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Oman-Inspired Name-Letter-Art!

Brown Nameplate  This wonderful “Brown” family farewell gift (beautifully framed) was presented to me by my good friend, Geoff!  Thanks, buddy!  This gift shall take a place of honor in our home in the Philippines. 🙂

If you want to order your own family name plate in Omani-Inspired letters, check out the order page from my friend’s blog here.  It’s quite easy: you just order from his website and the picture will be printed and framed for you!  This would make a perfect farewell gift, for yourself or for anyone you know leaving Oman.


Artwork on Display at QCC

Image If you love art and happen to be somewhere in the Qurum area, you might want to stop in Qurum City Centre to check out some fantastic artwork currently on display on the ground floor.Image                                       Riyam Park in Muttrah                           ImageI really love this piece! Unfortunately the artist or artists weren’t around to answer questions about prices when I was there at noon today.                                        ImageImageImageImageDoes that read “Jasim & Suliyam”? Hard to make out the artist’s (or artists’) name on the bottom of each painting.  Anyone have any info on whose artwork is on display there?ImageImage                                   Camel Kiss! A masterpiece! 😉

Just one more thing I love about Oman: you never know what you’re going to see next.  Tip: always have a camera with you when traveling around Oman!

100X100 Art for Cancer Charity

Image One more week to see the 100X100 art exhibition at Bait Al Zubair (in Gallery Sarah) and consider contributing to cancer charity in Oman.ibrahim from facebook pageIbrahim Gailani is the main force behind this noble cause.  I was trying to come up with the right words to explain the significance of this exhibition when I suddenly came across this wonderful interview by Lakshmi Kothaneth who is a broadcast journalist at Radio Sultanate of Oman – 90.4 FM:

  • 100 pieces of art
  • 100 OMR each (around $250 US)
  • 100% for Cancer Charity

As Ibrahim explained, “They use it for all the activities they do on awareness, on spreading education about cancer and for the initiative of Dar al Hanan which is the home for families whose children are going through cancer treatment.”

This is the 2nd year of 100X100. Here is a great video from last year’s event that was put together by Wadah Musafir:

I like how Lakshmi ends the interview in the 1st video which is an appropriate ending for this blogpost: “And this is where we’re going to leave you because you have to come and visit the exhibition at Bait al Zubair and find the story that will truly touch your soul and maybe even make a difference, maybe by taking one painting at least to your own home.”

(They sold 30 pieces on opening night, Feb. 4th!)

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

“Wall Painting 2012” at Ghalya’s Museum of Modern Art

wall painting 2012 frontThere was simply too much to see in Ghalya’s Museum of Modern Art (along the Corniche in Muttrah) to cover all of it in my last post, so I’ve decided to post about their exhibition, “Wall Painting 2012”, in this separate post.staff of museum in front

Here we have one of the designers, Roshani Rajapaksha, and one of the museum co-ordinators, Luella Almeida, posing in front of “Wall Painting 2012” murals.  Roshani also works at the front desk of the museum greeting visitors.names of artists

Here are the names of all 100 artists who participated in this exhibition. (This is on the backside of the beautiful postcard-like pic which is the 1st photo of this blogpost.)  “This is a unique project where the front wall of the museum was painted by 100 different artists, 10 artists per day for 10 days resulting in a grand mural.  For each artist, their work will be a representation of their interpretation of the theme of celebrating Oman’s success in 42 years.  The museum’s location being along the Muttrah Corniche will ensure that the wall painting will be a prominent attraction for every passerby.” (Murtadha al Lawati – Ghalya’s Museum of Modern Art, Museum Manager)left most murals

“…The artistic merit of murals is being recognised by some museums for its artistic, educational and social value as a way of documenting cultural mile stones and historic events, thus adding an atmosphere of celebration.  So maybe it is time for Arab countries to start thinking about incorporating mural art to its artistic landscape as a way of displaying and reflecting art in society.  Let’s not forget that mural art is a conceptual expression of the artist as a method of communicating with no barriers or limits, whether financial or otherwise, as there is no separation between the art and its viewer.” (Dr. Emily Porter)right side 1

right side 2

murals on door

I almost didn’t get a chance to see these 15 murals as they are out of sight when the museum door is open!Roshani and her mural

Roshani, the friendly Sri Lankan secretary/museum-guide/artist, was more than happy to show us her mural which is part of the exhibition (#76).  The museum has a large plaque displaying the name and photo of each artist and their respective mural number.  Even better, the museum gives you an incredible art book with detailed info on each of the artists who contributed to this exhibition.  As an example, here is the page of the artist above, Roshani Rajapaksha:info on Roshani

Let me show you 7 of my favorites from the exhibition (and 1 favorite of my friend) along with some information about each of the artists as a brief example of what incredible talent and experience the artists bring to this exhibition.mural by Heena

info on Heena

mural by Smitha

info on Smitha

mural by Samar al Kaabi

info on Samar

I simply took pics of my favorites and didn’t pay any attention to their gender, experience or nationality and only read up on them later.  It’s nice to see that one of my favorite murals (above) is from a local Muttrah citizen! 🙂mural by Khursheed Raja

info on Khursheed

mural by Marwa Al Hinai

When I asked my friend which mural was his favorite, he didn’t hesitate to point this one out by Marwa Al Hinai.info on Marwa

mural by Yousuf al Nahawi

There is something I like about this pic that is hard to put my finger on.  My friend, on the other hand, thought it was a bit “creepy” or “dark”.  That’s the great thing about going to an exhibition with friends or family. Everyone sees things differently.  It could prove to be quite a feat to try and argue about which is “the best piece”.info on yousuf

It was neat to read that one of the murals that caught my eye was painted by Yousuf Al Nahawi who went into the Guiness Book of World Records for painting the biggest picture of H.M. Sultan Qaboos in mosaic art!mural by Fahad

info on fahad

And for the last mural, what better way to end this display of fine art than with the Omani flag. Very appropriate! 🙂mural by Rabab

info on rabab

Wall Painting 2012 murals

This exhibition is only running until March 31st so you should try to get down there to see this museum and these fascinating murals for yourself.  I can’t wait to see “Wall Paintings 2013“!