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City hotel starts Friday art evenings

JW Marriott is set to host Art Evening which will showcase works of well-known artists as well as offer a platform for fresh talent.

art and culture Updated: Oct 08, 2010 15:07 IST
Jayeeta Mazumder

Art series seem to have suddenly gained popularity in the city. After a renowned travel magazine launched one to showcase works of well-known artists, a city hotel has now started an event called Friday Art Evening with the primary aim to promote and offer a platform to fresh talent.

Although initiated a year ago, the Friday Art Evening was meant to take place every three months. Now, back with a fresh bunch of artists, it has kick started its first show at the JW Marriott hotel, under the theme ‘Unexpected. Not Connected’, presented by Gallerie Angel Arts. The four artists showcasing are city-based Savia Mahajan, Bhumika Takshak from Udaipur, Nishant Dange from Nagpur and Monte from Germany.

ArtDange, 27, feels it’s a "great opportunity for newcomers in the art scene". Known for his paintings of feminine forms in charcoal, he has fused watercolours on his canvases for this event. Mahajan, whose paintings reflect the fantastical and surreal world, thinks that having a show in the suburbs is important. "We generally host art events in and around Churchgate, but Juhu and Bandra too are important hubs. I am thrilled to be part of this eclectic collection," she says.



Faiek El Saadani, director of F&B at JW Marriott, Mumbai, says, "Like our Sunday brunch, we also wanted to introduce something for the city art scene. We were able to incorporate established and new talent when we started out, and we got a great response for the concept. We’re planning to now make it a more regular event depending on the availability of artists. We take things forward after the galleries we are associated with select the artists."

The show will be open to the public on weekdays also, until the next Friday Art Evening. The works will be on display for three weeks at the Reflections Lounge in JW Marriott. The Friday Art Evening started September 24 onwards.