Saturday, July 07, 2012

Balik Pulau - A place for eco-tourism and art heaven

As reported in The Star.

Balik Pulau - A place to inspire artists

THE Balik Pulau Art Society aims to establish Balik Pulau in Penang as an art village with the upcoming Balik Pulau Art Festival on July 13.

The three-day festival, which ends on July 15, aims to promote interaction among the people. Artists will be seen outdoors busy sketching the panaromic view of Balik Pulau from Balik Pulau Hill, Anjung Indah, on the first day.

The activity continues on the second day with painting or photography focusing on a few spots such as a fishing village, paddy field and old heritage buildings.

The festival will end with the display of artwork at No. 5 Kampung Ku, Balik Pulau, on the final day.
Penang-born artist Patrick Lasak is a self-taught artist who considers Balik Pulau a treasure trove.

“You can find the biggest inspiration here in Balik Pulau.

“The problem is, not many people know about the place or see it as inspiring for artists.
“We should shift some of the art attention from George Town to other destinations,” said Patrick.

State Town and Country Planning, Housing and Arts Committee chairman Wong Hon Wai thinks Balik Pulau has potential to be an eco-tourism and art haven.

“Balik Pulau is attractive for several reasons. One is the food, such as durian and laksa, and second is for the panaromic view, especially the landscape and hills,” he said in a press conference.

Wong also witnessed the handing over of three hardcover books by Penang Museum and Art Gallery to the representatives of schools in Penang.

The books are ‘Tan Mo-Leong Retrospective’ by Dr Tan Chong Guan, ‘Eric Quah Retrospective’ by Datuk Dr Tan Chee Khuan and ‘Dunia Seri Catan Khoo Sui Hoe’ by Lee Khai.

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