The Chron­i­cle

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News -

BULAWAYO, Satur­day, Au­gust 27, 1966 — More than 1 000 peo­ple have al­ready seen the Rhode­sian paint­ings and sketches — most of them by Bulawayo and dis­trict artists — ex­hib­ited by the Bulawayo Art Club in Naake’s Gallery.

Sold tags have gone up on sev­eral works since the ex­hi­bi­tion opened on Mon­day. Pur­chases made on the spot by art pa­trons topped the £300 mark yes­ter­day. Com­mit­tee mem­ber and “ad hoc” door­man Mr Bob Ot­tens said yes­ter­day that the in­ter­est shown by the pub­lic in the 177 en­tries was “tremen­dous”.

Types of tech­niques em­ployed and sub­jects cho­sen var­ied widely. This cou­pled with the in­ter­est shown by the pub­lic, made him feel that a sys­tem of award­ing prizes should be in­tro­duced.”

I shall urge the com­mit­tee to give at least one prize for the most out­stand­ing en­try, at next year’s ex­hi­bi­tion”, Mr Ot­tens said. “This would of course, en­tail en­gag­ing a judge or a panel of judges”, he said. The prizes them­selves would not present a prob­lem.

“We have been promised £50 by the Na­tional Arts Coun­cil, should we need it. We could use that money for prize­money”.

One thing has both­ered him dur­ing the ex­hi­bi­tion. Artists had not made them­selves per­son­ally known to him or to the com­mit­tee.

“I scarcely know any of those who are ex­hibit­ing here”, he said. “If they have vis­ited the ex­hi­bi­tion, I am un­aware of it. I would like to have known them”.

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