The Godfrey Dean Art Gallery is thrilled to work with local artists Megha Patel and Purvish Patel who are creating two Rangoli installations at our gallery, one on display through the month of November, and a second on display in December.
Rangoli as a word is derived from the Sanskrit Rangavalli, and is composed of two words: rang, which means colour and aavalli, which means rows of colours.
Rangoli is a traditional folk art passed down from generation to generation in India in which patterns are created on the floor or ground using colours. Rangoli is a spiritual distribution of colour and is considered a sign of good luck. Its significance is much wider than its aesthetic and decorative purpose. It is a symbol of auspiciousness—often described as rituals to ward off evil—it is meant to bring prosperity, luck, and growth in family life.
The Rangoli art form has different names in different regions of India, such as Saathiya in Gujarati, Rangoli in Maharashtra, Muggu in Andhra Pradesh, Kolam in Tamilnadu, Mandana in Rajasthan, Chowkpujan in UP, and so on. In India, basic Rangoli is an everyday practice, but creative Rangolis are usually made during festivals such as Diwali, Onam, Pongal, Sankranthi, and various other festivals.
The most important element of Rangoli is being colourful. Normally, the major colours used to make Rangoli are from day-to-day life, expressed with coloured rice flour, dried powders made from leaves, charcoal, burned soil, saw dust, etc. A wide variety of various colours are used in the art.
Some of the major symbols used in Rangoli are the lotus flower and its leaves, mango, tue leaves, fish, different kinds of parrots, swans, peacocks, human figures and much more.
Rangoli has a range including diagrams, charts, and geometrical patterns, and over time it has incorporated imaginations and innovative ideas giving it a modern look.
Join us in November and December this year to see two special Rangoli artworks created in our community at the Godfrey Dean Art Gallery.
Launching this year, the Members Show and Sale will animate the gallery through the month of December with one-of-a-kind creative works of art and fine craft by a selection of local and prairie-based artists.
The show and sale brings together a diverse range of artistic practices from professional artists working in our community, with a focus on sales and gift items for the holiday season. Artists have been invited to share large and small pieces, as well as assorted cards and prints, at a range of price points. It’s our hope that you’ll find the perfect gift for yourself or someone you know, and in the process support local artists and the work of our gallery.
Any of our staff can assist with purchases (cash or card), and we can also package and wrap items for safe transport should you require.
If you are a local artist and would like to be involved with our gallery, we invite you to join the Local Artist Show in June, when we fill both gallery spaces with as many local artistic creations as possible, and to contact us directly if you would like to be included in next year’s Members Show and Sale.
Last thing, join us if you are able to on Saturday, December 17, from 3:00-5:00pm at GDAG, for a gallery reception to celebrate all of the artists and artworks on display. Everyone is welcome, and we’ll have some light snacks and drinks provided.