MADURAI: Madurai's first-ever art gallery was inaugurated on Wednesday, much to the delight of art lovers in the temple city.
According to Siva, the curator of this gallery, Madurai has a lot of artistic talent but there are many artists who have not been able to showcase their talent due to lack of a proper gallery. Hence, the newly inaugurated gallery at Sarojini Street in Chinnachockikulam.
The gallery will promote artworks by local artists, through shows. Senior artists will also be invited for demonstrations to learners. Movies based on art and artists like documentaries on famous artists like Picasso and Ravivarma will be screened periodically for the benefit of art lovers. It will also be a place from where people can source and buy good paintings at reasonable prices.
Free classes will be organized for students and interested persons on various art forms including oil painting, acrylic painting and other mediums on Sundays.
The gallery now has various paintings by Madurai-based artists K C Murugesan, R Siva and Ramanan. Rengarajan, an interior designer, has promoted the art gallery along with Siva and Ramanan.
Siva said the gallery would strive towards creating awareness about the various art forms and organize exhibitions along with other galleries in Chennai and Mumbai. A person who had an adequate number of paintings or artworks was welcome to come forward to exhibit them in the gallery. An artist who could produce quality works, could utilize the space to work, he said.
Also, they would help artists take part in art fairs which would be conducted throughout the nation and even internationally.
This gallery was inaugurated by artist Trotsky Marudu, Karumuttu T Kannan, G Vasudevan, Shobana Ramachandran and chief manager of Indian Bank Megalai Muthuraj, in the presence of its proprietor Rengarajan.