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The Society of Indian Marine Artists (SIMA) was formed in 2001, following the workshops conducted by Mr Robert King, Member of the Royal Society of Marine Artists, UK, who was invited to India by the Indian Maritime Foundation (IMF). The workshops were conducted by Mr King at Mumbai in association with the JJ School of Arts, and at Pune in association with the Nag Foundation. The response to the two workshops by participating artists was immense and spontaneous, and SIMA was born as a sister organization to IMF.

Over the years since it was formed in 2001, SIMA members have taken part in several workshops at locations near the sea and water-bodies around Pune, such as at Mumbai with the Indian Navy, NDA Khadakwasla, Alibag, Alandi, Lonavala and so on. Several Exhibitions have also been held annually to showcase the seascapes painted by SIMA artists, at Balgandharva Kala Dalan, Empress Gardens, Art 2Day Gallery, etc.

Membership of SIMA is open to all who are interested in marine art. Entrance Fee Rs 300. Renewal of membership annually in April – Rs 150. In 2010 there were about 85 members.

OYSTER is the bi-annual news-letter of SIMA. The Latest Issue, Volume 17, No. 1 was published in February 2014. Oyster is currently edited by Mrs Dipti Chitnis.

  • Oyster Vol. 17 No. 2
    15 Aug 2014-15 Feb 2015
  • Oyster Vol. 17 No. 1
    15 Feb 2014-15 Aug 2014
  • Oyster Vol. 16 No. 2
    15 Feb 2013-15 Aug 2013
  • Oyster Vol. 15 No. 1
    16 Aug 2012 - 15 Feb 2013
  • Oyster Vol. 14 No. 2
    15 Feb 2012 - 15 Aug 2012
  • Oyster Vol. 13 No. 2
    15 Aug 2011 - 15 Feb 2012
  • Oyster Vol. 11 No. 2
    15 Aug 2010 - 15 Feb 2011
  • Oyster Vol. 11 No. 2
    15 Aug 2009 - 15 Feb 2010

The Society of Indian Marine Artists (SIMA) was formed in 2001, following the workshops conducted by Mr Robert King, Member of the Royal Society of Marine Artists, UK, who was invited to India by the Indian Maritime Foundation (IMF). The workshops were conducted by Mr King at Mumbai in association with the JJ School of Arts, and at Pune in association with the Nag Foundation. The response to the two workshops by participating artists was immense and spontaneous, and SIMA was born as a sister organization to IMF.

Over the years since it was formed in 2001, SIMA members have taken part in several workshops at locations near the sea and water-bodies around Pune, such as at Mumbai with the Indian Navy, NDA Khadakwasla, Alibag, Alandi, Lonavala and so on. Several Exhibitions have also been held annually to showcase the seascapes painted by SIMA artists, at Balgandharva Kala Dalan, Empress Gardens, Art 2Day Gallery, etc.

Membership of SIMA is open to all who are interested in marine art. Entrance Fee Rs 300. Renewal of membership annually in April – Rs 150. In 2010 there were about 85 members.

OYSTER is the bi-annual news-letter of SIMA. The latest issue, Volume 14, No 2, was published in August 2012

  • Oyster Vol. 14 No. 2
    15 Feb 2012 - 15 Aug 2012
  • Oyster Vol. 13 No. 2
    15 Aug 2011 - 15 Feb 2012
  • Oyster Vol. 11 No. 2
    15 Aug 2010 - 15 Feb 2011
  • Oyster Vol. 11 No. 2
    15 Aug 2009 - 15 Feb 2010
Since SIMA was established in May 2001, several workshops and exhibitions have been conducted as follows-

1 12 Nov 2010 Junior SIMA Exhibition
on-the-spot painting competition and Maritime Quiz
Empress Garden
Chief Guest - Mrs Mumtaz Peerbhoy
120 children participated, maximum to date
 
2 25-26 Feb 2010 Annual Exhibition of Seascapes
New Art Gallery, Pune.
Chief Guest - Mrs. Barbara Flucht
 
3 25-26 Apr 2009 Annual Exhibition of Seascapes
Balgandharva Kala Dalan
Chief Guest – Mrs Ritu Malhotra
 
