Meet the Artists 2017-01-19T12:26:59+00:00
109, 2017

Unique handmade jewelry that tell a story – Interview with Lakshmi Ganesh

September 1st, 2017|

Have you ever wondered about a handmade craft speaking a story? That is truly the essence of the handmade jewelry that artist Lakshmi Ganesh creates. Her creations are a blend of designs that are contemporary, classy, elegant and edgy. Every piece is uniquely “you”. They are a creation of art that touches your mind and soul and appeals to the woman in you. Let’s learn more about how craftsmanship, creativity and perfection together creates a harmony of a striking piece of jewelry. A. Can you talk a little bit about yourself? A brief background please. Born and raised in Mumbai;

1407, 2017

An 18th Century Art – The Wooden Crafts of Channapatna

July 14th, 2017|

Mr. Gajendra is an artisan in the toy town of Karnataka - Channapatna. He owns a small cottage business and operates with around four craftsmen in a small room at the backyard of his house. The front of his house is a wholesale shop, with handicrafts of all shapes and sizes made of wood. The middle portion is the house of Mr. Gajendra, and the backyard with two medium sized rooms, is his workshop, where he worked with artisans to make wooden toys and handicraft items. He said "Earlier there used to be lot of demand for Channapatna toys, but with

2706, 2017

Folk Dance – An Artistic Expression

June 27th, 2017|

Gist: A folk dancer and his troupe performing a traditional folk dance "Karagattam" at a cultural hub in Southern India. Karagattam is an ancient dance where the performers balance decorated pots on the head and dance, symbolizing joy and happiness. It was initially done by the villagers to appease to the rain god to give them rains. The essence of this folk dance is the ability to balance the pots and rhythmically move hands and legs, enabling perfect coordination and symmetry. The birthplace of this form is associated with Thanjavur district, though it is popular in several other districts, towns and

1206, 2017

A Potter’s Wheel

June 12th, 2017|

Pottery, an ancient art dating back to the neolithic age or the new-stone age is an art, handmade and traditionally unpainted with clay. It is formed by using the hands to knead the clay so that even moisture content is spread throughout the body of the clay. The potter then sets it back on the potter's wheel to set the perfect shape, increase the strength and harden the clay further. Then, the clay pot is heated at high temperatures in a kiln which helps in removing the excess water and drying the clay.  Once the finished clay pot is ready, it

506, 2017

Meet the Artist – Mr Srinivasa Raghavan, Glass-Blowing Artist at Dakshin Chitra

June 5th, 2017|

A day of vacation and we were off to see the acclaimed cultural hub of Southern India - Dakshin Chitra, and so glad we were, that we could visit it. It was a medley of arts and crafts, quaint and old-fashioned but with life-like replica models of rural houses. It was filled with activities, folk dances and above all gave a chance to meet artisans who had their demonstrations running through the day. We had one such opportunity to meet and talk to an artist Mr. Srinivasa Raghavan who has been a glass-blowing artist for more than 20 years. Learning glass-blowing as a

1105, 2017

Art with a purpose! Interview with Ms. Sudha Soora.

May 11th, 2017|

An interest in paintings, developed as a hobby, is pursued as a profession, and further advanced in to a noble goal. Ms. Sudha Soora, a talented and an accomplished artist has chosen to help the community with her artistic expertise. Let us learn how through a brief conversation with her.  Inspired by her photographic memories of her travels and the beauty of nature, Ms. Soora captured these moments in to the life of art. She is versatile in many art forms like water colors, acrylic paintings, oil paintings, mixed media art. She has explored art on glass, silk, fabrics, traditional Indian paintings

2803, 2017

Behind the scenes – A passionate teacher inspiring young minds to take to art

March 28th, 2017|

Hi Everyone. Back with another stimulating interview with Ms. Avanthi Krishna Rampally, a North Carolina resident and a teacher at heart. She specializes in paintings, jewelry designing, craft work, experimenting with reusable things to create beautiful usable objects and above all is a passionate teacher to kids, inspiring young minds to take to art right from the beginning. Let us learn a bit more about her artwork, her interaction with kids and how she keeps them motivated to pursue their interest in arts and crafts. A. Can you provide a brief background about yourself?  Hello. I did my Masters in Mathematics

1503, 2017

Division of space, a balance of colors – All about watercolors by a gifted artist Ms. Meera Goyal

March 15th, 2017|

Meet Meera Goyal, a Durham resident and a watercolor artist. While her specialty is in watercolors, she enjoys experimenting with a variety of art media including acrylic, clay, leather, batik and graphite. She is also the founder member of a painter group known as ‘Thursday Painters’ in Cedar Falls, IA and has been an active member in Iowa Artists and Iowa Watercolor Society for many years. She moved to Durham a decade and half back and joined various art organizations in the area like Visual Arts Exchange, Raleigh and Durham Art Guild, and Watercolor Society of North Carolina to be a