Sunday, May 26, 2024

Art with a heartbeat

The ribbon-cutting ceremony of the Art Salon at the Fo Guang Yuan Art Gallery had around 200 special guests celebrate the creativity of 101 artists.

They were up till 2am working on a last-minute video, documenting the setting up of the art exhibition to be unveiled at 11am, the same morning at the Art Salon, nestled in the serene Fo Guang Shan Buddhist Temple, Stancombe Rd, Flat Bush.

There was an air of excitement as 200 special guests streamed into the Fo Gang Yuan Art Gallery showcasing 609 artworks across 11 different genres.

The curator of the Fo Guang Yuan Art Gallery, the Venerable Abbess Manshin said that setting up the exhibition was not only a challenge in logistics but also in terms of tapping into the heart of the exhibit.

“Our aim was to present 609 artworks to form a cohesive and harmonious exhibition in this hall, where all art pieces complement each other,” she said at the formal ribbon-cutting ceremony as she acknowledged the art gallery team spending countless days and nights setting up the exhibition.

The inspiring exhibition also showcases the work of accomplished artist Ian Anderson, with one particular art work titled The Wonder in it All, priced at $1,56,000.

Live demos and workshops by artists added an interactive touch to the event.

“We all have the aptitude and creativity within us. It’s only later, as we grow up that we lose the confidence and think we can’t draw. It’s important to remember that we are all creators.” – Ian Anderson

Amongst the special guests who were invited to speak on the occasion, Heith McNeil, Ormiston Primary Schools’ Leader of Learning made a beautiful observation.

He mentioned he has the privilege of working with 1260 little people who inhabit the primary school.

“I meet 300 new students enrolling every year. Most of them are four-years-olds. And one thing they have in common is that when asked, they all say they know how to draw.

“We all have the aptitude and creativity within us. It’s only later, as we grow up that we lose the confidence and think we can’t draw. It’s important to remember that we are all creators.”

Ending on a lighter note he said, “Abbess may have the 609 artists exhibiting at the gallery, but I have more than 1200 artists at our primary school.”

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