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Sunday, August 19, 2018


(“Container with Apples” by Barbara Siedle)

Opening in the KZNSA’s Mezzanine Gallery on August 21, 2018, at 17h30 for 18h00 is Themes, a group exhibition by Garret Artists on Tuesday 21 August at 17h30 for 18h00.

The Garret Artists group has been in existence for over 25 years and comprises a number of local artists who meet once a week to make art and exchange ideas.

The exhibition features works by Maggie Aitken, Susie Blanckenberg, Almut Booth, Mike Brightman, Anne Cleveland, Denise Gibson, Annette Hadley, Jane Hart, Annette Henderson, Daryl Houghton, Estelle Hudson, Lyndy Hurst, Nina Lawrence, Les Magwood Fraser, Gail Milne, Gaye Pass, Mariek Petzer, Chris Reabow, Diane Sampson, Barbara Siedle, Mary Slack, Catherine Stempowski and Tracey Zaloumis.

The essential focus of the group is on drawing, but that term is loosely interpreted to mean works on paper. This broad definition of 'drawing' even allows for the inclusion of printmaking, and a series of lino prints are included in the exhibition. Media used ranges from graphite pencils to paper collages and from charcoal sticks to drawing inks. In other words the artists explore a wide range of mark making materials and this adds a particular vitality to their works.

The artists work around a broad common theme over a number of weeks with each theme serving as a means of providing the art making process with both direction and unity. However, the aim is for each artist to investigate a given theme in a very personal way within very broad parameters.  Personal expression is thus paramount and no tuition as such is given. Constructive criticism of the artworks is invited and plays a vital and integral role within the group.

Thus members can learn from each other in a supportive, affirming environment and so strengthen their own art making processes.  A range of themes will be discerned within the current exhibition and include coastLINES, Shoes, Plants in Containers, Vessels, and Buildings.

Themes: A Group Exhibition by Garret Artists runs from August 21 to September 2, 2018. The KZNSA Gallery is situated at 166 Bulwer Road, Glenwood, in Durban. More information on 031 277 1705, fax 031 201 8051 or cell 082 220 0368 or visit