Levitate – A Group Show of Paintings Sculptures & Graphics at Amdavad ni Gufa – Ahmedabad, India

December 10, 2013 § Leave a comment

Amdavad ni Gufa – Ahmedabad, India
Eleven contemporary artists displayed their work at the exhibition ‘Levitate’ organized at ‘The gallery’, Ahmedabad from 12th to 18th November, 2013. The display included paintings-oils, acrylic; printmaking-wood cutting, etching; sculptures-stone, metal; and mixed media work.  
Sunil Nimawat’s Wood Cut on Display
Sachin Dadhich’s Sculpture in Mixed Media
Rokesh Kumar Singh’s Stone Sculpture
The works of Rakesh kumar Singh and Sachin Dadichi explore the materials in interesting, unconventional ways. Sunal Nimawat’s ‘portrait’ combines the conceptual element and technique of woodcut beautifully.
Lalit Garg’s Paintings in Mixed Media
Arpit Biloria’s abstract expression ‘intersectional void’ is an interesting play of geometric planes and positive-negative spaces. 
Arpit Biloria’s Sculptures in Metal
Margee Patel ‘s series of birds and especially ‘the swans ‘has captured the grace, beauty and delicacy of birds in the hard medium of stone. 
Margee Patel’s Stone Sculptures
Apart from the diversity of mediums what is remarkable is the diversity of approaches amongst the artists.  It will be interesting to observe these artists through their journey in the art field.
– Gayatri Menon
L to R – Sunil Nimawat, Sachin Dadhich, Mayank Sharma, Lalit Garg, Arpit Biloria, Margee Patel, Riddhi Shah, Jyotika Rathore & Rokesh Kumar Singh
Press Coverage
Divya Bhaskar – Ahmedabad – 13 November 2013
DNA – Ahmedabad – 13 November 2013
Ahmedabad Mirror – 14 November 2013
Sandesh – Ahmedabad 15 November 2013

The One Square Foot Show – 2011

January 18, 2012 § Leave a comment

The  One Square Foot Show 
Studio Verve
We bring you some pictures and information of the hectic 5 days
The Exhibition was inaugurated by Mr. Umang Hutheesingh on the 16th this month.
We Thank him for his prescence and the very encouraging, lovely speech he gave.
Mr Umang Hutheesingh With Mrs. Chitra Solanki
Ms. Sandra Jhala – Director of A.L.E.R.T ( Animal Lovers Emergency Rescue Team) with Ms. Esther David  and Artist Milan Desai
Ms Esther David tied up with Abhishek Dwivedi who runs an NGO – Fountain Of Joy
 to support this Charity Event and had T- Shirts with her drawings on Animals with
quotes by her late father Mr. Reuben David who set up the Ahmedabad Zoo.
A large varity of paintings covering many genres were showcased.
Curator Akkireddy Prakash Naidu with the children whose drawings on animals were put up at the event. Their work was for display only. the children were exited to see their work along with that of artists and interact with them. they had a lot of questions to ask and we loved having them visit.
The Exhibition was well attended 
Snehal Kashikar and Abhijit Paul (team verve)
Artist Rakesh Patel with Architect Hasmukh Patel

work by children

co ordinators and curator setting up the exhibition

Ahmedabad International Art Festival – 2011

November 1, 2011 § Leave a comment

Hi friends, the much awaited post ..we would like to share with you. This was done for Ahmedabad and  Amdavadis with all the love from our artists who came along generously to put up the show : The 2nd Ahmedabad International Art Festival 2011 (AIAF). With all the gratitude to one and all who contributed towards the colorful event. We are happy to celebrate posting this.

The large open space on hand was put to good use .. for an installation..
An old wooden Antique Darwaza (Door) and a Chabootra (Bird Feeder) were placed and around them we scattered grains for the birds ..and placed water bowls. 
The installation embodied godess Laxmi in hundreds  of  Paper Lotus Flowers, spread at the venue symbolizing the legend explained in following text.

Many of our winged friends did grace us with their presence… peacocks, pigeons and crows.. they were all part of the installation along with hundreds of paper lotuses in various sizes… 

The use of Chabootra and Antique Traditional Darwaza(Doors and Gates) is symbolic to life in and around the old city creating the social fabric- well integrated which was safe in the walled city with various Darwaza’s built along the city. The Chabootra(Bird Feeder) is an intrinsic feature of Ahmedabad community dwellings where people gather for various daily chores as well evening chit chats, thus keeping the harmony within the community healthy and well informed.

The story goes that a long time ago the 13 gates of the walled ahmedabad city were locked each night and the keys given to the Nagarsheth. One night a Muslim Dwarpal or gatekeeper saw a woman trying to leave the city .. it was Laxmi, the godess of wealth and prosperity. He tried to stop her and when she said she waned to leave the city he told her that he would go get the keys to the gate .. he made her promise that she would not step out of the city until he returnd. She gave him her word. he went and got the keys from the nagarsheth’s house but was sad that she would leave .. he would not let that happen .. he took his own life and Godess Laxmi still dwells within the city .. she never left because the gatekeeper did’nt return .. he sacrificed his life for the prosperity of the city , so that it would always prosper and grow.

