art and jewellery by Leema
international model shows
off peacock jewellery
By Risidra Mendis
She is a journalist by profession
and an artiste by choice. But
her love for nature from her childhood days has today made her a popular artiste
among art lovers around the world.
Saman Leema Pereira, a self-taught artiste, has used
her work to highlight what she says are the simple pleasures of life.
She paints in oils and water colours while her other
unique creations include glass painted coffee table tops in floral designs,
tablemats, glass panes for mall windows, glass paintings, lampshades, wrought
iron candlestands and even glass bulbs. She makes jewellery out of peacock
feathers and painted glass pieces. Printed posters and greeting cards based on
her glass paintings are very popular in Abu Dhabi. A couch fashioned out of
three ancient bullock cart wheels is one out of the many unique pieces of
furniture created by Leema.
"There is no end to the things you can design and
create by using the glass painting technique. All you need is some creativity
and an artistic touch to create unimaginable designs," Leema said.
"For art to bring happiness and a sense of well being,
it has to be simple, easily accessible and close to nature," says Leema. Leema
refers to her work as mosaic on glass because she uses a variety of geometrical
shapes to create a painting. "Mosaic on art is very time consuming. Once the
sketch and outline are done the paint is applied drop by drop to the surface.
The end result is stunning. A small mosaic on glass usually takes two to three
days while a bigger one takes about a week to complete," Leema said.
Leema, an art teacher, says she is willing to teach
anybody interested in the technique. Her work has adorned many homes in the UAE.
Saman Leema has now opened The Island Art Gallery in her native Gampaha. My
gallery is open to any artiste from anywhere in the world to display their work
free of charge. Through her gallery Leema hopes to help new, unrecog- nised
talent and help inexperienced artistes sell their work.
Exhibition by photo journalists
A photographic exhibition organised by the
Freelance Photography Association will
be held at the National Art Gallery. The exhibition, organised for the first
time will commence today (25) and will be on till Tuesday (27). Six-hundred and
fifty photographs by professional photo journalists will be on display.
Workshops on photography by Domonic Christopher will
also be held on all three days. The exhibition is sponsored by Debug Epson and
entrance is free.
Givenchy’s international make-up artist Joseph Dosh was
in Colombo recently to launch the new make up range Le Makeup.
The new cosmetics range created by Givenchy make-up
artistic director Nicholas Degennes, goes back to the beginning. It takes its
inspiration from the 4G logo which is embellished on all the packaging as well
as on the famous prism blushers and powders.
The pivotal part of Le Makeup is its new lipstick,
Rouge Interdict — a metal tube engraved with a captivating geometric design, the
4G logo. Four collections are released every year, but this year’s most
promising collection is the Christmas 2007 collection. Each product is decorated
with a delicate shower of diamonds. These products include a shimmering
lipstick, mascara with diamond glitter and pure diamond lip gloss.
Givenchy’s new fragrance "Ange ou Etrange" (literally
means angel or stranger) was launched on the same day.
The stage show — Mamai Banai presented by
popular singers Rohana Baddege and Bandula Wijeweera will be held on November 29
after a lapse of 10 years.
However during this time the show was performed
overseas for Sri Lankans living in other parts of the world. Mamai Banai
has become popular among foreigners who have taken an interest in Sri Lanka’s
traditional music. Sarath Kulanga and Jeevan Handunnetti will assist Baddege and
Wijeweera at the show. Costumes are designed by Irangani Gunewardene, sets are
by Abhimangala Gunewardene with production by Edward Chandrasiri. It is
organised by Jude Srimal.
The stage show will be held at the Tower Hall, Maradana
at 6.30 p.m. and will be sponsored by the Singer Lions Club, Nugegoda.
Play House presents Walas Pawula and
Play House, Kotte, the leading children’s play
producer, presents a two day Theatre Festival for young audiences on December 7
and 8 at the Navarangahala at 3.30 p.m. and 7 00 p.m.
The organisation’s latest creation Walas Pawula
(Bear Family) and the well received Himakumariya (Snow White) will be
showcased at the event. The festival is sponsored by HNB Assurance PLC in a bid
to promote children’s theatre in Sri Lanka.
The Play House, Kotte has been organising festivals of
theatre for children and youth annually for the last 25 years. The institution
was established in 1981 by Somalatha Subasinghe to further the cause of children
and youth theatre in Sri Lanka. Both plays are written by Somalatha Subasinghe.
Walas Pawula is directed and choreographed by
Dr. Chandana Aluthge and Himakumariya is directed by Somalatha Subasinghe.
Music for Walas Pawula and Himakumariya is by Tharupathi
Munasinghe and M.R. Chulasinghe, respectively.
The cast comprises Pramudi Karunarathne, Damayantha
Perera, Wishvajith Gunasekera, Chaya Sri Nammuni, Sanjaya Hettiarachchi, Hiran
Abeysekere, Shamaine Gunarathne, Nayomi Gunasiri, Dinuki de Silva, Mayura
Kanchana, Suresh Fernando, Namal Jayasinghe, Geetha Alahakoon and Ishara
on the luxury property market
Once on par with prices in London, New York and Dubai,
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this just a lull? To find out, get your hands on the latest edition of Sri
Lanka’s Definitive Guide To LIVING, the glossy bi-monthly from Media
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Lanka with current market trends and expert views, plus cameo appearances by the
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many more. A good mix of articles — from entertainment to fashion and wildlife
to fitness, this comprehensive leisure and lifestyle journal is a thoroughly
good read — with many useful directories of essential services, an events guide,
airline schedules and a survey of city jewellery shops.