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The Anam launches intimate art tours

Released at: 16:29, 21/11/2017

The Anam launches intimate art tours

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Nha Trang Art Tour takes visitors to the homes and galleries of talented local artists.

by Doanh Doanh

Luxury resort The Anam has begun shepherding guests into the galleries and homes of talented local artists and recently unveiled an artist-in-residence program.

The resort’s commitment to the arts is obvious around its grounds, where an eclectic collection of hundreds of artworks by local artists hang from its walls and bedeck its pedestals.

“Our part of Vietnam is famous for its beaches, its islands, its Cham towers, and its seafood,” said The Anam’s General Manager Herbert Laubichler-Pichler. “It should be famous for its art, and we hope to help make that happen.”

Driven by his interest to get to know local artists personally, Mr. Laubichler-Pichler enlisted Ms. Nguyen Hong Van, who opened Nha Trang’s first art gallery, called The Rainbow Gallery, to create the Nha Trang Art Tour, providing the ultimate “insider” knowledge about the destination.

As part of this intimate seven-hour tour, Ms. Van and Mr. Laubichler-Pichler welcome art lovers into the homes and galleries of acclaimed local artists otherwise inaccessible to tourists, providing a new perspective of Vietnam and its people through their art, ranging from oil paintings and metalwork to sculpture and photography. The tour wraps up with dinner at a local Vietnamese restaurant renowned for its seafood.

The life story of one the tour’s artists, Mai Loc, epitomizes Vietnam’s rapid transformation. Once living under the poorest of conditions as a miner, he met a Norwegian couple by chance in 1995. They kept in touch, and for his wedding the couple gave him a camera, completely changing his life. Today Mai Loc is a much sought-after photographer who has exhibited his striking black-and-white and color images of Vietnam’s landscape and its people in Canada, Finland, Austria, and other parts of the world.

Painter Bui Van Quang, a member of the Vietnam Fine Arts Association, is also on the tour, showcasing authentic paintings depicting situations from the daily lives of Vietnamese through the use of the country’s rich colors.

Other artists involved include painters Tran Thi Bao Tran and her husband Luu Thanh Qua, Nguyen Huu Bai, Ngo Dang Hiep, and Le Huynh, metalwork artist Bui Trung Chinh, and sculptor Doan Xuan Hung.

The resort will stage its inaugural “Garden and Sun Artist in Residence” from December 26 to 29. Artists will create works and chat with guests amid the resort’s lush gardens before the resulting artworks are displayed on December 29 between 5pm and 7pm at the Au Lac Ballroom, with complimentary drinks and canapes.

The Nha Trang Art Tour is held daily from 1.30pm from The Anam and includes transfers, visits to studios and homes with a guide, and the ensuing dinner. It is priced from $77 per person in a group of six.

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