One cold October night in 2010, Asha Kama and his team from Voluntary Artists’ Studio, Thimphu (VAST) were sitting around a fire, deep in the Monpa village of Jangbi in Trongsa, telling jokes and singing songs.
They had gone camping in the east. It has become an annual ritual of VAST since.
We would like to invite you to join us for a very special evening of Art, Charity, Community and fun!
The “ART OF GIVING” night is a unique VAST event, where artists donate their artworks to raise funds to sponsor the “Make a Wish program”. The night also includes delicious food, drink, entertainment and the art of giving.
What is MAKE A WISH program?
The Make a Wish Program is where VAST helps elderly people with sponsorship from you. The elders travel through Bhutan on pilgrimage to holy sites, to places which they have never had the chance to visit before in their lives. Young VAST volunteers guide and travel with the elderly on this unique pilgrimage. This creates a conducive environment for urban youth to interact and connect with rural elderly people.
So through your attendance and participation in the “ART OF GIVING” night you will be contributing to a unique program which
- Fulfills a life-long wish of elderly villagers
- Helps bridge generation gap, by connecting urban youth with rural elderly
- Forwards community spirit and volunteerism
- Educates our youth volunteers
- Gives you the opportunity to own an artwork by our own Bhutanese artists
At the Art of Giving Night, you will get the exciting and exclusive opportunity to participate in the silent Auction of VAST Art.
VAST artists and volunteers have donated their time, efforts and artwork into making wishes come true for our elderly villagers, and we now hope you too will join us in realizing this important and touching mission
When: Friday, February 10th, 7 pm
Where: Alaya Gallery, VAST studio
What: Dinner, Art, Charity
Attendance: 1500 Nu
There will be a live performance by Tshering Dorji, a VAST member and a well-known muscian
Youth Interaction Through Art, the winter art camp this year was held in Dewathang from 4 -10 of January. 75 children from ages 12 – 17 came from all over Dewathang to attend the 7 day art camp. 15 student members from VAST, assisted 4 senior instructors in making the camp a fun experience.
VAST had the good fortune this year to partner with the Samdrup Jongkhar Initiative for this annual winter art camp. We worked together with 3 dynamic SJI members to merge art with the concept of GNH and zero waste living. Students learned to be conscious of their waste and work to find ways to reduce their carbon footprint. Along with basic art lessons (charcoal, portrait, pastels, landscape, etc.), students learned how to turn their waste into works of art. They were also exposed to a healthy lifestyle with all the vegetarian food at the camp grown organically by local farmers. Every morning began with a meditation exercise and the days were filled with activities that build coordination,teamwork, confidence and compassion.The camp came to a close on the 10th of January with an exhibition of students’ artwork and prize distribution.
We would like to extend our deepest gratitude to 4 master students from the famous Kalabhavan in Shantiniketan (India) who volunteeresd as visisting instructors. We would also like to thank the young volunteer cooks who kept us full filled and well fed up troughout the day.
VAST is beginning it’s new year 2012 with an art workshop headed by the artist Joe Beddall who is on a pleasure trip to Bhutan. The art workshop is organized by VAST in collaboration with the American artist Joe Beddall for the VAST members who could not make it to the VAST Winter Camp in Samdrup Jongkhar and for the art enthusiast youths of Thimphu. The 6 days long workshop began on 3rd January. During these six days, Joe will be sharing his knowledge and experience on Contemporary Art. The students will be learning about hues, textures, impasto,juxtaposition and creativity to name a few.
Schedule of the “Art Today- A touch of Contemporary Art” Workshop
Day 1 (3 Jan 2012):
- Materials Required
Day 2 (4 Jan 2012):
- Group Activity
- Paint Application
Day 3 (5 Jan 2012):
- Color Wheel
- Mixing Paints
- Hues, Tones and Shades
Day 4 (6 Jan 2012):
- Textures- Visual and Real
Day 5 (9 Jan 2012):
- Special Effects
Day 6 (10 Jan 2012):
- Wrap up
* VAST would like to thank Joe Beddall for doing the art workshop and sharing his time with VAST.
VAST is currently housing a training on Contemporary Art. The training is organised by Department of Information and Media under Ministry of Information and Communications in collaborations with VAST Bhutan.The training which started on 7th November will end on 25th November.
The famous Benigna Chilla who is inspired by geometric patterns found in architecture, textiles, and nature is heading the training.
On the auspicious occasion of the Royal Wedding of our beloved King His Majesty Druk Gyalpo Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and Her Majesty Ashi Jetsun Pema Wangchuck, the family of VAST joins the nation in celebration of the Royal Wedding and wishes the Royal Couple a happy married life.
Come and join us in the celebrations of the joyous occasion at 5: 30 PM at VAST Contemporary Art Centre located at Alaya Gallery, Tarayana Complex today.
VAST would be opening in a new studio located at Tarayna Center( Alaya Gallery) . The theme for the Opening Exhibition is “Shifts of Hope”. We have paintings on display from various Artists both from within and outside the country.
Everyone’s invited for the opening.
Date: 20th September 2011
Time: 17:30 – 20:30