Mama Inés Cafe: Calle de Hortaleza, 22, 28004, Madrid

Mama Ines Cafe: Calle de Hortaleza, 22, 28004, Madrid
Mama Ines Cafe: Calle de Hortaleza, 22, 28004, Madrid
Mama Inés Cafe: Calle de Hortaleza, 22, 28004, Madrid

Exhibiting Christian Vega & Javier Melus

Christian Vega

Prices from €450 in this selection.

Mama Ines Cafe: Calle de Hortaleza, 22, 28004, Madrid
My favourite is the Merman.

You can find Christian Vega’s Facebook here and Instagram here. Vega Arte on Instagram here.

Direct contact details for Christian (0034)616595582, c.vegallamazares@hotmail.com.

I love these continuous line drawings, at this scale they are super very impressive! The bold block colour shapes add another layer of depth which helps the viewer integrate an understanding of the character of the subject, perhaps a display of an aura? The face blacked out with just the eye gives a sense of privacy and anonymity. Very stylish!

Javier Melus

Prices from €750 in this selection.

Mama Ines Cafe: Calle de Hortaleza, 22, 28004, Madrid
Right: €750

You can find Javier Melus’s Facebook here, Instagram here and website here.

Direct contact details for Javier are (0034)607903914, javimelus@gmail.com.

It’s clear that Javier’s style is full on pop art through the ages. The iconic super heroes, cartoon legends and even modern heroes like the minions means that his art attracts fans of all ages. Bright colours, busy compositions and large scale formats become an exciting addition to any wall.

Mama Inés Cafe

You can find the cafe on Trip advisor here, Facebook here, Instagram here. Their website is here.

I first discovered this cafe in early 2019. I was visiting a friend and we went on a date here! The cafe are serious about their coffee and were not happy we had walked in with our Starbucks drinks! A moment later their coffee arrived followed by a fantastic breakfast. I don’t remember if they had art when I first visited, perhaps that’s an indication of how the date was going!

This time, I stumbled across the cafe again whilst helping another friend promote her latte infusions…another story for another time. This time I was delighted to see the artwork up on the walls! The exposed brick a perfect compliment to the glass fronted pieces, shiny and rough surfaces allowing the contrast of textures to amplify the colours. Visit and enjoy!

It would be super helpful to everyone involved in this project, if you visit please can you say that you found the place on this website: Amazing Aliya, so that we can see that this project DOES help connect people together.

Sería muy útil para todas las personas involucradas en este proyecto, si al visitar un local recomendado por nosotros, menciones que lo encontraste en nuestro sitio web: AmazingAliya.com, para que podamos ver cómo este proyecto está ayudando a conectar a la gente.

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Estrellados, Espacio De Art: Calle Estrella, 4, 28004, Madrid

Estrellados, Espacio De Art: Calle Estrella, 4, 28004, Madrid
Estrellados, Espacio De Art: Calle Estrella, 4, 28004, Madrid

Exhibiting Alain Cugnenc, Lorena Domingo Aliaga and other artists.

Prices from €25 for jewellery. Creative items such as Jewellery, Ceramics, Canvas and more.

Estrellados, Espacio De Art: Calle Estrella, 4, 28004, Madrid

You can find Estrellados Espacio de Arte’s Facebook page here. It’s a brand new gallery and studio space, only opening in November 2019!

The space is fresh and bright with a great display of the artwork, jewellery and ceramics in an accessible way that’s very inviting. They have great gift ideas, the artwork is captivating and the jewellery is cleverly designed and well made.

You can see Alain Cugnenc’s Intagram here, Facebook here and website here.

You can see Lorena Domingo Aliaga’s Instagram here and Facebook here.

I really urge you to visit the space and discover a fresh approach to how a working studio and gallery can be created. There are lots of pieces with great details that can’t be captured in a photograph, also when I discovered the space it was night time so the photos I could take were in difficult lighting! Happy art hunting!

It would be super helpful to everyone involved in this project, if you visit please can you say that you found the place on this website: Amazing Aliya, so that we can see that this project DOES help connect people together.

Sería muy útil para todas las personas involucradas en este proyecto, si al visitar un local recomendado por nosotros, menciones que lo encontraste en nuestro sitio web: AmazingAliya.com, para que podamos ver cómo este proyecto está ayudando a conectar a la gente.