4 28-29 Jun 2008 Annual Exhibition of Seascapes
Balgandharva Kala Dalan
Chief Guest – Mrs Suman Kirloskar
40 Artists, 105 paintings
 
5 24-25 Nov 2007 Annual Exhibition of Seascapes
EmpressGarden
Chief Guest – Mr Ravi Chopra – MD Piaggio Vehicles Ltd.
23 Artists, 64 paintings
 
6 28-29 Apr 2007 Half-Yearly Exhibition of Seascapes
Balgandharva Kala Dalan
Chief Guest – Mrs Surabhi Nag
28 artists, 75 paintings
 
7 Nov 2006 Annual Exhibition of Seascapes
EmpressGarden,
Chief Guest – RAdm CS Patham, Dep Com, NDA
Artists 35, 85 paintings
 
8 Apr 2006 Half Yearly Exhibition of Seascapes
Art 2 Day Gallery
Chief Guest – Mr Rajan Khinvasara, 31 artists, 54 paintings.
 
9 Nov 2005 Anuual Exhibition of Seascapes
Empress Garden,
Chief Guest - Dr AV Umranikar, Gynaecologist Emeritus
30 Artists, 84 paintings.
 
10 Nov 2004 Annual Exhibition of Seascapes,
Balgandharva Kala Dalan
Chief Guest - Mr Firoz Poonawalla.
 
11 Nov 2003 Annual Exhibition of Seascapes
Balgandharva Kala Dalan
Chief Guest – RAdm Kaushiva, Dep Com NDA.
 
12 Feb 2002 Exhibition of Seascapes,
Kalaghoda Festival, A and N Building
Mumbai
Chief Guest – VADM V Pasricha, FOCINC, WNC
 
13 Nov 2001 SIMA Exhibition
Balgandharva Kala Dalan
Since SIMA was established in May 2001, several workshops and exhibitions have been conducted as follows -

1 10 Oct 2010 SIMA Workshop at Peacock Bay
NDA Kharakvasla, Pune
 
2 22 Feb 2009 SIMA Workshop at WAI
 
3 1 Feb 2009 Demonstration by Mr Mohan Khare
Bundgarden
 
4 Feb 2008 INS Shivaji
Lonavala Lake
 
5 Jan 2007 Peacock Bay
NDA, Pune
 
6 3 Sept 2005 Mandwa Jetty
Alibag
 
7 Jun 2005 Ghats of Indryani River
Alandi
 
8 Mar 2005 INS Kunjali
Mumbai
 
9 Dec 2003 Hillary Thorpe, Isle of Wight, UK,
Empress Garden Pune,
 
10 Feb 2003 Peacock Bay
NDA, Pune
 
11 Sept 2002 INS Vikrant
Naval Dockyard, Mumbai
 
12 10 Feb 2002 Oyster Island
Colaba, Mumbai
 
13 Sept 2001 Peacock Bay
NDA, Pune
 
14 May 2001 Robert King, London UK,
Gateway of India, Mumbai and
Empress Garden , Pune

Junior SIMA was formed in 2006 to encourage school children to learn to paint seascapes, thereby getting them to become sea-minded, the prime objective of the IMF. Presently there are over 50 members. Mrs Anuradha Thakur, herself an art teacher for school children, is the Secretary of Junior SIMA. The aim is to increase the membership of Junior SIMA substantially in the future through exhibitions, workshops, painting competitions, demonstrations, etc.

85 School children participated in an exhibition of seascapes, and an on-the-spot painting competition at Empress Garden on Sunday, 20 Nov 2011.

The theme of the competition was "Life on a beach" and "Life in the oceans". The participants took part in 3 categories age-wise.

Prizes were awarded and all participants received a certificate. An ocean quiz was conducted and there was a demonstration by Mr. Satish Sarawate, a senior artist on how to paint a seascape. There were refreshments for children and their parents. A fun morning conducted by SIMA every year by junior SIMA secretary, Anuradha Thakur and Ekta Agarwal assisted by SIMA managing committee members.

In November 2008 Junior SIMA organised an Exhibition of Seascapes and a painting competition at the Empress Garden. 100 school children participated. Since then Junior SIMA Exhibitions have been regulary organized at the Empress Garden each year in November. The last one was held in November 2010.