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Article Written by Peggy Loh: Thank you Peggy Loh – Peggy also has a Johor based blog Peggy Loh ~ My Johor Stories I heartily recommend it.
I wanted to create some art inspired by the Religious Icons that I find very beautiful but not using Religious imagery.
I started with a portrait in soft pastels & mixed media of a very ethereal Red Headed young lady with Teal ribbons threaded in her hair.
On Sunday I was asked to be a judge at Kiwanis CareHeart Centre (Johor Bahru) by the local branch of the Rotary Club.
The people who invited me Fancy Tan and Nelson Loong collected me at 9:00am as arranged, they probably heard that I am good at getting lost and thought it best to make sure I got there on time.
On arrival at the venue they introduced me to Koh Guan Hoe the principle and at 75 years young he has boundless energy.
He showed me around his garden and animal pens, the area where they grow mushrooms and into the care centre.
He explained he explained how he is trying to make the centre financially self sufficient as they get no government funding.
The gardens are worked by the children as part of their therapy, they are also taught skills to help them through life and in some cases enable them to work.
The centre takes down syndrome, autistic and learning disabled youths and does a fantastic job.
After my tour I was taken up to the are where the competition was to be held.
A vast room with lots of tables and chairs already filling up with youngsters and their helpers from many different centres.
I was introduced to the other two judges and we watched as all the artists got started on their pictures, the theme was ‘Peace with Love’.
There pre-drawn sheets for those unable to do their won drawings, these they could colour in.
Whilst they all worked hard the Princess Y.A.M. Tunku Aminah Maimunah Iskadariah arrived to much excitement from those present.
Every person that entered the competition got a certificate which went down very well.
The finished art works were spread out in two categories based up on age. those below 15 and those above 15.
We had to chose 13 pictures from each category. Then from the 13 we judges had chosen the Princess picked the First, Second and Third prize winners.
The final 13 in each category each received a trophy and the six winners also got cash prizes.
Before the prizes were handed out the Kiwanis CareHeart Centre youngsters put on a show with singing and dancing and a delightful young man played his violin.
As the princess gave out the prizes the smiles on the faces of the recipients were magical.
This really was a special time for them that will I am sure be treasured.
The six winning pictures will be displayed in the National Gallery in Kuala Lumpur and be judged along with the winners from each of the other Malaysian States to choose a National Winner.
I was delighted to be invited to lunch with the Princess and some of the top brass.
She struck me as a very nice, charming, charismatic young women.
This was the very first time the competition has been held and I am certain it gave all involved a great deal of encouragement and joy.
Thank you very much to Fancy Tan for inviting me to be a part of this event.
My Art Exhibition at The JB Arts Festival
The setting for the main Stage of the Festival is Bukit Timbalan.
My Home for the last week in September was a Gallery in the grounds near the main outdoor Stage, where the shows were being held.
The Festival had already been running for three weeks when I joined it. My Husband and I had been lucky enough to get to some of the Shows all of which were of a very good standard.
We saw the bands Moscowfish and Eastside Story at Lazio Restuarant Danga Bay.
My Son Sabastion Joined us for *M.A.C.C. Internal Affairs on the Main stage & laughed so much at these three very talented Comedians.
So much talent in JB! I don’t want to hear any one say there is no culture or talent here. It is here WHERE WERE YOU ? (I forgive all you international people living in far off lands).
So on Saturday afternoon my trusty friend Claire Hauville-Singh turns up at my door with here big wagon ready to help . With Sabastion doing all the heavy work we got the car loaded to the roof. I had been up until 5 am that morning packing up the pictures, My Home looked empty.
So The Arts Festival has an army of ‘Elves’ These are all the young helpers that get stuff done on a daily basis. I had been told that I could put my work up after 5pm. We arrived at nearly 6pm and of course all the previous displays was still up.
No problem though the Elves went into action & soon they were emptying the Gallery space ready for me.
We all worked pretty hard getting the pictures Hung and all the signs up. Sabastion had to get off to a party so we used him to hang all the heavy pictures before sending him off, tall children have their uses.
It was fairly late by the time we had finished, But Chief Elf Jasmine, said there was no need for me to be in early as the first show on Sunday was not until 3pm.
Next morning, I got a call from an art collector who wanted to buy 2 pictures, So I grabbed another couple of pictures as there were a couple of gaps & headed in to meet Mr Paul Lim.
He kindly bought two pictures that I had displayed and the two pictures I had just arrived with and five pieces of my wearable art necklaces. This set my week up with a nice positive start & Mr Lim promised to bring some of his Batik collection to show me on Saturday when he was to collect the pictures that were in the exhibition.
|Some of the Pictures I exhibited.|
The week flew by I watched the shows when ever possible, I loved meeting lots and lots of new people and was delighted by the reception my Art work received,. I was especially pleased so many youngsters seemed to be inspired, by the crazy old English Aunty (Malays as a sign of respect call older people Uncle or Aunty).
I am so glad I had this chance, it is just a shame the week passed so fast with so much happening, The Main Show was sold out & an extra performance was added. The free hot air balloon rides will be a talking point for years to come and the Dancers were beautiful.
Suzie Yap and Fancy Tan and their team did an amazing job organising this event
My Wearable Art Sold very well, so during the week I made a few more items, so that I would not run out.
I enjoyed making these little pictures, these two (left) are both pictures of my Daughter, Sasha. A lot of my wearable art was inspired by Literature especially English children’s books.
The Three necklaces below are Winnie the Pooh and Beatrix Potter all the original illustrations no Disney.
I was particularly pleased when my Persuasion Necklace was one of the first to sell.
(check out my Jane Austen sequels website here:)
The Last day came along much too quickly. Mr Lim came to collect his pictures & brought his Batiks to show me as promised, he also bought another picture, A few of my Friends also managed to
get along to visit me, which was very nice.
The packing up was quite an effort all the Elves had to pitch in as the men had arrived to take down the exhibit Stands and lighting.
|My friend Pinky a future Artist.|
By the end my car was full to the roof and the boot did not actually Shut. Needless to say I drove home very carefully.
*(MACC = Malaysian Association of Chinese Comedians)