I spent an absolutely delightful morning at Kynkyny Art Gallery here in Bangalore.
The occasion? A coffee morning for a select few of the gallery’s patrons. They came to watch a demo by two noted artists- JMS Mani and Sivabalan. Mr. Mani did a quick demo of an oil painting and Sivabalan, a quick one in watercolours.
Me? I was just there to be introduced to the crowd. Mind you, this crowd paid good money to be present at the gallery today. So it was not your usual hoity-toity bored women’s coffee morning! (Thank god for that) … Actually, there were a few men too.
I also spent time talking to Namrata and Vivek. The husband-wife duo who own and manage the gallery. Namrata gave me a lot of useful information on art and how the art market functions. Whereas Vivek gave me a fascinating insight into his work as a furniture/ industrial designer. He also manages and helps productionize lace fences. Google it! It’s amazing work. And all of this world-class work is done right here, outside Bangalore.
Now the good stuff.
I was asked to get a small preview showing of my work ready for this morning. Which I did. In record time, mind you.
Yes! you guessed it. It’s nearly sold out. And in one hour!! 🙂 Oh! and lest you think I am materialistic. Nah! ( a huge chunk went to the gallery towards their commission) and ten percent of all sales and the entry fee went to charity. See. I told you it gets better. 🙂
These are some of the guests with what they bought.
So do you blame me if I look like the cat that swallowed a very juicy canary?
I leave you with a few more pictures. They say pictures speak a thousand words. Hmmm.. maybe that is why I am an artist..huh…well we can save that for another post.
P.s- A dear friend does call me a billi ( cat). I think the exact words were from the song written by Gulzar saab for Saat Khoon Maaf- ‘kanche maare, billi jaise aankhon wali, ek meow si ladki!”</em/div>
Translation for my non Hindi speaking friends- ‘ she hits me with marbles, this cat-eyed meow girl’.