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BUZZART (article first published : 2002-11-17)

On November 24 at 16h00, the NSA Gallery launches its annual festive season exhibition. This is a veritable life-style bazaar of unique gifts, craft, furniture, jewellery, knick-knacks, designer clothing, children's goodies, selected edibles, ceramics, hand-picked artworks, candles, soaps, cards and other fun items.

Named buzzart - think “bazaar” with a slightly different spelling, says the NSA - the exhibition has been a couple of months in the making and emphasis is placed on lifestyle associations and quality craftwork, as well as wide price range to suit every pocket.

Gloria Hoff and Gail Welbeloved of the NSA Shop have been scouring and combing the country for new and interesting crafts, in addition to prepping local crafters leading up to the exhibition to ensure that the NSA supporting public get the best quality goods available.

Particular care has been taken with the display and shop fitting this year. Designed by Eerhard Huizenga and Jane du Rand to echo a market feel, the interior of the NSA Gallery will be transformed for the next two months into a riot of colour. Sections of the gallery will be zoned and themed to assist in the easy negotiation of the space and myriad of special things on display.

Eunice Kok, the dynamite behind Five O’Lounge, will occupy one of the zones. This Johannesburg based company collects, restores and distributes quality 50’s and 60’s furniture. Eunice will bring down a selection of collectors chairs, lounge suites, coffee tables and standing lamps at unbeatable prices, an offer of truly affordable vintage designer items.

Also joining the festivities is a bright and cheery banner from Ningizimu School for the Severely Mentally Handicapped. The Killer Whale banner will be accompanied by a gigantic shiny basket and these will be looking for a new home. Robin Opperman, the head of department for Art and Technology has promoted a special brand of work at the school, and has made a major successful human investment in its activities to allow the children to create their magic.

Brett Murray, bad boy of South African art, will add a selection of fresh variations on his well known wall lamps. Comets, teacups, rockets and cars will rub shoulders with a selection of Boogie Lights.

buzzart runs until January 10. There will be late night trading for last minute shoppers on December 17, 19 and 23 until 20h30. More information from Gloria Hoff and Gail Wellbeloved on 031 202 3686




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