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Cafetería Panadería Mona: Carrer de Juan de la Cierva, 37, 03560 El Campello, Alicante

Cafetería Panadería Mona: Carrer de Juan de la Cierva, 37, 03560 El Campello, Alicante
Carrer de Juan de la Cierva, 37, 03560 El Campello, Alicante
Carrer de Juan de la Cierva, 37, 03560 El Campello, Alicante

Exhibiting Lavinia Martinez

Prices from €50, contact via email or WhatsApp, details below.

Carrer de Juan de la Cierva, 37, 03560 El Campello, Alicante
€50 for this large canvas, 60cm by 50cm approximately
Carrer de Juan de la Cierva, 37, 03560 El Campello, Alicante
Canvas with Oils, 60cm by 50cm approximately

You can contact the artist Sylvia on (0034)604371650 or laviniamartinez1@gmail.com

You can find the Cafetería Panadería Mona Facebook page here. They are such a hidden gem they are not on trip advisor or on instagram. They have good coffee and a warm and friendly manner! I would recommend highly!

It would be super helpful to everyone involved in this project, if you visit please can you say that you found the place on this website: Amazing Aliya, so that we can see that this project DOES help connect people together.

Sería muy útil para todas las personas involucradas en este proyecto, si al visitar un local recomendado por nosotros, menciones que lo encontraste en nuestro sitio web: AmazingAliya.com, para que podamos ver cómo este proyecto está ayudando a conectar a la gente.

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LAUGHTER YOGA WORKSHOP!

Laughter Yoga Madrid

I am so excited to tell you I have a great collaboration happening with the AWESOME and INCREDIBLE Carmen La Greiga!

Carmen has kindly offered me her studio space to run my Laughter Yoga workshop in. A visual artist, Carmen creates art and finds time to teach art to adults and children, in Spanish and English.

You can find her studio in Madrid’s website here, her art on these websites here and here and on Instagram here.

I’m so grateful to be working with her, linking Art and Movement of the body for health and wellbeing purposes!

WHAT IS HAPPENING?

Laughter is the best medicine! We’ve all heard the phrase but do we make time for this natural, magical elixir or do we take our health too seriously!

I’ve made a FREE 2 hour workshop, combining traditional hatha, ashtanga and yin yoga practises with the energising and health boosting laughter yoga! Sign up on MeetUp here!

WHAT IS LAUGHTER YOGA?

Laughter yoga, was the invention of medical doctor Dr Madan Kataria and supported by his wife Madhuri Kataria they started the laughter movement in a Mumbai Park in 1995. Now there are thousands of laughter clubs in more than 100 countries. – I want to make a new club here in Madrid!

Simple, pure and natural laughter has been scientifically proven to reduce levels of stress hormones such as cortisol and epinephrine in the blood. Just 15 minutes of continuous laughter has many health benefits!

You can see the Laughter University website here.

WHAT DO I NEED?

Anyone can come to this workshop. No previous yoga experience required, no sense of humour is needed. If you find it difficult to laugh then this is a workshop you really need to come to. It’s for your own good!

How to enjoy the workshop best:

  1. Comfortable clothes – no tight jeans or formal shirts, something like pyjamas acceptable!
  2. A smile – we will give you one of ours to borrow if you forget yours.
  3. Something to lay down on (towel, blanket or yoga mat).
  4. Childlike attitude – we can provide one for you on the day.

WHERE IS IT?

The workshop will be held in The Greek workshop (Taller La Griega), Calle de Fúcar, 4, 28014, Madrid, SPAIN.

Closest metro is Esatación de Arte or Sol.
Bus Routes 6 (Desamparados), 27 and 34 (Prado-Atocha), 32 (Neptuno).

WHEN IS IT?

Sunday 1st December 2019, workshop starts at 11am.

Please arrive 10-20 minutes before the class so we can arrange the space to fit us all. Remember, we are here to have fun, allow yourself the most fun by coming early to settle in and start comfortably!

FINALLY, WHY?

You can’t enjoy life if you are sick.

Laughter Yoga strengthens the immune system which not only prevents
you from falling ill, but also helps to heal a variety of conditions like hypertension, heart disease, diabetes, depression, arthritis, allergies, asthma, bronchitis, backache, insomnia, fibromyalgia, migraine headaches, menstrual disorders, cancer and many others.

SOURCE: https://laughteryoga.org/

Here is some HARD SCIENCE that backs up these health claims:

In a 2014 study on the effect of laughter Yoga on general health among nursing students:

Conclusions: The findings showed that laughter Yoga had a positive effect on students’ general health and improved the signs of physical and sleep disorders, lowered anxiety and depression, and promoted their social function. Therefore, laughter Yoga can be used as one of the effective strategies on students’ general health.

