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Art galleries and art experiences in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Written By: herbrunbridge - Jun• 03•10

La Luna Gallery

Everyone seems to agree: while Chiang Mai is incredibly rich in antiquities and crafts shopsfashion venues, and museums, it still has a way to go in terms of the number of art galleries operating within the city environs.  Three of our favorite galleries are listed below, as well as a couple of art schools that promise to be a lot of un, too:

 La Luna Gallery, 190 Charoenrat Road, Chiang Mai 50000.  tel: (053) 306-678.  This exciting new gallery has done something really difficult by providing many different forms of art, relating to many tastes, and most of it quite good.  Here, you’ll find painting from the traditional to cutting-edge, papier mache, sculpture, ceramics, and photography.  The gallery space is open, and colorful.
GPS: N18°47.603’  E099°00.089’

Semi-apply, 24, Nimmanhemin Road, Soi 1, Chiang Mai 50200.  tel: (053) 894-878.  Located on Soi 1, just southeast of the junction of Nimmanhemin and Huai Kaew roads, this gallery has a good collection of contemporary paintings and wood sculptures.
GPS: N18°47.977’  E098°58.097′ 

Suvannabhumi Gallery,  116 Charoenrat Road 9/10 Chiang Mai. Tel: (81) 031-5309.  Open 10 am – 9 pm.Here you’ll find a fascinating collection of Burmese paintings and watercolors made by over 50 contemporary artists.  Owner Mar Mar is passionate and informed about the artists, and prices are extremely affordable for art that is unique, difficult to find, and more than occasionally compelling.

Five days to glory: becoming an artist in Chiang Mai

One of the beauties of Chiang Mai is the astounding number of great things you can learn through semi-formal schooling lasting a surprisingly few number of days.  One of our favorites has to be Nova ArtLab, an institution offering 1 to 5 day workshops in photography, jewelry, sculpture, leatherwork, and painting.  The CVs of the instructors are first-rate.  The school is located off Tha Phae road, and course fees run at a daily rate of 1,100 baht. Nova ArtLab, 16/1 Tha Phae Soi 4, Chiang Mai 50100.  tel: (053) 207-212.

Want to learn photography in Chiang Mai? 

Veteran photographer Steve Kramer will take individuals and small groups all over Chiang Mai, teaching the intricacies of the art of photography.  He’s an expert at several formats, and can be reached by calling (01) 952-7378.

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