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EDITOR IN CHIEF- ABDULLAH BIN SALIM AL SHUEILI

'Arise' showcases the best work of 21 Omani artists

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From surreal to abstract, from still life to sculptures, Gallery Sarah will demonstrate the power of Omani artists and the development of the local art scene starting November 10 as it hosts the 'Arise' exhibition bringing nearly two dozen of artists under one setting.


Under the patronage of His Excellency Sayyid Badr bin Hamad bin Hamoud Al Busaidi, Minister of Foreign Affairs, the exhibit will kick off on Wednesday at 7:00 pm and will continue until December 11, 2021.


The month-long exhibition will be participated by Omani Art Ambassadors team. Lending experience and prominence to the event, the team includes names that shaped the features of the history of fine art in the Sultanate in its various stages, such as the artist Rashid Abdul Rahman Al Balushi, winner of the Sultan Qaboos Prize for Culture, Arts, and letters for the Arts branch in 2012, and the artists Khamis, Abdullah and Saud Al-Hanini, who also won the Sultan Qaboos Prize for Culture, Arts and letters for the Arts Branch for the year 2016.


Arabic calligraphy and lettering formations artists Abdul Nasser Al-Sayegh, Muhammad Al-Sayegh, Muhammad Mahdi Al-Lawati, Fahd Yamin will demonstrate the achievements and progress made by young prodigies in the said category.


In the field of sculpture, prominent young artists Khalil Al-Kalbani and Fayza Al-Wahaibi will introduce their latest masterpieces alongside oil paintings by Abdul Majeed bin Hakim Al-Balushi, Muhammad Al-Maamari, Mazen Al-Maamari, Saeed Al-Ruwaidi, Nada Bint Abdullah Al-Ruwaishdi, Maryam Al-Shehhi, Samia bint Salem Al-Gharibi, Laila bint Muhammad Al-Najjar, Hajar Al-Harassi, Zainab Al-Ajmi, and Laila Al-Jahuri.


The exhibit is within the framework of Bait Al Zubair Foundation’s insight to contribute to the vitality of the artistic cultural scene of the country


The 21 artists who are part of the Arise exhibition comes from various art school.


During the inauguration, the official artistic identity which represents the artistic group's goals and vision will also be revealed.


In total, the exhibition will simultaneously showcase fifty artworks in the fields of Arabic calligraphy, sculpture, drawing, photography, and others.


The team seeks to be one of the most prominent artistic gatherings supporting the artistic movement to outline different artistic and cultural horizons and a positive role in sustainable development by supporting talents and creating the appropriate environment for intersection and interaction with local and international artistic experiences and a tangible presence in the global art field.


What distinguishes the team and the exhibit is that the team members belong to multiple generations and different artistic schoolsوwhich stimulates the interaction of experiences and expertise with each other, enriching individual experiences and developing the aesthetic and visual visions of the members. The exhibition reflects the vital artistic role in shaping the identity of Omani art.


Since the experimental establishment of the team in 2018, the team has achieved various achievements and participation in international art forums, such as their participation in the international exhibition "Artists around the World" in Turkey in Istanbul in August 2018.


Some of the team members also participated in the Second International Forum of Professional Fine Artists (Thai Rhythm) in Phuket, which was organized by D'Fuglee Galaria in January 2019.


The team won the Gold Award and the Silver Award at the Second International Forum of Professional Plastic Artists in Thailand in 2019. The team also held the second exhibition of Omani Art Ambassadors in cooperation with the ArtMMH Foundation in the Republic of Austria in Vienna in July 2019.


The COVID-19 pandemic did not stop the team’s international activities, but they had their virtual presence, as the team participated in the “We Are the Nature” virtual exhibition organized by the “Iran Drudi Academy of Visual Arts” in September 2021.


Recently, the team established the Fine Art Ambassadors Lounge in cooperation with the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Youth in the Omani Society for Fine Arts in Muscat, which includes providing educational and training sessions in the field of drawing, letter forming, and sculpture.


The exhibition opens from 9:30 to 5:00 pm, from Sunday to Thursday, in Bait Al-Nahda in Bait Al-Zubair. For more information about the exhibition’s activities and Sarah Gallery, you can call 22084747 or email gallerysarah@baitalzubair.com.


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