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The Beautiful Photography of Rachel MacIver and Her Charity, “Children of Jabel Shams”

ImageIt was a real honor to meet up with Rachel MacIver at the Christmas Bazaar last week.  I recognized her right away as the lady who was responsible for the charity, “Children of Jabel Shams“.  She was easy to recognize as they did a nice write-up of her in one of the free weekly English publications.  Children of Jabel Shams is “a charity in support of children’s education, through the supply of stationery, school materials and computers to remote areas of Jabel Shams.”ImageRachel has a real love of Oman which comes out in her photography.  Be sure to visit her facebook page and give it a like!  On the page, she writes, “…”When I came to Oman in 2004 I knew I had come home, and I wondered why it had taken me so long to find my way here.  The beauty of the desert, the mountains the long coastline…the beauty of the people, their values and their perseverance to stay true to their roots.  This is what I hope to capture in my pictures.  I am not a trained photographer – but I take photos with my heart.  What you see, is a love letter to Oman and its people.”  My wife and I bought a couple of gorgeous Christmas cards and a lovely painting titled “Three Wise Men” from Bilad Sayt, Oman.  Here are a few examples of the beautiful photos available for sale on her facebook page: ePicOmanImageThis was the image on one of the Christmas she was selling (and which we bought).  She added snowflakes on a red background below the image with the typed message “Merry Christmas from Oman“.ImageI believe this photo was taken at a camel race.  She adds to this photo, “First row reserved! :-)

If Rachel isn’t busy enough with her charity and photography, she also writes for Oman Observer and their weekend editions.  Here is one of her articles (including her photography) titled, “Walking on the Edge – JABEL SHAMS“. Here is some of her photography that made it to the front cover of the Observer Weekend:ImageTo see higher quality images of some great “Faces of Oman“, click here. (Pages 28-31 of the pdf file)

Here’s another of her articles you’re sure to love titled, “Camping in High Heels“. :-)  Another one I loved is called, “Gone Fishing in Fins“. (Pages 32-35)  Finally, one more called “What Stories We Could Tell...” which came with this brilliant photo of “Omani Doors“:                                                                                                                            ImageImageThis is one of the photos we purchased.  No. 51 – “Three Wise Men” – Bilad Sayt, Oman in CATALOGUE 2 – PLACES.  “Each photo measures 25x30cm in its black mount and comes complete in a protective plastic cover. Price OMR 8/- if bought directly from me – or OMR 9/- if bought via PayPal (which I am working on setting up in connection with this page… have patience… I am still to work it out… ). Shipping abroad is an additional charge.”ImageThis is my favorite pic from her CATALOGUE 2 – CREATURES. As she explains, “Each photo measures 25x30cm in its black mount and comes complete in a protective plastic cover. Price OMR 8/- if bought directly from me – or OMR 9/- if bought via PayPal (which I am working on setting up in connection with this page… have patience… I am still to work it out… ). Shipping abroad is an additional charge.”ImageAnother great pic from her facebook page from “Eid al Adha“.

As you can probably tell by now, I’m a huge fan of her work.  Why not purchase some of her brilliant artwork.  At the same time, you will contributing to the education of the “Children of Jabal Shams”. Sounds like a win-win to me! :-)

facebook: ePicOman, email: maciverterry@hotmail.com, Tel: +968-94111161

When Lakes Meet Oceans Exhibition by Matti Sirvio

ImageThursday, Oct. 24th was the opening of Pastor Matti Sirvio’s exhibition “When Lakes Meet Oceans” which was inaugurated by Her Highness Sayyida Basma Al Said at Ghalya’s Museum of Modern Art.  A big thanks to the Museum for permission to post this pic! :-)  I’ve posted about Ghalya’s Museum of Modern Art before in this blogpost.Image If you haven’t been to the museum, which is along the Muttrah Corniche, you might want to go check it out (9:30am-6pm daily) during Matti’s exhibition which runs until November 8th.ImageHere is Pastor Matti in front of his painting, “Tree Full of Apples“”, which sells for 1200 OR.  In total, there are 26 painting on display ranging from 500 OR to 1500 OR.  Opening night was a huge success with 7 paintings already sold.    Here’s some info taken from the exhibition brochure:Image

Image                                  This painting, “Dogs Bark The Caravan Moves On” (1200 OR) is one of my favorites.  To see the other 24, you’ll have to head down to the museum! ;-)ImageThe talented Markku Polyhonen (also from Finland) performed a piano recital at 8pm to entertain the group of art lovers, friends and supporters.  It really was a great evening out that was beautifully hosted by Ghalya’s Museum!  As with most of these events, it was also a great chance to socialize with some fantastic people like these gents:ImageMatti did it right.  If you are ever going to open an art exhibition in Muscat, these 2 gentlemen should be on the top of the list for invitations: Abdullah Al Busaidi (Communication and Public Relations Manager for Bait Al Zubair Museum/Foundation) and Ibrahim Gailani (artist extraordinaire).  Not only do they know their art, they are true socialites that make such events a real joy to attend.

