a bark of beauty
'A Tree - A Poem', is a novel exhibition of photographs of tree
bark by Hemantha Arunasiri that will be held on August 14, 15 and
16 at the Harold Peiris Gallery.Taken in a small frame of around
4 x 8 square inches on each tree, the photographs have been enlarged
to 12 x 18 inches.
been in the field for nearly 22 years, Hemantha in the past, concentrated
mainly on commercial photography. Though his actual work with nature
photography started last year, he firmly believes that he got his
grounding amidst the 37 acres of greenery surrounding Dharmarajah
College, Kandy. " It's the only school situated in an area
which has so many trees," he smiles adding that growing up
in such an environment really helped him appreciate nature.
making the switch to nature photography, Hemantha had to decide
which aspect to focus on. The two most common areas in this field
of course are landscapes and wildlife. Wanting to explore the field
he took many walks through the forests of Kandy looking for possible
subjects. As hoped for his expeditions opened his eyes to the wonders
of the trees and their barks.
inspiration to photograph tree barks actually came from a particular
tree in the Udawattekelle forest in Kandy. " I noticed an extraordinary
reflection on this bark, and when I looked closer I realized that
it was not a reflection from any outside force but a part of the
tree itself," says Hemantha adding that he then decided to
look for more like it. He now sees the bark of each tree as its
fingerprint. " Each bark is unique and you can find no other
like it, anywhere else in the world," he says adding that this
is the reason behind the theme of his exhibition, the poem behind
are some features in the bark, particularly the colour, that you
really cannot see with the naked eye," says Hemantha explaining
that with the camera he is able to capture these unseen images and
reveal them to the world. For this however, one must have a vast
knowledge of the subject in question; photography. Fortunately Hemantha
has no problem in this area. Having started his career in 1981,
he became a member of the Kandy Upcountry Photographic Society,
where he now serves as a teacher. He is also a guest lecturer at
the Kelaniya University and conducts a photography course for police
pictures come from various parts of the country. Hemantha considered
the different geographical zones to include a wider variety of trees.
So far he has covered several areas in his hometown Kandy, like
the Udawattekelle forest, Pujapitiya and the Peradeniya Botanical
Gardens. He also has pictures from Warakapola and Polonnaruwa. His
findings however, were better than expected and he was able to collect
a large number of pictures within a short time, prompting him to
hold an exhibition.
hopes that his work will inspire other photographers to look for
new areas in the environmental field.
break through rhythmic patterns of strokes
By Sachie Fernando
"My effort here is to use
the grammar and fundamentals of the pictorial language in my search
for man," says Santha Jayalath commenting on his present series
of paintings 'Images Within'. This is Santha's second solo exhibition
portraying his individual style in painting human figures. He says
he put in a lot of effort on 'human face portrayals' this time and
used a different texture and varied the colours.
bachelor of fine arts from the University of Kelaniya, art has been
a passion from his school days. At present he is working in the
Open University as an illustrator in the graphic field. He has been
in many group exhibitions and also participated in some workshops.
One of his cherished moments is the experience he gathered in the
International Art Camp in India organized by the Art Academy of
Thrinali. He said the influences have helped him to bring out the
images of human drama in day-to-day life. He has also won several
awards at the National Art and Sculpture Festival proving his talent
in this field.
Within' will contain 30 of the best works of Santha showing his
sensitivity towards human nature and his rapport with his subject.
The changes of colour and texture are seen on the canvases in oils
and acrylics and also in watercolours. The portrait of a lonely
man staring in the corner of a room, points to the profound emotions
of lonely men in society. Every painting of Santha carries something
for the onlooker to learn from and be sensitive of.
colours are deep and are used in a rhythmic pattern with disciplined
brushstrokes and simple lines. And through the surfaces and smudged
patches of paint, through the interaction of colours and canvas,
the innermost feeling of the artist emerge.
exhibition which opened on July 30 will continue until August 20
at the Paradise Road Gallery.
'Gaudeamus!' Two evenings of classical music honouring teachers
will be held on August 13 at 6.30 p.m. at the EOE Pereira Theatre,
Engineering Faculty, University of Peradeniya and on August 14 at
7.00 p.m. at the Russian Cultural Centre, Colombo.
Halpe, her pupils and the Peradeniya Singers have decided to present
an evening of classical music to honour teachers and all those engaged
in the noble task of education.
evening features third generation musicians of these teachers. With
solo performances of classical works by Debussy, Grieg, Brahms,
Max Bruch and Schumann, music in a lighter vein, in a vocal quartet,
a vocal trio and a vocal duet, instrumental music including piano
and violin, the concert will also have the Peradeniya Singers in
works of polyphony to modern counterpoint.
is by programme that can be obtained from Mrs. Bridget Halpe (Tel:
081 2239113), Mrs Hassinee Andree (2723026) and at the door.
landscapes to still life
She is one of the many young artists full of promise.Dina
Fernando whose paintings reflect a mature talent holds her second
exhibition "The Trails of Serendib" on August 14 and 15
at the Lionel Wendt Gallery. The exhibition will be opened by Professor
Senaka Bandaranayake on August 13 at 6.30 p.m.
began painting from the age of 13. She attended the art classes
conducted by the Y.W.C.A. but says it was the guidance and inspiration
from Lathifa Ismail that motivated her to widen her interest in
the arts. At present she is an art teacher at the Sapumal Foundation.
second solo exhibition will have 47 of her paintings, on a variety
of themes from land and seascapes to still life studies, figures,
birds and semi-abstracts.
to delight audience with mix of classical & popular
Pianist, Harsha Abeyaratne, will be performing at the Lionel Wendt
on Sunday, December 19 in a programme featuring popular works for
solo piano by Schubert, Debussy, Liszt, Muczynski, Brahms, and Prokofiev.
Harsha resides in the United States and is currently an Assistant
Professor of Music at Muskingum College in New Concord, Ohio.
received a Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Science at Lewis and
Clark College, Portland Oregon, and a Master of Music and Doctor
of Arts in Music at Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana. His
teachers at Lewis and Clark and Ball State, were Ann Schaffert Miller
and Robert Palmer, both highly respected in the United States.
addition to teaching piano, he collaborates with faculty and students,
and teaches Arts and Humanities of the West as well as Ear Training
and Sight Singing.