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ON THE BRIGHT SIDE (article first published : 2005-06-20)

In its attractive Park Gallery, the NSA Gallery proudly presents the first solo exhibition by Mollie Stiebel (84). Titled On the Bright Side, the exhibition is a remarkable achievement by Stiebel, who taught in Durban schools until her retirement in the 1970’s. During the years she continued making art, and concentrated on her passion for painting. Since 1997, she has participated in Pascale Chandler’s studio, where she developed a unique painterly language.

Mollie Stiebel presents a new body of work, a series of still life paintings that portray an assortment of much loved objects in her home. Having worked with children during her career as a teacher, she also takes inspiration from children’s work, and some of her granddaughters’ pre-primary paintings are referenced in the paintings.

Her works are based on a wonderfully sensitivity when it comes to the application of colour, in unusual and unexpected ways. Her brushstrokes are confident and loose and she applies paint with an authority which comes from years of experimentation, and also displays a certain “bolshi-ness” and daring.

She states that “The exhibition is titled on the bright side as this reflects my love of colour and my attempt to make this my philosophy.” A strong influence is the early impressionist painters and she says that “their influence on me has been great, and certainly inflamed my (then) dormant passion for painting”.

The exhibition opens on June 21 at 18h00 and runs until July 10.

More information from NSA curator Storm Janse van Rensburg at 166 Bulwer Road, Glenwood, Durban. Phone 031 202 3686, fax 031 201 8051 or e-mail: curator@nsagallery.co.za or visit www.nsagallery.co.za




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