Monkey Forest Sanctuary, Ubud, hosted a painting exhibition. At least, there were 88 paintings displayed by 11 artists denoting the members of the Bening Art Community. The exhibition itself took place for a month from December 20, 2013 to January 20, 2014. “This exhibition is our activity in welcoming the Christmas and New Year 2014. Through this art exhibition, we want to provide a different attraction that can enrich the existing attraction for visitors,” said Operations Manager of the Monkey Forest Sanctuary, I Putu Suartika.
At this exhibition, explained Suartika, each painter featured eight paintings on canvas media. The theme highlighted was according to the expression of each artist. “Clearly, they show off their respective best paintings. Some are newly created, while some others are the old stock which previously became the collection of their gallery or studio,” explained Suartika.
Honestly, added Suartika, the idea to accommodate the creativity of the artists posed a real concern of the Monkey Forest management in the socio-cultural field. “It is also intended to enrich the attraction of the object by presenting a variety of works of art, so that visitors do not only see the monkey and forest,” he explained.
This activity was expected to boost the creativity of the artists to work more actively with the provision of the venue to exhibit their works. “This kind of exhibition is frequently filled by the students of the Indonesian Institute of the Arts (ISI) Denpasar and the Padangtegal Art Community. With this art exhibition, his party hoped to provide a new tourist attraction, so visitors would be more excited and wanted to make a visit again. “Aside from providing maximum services, we also want to give unforgettable memories to visitors,” he said.
The Bening Art Community consisted of I Nyoman Sarjana, I Wayan Eka Partama, AA Oka Agung, I Made Suta Kusuma, I Wayan Artana, I Wayan Meja, I Ketut Utarayana, I Ketut Suardana, I Ketut Kesuma Tirta, I Made Supena and I Nyoman Ari Winata. (BTN/015)