Last night was the opening of an exhibit featuring the collection of Barbara Adams, a woman who first traveled to Nepal 50 years ago -- and stayed.
This is a detail of a textile from China. The man's expressive face is no larger than a quarter(or a 2 Rupee coin), but the degree of emotion that the artist was able to convey with the tightly woven threads is amazing.
Barbara Adams, 80, the striking white-haired lady above in a kelly green dress with a white purse, first came to Nepal in 1961 to report on the visit of Queen Elizabeth II. She got there late to see the Queen, but met and fell in love with the younger brother of then-king Mahendra, Prince Bhashundara. She collected textiles from every country she visited in Asia since and a small part of her collection is offered here at the Siddartha Gallery at Babar Mahal Revisted in Kathmandu.
The thing that most impressed me was the news that Barbara is starting a program to keep young Nepalis from 'going out' - a euphemism for leaving the country to work and sending home remittance money. All of the textiles featured are for sale and the proceeds will be donated to her new project that will pay young Nepalis room, board and a small stipend to 'go out' instead into the hills to help their fellow Nepalis. At the end of the year, a substantial payment of $150,000 NRupees will be given all at once to give the worker a large downpayment to finance their dream. You can read Barbara's recent editorial in the Kathmandu Post about the project here.
Sangeeta Thapa, director of the Siddhartha Gallery, opens the exhibit with a short speech explaining the exhibit and introducing us to the artists. Ilsa Brittain's fine paintings entitled "Female Substantive" dominated the ground floor of the gallery with her figurative/abstract oils. You will have to forgive me, I was having so much fun at this opening, talking with friends that I forgot to take some photos of her work. You will have to visit the Siddhartha Gallery website to enjoy samples of her art.
Back to the Danger Dogs and their inspiration:
Gotta go! Today is Saturday and I have parties and events to attend.
Stay tuned. More tomorrow.
I am back in Nepal for the 9th Danger Dog trip and am accepting commissions now. I'll be back to the states in early June, just in time for Father's Day presents.
HOW TO ORDER
To order, please send me a photo of your pet. I will give it to three different artists, giving you a choice of paintings and three people will get work. Each painting is about one square foot and is on metal with synthetic enamel paint. These can be hung indoors or out, be framed or unframed.
Satisfaction is guaranteed as I accept no money up front. If you do not like one of the three, you pay nothing, and the 3 artists are paid in full in any case. Let me know what you want it to say and that's it!
Send your photo to firstname.lastname@example.org or find out more at www.NepalDog.com.
Let's keep these artists painting.
American Dogs = Nepali Jobs.
Hello from Dogmandu!