By Osaigbovo Iguobaro Benin
Stakeholders in the Art Industry has charged government at all levels to invest in arts and tourism for wealth creation and employment generation in the country.
Director of Black Passionate Art Galary Ltd, Mr. Ugo Emmanuel Chidi made the call during a three day art exhibition programme held at the weekend in Benin City.
The event was tagged: “Art and Wine exhibition”, put together to facilitate the improvement of Art exhibition both locally and internationally.
He called on government to expedite action in its efforts to grow the economy by considering investment in Arts.
Ugo, noted that the event which is to among others promote the works of arts of local artists, is also aimed at bridging the gap between art and the general public.
According to him, Art and Wine is one of the concepts that will enable us to bridge the gap between art and the people by bringing those who naturally will not have interest in Art to see some good works of Art and feel the taste of some high quality wines.
Ugo also said, Art and Wine exhibition are avenue of expanding the frontiers of art product and creativity because art and wine are both products of creativity that it takes a lot of creativity and diligent to produce art and good quality wines.
In his words, “Wine mature with age same thing with art, now you can see the both have similarities. We are using this medium to break the barriers and expand the frontiers.
“On the other hand, we are using art and wine exhibition to launch and unveil bigger project called face of art coming up soon. Face of Art is a concept that will be seeing us creating and projecting Art in global platform for the promotion of Africa art particularly, Nigeria Art.
An exhibition artist Usman Alvin, also at the exhibition ground to showcase his works of art which would give them opportunity to tell the world what they are made off. The government to collaborate with them and direct interest in the work of Art”, he said.
Another participant at the exhibition, Mr. Eugene Omoruyi, said mixed media Art in painting, also gave more insight about the exhibition.