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ART IN THE PARK A SUCCESS (article first published : 2007-06-13)

Sales at the Nashua-sponsored Art in the Park held in Pietermaritzburg recently breached the R2 million mark to position the country’s premier outdoor art selling exhibition for an exciting future.

With more sales and commissions still to be confirmed, the chances are that the figure may well approach the R2,1 million mark.

Speaking on behalf of Pietermaritzburg Tourism which organized the event, events manager Karin Degenaar said the 2007 edition had gone off exceptionally well. “Several elements contributed to this year’s success, not least the wonderfully balmy weather that played a huge part,” she said. She added that feedback suggested that the quality of work at this year’s event was another contributory factor. “I’ve had buyers and members of the public commenting on the quality of work on exhibit this year,” she said.

“There is a direct correlation between the amount of revenue generated and the quality of work offered for sale. We’ve raising the bar of work accepted onto Art in the Park constantly through a rigorous selection process, which in turn enhances the appeal and salability of work,” she said. :It is too early to identify this year’s top-selling artist, but any of four exhibitors are in the running for the accolade.”

Particularly pleasing was the performance of some first-time exhibitors, according to Degenaar. “RD McKenzie and Michelle Decker did exceptionally well, while Isaac Sithole, Ezequiel Mabote and Siyabonga Sikhosana probably did the best of the emerging artists,” she said.

She singled out miniature bird artist Beth Freeman-Kane whose work was practically sold out on the first day of the show. “Beth is a perennial favourite and this year was no different,” said Degenaar.

This year’s show was marked by the participation of New Zealand guest artist Michelle Irwin to cement a relationship with the fledgling New Zealand version of Art in the Park.

“We are looking forward to growing linkages with our sister event and we’re very happy that Michelle has picked up a few commissions for her unusual work,” said Degenaar who also paid tribute to name sponsors Nashua and the support of the Department of Arts, Culture and Tourism. “We would not have achieved what we did without the assistance of our sponsors and I would like to personally thank Nashau MD Nad Naidoo for his support,” she said.




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