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Saturday, November 17, 2018


(Sculptor Marke Meyer with suspended bronze)

The Pearls Mall in Umhlanga certainly changed the skyline, lifestyle and shopping experiences for many holiday makers and those living in and around Umhlanga Rocks.

Imbizo Gallery is proud to have been a part of it since the very beginning.

It is now the 2nd anniversary for the Gallery and owner and curator Isabel Roos is set to celebrate this with four of her favourite artists in a bold and colourful exhibition entitled Intrinsic Flow.

The artists, sculptor Marke Meyer and painters Frances Schandera-Duarte, Everett Duarte and Nico Roos have been with the Gallery since its inception and are delighted to be celebrating this anniversary at this prestigious Gallery and will be exhibiting fresh and exciting new work.

Marke Meyer is a bronze sculptor and is renowned for his floating and dreamlike pieces. He is essentially a poet and the titles of his works are taken from his writings. These words or phrases are always etched into the pieces. Roos describes his pieces as “filling the floor and roof space with effortless grace and a whimsical, quirky beauty.” Meyer has a number of new pieces freshly back from the foundry which have never been exhibited before. 

(Work by Nico Roos)

The painters exhibiting are all quite different in style and technique yet all are painted on a large scale with the canvases filling the walls with a cacophony of colour and texture.

“Nico Roos will be exhibiting new oils on canvas that seem have a beautiful, contemporary Turner feel”, Roos explains, “atmospheric, moody yet calm”.
(“Reaching Floral” - acrylic on canvas by Frances Duarte)

“Frances Schandera-Duarte’s work seems to ‘glow’ from within. Her daring abstract florals are soulful and simply exquisite,” Isabel says.

Everett Duarte is a seasoned and self-confessed African bush lover, paints from the soul. His big cats and other intrinsically African animals are painted with an abstract mindset and an elegant understanding of both the animal’s anatomy and unique movement, mostly caught in motion. Both Frances & Everett divide their time between living and exhibiting in both Germany and in South Africa. Presently they are out in South Africa to paint for the summer.

(“Advance, 1” - acrylic on canvas by Everett Duarte) 

All art lovers and collectors are welcome to join the artists and Isabel Roos at the opening on Sunday November 25, 2018, from 11h00 to 17h00. Snacks and wine will be offered. All four artists will be in attendance.

Effervescent actress, singer and writer Barbie Meyer will officially open the exhibition. She will fill everyone in with invaluable quirky and often hilarious stories and titbits about the pieces on exhibit and the artists themselves.

The exhibition runs until December 30, 2018. Imbizo Gallery is situated in Umhlanga Pearls Mall at Shop A25 and A26, Pearl Walk, Umhlanga, McCausland Crescent, Umhlanga.

For more information contact Isabella Roos on 082 897 0190 or 032 946 1937


(Carvin Goldstone)

Hot off the heels of his international tour, popular comedian, Carvin Goldstone, steps off the stage and "in front" of the big screen!

A new venture, NuMetro Cinemas and Carvin have teamed up to bring live comedy to the movie theatre.

"The plan is to introduce live comedy at movie theatres around the country in partnership with NuMetro" explained Goldstone, "The idea is to have regular comedy nights at Numetro moving forward. This is something we spoke about earlier this year and we're happy to finally be launching it.

Dubbed NuMetro Comedy Nights, the venture will see a host of one-man and one-woman shows, ensemble line-ups, and themed stand-up comedy shows take place over the next year.

"There is a great demand for fresh, accessible stand-up comedy in South Africa. This initiative ticks all the boxes in terms of bringing fresh talent and comedy content to a highly accessible stage," said Goldstone.

"Eventually we'd like to roll out the comedy in NuMetro cinemas across the country. So together with Numetro, this is a good test to see how the market responds to hosting stand-up comedy in a movie theatre. We thought it was a great fit. Movie theatres have tiered / cinema-style seating, it's an intimate space and perfect for comedy. So we are really hoping the public jumps on this because it's going to be something new, something fresh and something for everyone to enjoy," he said.

But, offering a taste of the funny to come in the 2019, the NuMetro Comedy Nights launch event will see Goldstone performing a one-man show of new and recent ideas from his tours around the world.

Goldstone is one of the biggest names in South African Comedy. His recent accomplishments include winning Comics Choice Comedian of the Year (2018) - considered the "Oscars" of SA Comedy. Previous winners include Trevor Noah and Loyiso Gola.

A well-travelled international act, Goldstone has performed in the United Kingdom, Middle East, Australia, New Zealand and across Southern Africa, including Swaziland and Zimbabwe. This includes being invited to perform The Magners International Comedy Festival - the biggest comedy festival in Asia - and The Melbourne International Comedy Festival - the third largest comedy festival in the world! These tours took place in 2018.

NuMetro Comedy Nights stages on November 27at Cornubia, Cinema 4; November 28 at Galleria, Cinema 3; and November 29 at The Pavilion, Cinema 3.

All shows are at 20h00. Tickets R120 via, R150 at the door. Whatsapp 0815195399 for bookings/queries.


The African Art Centre is currently trading at uShaka Marine World until January 31, 2019. They are situated in the Village Walk (next to Dangerous Creatures)

The African Art Centre itself is at 15A Station Drive (off Umgeni Road) in Durban. More information on 031 312 3804/5 or email or visit


(“Wash Day Howick Falls”. Oil by John Smith)

Art through the eyes of John Smith is the title of an exhibition by this well-known Durban artist which will open at Etchings etc in Umgeni Park on December 5, 2018.

“For our end of year function, on December 5, we have asked John Smith to give a short talk on Art and his inspirations. We will also have several of his works on display in a section of the gallery. Magnificent new work will be available, so this exhibition must not be missed,” says Alan Gordon of Etchings.

“Going forward, Etchings plans to hold functions at least once a quarter, where we will have a theme and promote one or more artist,” Gordon adds.

The exhibition opens at 18h00 on December 5. RSVP to for catering purposes for the opening evening.

Etchings is at Shop 10, Park Boulevard, 11 Browns Drift Road, Umgeni Park, in Durban. Contact 031 563 6431 or Alan Gordon on 083 386 6060 or email

For more information visit


(Nina Watson. Pic courtesy of North Coast Courier)

The University of KwaZulu-Natal’s School of Arts Music will present Nina Watson in her BA Honours (Performance) Recital on November 21, 2018.

Performing piano trios by Beethoven and Rachmaninov with Watson will be Petya Koleva (violin) and Marguerit Spies (cello).

The recital will take place on November 21 at 18h00 in Howard College Theatre. Admission is free.