International Watercolor Society in collaboration with the Cartoon Art Gallery will be hosting a 4 day Watercolor Festival in UAE from 22nd till 25th of February followed by 4 day painting tour from 26th February to 1st of March 2018. This will be the region’s largest Art Festival dedicated to Water Colors. It will be the only one of its kind International Festival with More than 600 Artists from 50 countries. The International Watercolor Society has branches in 90 Countries and over 4 million social media reach. At the Dubai event, we expect more than 100 International Artist visiting Dubai, over 300 Artworks have been selected internationally for exhibition and participation of 100 Art teachers of UAE.
Mrinmay Sebastian – Cartoon Art Gallery Manager & IWS UAE Country head says, “This event has been planned for over 6 months now and we can see our efforts bearing fruits now, as we have received over 600 Artists participation from 50 countries and for the first time we will also have V Celebrity Artist who is rated the World No. 1 Watercolor Master Artist- Alvaro Castagnet visiting the Festival. For Art lovers and Watercolorists, this event is one not to be missed.”
“IWS has come a long way since its inception in 2012. We have successfully integrated more than 80 branches worldwide. Art really brings people together despite of race, religion, culture and even distance. We thank all the support we have received and will continue the IWS theme or peace, harmony, love & understanding, all which we aim to reflect in our festivals, contests and exhibitions worldwide” says Atanur Dogan, IWS Founder & President
The Watercolor Festival starts on the 22nd of February at the American University of Dubai with live Watercolor demonstration by International Artist at 2:00 pm, including demonstrations by Masters at 3:00 pm, demonstration by Celebrity Master, Alvaro Castagnet at 4pm and concluding with the Inauguration ceremony at 5:00pm leading to an exhibition at the Cartoon Art Gallery and ending with a Gala dinner On 23rd of February the second day of the festival, artists are invited to join plein Air at Al Fahidi Historic District .On 24th of February the 3rd day, artists will be invited to take part in a Plein Air session at Deira Spice and at 3pm join IWS to paint and create the Longest Watercolor Painting of UAE . On 25th of February the fourth day of the festival, artists will head to Dubai Marina, for a Plein Air session, followed by a lunch at Dar El Kamar, along with live demonstrations by visiting Masters at the Cartoon Art Gallery ending the evening with the closing ceremony.
The Master Artists coming to the festival include the worlds number one watercolorist, Alvaro Castagnet, Atanur Dogan, Amit Kapoor, Agus Buditanto, Dr. Amer Hassan, Lafe, Nader Mohazabnia, Besnik Xhemaili Ali Sajid, Jansen Chow, Kauser Hossain Masud, Helidon, , Alexandrya Bryksa, Mohammed A Wahab, Selama Todorova ,Galina Gomzina Vikrant Shitole, Sadhu Aliyur, GN Madhu, Faisal Abdul Qader Al Bastaki ,Fatma Al Hamadi, Anna Galea ,Bonny Mathew, are a few names coming to the IWS Watercolor Festival in the UAE.
Sponsors of the event include: The Cartoon Art Gallery, AUD (American University of Dubai), Mijello, Nevskaya Palitra, Escoda , Daniel Smith, PT explorers, Dar El Kamar , Expressions Handmade Papers by Zyphar’s & W2W Events & Pr.
Venues: AUD (American University of Dubai) and the Cartoon Art Gallery.
Events: Opening ceremony & Exhibition of Artworks
Opening Reception: 22nd of February at 5:00pm in AUD
Closing Ceremony: 25th of February at 5:00pm in The Cartoon Art Gallery
Exhibition Dates: 22nd till 1st of March
Art Tour: 26th of February till 1st of March