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BEREA EXHIBITION AT NSA SHOP (article first published : 2003-06-5)

The NSA Shop at the NSA Galleries has initiated a programme of monthly displays of paintings. The idea is to provide a platform for local artists to show their work, and an opportunity for the public to purchase original works of art at affordable prices and support the local art community at the same time.

The Berea is a new "mini-exhibition" of paintings inspired by the Durban Berea. What images does the "Berea" conjure up? Lush, leafy suburbs, gracious old mansions or barricaded houses behind electrified fences? Trendy cafe society or squalid squatter areas? Sophisticated shopping malls and lonely old age homes?

From its early beginnings, Durban has been a melting pot of cultures. The encircling ridge of land with commanding views of the harbour and ocean was named the "Berea" when Captain Allen Francis Gardiner built his mission station there in the 1800s. The large mansions with deep verandahs, set behind wrought iron gates and thick foliage were home to the fashionable ladies of leisure - the tea, gossip and croquet set.

Since then, the Berea has grown and evolved - how much has it changed? Visit the NSA SHOP to see a selection of paintings inspired by the Berea. The exhibition will be on display from the first week in June until the end of the month.

Details from Gloria Hoff or Gail Wellbeloved on 031 202 3686 (Tuesdays to Sundays).




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