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Sunday, December 23, 2018


(“Leafy Mandala” by Maren Scharein)

The Blue Caterpillar Gallery in Pietermaritzburg’s current exhibition is by Maren Scharein and it includes her pointillism technique which shows her talent and skill as an artist. She was born in Germany, and during her early teens she visited an exhibition of Emil Nolde’s work and this sparked her interest to become an artist.

Emil Nolde was a German-Danish painter and printmaker and one of the first Expressionists of the early 20th century to explore colour in oil and watercolour mediums and was known for his brushwork and expressive choice of colour.

After leaving school she attended an art college - Muthesius Werkschule in Kiel, Germany but before she had time to explore art as a career she got married and raised a family. During her 50s she still knew that she wanted to be an artist and so started her journey as an artist. She had already learned the skills of mixing paint, proportions and composition and so through trial and error she developed her own technique of how she wanted to paint. After she saw the ancient Aboriginal Art of pointillism she found that she enjoyed using this method and that it was both relaxing and meditative. Colour, nature and form the main basis of her paintings and she loves the viewer to ‘escape’ into her paintings.

(“Happy Mother” by Ezequiel Mabote)

Current exhibitions are from Charmaine Eastment, Marion Townsend and Dianne van Wyk and woodcut prints by Ezequiel Mabote and the late Isaac Sithole.

The Blue Caterpillar Gallery is situated at the Butterflies for Africa complex at 37 Willowton Road in Pietermaritzburg. 

Gallery hours are Tuesday to Friday from 09h00 to 16h30, Saturdays 09h30 to 15h30 and Sundays 10h30 to 15h30.

More information from Jeni Cramer on 033 387 1356 or email or visit