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THE ARTIST GUILD FROM JOHANNESBURG (article first published : 2007-11-19)

A group of like-minded Gauteng artists working as the Artist Guild in Johannesburg will present an exhibition at the Fresh Paint Gallery in Glenwood from November 28 which will include pieces made by some of the children in their innovative outreach project.

This proactive group of arts practitioners create their own work as well as participate in a myriad of arts classes. Their focal project is The Little Artists School, an enabling development multi-arts project with a group of street children and orphans headed by their teacher, artist Dulcie Robinson. The children mostly work in watercolours – a medium she favours.

“We the teachers of the Little Artists are passionate about developing and exposing our children to the joy of creativity,” says Dulcie Robinson. “Art is a hugely successful form of expression for these children and can give them a new self respect and a sense of achievement that they otherwise may not encounter.”

The five artists who will participate in the Durban exhibition are Thyrza Stott; Dulcie Robinson; Ronnie Biccard; Edward Selematsela and Lazarus Ramontseng.

Dulcie Robinson works extensively in all aqua-media, collage and inks. She captures light and depth by glazing numerous layers of transparent paint which creates a glow in her work. She has been very involved in the Watercolour Society structures over the years. Thyrza Stott concentrates mainly on painting the spiritual essence of life and tires to include her own symbolism in the varied subjects that she paints. Ronnie Biccard favours ethereal dreamy portraits and life studies. Edward Selematsela and Lazarus Ramontseng share a studio in Marshalltown and both painters teach at the Little Artists School.

The Artist Guild from Johannesburg runs at Fresh Paint Gallery in Davenport Road from November 28 to December 15. More information on 031 201 8367.




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