SOURCE: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3917183/

In a 2017 study on the effect of laughter yoga exercises on anxiety and sleep quality in patients suffering from Parkinson’s disease:

Conclusion: The results of the present study demonstrate that laughter yoga exercises can reduce anxiety and improve sleep quality in patients suffering from Parkinson’s disease. As a result, laughter yoga exercises may be beneficial as a complementary therapy with standard treatment methods to reduce anxiety and improve sleep quality in patients with Parkinson’s.

SOURCE: http://www.bmrat.org/index.php/BMRAT/article/view/200

BUSINESS LEADERS: In 2016 on QUARTZ – a website for global news and insights for a new generation of business leaders – an article:

Clinical findings support claims that mirth, genuine or otherwise, has positive physical, physiological, and psychological effects. Laughter is associated with improved heart rate and immune system function, lowered blood pressure, reduced stress hormone production, increased salivary flow, and elevated pain tolerance. Whether or not people are really feeling gleeful, the body responds positively to the act of laughing, which can then induce actual relaxation and feeling of wellbeing.

SOURCE: https://qz.com/824005/the-hard-science-that-backs-up-age-defying-laughter-yoga/

A 2019 article on the website Help Guide – a non profit mental health and wellness website, this article explains the benefits of laughter. Written by Lawrence Robinson, Melinda Smith, M.A., and Jeanne Segal, Ph.D.

Find your inner child. Pay attention to children and try to emulate them—after all, they are the experts on playing, taking life lightly, and laughing at ordinary things.

https://www.helpguide.org/articles/mental-health/laughter-is-the-best-medicine.htm
Laughing with my friend Aisha in Egypt

One of my favourite reads is this study as is has an example of a laughter prescription:

We propose that laughter prescriptions might contain detailed information as to the frequency, intensity, time, and type of laughter (forming the useful mnemonic “FITT”), much like pharmacological prescriptions and exercise prescriptions. This format aims to give patients clear and easy-to-remember guidelines. It is also a way to present laughter in a serious manner. When prescribing laughter, it would be of utmost importance to individualize the recommendations, taking into consideration the patient’s own sense of humor and willingness to engage in new activities, such as laughter yoga.

SOURCE: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6125057/
SOURCE: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6125057/ See below for the prescription:
  • An example of a laughter prescription:
  •  (F) Frequency: once a week
  •  (I) Intensity: belly laughing
  •  (T) Time: 30 minutes
  •  (T) Type: your favorite sit-com
I don’t know these people but they look happy!

If you are still unconvinced a more extensive list of studies is available here.

I WELCOME YOU:

I really hope you can come along and start something fun and healthy with me. I teach yoga, art, emotional freedom (EFT and TFT) and now I hope to teach you how to have a good laugh at yourself, your problems and just how ridiculous some things that we worry about are.

I’m not a medical doctor. If you have any health concerns, speak to your doctor, however I have full insurance for teaching yoga and I promise to look after you.

I’m not your guru or a magical being that can solve all your problems – YOU ARE.

Take back control of your life – laugh and the world laughs with you.

If you have any questions, please ask!

Join us: https://www.meetup.com/Amazing-Yoga-with-Aliya/events/266314528/

Lacaña: Calle de Santa Isabel, 50, 28012, Madrid

Lacaña: Calle de Santa Isabel, 50, 28012, Madrid
Lacaña: Calle de Santa Isabel, 50, 28012, Madrid
Calle de Santa Isabel, 50, 28012 Madrid

Exhibiting Helena Díez Fernández – Exhibition Ended Nov 2019

Prices available directly from artist. Contact her through Instagram messages.

Lacaña: Calle de Santa Isabel, 50, 28012, Madrid
Lacaña: Calle de Santa Isabel, 50, 28012, Madrid
Lacaña: Calle de Santa Isabel, 50, 28012, Madrid
Nina: Acrylic and Oils
Lacaña: Calle de Santa Isabel, 50, 28012, Madrid
Punica Granatum – Acrylic
Lacaña: Calle de Santa Isabel, 50, 28012, Madrid

You can find the restaurant Lacaña on trip advisor here and on Facebook here.

You can find more of Elena Díez Fernández on Instagram here and on Facebook here.

