By: Anieka Wilson
For most of her artistic career award-winning artist Anu Annam has shown her work internationally and in other regions of the United States. However about ten years ago, the New York based artist discovered that the Long Island artistic community had much to offer as well.
Anu taught art classes at the YMCA in Huntington for six years. In September 2012 she joined the Art League of Long Island where she currently teaches Watercolor Portraiture to adults and Splashes of Color to children. “I enjoy bringing students’ technical goals in painting come to fruition and I love encouraging the personal expression and the creativity in all of us.” says Anu of her passion for teaching.
Concentrating on portraiture Anu once likened her artwork, which concentrates in the watercolor media, to post-impressionistic and semi-abstract portraits and ﬁgures adhering to a squared off boundary. Yet in recent years she sought to see other shapes arise from her work which led to the emergence of her most recent showing in 2012 titled “Rebirth: Transformation of the Elements” at Le Salon d’Art in New York City. Through the use of Watercolor Collage, she has created true paining-meets-sculpture artwork. This collection featured some of Anu’s most visceral and interactive pieces.
Combining her two loves of art and teaching, Anu most recently began the process of raising funds for a cause that she holds dear. With the help of the Cinema Arts Center in Huntington and the Art League of Long Island, Anu will host a benefit this summer, with all proceeds going to the building and maintenance of an art center for children in her home country of India. The center will provide visual and performing arts programs to orphaned and underprivileged children. Anu’s passion for teaching goes hand in hand with her love for painting and she acknowledges that art in all forms can greatly enhance the artistic development of children. She even plans to live stream classes to and from India.
The Indian themed fundraiser will be held on Sunday July 28th from 6:30-10:30. It will feature sales of exhibited paintings from top Long Island Artists, a children’s art auction, live painting, Indian cuisine, henna painting and more.
For more info on the fundraising event, and to view Anu Annams’s art you can visit these sites:
Anu Annam’s website: http://www.anuannam.com
Art Center Beneﬁt website: http://www.artcenterforsphoorti.org