Amidst anxieties, last minute confusions, surprising changes in plan and chaos, the exhibition ART Walle LoG finally opened for public to view and participate.
This exhibition brings together our experience of painting 45 murals with families, schools and communities in 17 states over nearly 3 years at one place. Thanks to Dr. Alka Pande who offered us the OPEN SPACE at India Habitat Centre as the venue for our project ARTOLOGUE, keeping the participatory and open nature of project in mind.
On 1st October, the show was officially opened with first colour strokes on canvas by spinal injury survivors. They also became the main attraction when they exhibited their wheelchair stunts.
It was a memorable opening as much for us as much for them. Special thanks to Artist Vikram Nayak , B Ajay Sharma and lovely friend Ritesh R Sharma. Vikram helped everyone in painting and Ajay was our unofficial artist-photographer.
We were surprised with Ritesh coming to the exhibition as he is very choosy and moody but he not only came but wrote a nice piece about the exhibit.
Read what Ritesh wrote about the Exhibit here.
A new thing for Jey Family and on much vast scale than we had ever imagined, the exhibition announcement and preparation received warm response.
Never had we guessed that a project like this will make so many heads turn. Within less than a week’s time, people asking us for a hug and requesting us to visit their work-place to paint has become a common issue. The response of visitors are overwhelming and indeed we are overwhelmed with their requests to visit their work-place.
Curious, teary, shining and thoughtful eyes are common sight. As an artist, it is enriching to observe people observing our works. We loved the reception of our visitors. Undoubtedly Hari-Bhari is the rock-star of Art Walle Log exhibition among all age groups and categories of visitors.
Not only Hari-Bhari but the antique camera gifted to us by Girindra Jha was a huge attraction for many. In fact an artist friend B Ajay Sharma suggested to take the camera home every night otherwise someone will steal it.
Other than the objects…..people loved the idea of painting on a blank canvas. In last three days more than 100 people have painted something or the other and hopefully felt good about it.
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We are filled with newer energy to undertake more colourful and longer journeys in near future.