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One of my bucket list items for a few years now was attending the linocut workshop Australian printmaker and artist Shana James has been instructing in Ubud, Bali each January at the Arma Resort. And January 2019 I was there!
This was a truly memorable experience staying at the ARMA Museum & Resort and participating in Shana James' Ubud Art Workshop and her Linocut Gardens Art Exhibition. Shana provided each of us with a lovely supplies kit, her comprehensive linocut instruction book, plus the ink and paper supplies we needed to execute our designs, inspired by the beauty around us. She demonstrated her techniques and guided us through her creative process step by step. The Arma grounds and facilities are beautiful, the staff so friendly and helpful, the food delicious, the Balinese culture and history, learning experiences, museum art gallery so memorable. It was an honour to meet Mr. Agung Rai and his family, to have Mr. Agung Rai personally guide us through the museum, to see the positive impact he and Arma have made for their community, to meet other artists and creatives.
The Arma Museum & Resort is closely connected with the Arma Foundation which provides economic and learning opportunities for people in the Ubud area. It was founded by Mr. Agung Rai and his wife based on a vision he had since his youth. With dedication, persistence and hard work step by step year after year he turned this dream of his into a reality. The Arma Resort is a gorgeous large estate with 2 restaurants serving delightful food, a spa, a vast museum art gallery, an arts centre for arts lessons, workshops, performances, a performance stage, an employee training centre, 2 swimming pools, stunning buildings and temples, lush cultured grounds, with rice fields, gardens and walking paths. An amazing variety of spa services, tours and craft workshops are available directly through the Arma, with free shuttle to/from the nearby mainstreet market area. Shana informed me the Arma Resort provides a free venue for children to learn traditional Balinese dance and gamblen lessons (like a Balinese xylophone) and the owners also run the ARMA foundation, a charity, which by staying there we are supporting all that too. That was in part why she decided it had to be the place for her Linocut workshops, also the people are very lovely to work with too.
What a pleasure it was to meet and create alongside the other lovely ladies who attended the workshop - such talented and inspiring women!!! A big thank-you to them for sharing their time with me - it was a wonderful experience.
And huge thanks to Shana for the opportunity to participate in both the workshop and the exhibition and connect with other artists at the lovely Arma resort, including Japanese woodblock artist Comeon Komatsu. Such an amazing and enjoyable learning experience in beautiful Bali.
LINOCUT GARDENS ART EXHIBITION - OPENING RECEPTION
Please click on Linocut Gardens Video to view the Video of the Linocut Gardens Art Exhibition and Opening Reception.
The ARMA Museum lobby is a large space divided by a water feature down the centre and a bridge. On One side Shana James and Ebony Russell exhibited Linocuts and on the other side participants of Shana's Linocut workshop in Ubud exhibited their linocuts created during the workshop. The work was beautiful and well received by locals and tourists. Exhibiting artists for this show included: Shana James, Ebony Russell, Tracy Black, Adele Frankle, Toni Gorkin, Jan Jenkins, Sonya Honey, Andrea Brown, Barbara Douglas, Yve Janssens Poucet.
You can see More of Shana's artwork at www.shanajames.com or find out more about the up-skilling linocut retreat in Bali at www.ubudartworkshops.com.au
Photo credits: Jan Jenkins, Shana James, Adele Frankle