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. Where as 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!”
Translation for my non Hindi speaking friends- ‘ she hits me with marbles, this cat eyed meow girl’.