Monday, January 07, 2008

A light lost

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A light lost

Published on January 4, 2008

In observance of the period of mourning for Her Royal Highness Princess Galyani Vadhana, His Majesty the King's sister, who died on Wednesday at age 84, the Cabinet has requested the cooperation of government agencies and entertainment venues to suspend merry-making activities for 15 days from January 2 to 16.

With many events being cancelled or postponed during the period of mourning, Weekend has respectfully curtailed its features and listings to 16 pages and joins the Kingdom in paying tribute to the Princess.

The general public may sign messages of condolence from 9am to 5pm until Wednesday at Sahathai Samakom Pavilion at the Grand Palace.

Tasmanian detail

Seven prominent Australian artists pay tribute to the intense beauty of their homeland in "From an Island South", an exhibition of contemporary landscapes on show at Silpakorn University's Faculty of Painting, Sculpture and Graphic Arts' Gallery from Tuesday until January 27.

While Julie Gough, David Keeling, Jonathan Kimberley, Bea Maddock, David Stephenson, Richard Wastell and Philip Wolfhagen are all passionate about the Tasmanian landscape, bringing to life the island-state's dense forests, dramatic coastlines and rugged mountains, their works are more than representational depictions of a beautiful place. They capture elements of a contemporaneous Tasmania and fix it in time, collectively creating a prism of responses from this unique southern island.

The tour of "From An Island South" is supported by the Asialink Centre of the University of Melbourne, the Australia Council for the Arts, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Australia and Devonport Regional Gallery of Tasmania.

The gallery is open daily from 10am to 7pm and is closed on public holidays.

For more information, call (02) 221 0820, (02) 225 8991.

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