Attention those with an artistic thumb. The second instalment of the Honalfan Summer Art Festival will be held from Sunday May 10 to Wednesday June 4 right here in the capital.
Brought to you by AD Arts Collective, a movement of global artists who now call Abu Dhabi home, and the Emirates Writers Union, the festival will bring together 20 exhibiting artists. The artists, who belong to 13 different nationalities, specialise in various creative fields that include photography, fine arts and poetry.
On display will be more than 80 artworks from the talented and diverse bunch, who have found a way to connect their respective backgrounds with Arab culture.
Apart from the art exhibition itself, you can attend various live performances that include comedy, poetry and live music. You can also pull up a stool at one of the two free interactive art workshops, that will be held on May 15 and May 22, to fine-tune your craft.
Suhair Fakhoury (Artist)
Born in Jordan, Fakhoury’s art has always helped her get a better understanding of her ever evolving and changing life, and this is visible in her paintings.
Andy anderson (photographer)
Anderson’s photographs are real and untouched. The American’s work looks so natural that people actually wonder if his clicks are paintings. He likes the effects he can get from High Dynamic Range (HDR) fusion and uses it for realistic and impressionistic imagery.
Amal Mutea Al AhmeD (writer, artist)
This Palestine native joined the Abu Dhabi Writers Union in 2004 and there’s been no looking back since. She started out as a poet but soon discovered a flair for writing short stories and scripts for kids’ plays. She’s also known to dabble around with a paintbrush.
Katharina Möller (artist)
From the time that she could hold a pen, German-born Möller has used arts and crafts to express herself. She thinks in pictures and enjoys experimenting with different mediums. Her illustrations have been used for poster and logo designs, CD covers and magazines.