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ITHUNGA CALENDAR 2001 (article first published : 2000-12-6)

If the highly successful 2000 publication is anything to go by, the Ithunga Fine Art Calendar for 2001 will be a hit. This stunning, large format, full-colour calendar features paintings and prints by leading KZN artists and the 2001 theme is Legends of the Past; Visions of the Future.

The Ithunga Art Project aims to expose the public to the wealth of talent among KZN artists and in so doing, help them reach a wider market. The 2000 Calendar provided further exposure to several artists who received commissions, sold work and saw their pieces on the covers of a variety of publications. This year the project will be launched at the Durban Art Gallery with an exhibition which will display the work of those artists who were not selected for the calendar.

The winning artists featured are Zamani Makhanya, Mmabatho Lesele, Sfiso ka Mkame, Clinton De Menezes, Ezequiel Mabote and Trevor Makhoba. Their works will also feature in the newly-introduced greeting cards which will be on sale.

The calendar represents artistic merit, interesting expressions of the theme and a pleasing variety of styles and media. The ethos of the Ithunga Project is to forge strategic partnerships between artists, the business community and art lovers amongst the general public. The project was initiated by Artworks Publishing and printing of the calendar was sponsored by Art Printers. Other support came from the Durban Art Gallery, the Centre for Creative Arts at the University of Natal and Aquamanzi.

Each winning artist receives an honorarium of R1,000 paid from the proceeds of the sale of the calendars. The artists retain their works and several of these are still for sale. Interested buyers will have an opportunity at the launch to approach the artists direct with a view to purchasing their works. No gallery commissions will be levied.

The Ithunga Fine Art calendar sells for R65 (excl VAT) at the Artworks offices in Steel Road. More details from Andy Mason or Kwezi Gule on (031) 303-6466 or e-mail artworks@iafrica.com




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