4 day exhibition of artwork by Jane Noronha using coffee powder for a good cause

4 day exhibition of artwork by Jane Noronha using coffee powder for a good cause

Mangaluru: A four-day exhibition titled “Green Waves” of coffee powder artwork for World Environment Day is at Prasad Art Gallery, Ballalbagh in Mangaluru from June 4 to June 7. The exhibit was opened by YK Assistant Conservator of Forests Dinesh Kumar on Saturday 4 June. On this occasion, a documentary film ‘Vanachethana’ was released. The exhibition features a collection of coffee paintings which features artwork of wildlife and aquatic animals by artist Jane Noronha, who is supported by the Forestry Department.

Part of the proceeds from the works sold will be donated to an educational fund for the education of children belonging to tribal families in the Western Ghats. The Sahyadri Sanchaya, a voluntary organization, educates these children through its Vanachentana program. The program was organized to mark World Environment Day in association with Karnataka Forest Department Mangalore Zone.

Other guests of honor were Dr. SM Shivaprakash Retd. dean and professor; College of Fisheries, Mangaluru; Dr. Rudolph Noronha Corporate Communications, MRPL; Nayana Fernandes, an art promoter; Madhav Ullal environmentalist, among others.

YK Deputy Conservator of Forests Dinesh Kumar and Dr. Rudolph Noronha Corporate Communications, MRPL spoke on the occasion and praised Jane Noronha for her unique and artistic paintings. (MORE ON SPEECHES BY DINESH KUMAR and DR RUDOLPH NORONHA, CLICK ON THE VIDEO BELOW). An interesting talk on fishing and benefits was delivered by Dr. S M.Shivaprakash Retd. dean and professor; College of Fisheries, Mangaluru. On the occasion, Ramanji from “Namma Bhoomi”, sang a song appropriate for the occasion. Also an elderly Austine D’Almeida from Goa, as a surprise guest dressed in Mahatma Gandhi attire, also spoke about supporting green environment and animals.

Regarding Jane Noronha, she was born in Punjab and later grew up in Mangaluru. From childhood, she plunged into the world of painting. She started exploring art four years ago, known to be a self-taught artist. From an early age, art held a special place in Jane’s heart. She didn’t stop there; she is committed to constant and endless improvement and understands the power of being creative.

Ms. Jane is known for her ability to recreate reality through an art form. Its goal is to take something and pass it on as it is. Although this may seem oversimplified, it is not. Jane shows how detailed and daring reality can be, dazzling the senses. Jane’s art is characterized by layers of depth and color. Most admirable is his creative approach to the use of charcoal, oils and acrylics. Her paintings evoke feelings of sensuality, love, unity and hope. His personal realistic style emanates joy and peace, conveying feelings.

Speaking to the Mangalorean team, Jane said, “Art is my first love and I enjoyed expressing on paper what I still feel in my heart. Art has the power to speak without words. It is this art that has brought us together. The love for the environment that bound us together as a family and the desire to make Mangalore a better place made us friends forever. Women have often been portrayed in art for their beauty, charm and grace, but they rarely go above and beyond. Only a few would make you wonder what is behind those eyes that attract you? What beauty does she carry within her? The hope is that you look beyond the superficial and meet them in a place of meaning”.

She added, “The moment we were born, we became part of the environment. Breathe its air, eat its fruits and quench our thirst with the elixir of life: water. We took refuge in its vast forests and survived on its resources. We looked our way, but forgot to give back to Mother Nature. It is a fact that when you are spoiled with more than you can ever desire, you forget its value. Pollution has caused rapid destruction of the environment. Oil spills, deforestation and wildfires are man-made disasters that have suffocated marine life and displaced several species of animals, leaving them vulnerable to endangerment”.

“Yet when we picnic on scenic beaches or by the river, we then happily dispose of our plastic-wrapped meals that pollute our ecosystem. The tides wash these hazardous materials into our waterways, our rivers and oceans, posing a serious threat to marine life What was supposed to be a joyous trip to the beach has now claimed the lives of its vulnerable aquatic species, or worse, forced them to co-exist with pollutants discharged into these water bodies, making them vulnerable to harmful diseases,” added Jane.

She added: “But the tragedy here is that what we inflict on these ecosystems and it will come back to haunt us. Because we eat the same fish that have suffered because of our selfishness. The great rivers flowing down the Western Ghats contribute massively to our lives, but what mystifies me is that they don’t get the attention they deserve. It is the lifeline of Dakshina Kannada; our sustenance depends on its existence. We have to think about what we will leave to our future generation. We must preserve these rivers and forests for their sustenance. It is the need of the hour that we take responsibility for our situation. must speak, must make amends and act for the change we want to see”.

“On the occasion of World Environment Day, I have tried to convey through these paintings my feelings about the protection and maintenance of the environment in which we live. Part of the profits from my exhibited works will be donated to an educational fund for children belonging to tribal families in the Western Ghats. I hope you will support me in my cause,” concluded Jane Noronha.

The program was performed eloquently and meticulously by Leona Aranha, and Jane expressed her gratitude at the end of the program that helped make this art exhibition possible.


Christopher S. Washington