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Canvassing For the Sake of Children

Balinese Artists I Gusti Lanang Gede Atmaja Holds Exhibition at Westin Resort to Raise Funds for UNICEF.

(8/13/2005) Well-known and fast-rising Balinese artist, I Gusti Lanang Gede Atmaja, perhaps better known in local circles as "Ngurah," has created 20 new masterpieces of art to be sold in support of The Westin Resort, Nusa Dua’ fund-raising initiative on behalf of UNICEF.

Opened on Thursday, August 11, 2005, the exhibition of colorful artistic expressionistic works by one of the most promising artistic talents on Bali's art scene will continue in the Resort's lobby through September 30, 2005.

In explaining his motivation for having a show dedicated to benefiting the world's children and the underlying theme of his latest exhibition, Ngurah said: "Children have the right to play. Play does not depend on age or physical ability, just the willingness to have fun, share or explore!"

Part of the Resort's ongoing UNICEF Check Out for Children Challenge – funds raised will assist a special fund to immunize thousands of children in the region against childhood diseases that are preventable by vaccination.

"We are delighted to have Ngurah supporting us in this special drive," said Prhativi Dyah of The Westin Resort. Dyah explained how the Resort's relationship with Ngurah has blossomed over the past several years, starting with his participation in a joint exhibition to mark the grand opening of The Westin Resort, Nusa Dua, Bali held on the April 20, 2004. At that time, Ngurah participated as one of seven noted artists invited to display their works for a VIP pre-dinner cocktail party "Art in Modern Luxury" that saw eleven of Ngurah’s paintings scooped up by enthusiastic art collectors.