Something about this story must be true… Ahmedabad is the fastest growing city in india today and it’s people and business continues to thrive. The installation touched on this aspect of the city ..It’s growth and journey from being a small hamlet called ashavali on the banks of the sabarmati ruled by a bhil king to what it is today.

Banyan Art an artist studio based in Baroda too showcased their work at the venue. Their event was an exhibition of paintings on the theme of Ahmedabad for the festival that celebrates the city.

The art works being well appreciated by the Amdavadi’s.

 Veteran Artist of the city Mr. Amit Ambalal, Mr. Manu Parekh and Ms. Madhavi Parekh with co-ordinator Deviba Wala.

We screened  Documentry  Movies on ahmedabad by young filmmakers from NID. These films were interesting and highlighted various aspects of the city culture and it’s people.
 Documentaries being watched by city folks.
In the evenings we had music by Ginny and Ravi .. “Free Improvisations” .. live  performance !!
 Man in Green T-Shirt is Folk Artist jamming along with Ginny and team.

 the view at night, indoors : preceding to the gallery and the installation.
 Installation by Shaam, traditional coal Iron used in the city..
Sculpture by Suraj Kumar…
 Children get amused by the installation, they were allowed to grab some lotuses to take home, as token of love and prosperity.
We co-ordinated for the C.N. College of Fine Arts last year and for this year We thought we’d put up an exhibition with our own artists from Studio Verve and artilatives (friends and relatives we made through art) those associated with us.
The event was held at the ‘Rang Bhavan’ or amphitheatre at the C.N Vidyavihar campus.
Few of the Studio Verve Artist members contributed to the event…Top L-R; Abhijit Paul, Zubair Ansari, Gayatri.D, Laxmi Kiran, Bottom L-R; Ramakrishna, V. Bhaskar, Akkireddy Prakash Naidu, Ronak Sopariwala, Rakesh Patel, Deviba Wala and Arpit Biloria, in the backdrop of  installation work.

Curator: Akkireddy Prakash
Coordinators: Deviba Wala & Arpit Biloria
ARTISTS from Verve :
Abhijit Paul, Asha Rawat, Atul Kumar, Snehal Kashikar, Bijoya Haldar, Rakesh Patel, Mukund Patel, Ramakrishna Kongalla, Prabuddha Paul, Vikrant Barmate, Sahebram Tudu, Suraj Kumar, Mrugen Rathod, Ridhi Shan, Shaam, Mayur Kadu & Sheena Deviah
Video Documentries by :
Manish Saini, Anoop Sathyan, Shishir Jha, Shradha Sakhalkar, Lavanya Naidu, Prayas Gupta & Sketchbook : 2009 animation batch
ARTISTS from Banyan Art :
Shatrughan Thakur, Rajesh P.S., Vinod Patel, Shubhendu Mishra, Swetha B.V., Durga Prasad Bandi, Pulak Sanpui, Jagadish Dhyan Shreyas, Arunima Sanyal, Vibhuti Sharma, Manjunath Honnapara, Debashish Datta, Alok Bal, Lokesh khodke, Sharat, Rahul Mukharjee, Rakesh Patel, Roma Patel, Suraj Kumar, Ronak Soparivala, Jigna Gaudana,Vipul Prajapati, Vipul Rathod, Jignesh Panchal, Nilesh Suthar, Prashant Sitapara, Rachana Badrakhia, Prashant Nageshkar, Bharvi Trivedi, Samvedana, BhavinVaishnav, Tarun Gajjar & Dushyant Patel
The Ahmedabad International Art Festival 2011  was once again a great experience. We Thank Anupa Mehta and her team for this opportunity. This event definately acts as a catalyst in furthering art in the city and brings together various organizations like; 

· A Fine Line · Ahmedabad Heritage Cell · Alliance Francaise, Ahmedabad · Amit Ambalal’s gallery and Haveli · Anart Foundation · Archer · Banyan Art · British Council Division · Darpana / Natarani · Upasana school of Performing Arts/Gujarat University · Five Issues/Gopika Jadeja · House of MG, Ahmedabad · Huteesing Visual Art Centre · Kanoria Centre for Arts · Lemongrasshopper · Max Mueller/ Goethe Institute · MIRIAD, Manchester · Paulomi Lalbhai Studio · PLATYPUS · Pro-Helvetia · Sheth C N College of Fine Arts · Nazariya

With all the memories, looking forward for next year AIAF and collaborating with more artilatives,
saying bye, more from Studio Verve soon..