This exhibition is titled ‘Homenaje al Bicentenario del Museo del Prado’, or ‘Tribute to the Bicentennial of the Prado Museum’. I believe Elena has worked at the Reina Sofia and the Prado Museum in the past. Her range of styles is captivating, if you can arrange a private viewing of her work, I highly recommend it!

Feel free to visit and see what the new artwork on display is. Of the pieces listed above, only one is sold as far as I know so you can still purchase a piece! Just get in touch with Helena. Thank you so much for reading this far and happy art hunting!

It would be super helpful to everyone involved in this project, if you visit please can you say that you found the place on this website: Amazing Aliya, so that we can see that this project DOES help connect people together.

Sería muy útil para todas las personas involucradas en este proyecto, si al visitar un local recomendado por nosotros, menciones que lo encontraste en nuestro sitio web: AmazingAliya.com, para que podamos ver cómo este proyecto está ayudando a conectar a la gente.

Exhibiting Clara Vento – EXHIBITION ENDED OCTOBER 2019

(Updated 4th Ocotber 2019)

Collage, 40x50cm, €70
Collage, Watercolour, 30x40cm, €60
Collage, Watercolour: 40x30cm, €60
Collage, Watercolour: 40x30cm €60
Collage, 40×30 cm, €60
Collage 40×30 cm €60

You can find the restaurant Lacaña on trip advisor here.

You can find more of Clara Vento’s artwork on her blogspot here, Instagram here or email her directly: claraventodesign@gmail.com .

These are collages created with watercolour, and paper. The style is minimal with great balance of composition. The lighting makes it tricky to avoid the reflections in the glass so please visit and have a look for yourself. Thank you so much for reading this far and happy art hunting!

It would be super helpful to everyone involved in this project, if you visit please can you say that you found the place on this website: Amazing Aliya, so that we can see that this project DOES help connect people together.

Sería muy útil para todas las personas involucradas en este proyecto, si al visitar un local recomendado por nosotros, menciones que lo encontraste en nuestro sitio web: AmazingAliya.com, para que podamos ver cómo este proyecto está ayudando a conectar a la gente.

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Exhibiting Aleks Stepien – EXHIBITION ENDED

First discovered August 2019, ended September 2019

Prices €74 each, watercolours

For Sale, VII Paisaje €74, Watercolour

You can find the restaurant on trip advisor here.

You can find Aleks Stepien website here and Instagram here.

More Artwork is on display however my photos don’t do them justice! Please visit and have a look for yourself. Thank you so much for reading this far and happy art hunting!

It would be super helpful to everyone involved in this project, if you visit please can you say that you found the place on this website: Amazing Aliya, so that we can see that this project DOES help connect people together.

It would be super helpful to everyone involved in this project, if you visit please can you say that you found the place on this website: Amazing Aliya, so that we can see that this project DOES help connect people together.

Sería muy útil para todas las personas involucradas en este proyecto, si al visitar un local recomendado por nosotros, menciones que lo encontraste en nuestro sitio web: AmazingAliya.com, para que podamos ver cómo este proyecto está ayudando a conectar a la gente.

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Alejandro Hermann Art: Av. Boulevard Principe Alfonso von Hohenlohe s/n C.C. Tembo, Local 4, 29602, Marbella

Av. Boulevard Principe Alfonso von Hohenlohe s/n C.C. Tembo, Local 4, 29602, Marbella

Exhibiting Alejandro Hermann

Updated 7th November 2019 – First Published 3rd October 2019

Prices available from the gallery, email directly to gallery@alejandrohermann.es

Roots
Roots 2
LE NOIR EST UNE COULEUR 85

You can find the Gallery for Alejandro Hermann Art on Google maps here. The virtual tour of the gallery here.

You can see Alejandro Hermann on Instagram here and their website here.

These canvas are created with Chinese ink, oil or pigments with mixed media on several mediums such as canvas, linen or structure. Alejandro has a striking minimalism approach, following the influence of the Korean artistic movement Dansaekhwa.

I am so happy to be able to share this gallery with you all as it is officially the first submission directly through the website. I discovered Alejandro’s work in a restaurant in Malaga and when we got in contact he was so complimentary of my website, I was so grateful. After a short phone call with his lovely assistant Isabel, I am delighted to present this gallery to you through the successful completion of the submissions form.

More artwork and sculptures are on display however, as always, photos don’t do them justice. Please visit and have a look for yourself. Thank you so much for reading this far and happy art hunting!