Let me close by sharing this nicely written piece by an unnamed staff reporter from the Times of Oman titled “Finnish Artist Paints Oman’s Vibrant Beauty on Canvas“.  Nice pic of Pastor Matti Sirvio next to one of his first paintings from Oman!Image (photo credit: Times of Oman)

Other pieces of work from Matti can be viewed at this website.  He can also be contacted at www.armoa.blogspot.com.

“I am Child” Exhibition by Ghailani – Awareness of Child Abuse

I am CHILD Poster  Tonight at 7:30pm there is a solo exhibition by Ibrahim Gailani at “Whispers of Serenity Clinic“. This will be Gailani’s 1st solo exhibition – with 22 paintings set in 3 themed series: “Internal Shame“, “Letting-go“, and “Healing“.Sitting-Profile1  (Pic from Ghailani’s art website)  Ghailani is a local, self-taught, contemporary artist living in Muscat, Oman.  His daring exhibition is about child abuse, something which he has experienced first hand and is a taboo subject to many.  Read about how art was a powerful form of therapy in Ghailani’s life as reported in Muscat Daily in the article, “Therapeutic Art“.

 From the press release: “Gailani explained “The aim of this project was to create awareness and get people to talk about this taboo subject and illustrate how various forms of therapy, including art therapy helps the process of letting go of the pain and moving towards healing. It is to show the success of my own personal journey using art as therapy to no longer be stuck with pain of abuse, and to give hope to victims and parents/guardians of abused children that a fulfilled life can be lived after such a trauma if help in the form of treatment is sought”.

Ibrahim Gailani is a self-taught contemporary artist who’s journey to art is a path embarked upon through a collage of rebellion, debate, redemption, and a search for inner strength! Able to paint since the age of 5, Gailani perused a business degree on parental pressures, and after twenty years later as a top executive in the corporate world, he turned to painting after a gap of 20 years. Gailani refers himself as the “debating artist” who comments on struggles of individuals and society. He is an activist for cancer awareness and the fight to stop child exploitation and Child Abuse

Gailani lives in Muscat, Oman where he operates his studio and a gallery of his work from his home. He also manages and markets art related events on a freelance basis. He is a member of Omani Society for Fine Arts (OSFA) and the managing director for Fusionart International Middle-East Centre which is an art movement by Iranian-born American artist Rassouli.

You can follow Ibrahim on facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/GailaniArt and his website is: http://gailaniart.com/.

The exhibition will be inaugurated jointly by artist Gailani and psychotherapist H.H. Sayyida Basma Al Said by a unique lighting of lamps; one in honor of the silent victims of abuse, one as a symbol of a new fight against child abuse with new initiative to prevent this, and one in honor of recently passed Bait Al Zubair Museum director Sarah White who was instrumental in bringing Whispers of Serenity and artist Gailani together for this project. At the exhibition a special Facebook page will be launched aimed at reaching children and counseling parents on Child Abuse awareness. The exhibition will be for 1 night only on Saturday 20th April at 7:30 p.m.”

UPDATE: Due to a huge turnout yesterday, “I am CHILD” exhibition is extended for 1 more day – 21 Apr from 10:00 a.m to 1 p.m & from 4:00 p.m to 7:30 p.m.

Searching for Omani Artist to Represent Oman

Haag Design is looking for an artist as a representative for Oman for a specific project.  Here is the job description:

Searching for an Omani artist who is skilled in REALISTIC style painting. We are accepting any medium (acrylic, oil, pastel, etc.) as long as the result is realistic. The artist should also be skilled in portraiture. You would be required to paint just one picture as small as 9 inches wide by 12 inches tall.

This is a paid commission, and your work will be published in a book.

Please send samples or a link to your portfolio to
We will contact you if we feel that it is a good fit. Thank you.

Any aspiring Omani artists out there? If so, submit your work (to the email listed above – NOT to me, please!)  as soon as you can.  It must be sent by September 15th at the latest.  If you know of any talented Omani artists who would represent the Sultanate well, please let them know about this opportunity.

