"Flamboyant Experiments"…an Exhibition of vibrant children

The Arab Cultural Center in Al-Mazzeh, hosted for the second season "Flamboyant Experiments"exhibition organized by the Educational Center for Fine Arts, presenting the artistic work of talented children. The participants' creativity and experiences are evaluated and rewarded.

Quills, colors and paper were their simple tools to express themselves and draw their dreams on a small white surface, combining talent and creativity to give the exhibition's visitors a dose of pure plastic art.

Marquetry- Turning Wood into Masterwork

Mother-of-pearl marquetry craft is an ancient intricate wood inlay technique which Damascus has perfected for a long time and is renowned for, as it highlights aspects of Damascene heritage, that included turning wood into elegant designs with excellent craftsmanship, and embellishing old Damascene houses and worshipping places, like mosques and churches, with delicate and intricate motifs.

Wood inlay dates back hundreds of years, as hardly an old Damascene house did not own a mother-of-pearl inlaid furnishing of a sort as a decorative element of the house. Ancient buildings and hotels in Damascus had an architectural style based on the art of marquetry. Qasr al-Athm, A’nbar Office and Beit Nitham are among the most famous Damascene residential places, decorated by inlaid wood and mother of pearl furnishings.
At his shop in old Damascus, artisan Hassan al- Harastani displays his various woodwork, saying: “Wood inlay is a craft that depends greatly on the craftsman’s imagination for carving, inlaying and transforming wood into artistically ornamented woodworks. Floral motifs and drawings are used along with geometric shapes such as octagons, squares, hexagons and triangles for the purpose of creating woodwork with traditional ornate carvings. We use certain types of wood including lemonwood, rosewood and beech, dyed mainly in black or green.”
Despite its modesty and simplicity, the shop is filled with old antiques of distinctive oriental pieces. In one of its corners, there are small machines, equipment and tools for wood carving, lathing, inlaying and varnishing, as well as mother of pearl oyster shells, and thin wood panels.
In an adjoining storehouse, there are pieces of oriental furniture, assorted boxes, ornate cabinets and sideboards, game tables and others.
Al-Harastani said that this art has become Syria’s ambassador to most of the countries of the world namely though Syrian expatriates who like to keep a shell inlay wooden piece, from their own country, like a souvenir. This craft, however, has been immensely impacted by the long war. Before that, tourists constituted the major part of our clients who collected heritage pieces. At any rate, there are quite some concerned people who still find our wooden inlay work appealing.

Fateh Al-Mudaris … Not only a teacher by name

“Qamat” colloquium - a gathering designated to discuss art and literature- dedicated its monthly conference at Al-Assad National Library to the artist Fateh Al-Mudaris, with the participation of critics and plastic artists.

Fateh Al-Mudaris, which means “teacher” in arabic had a real connotation to his name, since he was a Syrian painter and professor at the faculty of Fine Arts at Damascus University. He was one of the leaders of the modern art movement in Syria. He studied at the Accademia di Belle Arti in Rome, where he was influenced by surrealism. After he completed his studies, he returned to Syria where he grew and honed his skills under the auspices of a long-time friend, mentor, and tutor Wahbi Al-Hariri. Al-Mudaris studied at the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris for three years in the early 1970s, and honed his technical and compositional skills before returning to Syria to teach at the University of Damascus an opportunity that allowed him to interact with other young Syrian artists.

"Photograph" a short film depicting repercussions of the war in Syria on Syrian children

"Photograph", a Syrian short film by Director al-Mouhannad Kalthoum, is to be screened on Thursday at al-Kindi Cinema in Damascus as part of the Professional Short Film competition of the 7th Festival for Youth Cinema and Short Films, which is to kick off on June 25, 2020 and last till June 29.

The film, the scenario of which was written by Bouthaina Na'eeseh, depicts the repercussions of the war in Syria on Syrian children. It tackles child labor and the difficult economic circumstances that lead children to leave schools and look for a job to support their families.

 The film also talks about the situation of children in the post-war era and about man's struggle to survive.

Syrian artist to ST: love and art make life brighter

The exhibition of Syrian fine artist lina Deeb opened at the National Visual Arts Center in Damascus two days ago, in the presence of a group of artists and journalists.

The exhibition included more than 50 paintings reflecting her experience in various stages in the fields of engraving and photography.

In a statement to Syria time’s e-newspaper, Deeb said: “The exhibition reflects my experience in the art of engraving and photography”

“I was working on completing my exhibits during the period of lockdown imposed in the country due to  Coronavirus crisis, and here I want to send a message that a person, no matter what his circumstances are, is still able to be creative and active” she added.