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Live from Kathmandu: Siddhartha Art Gallery's latest exhibit

The Siddhartha Art Gallery currently is featuring the collection of Kamala Lama's antique portraits of the Nepali royal family from the 1920s.  The exhibit runs through June 13th, 2016 and Siddhartha Art Gallery has new hours and is open until 8pm.

Siddhartha Art Gallery in Kathmandu
Sangeeta Thapa and Shreejana Rana give the keynote address

Art exhibits in Kathmandu include a welcome speech explaining the art and a ribbon cutting.

Shreejana came across a portrait of her great-grandfather among the hand painted photographs in the exhibit.

Antique portraits of Nepal's Rana family from the 1920s
Two very large examples of Kamala's collection

Kamala Lama began her collection 25 years ago by buying these beauties in the antique shops of Thamel, Lazimpat and other areas of Kathmandu.   Her family does not want them and she is de-accessioning to raise money for her Buddhist Gompa, the Shesh Narayan Gompa in Pharping.   Sangeeta Thapa's father was able to identify some of the people in these hand painted photographs.  Their costumes are fabulous and the ladies' make up reflect the styles of the period.

hand painted photograph of 2 Nepali ladies from the Rana period in Nepal circa 1920s
A smaller work of two lovely ladies

Smaller works are included and also a wonderful collection of furniture of the period, including chairs, tables and screens - some with their original tapestries.   It was difficult to identify many of the people in the photos, but even more so for the women in the photos.   

Hand tinted photographs from the Rana Period in Nepal circa 1920s
Hand tinted photographs from the Rana period

This exhibit runs through June 13th, 2016 and should not be missed.   It is at Babar Mahal Revisited, not far from Maitighar in Kathmandu.   Babar Mahal Revisited is worth a visit in any case, as it located in refurbished Rana Stables and features a lovely collection of shops and restaurants.


Want to immortalize your pet?   .,

Now is the time to order:   Be ahead of the Pack!   Orders now being accepted for the March 2016 trip.  I will be back in June 2016.   Orders close for this trip on June 9th, 2016, but sooner is always better as we need time for the paint to dry!

1. Please send me a photo of your pet.  I will give it to three different artists, giving you a choice of 3 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.

2. Let me know what you would like it to say.

3. Let me know what style of portrait you would prefer:   naive, realistic, colorful, etc.

4. Tell me your pet's name and breed.   

5. Send your photo to me at:  
That's it !

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!

The cost is $250 plus shipping.   Shipping is around $22 per sign (to and from the US).   And 9.75% California sales tax for California residents.  
Pay after choosing your portrait. 
Multiple pets on one sign cost more ($325 for Double, $400 for Triple).

Let's keep these artists painting.

This hand-painted art form is fast disappearing in Kathmandu, as it already has in most parts of the world.   I pay fair trade wages, the artists get to paint again, pet lovers get a choice of three paintings for each commission, and I get to help Nepali artists make a living.   Everybody is happy.   Rescue dogs from America get to rescue artists from Nepal!


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