“Faces of Oman” by Tonny Holsbergen

  “Tonny Holsbergen, born in 1952, is a well known Dutch painter and portrait artist who has held many successful exhibitions both internationally and in Oman.  She first visited Oman in 2001 overnighting in the desert.  When talking of those times she says “I became obsessed with Oman and its people, particularly with the Bedouin, their hospitality and way of life.  I listened to the sounds of the desert surrounding me, and I just wanted to start drawing immediately.  She describes these times as the best of her life.  About her return to the Netherlands she says “I couldn’t concentrate on anything that was not about Oman.  All of my other commissions suffered.  Painting portraits of businessmen, actors and poets just didn’t seem to flow.  I was too inspired by the Bedu women with their golden birkhas and the beautiful dresses that they wear with such grace.  Every scene moved me.  I wanted to capture an essence of their lifestyle.”  “The first time Tonny Holsbergen came to Oman she found herself in the desert of the Sharqiya accepting the hospitality of local bedouin.  Without a language in common the Dutch artist and the Omani bedouin communicated with each other by way of Tonny’s art.  She drew sketches of her hosts, to which they responded with immediate enthusiasm, insisting that she make more.  From this encounter, and from Tonny’s deeply felt empathy and passion for the people of Oman and the land in which they live, there has flowed a rich stream of paintings and drawings, a small selection of which are shown here.  This passion for people and for a way of life that is in danger of disappearing altogether, amid the pressures of modern life, is evident in every stroke of her brush.  Of course it is the work of the artist to create – to make new things in the world – but it is also, here, to make a passionate appeal to preserve what we already have.” (Sayyid Badr bin Hamad Al Busaidi)  “She shows that the desert is anything but a place of emptiness.  In her vision it is always a landscape full of colour and movement.  It is perhaps the colour in the paintings that strikes the eye most immediately.  Reds, in particular, seem to glow with an especial intensity: a tribute, perhaps, to the bright fabrics worn by the women of Oman’s desert interior.  She also captures quite beautifully the changing conditions of light in the desert.  A low evening sun picks out the delicate shade of luminous purple in a dish-dasha, which glows in the painting as though responding to an ultra-violet source.”  “Linger with one of these works for a moment longer, and, as the colours continue to vibrate, the movement of the figures, communicated with a flurry of graceful and precise lines will captivate you and draw you into the instant of action itself.  A hand raised in gesture, a leg twisting in dance, faces alive with character, with warmth, with vitality.  Drawing is at the heart of her art and such is the refinement of her technique here, that the human figures in her work seem to leap with muscular energy from the two dimensions of the painting’s surface.” (Sayyid Badr bin Hamad Al Busaidi)  “Muscat City” glass art (RO295)  “Omani Mask with Hologram Eyes” (in various colors and designs) (  Glass Art (RO 375)  “Waiting for the market, Nizwa” ink and watercolor on handmade Nepalese paper 27X37cm (RO295)  “Bow at Command” oil on canvas 50X60cm (RO 500)  “Coffee server, Mutrah” oil & glass on canvas 90X80cm (RO 1800)  “Folkdance with Drums” ink and watercolor on handmade Nepalese paper 37X54cm (RO 325)  “Woman with Calf” ink and watercolor on handmade Nepalese paper 37X27cm (RO 295)  “Carrying the Goat for Eid” ink and watercolor on handmade Nepalese paper 39X29cm (RO 295)  “Carrying Lucerne” ink & watercolor on handmade Nepalese paper 37X27cm (RO 295)  “Two ladies Carrying Stone Bottles” ink & watercolor on handmade Nepalese paper 37X27cm (RO 295)  “Coffee Server, Mutrah” ink & watercolor on handmade Nepalese paper 37X27cm (RO 295)  “Old Man Carrying Baby Goat” ink & watercolor on handmade Nepalese paper 80X50cm (RO 1250)  “Woman Carrying Baby Goat” ink & watercolor on handmade Nepalese paper 80X50cm (RO 1250)  “Omani Mask” glass art (RO 275)  “Little Shop in Bahla” ink and watercolor on handmade Nepalese paper 27X37cm (RO 295)  “Vegetable Market in Nizwa” ink and watercolor on handmade Nepalese paper 27X37cm (RO 295)  “Sitting in the Shade at Nizwa” pastel 50X65cm (RO 575)  “Folklore Musicgroup” ink and watercolor on handmade Nepalese paper 37X54cm (RO 325)  “A Walk through the Desert” water colour 35X45cm (RO 550)  “Camels in the Desert” & “Before the Start” pastel on palette (RO 400 each)   “Discussion about Fodder” pastel 40X48cm (RO 550)  “Study of Camel” water colour 30X40cm (RO 295)  “Passing a Door” pastel 70X90cm (RO 1500)

These are just some of the amazing pieces of artwork by Tonny Holsbergen available at Bait Muzna Gallery.  You better hurry though as this display is only on for 3 more days (ends on January the 8th).  If you are interested in any of the pieces, I’m sure that the ART director of the Gallery, Ellen Molliet, would be able to help you out.  ellen@baitmuznagallery.com   www.baitmuznagallery.com  (Tel: +96824739204)  Fax:+96824739205