Count Gerald van der Straten Ponthoz
Garden Party, sculptures, fireworks, ...
and 126 scholarships
The Hill Tribes Ceramic Project
The Exhibition




























"People Of The World"
The Exhibition

By mixing metals and minerals to obtain enamel, a technique he has mastered over 28 years, the artist obtains spectacular metallic looking art pieces as never seen before in Thailand. 23 master pieces of Paul Beckrich were exhibited in the grounds of Insii Thai House, in Maechan, as well as numerous pieces sculpted by the students. Paul Beckrich’s unique style, “figures on the move” inspired by ancient civilizations, immediately captured the attention of all the guests, including many local artists, resulting in an enthusiastic and vibrant atmosphere. The exhibition was an enormous success with all the sculptures by the French artist being sold out in less than an hour. All the benefit went to the Rotary's Smiling Child Scholarship Fund. The Fund aims at ensuring the education of children who lost their parents due to HIV.
"Going to sell the rice" "Imperial guard" "Noble woman"
“The goal of the event was not to sell anything. The purpose was to exchange the beautiful sculptures of Paul Beckrich for donations to the Smiling Child Scholarship Fund. This art exhibition was not about money, but about the future of the children of Maechan. I am extremely happy that so many people joined us to reach our goal during this great party.
Many partners generously helped us to bring this event to a success beyond our expectations, but the true stars today in Chiangrai were certainly the students!”
Show in the garden
Rotarian friendship Khun Jane Guests admiring a sculpture
38 violinists of Ajarn Paramet Khun Anan Laothamatas Khun Kelly, Daniel, Sommai and John
Nearly 400.000 Baht was donated for the sculptures of the exhibition. The sculpture of Princess Wisutkasattri was completed on the day in the presence of the guests.
This masterpiece, fitted with a blue sapphire and a ruby, was auctioned during the evening dinner. Guests came from as far as Belgium, France and Singapore for the event, as well as from Bangkok, Lampang, Fang, Ladprao and, of course, Chiangmai. Everyone was offered tea and cakes during the afternoon and the high quality Thai dinner from The Legend Boutique River Resort & Spa was served with an elegant background of live violin music.
Two of the students making a demonstration
The masterpiece to be auctioned was burnt on the same day Paul Beckrich The masterpiece to be auctioned was burnt on the same day
Akha kids and a sculpture in the background Khun Weerapong Winners of the lucky draw
Khun Jeff, winner of the auction
Non stop entertainment kept the 250 guests busy all the time. It included the 35 young violinists of the Youth Violin Club of Chiangrai, 101 hill tribes dancers, two firing demonstration of sculptures by the artist, a lucky draw and fireworks to bring the party to a close

Left: The winner of the auction.
The master piece