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Textile art from “Shilpa: Colors of India-Pakistan-Bangladesh.”

by HAP MANSFIELD

The brilliant colors of the east will drench the walls at the San Marcos Activity Center, 501 East Hopkins Street, with an art exhibit entitled “Shilpa: Colors of India-Pakistan-Bangladesh.” The exhibit will run from runs through March 2 with a special reception on Jan 27 from 5-7 p.m.

If you go…

“Shilpa: Colors of India-Pakistan-Bangladesh” is free to the public and will be available for viewing during Activity Center Hours. The center is open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Mon.-Thurs.  The Friday hours are 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. The Saturday hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. The center is closed on Sunday.

Co-currator and artist Debangana Banerjee explained that the title of the show “Shilpa” means art in Sanskrit.

“We have more than 30 artists on exhibit right now,” said Banerjee,”But we are going to display more over time. It will be definitely more than 100.”

The exhibit will not remain static and will vary from week to week so attendees should plan to drop by the center more than once to see the ever-changing variety of the show.

While there will be artists from India on display, there will also be artists from the U.S. as well, reflecting their Indian heritage.

“Not all of the artists are from India,” said Banerjee, “We have artists from Chicago, Houston, Maryland and San Marcos, as well.”

The artwork is as varied and spirited as the culture it emanates from with a kaleidoscopic assortment of dynamic mediums from textiles to scrolls to prints and paintings.

“There will be prints, paintings and photographs as well as jewelry and dresses. The art is a selection of both contemporary and traditional art,” she said.

The exhibit has been a labor of love for Banerjee who is not only a talented printmaker and painter herself but also contributed works of other artists and craftsmen from her own collection in addition to her own artwork.

Banerjee adds, “The reception on January 27th will feature Indian snacks as well as performances.”

The exhibit is sponsored by the Activity Center, the San Marcos Arts Council and the City of San Marcos with support from the San Marcos Arts Commission.  Linda Kelsey-Jones is  the co-curator with Banerjee.

Mixed media portrait of Krishna and Radha from “Shilpa: Colors of India-Pakistan-Bangladesh.”

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