Adding a splash of vibr ant c olour
THE ne w Chemspec P erspective e xhibition has brought a splash of vibr ant colour to this y ear’s The Witne ss Hilton Art s Festival.
Some 61 visual artists are showing their paintings, prints, drawings and ceramics in a giant white marquee, with it s own music s tage and bar area.
On Thursday night, the 2014 festival got underway in this new venue and the consensus amongst the guests was that it was a fabulous new addition to the annual arts extravaganza at Hilton College.
Speaking at the opening, Baron Schrender, from sponsors Chemspec, said an art show was the perfect fit f or a c ompany that supplied p aint.
“The opportunity to express oneself, and especially in colour, is what this is all about”, he added. “If you look around there is a lot of sponsor ship available for sport … but there is not a lot of sponsorship for the arts and I think that this is an opportunity for us to try and position the arts as a very important p art of people’ s li ves.
“The more beautiful your life is around you, the better y our emotions and y our s tate of mind. ”
Schrender was also delighted that his company was able to support the street art of Durbanbased slam poet, rapper, actor and graffiti artist, Iain ‘Ewok’ Robinson, who is creating a unique piece during the festival. “On that big white canvas on the Art Block wall he will be cerating a beautiful collage of c olour …,” he added.
Among the many artists showing their work in the Perspective exhibition are: Ardmore Ceramic Art, Diane Erasmus, Shirley Howells, Matt Louwrens, Ez equiel Mabote and Si yabonga Sik osana.
Festival dir ector Sue Clar ence t old Weekend Witness: “I have been very impressed by the quality of the art s and the cr afts on displa y.”