Wa Gallery
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Shop for quirky art, crafts and design objects
Owned by arty expat French couple, Marie Fabre and Frédéric Escudier, quirky Wa Gallery is a must if you're into art and design. Marie and Frédéric love to travel and the carefully-selected objects here include a combination of exotic curios they have picked up on their trips around the world, especially in Asia, as well as paintings and pieces crafted in Cambodia. You'll find wonderfully kitschy mementoes, such as garishly painted Buddha and Ghanesh statues and Perspex salad servers and fabulous jewelry made by the couple, including Frédéric's colorful mango wood bangles. There are also collectable works of art, such as those by Bangkok-based Christian Develter, a regular visitor to Siem Reap, who is known for his color-saturated Andy Warhol-esque canvases of exotic Asian faces (there are some hanging in Miss Wong bar). Easier to transport home are Develter's limited edition lacquered boxes by Cambolac, a social enterprise that trains and employs hearing-impaired and disadvantaged young adults from villages in Angkor Archaeological Park. Marie (in colorful caftans) and Frédéric (wearing fluro) are often found in the shop and can answer questions about local art and crafts. They have two shops in the FCC arcade and another around the corner at Cassia, beside Shinta Mani Resort. Shipping is easily arranged.
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