Mohali gets its first art gallery
Tribune News Service
Chandigarh, May 24
The region’s growing interest in art got another fillip today with the inauguration of Mohali’s first art gallery, Artizen, the brainchild of former Merchant Navy officer Manmant Singh. Harbouring the dream of opening a gallery for three years finally bore fruit today after three months of hard work.
A spiffy basement replete with colourful, vibrant walls, cheery lighting to highlight the paintings and beautiful stained glasswork dotting the ceiling, Artizen seems all ready to woo artists looking for an appropriate space to showcase their works.
What made the opening today so unique is that, Artizen, managed to rope in most of the leading artists of the region with works ranging from Viren Tanwar, Bhim Malhotra to J.S. Garcha, Madal Lal, R.M. Singh, Satwant Singh Sumail, Balwinder, Rakesh Bani, Madhu Pandit, Malkit Singh, Mahesh Prajapati, Raman Bhardwaj, Gurjind Sandhu to photographs from Diwan Manna and Vinay Malik and even sculptures and paintings from students of the College of Art like Shiven and Sumit Kathuria whose works show tremendous promise.
Peppered with some of the artists who graciously answered all queries regarding their works, the evening was a heady mix of art and warmth.
The Director of the Government Museum and Art Gallery, Sector 10, Chandigarh, Dr V.N. Singh impressed with the effort said the growing art activity in the city needed a place like this. “I am very pleased by what I see here today”.
Artizen was inaugurated by Ms Aditi Dua, wife of Editor-in-Chief, The Tribune Group of Publications, Mr H.K. Dua, and an art aficionado herself.