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Studio VERVE at Ahmedabad International Art Festival- 2011

October 15, 2011 § Leave a comment

AIAF 2011


A journey from the time when the city was a tiny settlement known as Ashavali on the east of the river Sabarmati  led by a Bhil king, then a city thriving and growing under the rule of Karandev and being named Karnavati to being the great sultanate of Ahmed Shah : Ahmedabad. Dynamically transforming itself by the time; today it is the sixth largest and fastest growing city in India.  A unique city that has a strong sense of community living and an uncanny sense of business with its thriving textile industry travelling the industrial era, earned the title Manchester of the east. This sense gave way to many faiths to coexist emerging into a unique social fabric and thus made the place more diverse yet uniting itself with a pulsating fresh, modern vibe yet holds its traditions dear, where one is free to choose the pace at which to live.
With every reign leaving a trace of shadow in its own way on the city, remarkable being the Sultanate of Ahmed Shah by its architecture evident till day are living examples of cultural mélange. The fervor being carried not only in its visual pattern, appeal but the people coming into its lap are touched and adapt well to its offerings later only contributing greatly to itself.
A city that is flourishing since 600 years and has an amazing life pattern. We take you on a quick nostalgic flashback through all that is Ahmedabad. A journey through the city’s trials and triumphs!

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Banyan Art at Ahmedabad International Art Festival 2011

October 15, 2011 § Leave a comment

AIAF – 2011


Ahmedabad depicted through art by artists from “Banyan Art” Baroda.The living city of Ahmedabad is rich in diverse culture. People here lead a simple and quite lifestyle, but during any festival the city transforms into a rich colorful event. Like in Navratri, people gather and dance for nine consecutive nights; “garba”, a dance form in convoluting circles, similar to how the very city of Ahmedabad is growing around the walls. In Garba, people are free to join the dance and thus the circle grows larger, and the energy flows till the midnight Aarti. The circles of this city itself have an ability to overlap creating beautiful patterns that are resilient and have stood the test of time, echoing through the ages.
Time keeps moving around a lamp, a lamp that has burned for centuries at the Delhi Darwaza, the heart that keeps the city prosperous. The city flows seamlessly from the remnants of a beautiful old walled city with 12 gates to the river front that will soon be lined with beautiful.  coffee shops, parks and theatres . There is now a distinct visual culture in Ahmedabad and the city leaves an image, a visual imprint
Besides these the city boasts a multiple cultural influences. These influences extended beyond religion, to architecture, literature, art and crafts etched in society.
Today the city has a modern facet in the form of its world acclaimed buildings, educational institutes, entrepreneurs, industries and infrastructure ever growing into a prolific city of international repute keeping its heritage intact for generation next. Come to Ahmedabad to witness modernity and traditions coexist hand in hand.

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Purvaa – Purvesh Patel Memorial Art Show 2011

October 6, 2011 § Leave a comment

Date: 7th – 9th October, 2011
Timings: 4:00 – 8:00 pm
Venue: L & P Hutheesing Visual Art Centre, K.L. Campus, CEPT University, Ahmedabad

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ShuruArt – a new beginning at ‘Artist’s Lounge’.

September 2, 2011 § 1 Comment

A new beginning at Artist Lounge. A relaunch after many events at verve. Back to the basics :
 our new initiative
 ‘The Artist’s Lounge!’

Happy to present this place formerly and to invite our friends to this warm lit underground,
 learning daily as well as creating new work.   
 Just come in, we are here ….. come find out wat’s happening.
Here is the place were 13 artist have shown their work undertaken since the inception of the place ‘Artist Lounge’.
Come down u’ll find an array of welcoming rooms, it’s like a little maze … take a turn to be in one of them.
The work awaits you all.
Yes, this is one display which created a verve by inhouse artist
Amazing work and equally good display, was eyecatching to many onlookers.
All the walls flooded by works, every space was carefully used and converted the studio into a gallery for few days. The rooms spelled by creative pieces all around to the very contradiction of initial thought ‘do we have enough work to display ? ‘ but turned out the otherway round sparing no space for many good works. So had no choice but to pick a  few pieces of every inhouse artist’s work
The Ceramic work (Rakku).
Begining of the show and we had the senior designer and artist from reputed design institution National Institute of Design, India, Mr. Errol Pires who is a keen art lover, busy photographer, a ply-split braiding artist of international fame.
Viewers looking at various mediums from paintings to printmaking, sculptures to ceramics, drawings to paper masks to fiber art (textile).
A glance of few exhibits from two different rooms.
This was always the scene here at Artist Lounge as people poured in not just to view the work but also for sharing ideas and experiences.
As we said, here we have artists from various fields.
The loom you’re seeing and the hanging piece fiber art is by Mr. Shantanu Das, a textile artist and designer.
Its very interesting to see fabric being woven on this loom, to many who dont have an idea of the traditional way of cloth making.. here it is. 
This exhibition gave chance to many of us for healthy discussions and sharing thoughts ..between many inhouse and visiting art relatives. 
The young visitor helping us, fondly called Ammu.
Arpit Biloria the man behind the scene !
The man who makes all this possible.
 relaxed and happy, having chat with others during the show.
The art was not distanced but rather in reach, which helped many for better interaction and experience.
The happy Bijoya Haldar, the artist  before the work with artist Abhijit Paul
captured sharing a lighter moment.
I would like to thank all who graced the place and the occasion and shared their experiences.
 With all the energy that kept flowing all through the days when the display was on, along with a lot of senior artists who visited and shared their bit of knowledge and stories which did inspire the young lot in the house of ARTIST LOUNGE.
Yes its very true to admit we the bunch of  constant learners. We hope to have a good art dialogue with  those we come in contact with at the ‘Artist Lounge’  

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