Kohima: As the curtains were brought down for the first art camp under the Gallery of Contemporary Art (GoCA) on Thursday, a short valedictory function was organised for the participating artists at RCEMPA, Jotsoma in Nagaland.
The art camp was initiated by the Task Force for Music and Arts (TaFMA).
With 10 professional artists as participants, the four-day camp concluded on a creative note with each enhancing their master skills through this platform. The art camp was organised under the theme “Naga”.
Artist Akup Buchem shared his experience saying that with the “rich culture and history” of the Nagas, there was so much more to learn from the grassroots level rather than going to international events.
It was also the first time for artist Vikuolelie Keditsu who shared that he has “no regrets” of joining the art camp as he is returning home with “a lot of memories and experiences”.
“I as an artist tend to speak to the world through every little sketches, the intricacies of God, as painting been an unspoken gift received undeserved,” said artist Mayani Kikon. “I thank TaFMA for the platform created for every art lovers to display their master skills and not only that, but for making us feel so special,” she added.
Exhorting the gathering, project director Hovithal Sothu lauded the participants for displaying strength and “will power” to do things. Sothu said that more camps are in the pipeline and will feature national and international artists in its future events.
Highlighting good qualities of an artist, he reminded them to follow the eight principles of being punctual, courteous, versatile, honest, curious, being quick, being a good listener and communicator besides being a perfectionist and maintaining cleanliness.
Acknowledging its advisor Theja Meru for bringing these talents under one roof and building them together, Sothu hoped that this “infant stage of art” will grow to higher stages.
The creations of the participating artists — Akup Bhuchem, Among Venuh, Arenla Nungshi, Chuten Jamir, Cynthia Kolakhe, Lipokmanen, Mhasiselhu Viyie, Mhayani Kikon and Tia Aier — will be officially launched by mid-October.
Furthermore, the first Dimapur art festival will be held from October 15 to 19.
As a new initiative by the TaFMA to promote local artists, Advisor for Art & Culture and Tourism Khehovi Yepthomi inaugurated the Gallery of Contemporary Art (GoCA) at the Regional Centre for Excellence in Music and Performing Arts (RCEMPA) in Jotsoma on September 24.