RAWALPINDI - For the encouragement and promotion of the new talent, Rawalpindi Arts Council (RAC) held a group painting exhibition by various artists of the region here on Wednesday.

PML-N MPA Raja Hanif Advocate inaugurated the exhibition as chief guest while Naheed Manzoor and RAC Resident Director Waqar Ahmed along with number of art lovers were also present on the occasion.

A total of 55 art pieces, made by Mehmood Ali, Hameed Falak, Ali Shaukat, Irfan Asif, Altaf Ahmed, Asma Burna, Qurat-ul-Ain Pasha and Muhammad Afzal, was put on display, which were applauded by the visitors.

MPA Raja Hanif Advocate, speaking on the occasion, admired the artwork and said thar motto of the Punjab government was to encourage the artists by all means. He said that he was thankful to the RAC which provided him opportunity to view such a wonderful exhibition. Raja Hanif Advocate further said that honour would be given to the artist of Rawalpindi and he would do whatever would be done for the betterment of the artist.

RAC Pattern-in-Chief Naheed Manzoor said that these plants have grown up now which have been planted by the Council. “RAC always provided a platform to the young artist” she added.

Paintings were comprised on landscapes, historical buildings, common life, nature and abstract art. The medium of the work was oil and water color and color combination made the exhibition exclusive.

There is the use of seasonal moods too like the use of green to depict the season. Mehmood Ali a senior artist preserved the heritage of Rawalpindi in his artwork. “I work for our coming generation who will not be able to see Rawalpindi in present status, Mehmood Ali said.

“Painting is her way of relieving the stress. I paint and find it extremely refreshing,” Qurat-ul-Ain, one of the artist said explaining her paintings. “I was struck by the beauty of nature - the trees and flowers in full bloom,” she said. Her visual diary of memory transformed into the colors of nature as she painted seasons in all its vivid colours.

The exhibition would continue for visitors till 28th April 2012.