WITH GREAT SUCCESS TWENTY ARTISTS DISPLAYED THEIR CREATIONS AT DUBAI OUTLET MALL

( Saju Nair- Dubai) As we are approaching the last week of the holy month of Ramadan, almost all malls in the UAE are attracting shoppers with amazing discounts and offers, but Dubai Outlet Mall located in Dubai en route to Al Ain stands out with an amazing gathering wherein 20 artists displayed their creations in an exhibition hosted by Dubai Outlet Mall in coordination with ART4You gallery.

Paintings kept on display @ Dubai Outlet Mall
Paintings kept on display @ Dubai Outlet Mall

Time and again, founders of Art4you gallery Mr. Rengi Cherian and Mrs. Jesno Rengi keep surprising the UAE art community with their amazingly curated exhibitions.

ART4You Gallery announced their "Holy Month of Ramadan" Online International Art Competition in the month of April 2019 and the response from the artists across the globe was quite impressive. Competition was segregated into four categories such as Painting, Mixed Media, Digital art and Photography. The Gallery received 52 entries from different countries from which 24 artworks were selected to the finals and 20 creations are displayed in the aesthetic ambience of Dubai outlet mall.

Inauguration ceremony of "Ramadan Vibes" at Dubai Outlet Mall curated by ART4You Gallery
Inauguration ceremony of "Ramadan Vibes" at Dubai Outlet Mall curated by ART4You Gallery

This wonderfully curated exhibition was inaugurated by Mr. Ali Al Ameri on 27th May 2019 in the presence of Eminent Emirati Artist Mr. Faisal Abdulqader, Mr. Ahmed Rukni Al Awadhi, Mr. Art Noor and Art Historian - Founder of Artforumuae Mr. Peter Gressman, artists and art enthusiasts. Efforts laid on by Head of Marketing - Mrs. Meenu Singh and Mrs. Kaizeen of Dubai outlet mall to arrange facilities to host this exhibition was highly appreciated.

The chief guest, Mr. Ali Al Ameri, who is also an amazing calligraphy artist by himself says "We are honored today with the opening of Ramdan art exhibition wherein the artists are from different nationalities. This magnificent collection combines Arabic Calligraphy, Painting and photography and it was a tough job to choose the winners - however all my best wishes to the participated artists and Art4you gallery for putting up such a fabulous evening"

Televisonario2 got a chance to meet up with Mrs. Jesno Rengi, founder of ART4You gallery and curator of this show during the event and she says "This exhibition celebrates the Islamic culture and customs during this holy month. It gives a chance to the artists to express their ideas of the celebration and visualization of the spirit of Ramadan"

A click - from left Sushmita Sinha, Jesno Rengi, Naglaa Gabr, Ahmed Rukni, Peter Gressman, Ali Al Ameri, Art Noor, Meenu Singh, Veena Devagiri & Mankush Srivastava.
A click - from left Sushmita Sinha, Jesno Rengi, Naglaa Gabr, Ahmed Rukni, Peter Gressman, Ali Al Ameri, Art Noor, Meenu Singh, Veena Devagiri & Mankush Srivastava.

From the online submissions selected artist for the finals were (UAE) - Aisha Yusuf Al Shemaili, (India) - Shobha Iyer, Kavita Sriram, Muthu Krishna, Avigyan Bhattachariya, Mankush Srivastava, Veena Devagiri, Afshan Quraishi, Sushmita Sinha, (Oman) - Soni Budhia, Shalini Karthik, (Australia) - Nevine Meguid , (Russia) - Gulnara, (Singapore)- Jaleela Niaz - (Cuba) Mr. Carlos Rodrigues (Philippines) - Nemar Precioso Sencil, (Egypt) - Shahira Abou El Naga, Nagla Gabr, Yasmin Naeem, Alia Medhat, Ayaat Nasser, (Pakistan) - Hafsa Rasool, Sarah Bhatti & Masooma Rizvi.

Reviewing the art work - Chief Guest Mr. Ali Al Ameri, Mrs. Jesno Rengi, Mr. Ahmed Rukni, Mr. Rengi Cherian and Mr. Peter Gressman
Reviewing the art work - Chief Guest Mr. Ali Al Ameri, Mrs. Jesno Rengi, Mr. Ahmed Rukni, Mr. Rengi Cherian and Mr. Peter Gressman

It was an amazing experience for the visitors to visualize the art works as vibrant colors which gave life to the imaginations of the artist and which transformed a blank canvas into a magical cascade of different strokes and techniques, each having its own uniqueness and its own story that draws the attention of onlookers for a pleasant yet subtle surprise. Ramadan was the theme of this competition and all creations were related to daily life keeping due respect to the theme assigned. Dates placed in the palms of a man, a man on his prayers with a stunning view of the sunset in the back ground, Long view of a mosque, Calligraphy in different forms, Traditional gathering, Misbaha (Rosary) in praying hands were only some of those subjects created by exceptionally talented artists.

In this competition, 12 artists were declared winners in multiple categories and this exhibition will continue till 8th June 2019. In line with the exciting cultural activities by the mall to entertain the shoppers during a week-long Eid holiday, Art4you gallery has also joined hands with DOM and scheduled a Live painting on 7th June 2019 at the same venue from 2pm to 5pm wherein these 12 winners will also be acknowledged and felicitated.

Artist Nevine Meguid explaining her artwork to Mr.Ahmed Rukni, Mr.Faisal Abdulqader and Mrs. Jesno Rengi
Artist Nevine Meguid explaining her artwork to Mr.Ahmed Rukni, Mr.Faisal Abdulqader and Mrs. Jesno Rengi

Eminent Emirati artist & one of the members of the judging panel, Mr. Ahmed Rukni, expressed his views and he says "It has been of course a great experience and I am fortunate and happy to be invited to this event. Unlike other exhibitions, this is an event wherein selected artworks from online competitions is displayed. Being one of the member in the judging panel was really a challenging assignment as every artist and their creations are unique and it becomes very difficult to choose the best among the best. However, as to be part of the system we have selected some of those works as outstanding only to fulfill the formalities but for me all artists are winners. I would also like to tender my gratitude to the founders of Art4you gallery for having me in the panel of judges"

Moment of the event
Moment of the event

The event was also graced with the presence of well-known Calligraphy artist Mr. Art Noor whose combination of art works titled 99 names of Allah was one of the subject in the light show @ the world's tallest tower and the iconic sky scrapper, Burj Khalifa in Dubai. He also motivates the participating artists by gifting his book signed by the artist himself which includes the artworks stated above. "I saw some fresh new works and met with many emerging artists. A good initiative to participate in the celebration of Ramadan" said Mr. Noor who was also a member in the panel of judges in this event.

Moment of the event
Moment of the event

It was interesting to notice Mr. Peter Gressman, Founder of Artforumuae, engaging in detailed discussions with artists and sharing his feedback which the artists in this region admire. "First of all, I would like to mention that the 20 artists who are exhibiting there have done a good job of implementing Ramadan! Considering that most are artists who have never attend an art school, the results are amazingly good! As a critical observer, I see mistakes made, of course, but can attest to all participant's talents. Talents who need time to perfect themselves and are on a good way. We need more organizations like the Art4you gallery which gives every artist a chance and recognizes talents." says Peter Gressman.

Moment of the event
Moment of the event

Yet another exhilarating evening where striking colors converge with canvases to proffer magical creations and a blissful aura of creativity. This exhibition is one that is highly recommended to those who seek the pure delight of enjoying creations from the hearts of passionate artists - on behalf of Televisonario2, Eid Mubarak to all the savant readers and wishing the participating artists and curators a successful exhibition.