It would be super helpful to everyone involved in this project, if you visit please can you say that you found the place on this website: Amazing Aliya, so that we can see that this project DOES help connect people together.

Sería muy útil para todas las personas involucradas en este proyecto, si al visitar un local recomendado por nosotros, menciones que lo encontraste en nuestro sitio web: AmazingAliya.com, para que podamos ver cómo este proyecto está ayudando a conectar a la gente.

Art for Sale in Málaga

Nänai: Calle del Barco, 26, 28004, Madrid

Nanai Mauricio Stern
Nänai: Calle del Barco, 26, 28004, Madrid
Calle del Barco, 26, 28004. Madrid

Exhibiting Mauricio Stern

Prices available up on request

Ballena Franca €70 Carved Wood, Painted Board

You can find the Nanai restaurant’s website here, Facebook here, Twitter here, Instagram here and on Trip Advisor here.

I have searched the internet for Mauricio Stern’s work, coming from Argentina it seems like the artwork is not on display anywhere online so you must visit the restaurant to see it in person! However, you can find him on Facebook here, and Instagram here (there are no posts).

It would be super helpful to everyone involved in this project, if you visit please can you say that you found the place on this website: Amazing Aliya, so that we can see that this project DOES help connect people together.

Sería muy útil para todas las personas involucradas en este proyecto, si al visitar un local recomendado por nosotros, menciones que lo encontraste en nuestro sitio web: AmazingAliya.com, para que podamos ver cómo este proyecto está ayudando a conectar a la gente.

Exhibiting David Ruiz Polo – EXHIBITION ENDED

First discovered October 2019

Prices from €80 in this selection of photography.

Nänai: Calle del Barco, 26, 28004, Madrid
Nänai: Calle del Barco, 26, 28004, Madrid

You can find the Nanai restaurant’s website here, Facebook here, Twitter here, Instagram here and on Trip Advisor here.

You can see David Puiz Polo’s artwork on his website here, on Instagram here and Tumblr here.

It was dark when I discovered this place so the lighting made photographing the pieces really difficult. As always, my photos don’t do them justice! Please visit and have a look for yourself. Thank you so much for reading this far and happy art hunting!

It would be super helpful to everyone involved in this project, if you visit please can you say that you found the place on this website: Amazing Aliya, so that we can see that this project DOES help connect people together.

Sería muy útil para todas las personas involucradas en este proyecto, si al visitar un local recomendado por nosotros, menciones que lo encontraste en nuestro sitio web: AmazingAliya.com, para que podamos ver cómo este proyecto está ayudando a conectar a la gente.

Photography for sale in Madrid

Amazing Aliya’s Artwork

Original Logo Amazing Aliya Art

I’m an artist. I always loved drawing. I remember when I was abut 5 or 6, I drew a life size man on pieces of paper stuck to my wall. I would draw animals all the time. I have a few of my childhood drawings still, of which you can see below, I’ll add more as I find them!

I always wanted a fish tank! I got the most beautiful tank for my 30th birthday. I had to give the fish back to the pet shop and donate the tank when I moved to Madrid. So many tears! You can see videos of my tank on my instagram page, here is one post I love in particular: https://www.instagram.com/p/BeBfCQ4FQM4/

My best work has come from when I was most in pain.

The first time art really helped me with real life was when I was about 15 years old. I was lucky enough to have art therapy classes when I was hospitalised for depression. Encouraged to be able to channel my feelings into a piece of art I created my mermaid.

Taking an image I found on the internet and then painting her in oils over a period of about two weeks, I still have her with me, even after 17 years of moving house and country.

Mermaid – Oils on Canvas Board
https://www.instagram.com/p/BZGlM1AF2Nw/

Abstract art also helps to focus the mind and use your hands for a good use. Sometimes trying to draw a real thing is frustrating. Abstract art with colours and shapes is a healthy way to play with what is going on inside us, without having to assign it meaning, words or labels. Doodling, sketching random shapes and layering colours is something that can help pass bad times in a productive way.

SPIRALS (circa 2001)

Lucky for me my hospitalisation ended soon after I completed my GSCEs. I came off the antidepressants when I left home at 17 and thankfully I started work which kept me busy!

The next time I needed my paintbrushes was when I getting divorced. Another huge amount of stress and desperate not to be on drugs (prescribed or otherwise!) to cope with real life – I was able to channel my feelings into my watercolour animals. You can see them below. I’ve given most of them away to friends.

