A new art studio was officially opened last Friday by the Minister for Tourism and Culture, Alain St.Ange, in the presence of the hotel’s General Manager, Romain Charnet; the Chairperson of Arterial Network, Georges Camille; the Principal Secretary for Culture, Benjamine Rose; artists; and other guests.
The art works of Arterial Network Seychelles’ members, a non-governmental organization, are now on display in a newly-opened gallery at Le Meridien Fisherman’s Cove hotel.
Speaking at the opening, Minister St.Ange said it is always pleasing to see this bond between tourism and culture, and how it benefits the tourism industry, which is the pillar of Seychelles’ economy.
Having this art studio at the hotel will give guests the chance to appreciate the arts of Seychelles, and through these paintings they will be able to see another aspect of the islands’ culture.
Minister St.Ange added that this is the way forward for the tourism industry, to see hotels appreciating the country’s culture. He said such a joint venture between the organization and the hotel, is worth saluting.
He added that such small add-ons in the tourism industry are important, as these facilities and activities attract tourists to spend what they have budgeted for their holiday in Seychelles.
Mr. Charnet said Le Meridien Fisherman’s Cove is pleased to have pieces of arts from Seychelles being displayed there. He said through this art studio, guests will be able to discover a new perspective of Seychelles through these artworks being exhibited.
“We want our guests to experience Seychelles through the different aspects of its culture such as its cuisine, music, paintings, dance, songs, and other art forms,” he said.
Mr. Charnet added that he wishes for the success of this gallery and for it to become an inspiring, creative, and engaging place not only for the guests but for the artists as well.
On behalf of the organization, Mr. Camille thanked the hotel for partnering with Arterial Network Seychelles and for giving its members the chance to display and sell their artworks.
He called on artists to join Arterial Network Seychelles and to make use of this new facility at Le Meridien Fisherman’s Cove.
Apart from exhibiting and selling their artworks, members of the organization will also be able to offer art lessons to guests at the hotel.
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