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Monday, July 15, 2019


(“Henge of Stone in Time”, oil on canvas by Hermine Spies Coleman)

The Power of Loss and Gain, a solo exhibition by Hermine Spies Coleman, will be opened on Sunday July 21 at 11h00 in the Schreiner Gallery of the Tatham Art Gallery in Pietermaritzburg. The opening speaker is Moray Comrie.

The artist has drawn and painted over existing paintings, obliterating segments. This takes courage, as one does lose what is held as precious; however, in the process one may gain a new image with fresh meaning. It is discovery, but not without the discomfort of losing and letting go. Life is like that: destruction in the process of continually shaping the significance of the whole, a process symbolic of loss and gain.

The artist will conduct two workshops in the Gallery, on Wednesdays August 7 and 21 from 09h30 to 12h30. Between these dates the participating artists will take turns to work on collaborative art work in the Gallery to explore over-drawing in search of meaning.

Booking for this workshop, which costs R300 in total, is essential or 033 3922 819 or or 033 3922 811

The Power of Loss and Gain exhibition runs from July 21 to September 15, at 17h00.

The Tatham Art Gallery is situated opposite the Town Hall in Chief Albert Luthuli Street, Pietermaritzburg. It is open from Tuesdays to Sundays from 10h00 to 17h00. Café Tatham is open on Saturdays. Safe parking with a car guard available. More information on 033 392 2801 or visit