Sunday, 31 January 2016

A Harmattan Sunday at Golden Beach

Wednesday, 27 January 2016

A beautiful arty gallery

I've been seeing a painting on my way to meetings in Congo Town out of the corner of my eye for some time now. Even from far away, it looked like an interesting piece. Since it's a big piece, one could notice the large portrait even from a moving vehicle.

On my way back from a meeting with an NGO - called Riders for Health - yesterday, I decided to stop and see if I could buy it.

I was so enraptured with this striking painting that I didn't realise the painting was displayed on the road side just outside and art gallery.

I went in to take a look and found myself surrounded by massive murals and portraits. I was really astounded to so many beautiful pieces, many of them really good.

I met the owner of the gallery and another artist. I wish I had met them at the time of the NATC Art Contest so they would be part of the contest too.

Honestly, I feel like buying 3-4 paintings but would need some good amount of cash, at least $ 200-$ 300. I think I am going to make the one I have been seeing out of the corner of my eye for sure. I will try to get it for $ 100.00 although the original quote is $ 300.00!

All in all, I felt great to see this art gallery, meet artists

This girl looks so real, as if she will step out of the painting.
Village scene with traditional women dancers
This is a really interesting scene. From a far, I thought it was actually the view of Monrovia from Bushrod Island. And maybe it is a vision of the future. It is a striking contrast  - we have a simple fishing boat in the fore ground, floating in a river reflecting the greenery above, and a modern metropolis in the back. 
The bush devil
This painting of a water fall, forest and a profile of a person in the foreground is particularly dreamy and beautiful. It kind of reminds me of  Tasadduq Sohail's paintings. 

Monday, 18 January 2016

Kavita's third birthday party

We celebrated Kavita's 3rd birthday at my friend's home on Duport Road on New Year's Day. Kavita's birthday is actually on 5 January but because it is a week day we decided to have the party on the first day of the year. 

This is the invitation which really says it all. If you weren't there, you really were square.

'Grandma Becky' is Rebecca Williams, my close friend, family the whole time I've been in Liberia. She and I were colleagues at WFP and UNDP. 

We visited her on Christmas Day the week before and, agreed we would invite the children from her community to Kavita's birthday. We agreed that 10 children would be invited. Of course, 4 or 5 times the number actually showed up!

Rebecca had organised a children's dance group to entertain us who performed some acrobatics and modern dance. It was really fun to watch and even more amusing to see their coach, a female UNDP driver, guide them. 
Driving to the party. Kavita is dressed up and ready in the back of the car. 
Haresh and Kavita pose for a photograph,
standing under the 'Happy Birthday Kavita' banner we made at the office.
Haresh is wearing a pirate's hat, which we bought at Stop & Shop
Party banner
Party banner
Grandma Becky's yard was set up for the party
by laying out tarpaulin on the ground.
One of the 10 black and white invitations that were sent out by Grandma Becky 
Rebecca's community
Grandma Becky with some of the kids
Kavita and friends

Kavita on her trampoline (we brought her trampoline for the party)
Auntie Manita juggles some balls to entertain the kids

Haresh the Pirate and Rebecca
Rajesh, friend, and Grandma Becky
Godwina, twin of Edwina: Rebecca's girls
Well behaved kids
Haresh shows everyone his famous magic rope trick 

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Haresh exits the stage
Children enjoying Haresh's magic tricks
Kavita the birthday girl
The dance group
The dance group
Musical chairs
Kavita the birthday girl dances
The dance group