Works by a bunch of young artists were on display at the Sheraton Hotel, Doha this weekend. ‘Brush & Canvas’ — a painting exhibition by the students of noted Indian artist Aparna Shere was opened by leading Qatari businessman Sheikh Ali bin Abdullah bin Thani Al Thani in the presence of Indian Ambassador Deepa Gopalan Wadhwa on Friday.
Some of the 65-plus exhibits were sold out within minutes of the opening.
Also present on the occasion were Khalid Al Mulla, Director of the Department of Youth Affairs, Ministry of Culture, Arts and Heritage; Abdul Basit Al Shaibei, CEO, Qatar International Islamic Bank and Saad Al Wazine, Commercial Manager, Qatar Power Company.
“I am very impressed by the works of Aparna and her students. This event is significant for art lovers in Qatar,” said Sheikh Ali after unveiling a painting by Aparna. The two-day event, sponsored by Qatar Power, saw a lot of art lovers trooping in to see what the young ones had accomplished with their paint brushes.
“It is nice to see such a wonderful collection of paintings. They are all excellent, every kid is immensely creative. But what I liked more about this exhibition is that there is participation from all sections of the society. There are kids from various countries exhibiting their works. This interaction between various nationalities is very good,” said the Indian Ambassador.
Aparna was involved in set designing at the “Wheels n Heels” show at Khalifa Stadium. She had exhibited her paintings at Tasmeem Annual Design Conference at Virginia Commonwealth University’s, School of Arts at Qatar Foundation and also held T shirt painting workshop at Carnegie Mellon University.
She has also conducted art workshops in Germany, Abu Dhabi and USA.
“The Art works exhibited are an illustration of the creativity and the hard work put in by my young talented students. They need to be heartily congratulated for their efforts. This is also a token of encouragement not only to our students but also to their parents, and lovers of the arts. I am pleased to say that these prints will capture the attention of art enthusiasts in Qatar and encourage young talent,” said Aparna.
She wants to open an art and painting institute so that more local students can benefit.
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