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BONISA OPEN DAY (article first published : 2004-02-22)

Bonisa Private Gallery is to host an exhibition of fibre and textile art on March 7, an event which is likely to be popular with the public.

The fibre works shown are all by KZN artists, all members of an organisation called Fibreworks. The association which incorporates 50 members was formed in 1997 and has been very active holding exhibitons locally and abroad. The Tatham Art Gallery in Pietermaritzburg has had two exhibitions and has fibreworks in its permanent collections.

Bonisa will also exhibit works from members of “Artworks” by Jeanette Gilks, Rosalie Dace, Helga Beaumont, Margaret Ruxton, Judy Breytenbach, Sue Ackermann and others. All accomplished artists in this form, their works are very creative with interesting names. The passion of the artists comes through in their works.

The use of fibre and textiles as an art form dates back many years. Most people are aware of the decorative use of cloth in functional areas, table cloths, bed-spreads, quilts, tea cosies, cushions and curtains etc, but fibre and textiles are used to great effect as an art media in their own right. It is a specialised form of art where threads are sown, woven and embroided to form pictures, images, patterns, collages.

Also featured will be an exhibition of ceramic art by Joy Savage which compliments the fibre and textile art. Joy has a long history in this field that includes ceramic jewellery, she has taught ceramics and art at various schools in the region of Durban. Active in exhibiting her work and having won various awards, her works are influenced by Africa and are titled such names as Etosha Pan, Migration and Ndebele. Also fascinating are the etchings on her works.

John Simpson will also again demonstrate and exhibit his Japanese-styled art. This former radio actor and presenter has not missed entertaining and displaying his art on every open day since the gallery opened two years ago.

Bonisa Private Gallery’s Open Day takes place on March 7 at 47 Ronalds Rd. Kloof from 10h00. Phone 031 764 0288 or visit www.bonisa.co.za




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