This exhibit has brilliant artwork created by 17 adult artists and 26 young artists from ArtCircle Studio participating in “Culture, Color, and Light”.
The adult artists at ArtCircle studio are from diverse fields: engineers, psychologists, physicians, HR personnel, managers, technocrats, teachers to name a few. They find solace in creativity and art in the highly stressful life and work culture at the Bay Area. The mediums used are pencil, acrylic, and oil on canvas. The artist's statement of adult artists and contact information is available in case anyone is interested in purchasing their work or would like to commission work from any of them.
The exhibit is divided into three sections.
We present to you our perceptions, emotions, culture as a distillation of how we perceive life, people, work and interact with different aspects of various activities we engage in.
Culture defines our daily lives, Most of us have lived a significant part of our lives in the Bay area which has a culture of its own.
MJ Fajardo paints Work Culture in a witty, humorous, catchy way. Her artwork, “work life balance” is sure to bring a smile as you relate to your own experiences working and living in this unique high tech, high stress melting pot. Her art brings a buoyancy to make it through the stress of work.
Sandhya Jaideep’s art inspired from everyday events, activities, people evokes emotions we all can relate to. She presents her splendid painting of her day as it revolves around her favorite cup of energizing coffee and the wine as tulips with oceans splashing.
In this section enjoy the unique spread of East Indian Culture that is a truly festive, colorful, vibrant culture that bases its strength on knowledge and wisdom from ages. Indian culture is one of the oldest in the world that has seen thousands of years of changes and it just keeps including every culture, religion into its fabric. It is known for diverse languages (over 48 languages, 400 dialects), customs, traditions, that have resulted in a cohesive society, family structures where entire extended families live together in the same household or neighborhood and support each other. Vibrant art forms, Spirituality, and wisdom are at the foundation of East Indian culture.
Paintings inspired by Indian spirituality by Madhavi Deolalikar show rapture and devotion of the culmination of a pilgrim’s journey at the annual Pandharpur pilgrimage.
Krishnakumar Nair has his journey of meditation and self-inquiry. His paintings derive from concepts based on his experiences and reflection of the divine.
Deepti Nanawati's paintings are inspired by the creative principle, beauty, and synchronicity in nature and the spiritual fabric supporting us. She paints her visions and reflections, thresholds of wonder and faith both as a reckoning and an adventure. Creativity helps us lead fuller lives, resolve our life experiences, it remind us of the bigger picture, share joy and beauty.
Anusha Joshi, has a point of view on the Choices We Make as we live and play here and she presents the Indian "Masala Daani", an aromatic herb and spice platter that is so dear to us and we count on them for health as recommended in Ayurveda.
Hinduism is the primary religion, a way of life. The two major festivals “ Diwali” “festival of Light'' that comes during Oct- Nov and “Holi” the festival of Color, Divine Love, Spring” around Mar- Apr are celebrated across the country. The festivals are celebrated on an ancient system of days determined by the Hindu calendar which is based both on the moon and the sun. Diwali marks the New Year in many Indian communities, celebrates inner light, awareness, and its victory over darkness(arrogance and ignorance). Angela Hsu has captured the festivity of Diwali and Holi with her colorful strokes. She paints a wide variety of subjects that delight and bring joy and beauty to any space.
Keerti Jammala has painted her childhood self-portrait with her brother, Indian culture celebrates this connection between siblings in the festival of ‘Raksha Bandhan” where a sister ties a sacred thread in the brother's wrist as a recognition of their connection and bond, trust, and request for protection.
Sandhya Dabbara, loves to paint on fabric and shares her Bharatnatyam doll painted on white cotton and art inspired by the traditional "Pichwai” cow painting.
One of Deepti's teachers, Sudhir Meher’s contemporary art on silk inspired by traditional "Pattachitra" paintings and hand painted Silk saree created by Deepti with guidance from Sanjay Ketan and Asima Chaudhary is part of this exhibit.