I have a few images and videos on my instagram, here is my bronze zebra and here is a pour painting a bit more abstract.

I like illustrating so I take a real life subject, either an animal (usually a photo from the internet) or a composition of items (taking a photo helps to put it into a 2D format). Then I draw the outlines and fill in with watercolour. The photo below is of my door stop bull gift from a friend and my salt and pepper mills.

My Home Gallery in London

Since moving to Madrid in May 2019, I have a few pieces I have brought with me for sentimental reasons. Some of them I am happy to sell, others I keep to remind me of what has happened and how I feel I can survive anything.

Listen to yourself – Canvas

Listen to yourself – Daily Practise

This canvas took a few months to create. Most days I would choose a pink or a blue sharpie. Pink for a bad day, Blue for a good day. Then I would write a message to myself , trying to look after for my future self. There are a couple guest appearances from friends that I trust and I gave permission to write on my Daily Practise. I have this is in my office/studio now and every so often I glance at it to remind myself that every day is different, bad ones follow good ones and good ones follow bad ones. Sometime all I need is a rest, or a break. Change is good. The best things take time to create. Decisions can happen in an instance. Nothing is a waste of time. A beautiful thing is never perfect.

The thing about art is it teaches us that nothing is perfect, that is why we love it.

Now I teach art. I want to be able to help people us their unwanted energy states by channeling that energy into something that can hold that pain and upset in a way that allows that person to live on. You can find out about my classes here.

The sales of my pieces fund my lifestyle where I can focus on helping others, if you would like to see any pieces in person, please send me a message so we can set up an appointment. aliya@amazingaliya.com , call 695272159 or whatsapp 00447826520059.

The freedom of imperfection is true liberation.

My Logo, Original – Watercolour, sharpie on cartridge paper – NOT FOR SALE

Mandala Cafe: Av. Alfonso El Sabio, 3, 03002 Alicante, Spain

Mandala Cafe: Av. Alfonso El Sabio, 3, 03002 Alicante, Spain
Mandala Cafe: Av. Alfonso El Sabio, 3, 03002 Alicante, Spain

Exhibiting Karina Matarredona

Prices from €30 in this selection. Acrylic on Canvas.

From left to right:
Siesta €70, Beso de Gato €80, Chica con Pajaro €30
Chica con Pajaro €30
Left: Bigotes €70
Right: Pasto Aleman €90
Perro con Nino €90
Fidelidad €120

You can find the Mandala Cafe’s Instagram here, Facebook here, their Trip Advisor page here.

This selection on Karina’s work is of cats, dogs and birds. She does have collections based on other themes as well taking commissions.

You can find Karina Matarredona’s website here, Instagram here, Facebook page here, Twitter here and directly available on email on karinamg70@hotmail.com

As always, photographs don’t do the pieces justice, the details of the fur are super stunning so please visit and have a look for yourself. Thank you so much for reading this far and happy art hunting!

It would be super helpful to everyone involved in this project, if you visit please can you say that you found the place on this website: Amazing Aliya, so that we can see that this project DOES help connect people together.

Sería muy útil para todas las personas involucradas en este proyecto, si al visitar un local recomendado por nosotros, menciones que lo encontraste en nuestro sitio web: AmazingAliya.com, para que podamos ver cómo este proyecto está ayudando a conectar a la gente.

Art for Sale in Alicante

Nissi Rephidim Care: Plot 7, Wilson Avenue, Jinja, Kampala (PO BOX 6333), UGANDA

Nissi Rephidim Care
Plot 7, Wilson Avenue, Jinja, Kampala (PO BOX 6333), UGANDA
Plot 7, Wilson Avenue, Jinja, Kampala (PO BOX 6333), UGANDA

UPDATE 14th November 2019

For fun I’ve mixed up the artwork from the children at Nissi Rephidim Care and from famous and celebrated artists with some explanations of the style of art and history. See if you prefer the “masters” of the style or the childrens’ fresh approach!

Non Objective Artwork

Lots of us may have been lucky enough to have drawn a swirly-wirly line on a piece of paper and then filled in all the created shapes with different colours or different patterns. For a particular age bracket, who remembers using the computer program Paint to fill in the spaces! Believe it or not, this particular style of art has a name: Non Objective Art. This style of art was popularised by Lawyer turned Artist Wassily Kandinsky (1866-1944). However the first artist to name this style was another Russian, Aleksandr Mikhailovich Rodchenko.

