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Opera Gallery Dubai launches 'New Talents from Kuwait'

The Opera Gallery Dubai held a summer exhibition titled, 'New Talents from Kuwait.' This debut exhibition of the students from the American University of Kuwait was the first time these young artists showcase their talent to the general public and their first collective outside of Kuwait.

Opera Gallery was delighted to launch these young artists into the international art scene. 'Opera Gallery has always had a commitment to bring new talent to the public attention, and to introduce great artists and artwork to Dubai and to the rest of the world,' says Bertrand Epaud, General Manager of Opera Gallery Dubai.

Dominique Malarde and William Andersen, professors of art at AUK, which started its arts program just three years ago, now work with hundreds of students. The top 8 artists were chosen to exhibit with Opera Gallery. Malarde said, 'I still remember my first course with my twelve students, we were really starting a new adventure together, not knowing what to expect, with the magic of discovery, its fears, its doubts and its joys. We have come a long way since then.'

AUK artists with professors at the Opera Gallery.

Today the AUK Studio Arts Program welcomes hundreds of students and many teachers. 'By expanding the Studio Arts Program at AUK and by the many hours of individual and group critiques and meetings outside of classes, we have pushed some of the especially talented students to work at a professional level and exhibit their work out in the real world,' added Andersen.

Now, the best of this young generation of artists from AUK earned the unique opportunity of exhibiting their work at the internationally famous Opera Gallery in Dubai. The exhibition was very well received and attended by VIP customers and professionals, and some of the artwork has been bought by art collectors from New York, Paris, Serbia and Australia. Out of the 24 pieces on exhibition 16 have already been sold.

Supported by DIFC Lifestyle Group, the exhibition ran from June 27th-July 11th, 2009.

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