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STRETCHING THE STRELITZIA (article first published : 2006-05-16)

Currently running at the KZNSA, Stretching the Strelitzia is an unusual exhibition for the Botanical Art Association of Southern Africa (BAASA) as there is only one species of plant involved.

This is strelitzia reginae (Crane Flower and Mandela’s Gold), S. nicolai (Wild Banana ), S. alba, S. juncea and Ravenala madagascariensis (the Travellers Palm)

The idea behind the title is that the image is one of the strelitzia family. It can be a regular botanical image or a freer interpretation. The artists have been encouraged to experiment with composition and other media such as drawing, pen and ink, woodcut, scrapper board, collage, photography, etc. The strelitzia should still be recognisable.

Invited friends of the BAASA exhibition are Wesley, an artist known for cartoon work, Lindsay Bush known for architectural activities, established Durban painter Pascale Chandler; calligrapher Ingrid Lotter and photographers Peter Bendheim and Ros Sarkin.

With the excellent reputation of BAASA, this promises to be an exhibition of great quality and interesting work.

Stretching the Strelitzia runs until June 4. More information from KZNSA curator Nathi Gumede on 031 202-3686, 031 277 1703, fax 031 201-8051 or 082 220 0368 or visit www.kznsagallery.co.za




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