At first glance it’s easy to say, these are all abstract pieces however there is a difference. I was curious what makes Abstract Art different from Non-Objective Art? After a bit of research I’ve learnt the difference comes from what inspired the piece. If the piece is inspired by (a) reality then the artwork is abstract. If the piece is without recognisable forms and created “out side” of (a) reality then it is non-objective. If you would like more information about Non Objective Art have a look here.

Abstract Expressionist / Action Painting

Jackson Pollock (1912-1956) an artist who died in a car accident from drink driving aged just 44, was famous for bringing the abstract expressionist movement to the forefront of art history, sensationally taking the spotlight away from France and placing it firmly on America, particularly New York.

Action Painting typically is spontaneous in creation: unplanned drips, splashes, pours, dribbles and daubes of paint form energetic, passionate and emotionally charged paintings.

It is often commented that these styles of paintings are easy to create, I would have to agree that they are. However, after studying the way that Pollock created Blue Poles Number 11, there seems to be some method in the madness. Creating a balanced composition, an all over approach and a random style is much harder than you think.

For example, the eyes with the brain love to recognise patterns. It’s part of the problem solving/creative function of our brains. Sometimes the brain creates a pattern where there isn’t one: I call these coincidences. Making a visual piece of art that has no pattern for the brain to follow is extremely difficult as the brain is often able to create a pattern out of nothing. The best action paintings, or abstract impressionist paintings are the ones I feel captivate and keep the viewer looking for a a pattern, without giving them one.

Art from memory

David Hockney (1937- present) an iconic British Artist has been quoted as saying “We see with memory”. I’ve spent a couple of days thinking about how memory affects our perception of our surroundings.

A piece of art drawn from memory will always be a perception of a moment which has passed. Our emotions will have evolved over the period of time that passed in between the event and the time the piece of art was made. Hard feelings soften or fears and concerns grow depending on the person. Also memory is one of our worst recordings of what happened as it’s always tainted with our perceptions of morality and personal bias.

This is much like how I believe that every portrait is part self portrait. I’ve been lucky enough to have posed for art classes and I’ve always seen a striking difference in the way people have drawn my face or my body, often I can see a similarity with their own faces and bodies in the sketches or paintings.

A piece of art created by a person, even when focused on a subject outside of themselves is still a mix of energy between the subject and the artists. This blend is what creates a particular style. Many artists are recognisable by their style; I imagine this is the input of their energy into their depiction of the subject.

One of my most favourite places in the world is Whitby Abby in North Yorkshire, England. Here are a few paintings showing the same or similar view, the difference in atmosphere will come not only from different types of weather but the different memories and perception the artist has of the area.

Out of curiosity here is an article from Harvard Medical School about how to preserve and improve your memory as you age.

I imagine the children at Nissi Rephidim Care have drawn scenes from their lives, with bright colours and happy memories. These children are vulnerable, no family to speak of and only the care and support of Daniel and his team. I find it incredible these children can laugh and smile, draw images of a scene in the street and their schools where they play games and with footballs. It’s clear to me that Daniel is doing whatever he can to create happy memories for these children.

Knowledge is the key to success in life

Benjamin Franklin

UPDATE 4th November 2019

More to report! After more conversations with Daniel we are keen to put together a trip to visit the children in 2020. You can find a few more details on the MeetUp group here.

The artwork created by the children is for sale, prices vary and shipping prices are to be confirmed. When I visit I will be bringing pieces back in my luggage so perhaps with a bit of patience you could have a piece by June 2020!

Daniel is working with some respected organisations including The British Museum, Childrens’ Museum of Pittsburgh and Uganda National Museum.

In the meanwhile have a look at their most current portfolio of information:

First Published October 21st 2019

Exhibiting artwork from the Children of Nissi Rephidim Care

This is my most favourite thing in the world right now 11.11am 21st October 2019

To support and care for Orphaned and Vulnerable Children throughout their spiritual, emotional, social and physical lives through strategic partnerships.

Nissi Rephidim Care Mission Statement

I first heard about Nissi Rephidim Care through a friend. We were organising a meditation MeetUp group in Madrid and thinking about plans for the future. My friend told me about a friend of hers that had been travelling around Africa and had visited Nissi Rephidim Care.

The organisation has plans to build a Vipawa Children’s Art Museum for the art works the children create with Kids Art Creations Program.

Of course at first I just wanted to book my flight and go and see the place for myself, however as always I didn’t want to travel on my own.

