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THE EVERARD PHENOMENON (article first published : 2000-11-9)

The Everard Phenomenon is a comprehensive exhibition of paintings by the South African group of women artists known as the Everard Group. It is showing at the Tatham Art Gallery in Pietermaritzburg until November 12.

Six related women artists feature on this expanded exhibition that includes works from the Standard Bank collection as well as the Tatham Art Gallery. Members of the family group were educated in Europe and England but all lived and painted on a remote farm near Carolina.

Edith King (born in Pietermaritzburg) was a poet as well as being the headmistress of Eunice Girl's High in Bloemfontein. Her sister, Bertha Everard (born in Durban), was an accomplished concert pianist who studied in Vienna. Bertha's daughter Ruth bred racehorses while her other daughter Rosamund flew aeroplanes and was probably the first woman in the world to fly a jet. Ruth's daughter Leonora is a well-known artist in Pietermaritzburg, where her own daughters Alana (an art teacher) and Nichola (an artist) also live.

This long-awaited exhibition has been curated by Jill Addleson of the Durban Art Gallery.




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