery but James’ photos focus on people and places as well as objects. Sangdee Gallery is located on Sirimangkalajarn soi 5 and is open in the evenings. James’ photos can be found in display on the second floor of the gallery.

Unique photographs from every day scenes on display at Sangdee Gallery.

Burmese art at Suvannabhumi

Khin Maung Zaw held his solo art Show entitled ''The Past The Present The Future'' at Suvannabhumi Art Gallery on Charoenrat Road on June 9, 2012. His paintings reflect his life in Myanmar. The exhibition is open until June 23 and can be viewed from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. (Photo courtesy of CityNow!)

A night of opera at the 137 Pillars House

Tenor Xavier Rivadeneira performed at the 137 Pillars House Resort accompanied by Jonas Dept on the piano.

By LiLi Tan

On 4 June, 2012 137 Pillars House presented a charming evening of classical music by famed tenor, Xavier Rivadeneira. The soloist from the Hungarian State Opera, was exquisitely accompanied by Jonas Dept, pianist extraordinaire from Belgium.

We were treated to a world-class outdoor performance by the renowned tenor. The evening’s repertoire featured Spanish Canzones by Manuel de Falla, haunting German Leider, arias from Italy and from the tenor’s home country, Ecuador. Although some of the music was unfamiliar to some in the audience, Xavier’s impassioned singing and powerful voice was very well received and highly appreciated. Two deserving encores left the audience wanting more!

Xavier Rivadeneira is a Hungarian/Ecuadorian, born in Quito, Ecuador and has studied with such distinguished singers at the Hungarian State Opera as Zsolt Bende, Margit László, Gyula Pfeiffer and Magda Nádor and has been singing at the Hungarian State Opera House since 2000. In 2002 he went to London on a Sidney Len Scholarship. Xavier has sung in a wide range of oratorios as well as opera and has performed as a soloist at the “Belvárosi” Theater, the “Eötvös Lorand” University Orchestra, Hungarian National Opera, the National Theaters of Debrecen and Miskolc, Chamber Opera, Radio Orchestra and the Philharmonic.

Chiang Mai resident pianist Jonas Dept from Belgium discovered the piano at the age of six and studied with Georges Deppe in France and Dominique Woltčche of Austria. Jonas has studied music writing, harmony, analysis and composition with Belgian composer Jean-Marie Rens. Jonas earned a Licentiate of the Royal Schools of Music, London and has been involved in several experimental projects where music combines with other scenic disciplines (theatre and music, soundtrack composition for documentaries and short movies, etc). Jonas is currently working on his own compositions here in Chiang Mai and performs for the London’s Royal Academy of Dance in Thailand, Australia, Singapore and New Zealand.

The Wonderful Fragrance of Nature by Jay Surasan

One of the pieces on display at 116 Art Gallery by Kalasin artist Jay Surasan. Jay will be holding a series of Saturday morning workshops at the Gallery this month and in July.

By Jai Pee

The new exhibition of Kalasin-born artist Jay Surasan which opened last month at Gallery116 at 94-120 Charoen Muang Road is well worth a visit. This Isaan born man who loved the lifestyle of the old Lanna kingdom so much that he settled in Chiang Mai, has a rare and very beautiful talent. With seemingly gracious ease he manages to blend the very best of impressionism with startling reality – the effect is to give us a vision of landscapes, street scenes, local life and buildings that are entrancing to look at and captivating to behold. This is a rare and very precious talent that shows care, love and attention to detail in its execution.

Most of the paintings are large and the centerpiece of the exhibition is enormous – but it is so attractive and appealing that it is hard to pass by or turn away. Other paintings, using knife and acrylic techniques, in smaller frames, are equally attractive and bring the very feel of rural life into the room. This is quite a remarkable exhibition and it is no surprise that Jay has already mounted financially successful exhibitions in Bangkok. His colours are vibrant and attractive; his scenes are lively and inviting to the eye; his style is visionary. Add all these together and you have a unique experience awaiting you at the Gallery.

Just 300 metres from Nawarat Bridge heading towards the railway station and on the right hand side, the gallery is open at 10.00am each day except Monday and closes at 6.00pm. Jay’s paintings are for sale – the prices ranging from 25,000 baht to 800,000 baht with plenty of variety in between and a majority on the lower price levels. Are they worth it? Come and judge for yourselves – you will be impressed. But hurry – the exhibition closes at the end of August!

In the meantime, Jay is holding a series of Saturday morning workshops at the Gallery starting at 10.00am and ending at 1.00pm. These are on June 9th and 23rd and July 7th and 21st. For more details of these or to reserve a place, please phone the gallery on 053 302 111 or 086 670 0153. Other information may be found on  or [email protected].

For Who

Bangkok native artist M.L. Saksin Karsamsun is here with one of his works created after his 4 month hospitalization.

By Shana Kongmun

M.L. Saksin Karsamsun’s latest exhibition titled “For Who” opened at Sangdee Gallery on Friday, June 1, his first exhibition there since the “Love, Family, Alien” exhibit opened in April, 2011.

The artist said that after four operations and over four months in hospital, he felt compelled to put his feelings and experiences on canvas. He added that ten percent of all proceeds would go to help poor surgical patients at Maharaj Nakhon Chiang Mai Hospital.

The oil on canvas paintings were symbolic of many of the things he had gone through with his illness and recovery varying from bright swirling colors to monochromatic canvases evoking peace and serenity.

The exhibition is on display for the rest of the month. Sangdee is on Sirimangkalajarn Soi 5 and is open evenings from 6 p.m.

One of the artist’s latest pieces.

The artist is joined by his mother and a friend.

Musician Billy Ogan sang and performed on
the piano while a puppet artist performed.

Some of the many works on display at Sangdee Gallery.

HEADLINES [click on headline to view story]

Young photographer exhibits at Sangdee Gallery

Burmese art at Suvannabhumi

A night of opera at the 137 Pillars House

The Wonderful Fragrance of Nature by Jay Surasan

For Who