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ART IN THE PARK 2003 (article first published : 2003-05-22)

The spectre of autumn leaves and artistic endeavour is synonymous with Art in the Park, one of the landmark events on Pietermaritzburg’s annual calendar.

The 41st edition of Art in the Park has drawn a veritable galaxy of 55 artists, some of whom have been exhibiting for more than a decade. However, the growing popularity of Art in the Park has meant the selection committee has had to turn away 50 artists in what is a validation of the standard of entries.

“We’ve viewed some truly amazing works and on the strength of what we’ve seen, I believe the public is in for a superb exhibition,” said Joanne Anderson, events manager for the organisers, Pietermaritzburg Tourism. She said the 2003 exhibition will feature some exciting new mediums, including glassworks and paintings on silk.

Among the artists frantically busy preparing for the May 28 to June 1 event are last year’s top selling exhibitor Trayci Tompkins who once again will sell her range of Raku-fired pots.

Also in attendance are renowned watercolour artist Matt Louwrens whose pioneering sand art is proving increasingly popular; Christopher Haw who exhibited at the very first Art in the Park in 1962, and Alphen Ntabane, a 16-year veteran at the show.

In keeping with its mission to provide emerging artists with a platform, this year’s event will showcase two development artists - Manuel Mangue and Amarildo Alberto who work from the BAT Centre in Durban.

“Art by definition is a dynamic process and to retain its contemporary appeal, Art in the Park needs to showcase emerging talent,” said Anderson.

The exhibition will, as per tradition, boast a number of braai fires that will serve to enhance the unique Discount Steel Art in the Park ambience. Adding value to the event is a daily programme of music including jazz and marimba, and catering by members of the NG Kerk. “We’ve had such a lovely response to their catering last year that we decided to retain them this year, so watch out for their stunning bean soup,” said Anderson.

A nominal R5 entrance fee will be charged with school-going children allowed in free. The exhibition is open from May 28 to June 1, 10h00 to 20h00 (closing on the final day at 16h00).

Parking is plentiful, free and safe at Kershaw Park and visitors are urged to use the entrance on Commercial Road.




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