I will be organising a MeetUp group for June 2020 which will allow you to come with me so I have company and you can see the good work with your own eyes. Join the Amazing Art Society here and the event here.

Founded in October 2012 as a Community Based Organisation, Nissi Rephidim Care in 2015 became an NGO. The organisation has a great way of showing what they are doing and how they progress.

I liked their page on Facebook and within a day or two Daniel Atwenda sent me a message to say “Aliya thanks for the like and for reading and believing in us. It’s a pleasure …”

Here are a few screen shots of our conversation as it flowed:

For you skeptics, below is the Registration Document for Nissi Rephidim Care as a NGO in Uganda.

Registration of Registration NGO

Daniel has a plan and is doing what he can with the help of volunteers to realise it for the children. Reading what inspired him, it’s easy to want to help the cause:

Nissi Rephidim Care merged out of a deep desire from the heart of Daniel Atwenda who encountered with God speaking to him, a situation where innocent street children were being beaten on the streets of Jinja for begging in 2005 and that’s how God spoke to his heart to be the change these young lives need and share God’s love, through giving and acceptance.

Daniel Atwenda

As I read through the pages of work that has already been accomplished by Daniel I’m amazed. I’m not particularly religious, it’s difficult for me to pick one or any religion as an answer to my problems. “How can there be a God that allows all the darkness to persist?” However I am so grateful that people like him and his associates can create such wonderful projects, led with such power.

What I believe is that only some people, led by whatever higher power or inner pain, can choose to do things that help others.

I applaud Daniel for taking action on what he feels is his purpose: protecting, enabling and creating a better world for the children in his care.

Can you say you have created something with better purpose?

Vipawa Childrens Art Museum Design Process

What happens next and how you can help.

I want to help Daniel because I have felt orphaned/abandoned in the past by family, friends, coworkers and society. This approach of enabling children through their creative talents in art resonates so hard with me that I feel like a part of me is already in Uganda right now and I need to go there to get it back. Maybe it’s my heart wanting children so much, or the desire to see how a broken family can function, or to see how people like Daniel continue to support so many when it seems as if they have so little.

As an example of first world problems manifested, all I want is to be useful somewhere so why not assist an Art Museum for Orphaned Children in Jinja Uganda?

If you want to join me when I visit in June 2020 Join the MeetUp event here.

If you want to buy a piece of artwork send me a message and I will add you to the waiting list, as soon as I have a selection of pieces available for dispatch I will email you the pictures and prices for you to choose from: hola@amazingaliya.com

If you want to donate directly to Nissi Rephidim Care you can transfer money directly into their Charity Bank Account using these details:

  • Account Name: Nissi Rephidim Care
  • Account number: 6005038047
  • Bank: Barclay’s Bank of Uganda

You can find lots of information about Nissi Rehidim Care on their Facebook page here. They have had over 3,200 checkins!

Their website needs work and they are looking for volunteers to help create it. If you want to help with the website send Daniel a message on his Facebook page here.

There is also a YouTube channel here where you can see a few videos of the children here.

Randomly this health and beauty website has more information about Nissi Rephidim Care here.

A message from Nissi Rephidim Care:

NISSI REPHIDIM CARE 

Nissi Rephidim Care invites you to partake with us in the Vipawa Children’s Art Museum Project (VCAM) Land fundraising campaign. The project aims at bringing children’s art to life, securing a rich heritage for African Communities.

Our goal is to raise 200 million Uganda shillings an equivalent to USD $55555.55 for securing 4 acres by the lakeside on which the museum structure will be constructed. Here is an artistic impression of a woodcarving prototype of it.

To contribute to VCAM project land of NRC, you can deposit money directly on our account. 
Ac/ Name: Nissi Rephidim Care 
Ac/ No: 6005038047 Barclays Bank 

For mobile money you can send a contribution to +256757204552 /+256783856775 under the name of Daniel Atwenda.

You can also contribute by visiting our offices on
Plot 7, Wilson Avenue, Jinja. 

We encourage you to continue to pray, participate, provide, recommend, and mobilise partners for this great work of giving children’s talents a home to explore, practice, learn, preserve children’s abilities, and build talent.

Visit and read from us at www.nissirephidimcare.org and like share our facebook.com/nissirephidimcare

To support and care for Orphans and other Vulnerable Children throughout their spiritual, physical, social and emotional lives through strategic partnerships.

Final thought:

Choose to learn about the world.

Choose to help.

Take Action.

Enjoy the good you did.