Jonesboro, GA: Arts Clayton Gallery is featuring “East & West – An Artist’s View” with selections of award-winning artwork by Dr. Sivananda Nyayapathi.
Clayton County leaders joined the Board of Arts Clayton in celebrating the unique art exhibit with a reception welcoming Georgia’s Consul for Commercial & Community Affairs Shailesh Lakhtakhia representing the Republic of India in Atlanta. The reception featured traditional Indian cuisine, and ladies in the audience were outfitted in ornate saris – a cultural and fashion icon for India. Board members of Indian origin Dr Tulsi Vanapalli, Dr Anu Bhat, Lata Chinnan, Parveen Yusufji and Dr Paddy Sharma sponsored the exhibition reception event.
State Representative Mike Glanton shared the importance of the exhibit: “I am delighted to have experienced the very talented renown India artist Sivananda Nyayapathi … a fantastic painter presenting images almost life-like and extremely detailed. It is equally important to support the Arts Clayton Gallery as it provides a valued service made possible through private donations, and support from the Georgia General Assembly, Clayton County Commission, and Georgia Council of the Arts. I encourage everyone to take an opportunity to visit Arts Clayton during the current exhibition and future presentations of local and global artists,” he said.
The India exhibit is the 4th in a series where Arts Clayton Gallery has hosted exhibits collaborating with Georgia’s International Consular Corps, using artistry to feature traditions and modern advances of the State’s growing international communities. Dr. Nyayapathi’s art tells an important story about the world as viewed by an artist who paints from two different cultural views to interpret India and America through landscapes and portraits.
Dr. Nyayapathi is highly regarded for his oil paintings, and he has been judged a finalist in prominent national competitions as well as juried shows across Georgia. He is a Signature Member of Oil Painters of America, National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society, and Atlanta Fine Arts League; Associate Member of Portrait Society of America and International Guild of Realism. He is recognized as an “Associate Living Master” by the Art Renewal Center, a “Signature Member” of the prestigious Oil Painters of America, and has been honored with the Maitri Award for excellence in art and Vamsi Award of Excellence in Art. He holds a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology in Kharagpur, India.
As a compliment to the paintings, Mrs. Mani Nyayapathi had a variety of Indian handicrafts and also rangoli greeting cards hand-made by her for the show. The exhibit is open free to the public during regular Gallery hours Monday – Friday from 9 am to 5 pm and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
“Amazing exhibit! This is what happens when a community supports the arts — an amazing gallery, inspiring art, and sharing different cultures,” expressed Fayette artist and Arts Clayton Director Donna Thomson.
For information about the exhibit and other programs of the Arts Clayton Gallery, call 770-473-5430 or follow the Gallery on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.