A
 
Web www.artsmart.co.za
A R T S M A R T
arts news from kwazulu-natal

festivals
www.artsmart.co.za
enquiries@artsmart.co.za
 A current news
crafts - dance - drama - film & tv - literature
music - supper theatre - visual arts
miscellaneous news - festivals
letters to the editor
home page
archives A
crafts - dance - drama - film & tv - literature
music - supper theatre - visual arts
miscellaneous news - festivals
 

NB: as of 23 September 2008, all new artSMart articles are being published on the site news.artsmart.co.za.

NAF VISUAL ARTS FRENZY (article first published : 2005-06-28)

Visual arts lovers are in for a treat at this year’s National Arts Festival Fringe in Grahamstown from July 30 to July 9. With an unprecedented number of exhibitions showcasing an array of arts media, festinos (the name affectionately given to festival-goers) will surely find something to whet their artistic appetite at the 2005 Fringe.

At the Good Shepherd Complex, Chanelle Staude leads the pack with her 7th Fringe exhibition of contrasting views of South African landscapes while Les Bird explores the rich and vibrant colours of South Africa in a representative style reminiscent of the Impressionists. Using a wide range of media, Lisa Emmet, Estelle van der Merwe and Marie Breetzke portray South African scenes, abstracts, and symbolic offerings in Smart Art, and Jenny Maltby and Lizette Gianni celebrate the abundance of nature in Earth Shine. In Clay and Canvas, Anne-Marie Burger and husband-and-wife team Johannie and Hurbey Geldenhuys show off a mixture of abstract and representational work in an exhibition that combines ceramics and paintings.

In Tri-Angle Art, Rose Warren, Bev Samler and Clare Baker offer a multimedia exhibition combining assemblages, monotypes, collages and graphics; while in Beauty is Now Stephanie Liebetrau’s hauntingly evocative paintings offer sharp contrast to Ilse Röhr’s detailed, but often equally haunting, photographic scenes.

Intersections No.3 is a collaborative exhibition with a difference. Set in one of the town’s erstwhile bakeries, this, the third in a series of Fringe exhibitions from Spaza Art, promotes and promulgates the new South African art scene.

CreateSA (an organisation that assists disabled crafters of the Eastern Cape region) joins forces with the Spaza Art Gallery (Johannesburg), and the Deon Lemmer Art Studio (Alexandria) to bring a ‘living arts’ exhibition to the Festival.

A multitude of artists gather in the Victoria Exhibition Centre including Sonnett Olls with her watercolour and oil paintings of flowers, figures and landscapes; Vukile Teyise with linocuts and hand crafts reminiscent of personal and community histories; and Jean Meintjes’ beautifully crafted steel and bronze sculptures of animals, birds, fish and plants. Grahamstown’s own Egazini Outreach Project showcases a hoard of handcraft treasures in Egazini Experience II and Heleen du Preez delves into the universal symbolism of the basic elements – air, water, fire and earth in Essences. Port Alfred artists Barbara Langley and Edmond Hill bring the Eastern Cape to life in an exhibition of multimedia sculptures, portraiture and landscapes.

At the Johan Carinus Art Centre Linga Diko (a recent Brett Kebble finalist) holds his first solo exhibition of linocuts; Stephen Parsons uses mixed media and object trouvé to simultaneously reflect on human detritus and alien landscapes in Life on Mars; and Charmaine Haines filters the style of ancient cultures through a 21st century sensibility with a collection of ceramics entitled Contemporary Icons. Other artists’ work on display at the centre will include ceramicist Meshack Masuku, printmaker Roxandra Dardagan, sculptor Zach Taljaard, and painter Tony Swift, amongst others.

Peter’s Art Gallery from Jeffrey’s Bay brings a selection of works from a veritable pot pourri of South African artists and the Grahamstown Arts Studio is home to numerous local artists including Fiona Ewan Rowett, Brian Rippon, Anton Brink and Lorna Cole. Maraja Badenhorst’s exhibition of paintings and collages, The Missing, induces the viewer’s own search for meaning and interpretation.

For exhibitions with a difference, try Imithi YesiXhosa at Fort Selwyn – an exhibition of plants, photographs and artefacts that suggest that culture and biological diversity is threatened by the loss of biodiversity and vice versa; or view the photographic documentary from the Children’s Rights Centre, Visions and Voices, which illustrates the rights and realities of the youth in South Africa today.

Art lovers and collectors will be spoilt for choice at this year’s National Arts Festival. With new and emerging artists exhibiting alongside well-known artists, Festinos will have ample opportunity to hunt for that sought after objet d’art or chase down a bargain or two.

Remember to free up some space in the Festival timetable to view and enjoy these exhibitions, to stroll around the craft markets, and experience the delight of the Street Theatre performances on the Main Festival programme. Booking Kits available from selected Standard Bank branches and Computicket outlets – or phone the Festival hot-line 046 603 1103/1164 or visit the website www.nafest.co.za for further information.

The National Arts Festival is presented by the Eastern Cape Government, Standard Bank, the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund, SABC and the National Arts Council.




 A current news
crafts - dance - drama - film & tv - literature
music - supper theatre - visual arts
miscellaneous news - festivals
letters to the editor
home page
archives A
crafts - dance - drama - film & tv - literature
music - supper theatre - visual arts
miscellaneous news - festivals
a co-production by caroline smart services and .durbanet. site credits
copyright © subsists in this page. all rights reserved. [ edit ] copyright details  artsmart