My family and I had the distinct pleasure of meeting my favorite watercolour artist, Alan Reed, and his charming wife, Susan, during their recent trip to Muscat. We have a cherished masterpiece of Alan’s hanging on our wall, “Father and Son” which I blogged about 10 months ago. Alan is a well-known artist in Oman and had a fantastic exhibition at the Muzna Gallery in April-May 2010 entitled “Mystical Oman“.
In a way to give back to Oman, a country which has given him so much inspiration, Alan has put together “Sketchbook of Oman” in celebration of the 40th Anniversary of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos. A scholarship scheme for 40 Omanis, to undertake Undergraduate Degrees at Universities in Oman, ideally with those with links to British Universities was established. These scholarships would target poorer Omanis who could not otherwise afford tuition fees. A key partner in this would be the Ministry of Higher Education who would help identify suitable candidates for the scholarships. The candidates have been selected and the scheme is now well underway although raising money to fund the students is an on-going project. Purchasing “Sketchbook of Oman” is one great way to contribute to this scholarship.
This limited edition includes only 250 of the sketchbooks to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of Oman. The selling price of this special collector’s item is RO 200 rials with the majority of the price being used to help needy students in their studies. A copy of Alan Reed’s “Sketchbook of Oman” has been added to the Royal Art Collection of Queen Elizabeth and His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said was also presented a copy as a gift. Read more about Alan’s honor of presenting these gifts to the Queen and Sultan and more about his famous paintings in Oman in the wonderfully written Oman Observer article “Paintings of Oman for Queen Elizabeth“.
Alan’s contact person for the sketchbooks in Oman is Maggie at firstname.lastname@example.org . If you are an art lover, would love to contribute to a worthy cause and wish to promote education in Oman, you best buy one of Alan Reed’s sketchbooks while they’re still available!