Went to an opening of an exhibit of Krishna Gopal Ranjit's art. Ranjit is often called the 'Father of Commercial Art' here in Nepal. Probably not coincidentally, he is also the father of Ashmina Ranjit, a fine artist in all senses of the word. Held at the Fusion Studio at the Sagarmantha Bazaar on Mandala Street in Kathmandu's Thamel district, it was well attended. The theme was Nature Rage and dealt with the environmental destruction happening in Nepal. That is the 80-year-old artist in green with his back to you.
Many mountains without their white caps of snow and tsunami images were included in this theme.
Then it was off for more art at the Lotus Gallery in Thamel. Jim Aplington and his partner Santosh Gupta have walls of contemporary Tibetan Art and always have something interesting to see. The painting on the stretcher low in the frame is by Tenzing Norbu Lama, a fantastic artist who was featured in the acclaimed film 'Caravan' (aka 'Himalaya') by Eric Valli. Set in Dolpo, a far off (and far out) disctrict of Nepal, where Tenzing grew up, it should definitely be next on your NetFlix queue.
This painting is a particular favorite of mine as it includes Spider-Man. That movie trilogy allows me to travel as I do and I truly appreciate Sam Raimi and his crew for letting me work on all 3 films. If you need information on the art of Lotus Gallery, please go to their website at www.LotusGalleryNepal.com.
Alas, you will have to wait until next trip to order your very own Danger Dog portrait. I leave in mid-October 2011 and will be back in plenty of time for holiday gifts.
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.
ORDERS CLOSED FOR THIS TRIP ON JUNE 3, 2011.
American Dogs = Nepali Jobs. Micro-finance through art patronage!
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