On March 3, Orange Live published a story about Orange artist Saiyara Fahmi, 17, whose watercolors, paintings and other artwork are being featured this month in the Gallery at Town Hall.
The official opening is tonight, March 14 from 5 to 7 p.m. when you can meet her and view her work.
The Orange Arts and Culture Council is hosting the show and provided the following information.
Saiyara Fahmi is a senior at Hopkins School in New Haven. She has been taking watercolor lessons from Audrey Galer for the past five years and has shown her work annually with Mrs. Galer’s students at the Case Memorial Library in Orange.
She won “Best of Show” in the children’s division of the 2011 Orange County Fair and “First Place” in the adult division of the 2012 Orange County Fair.
At school, she is part of the advanced art studio class and enjoys working with a variety of mediums.
During her sophomore year at Hopkins, she co-founded Greetings for Global Change, a community-service art club. The students in the club make original greeting cards, bookmarks, and post cards, which are sold throughout the year. The club then donates the total profits to Pencils of Promise, an organization that gives children the privilege of education throughout the world. Through her club, Saiyara was able to raise more than $1,000 for charity.
In October of 2012, she showed her work at the Davis Gallery.
In addition to art, she also studies piano, violin, and voice. She has studied piano from the age of six.
In early spring of 2012, she was a second prize winner in the International Music Talent Competition through American Protégé. She was also a winner in the Regular Season Competition, offered in over 20 countries, through American Fine Arts Festival.
After wining, She was invited to play at Carnegie Hall in New York twice. She debuted at Carnegie Hall in October 2012 and played again the following month.
She takes violin lessons from Shan Jiang, a graduate of Julliard School and a member of the New York Philharmonic and also takes Classical Indian voice lessons with Dr. Stan Scott, a professor of World Music and North Indian Vocal Music at Wesleyan University.
She was featured on his CD, which was released in September of 2011 and has performed with him at Wesleyan University, Yale University, and Dartmouth College.