Adding a splash of vibr ant c olour

Weekend Witness - - Ne Ws - ESTELLE SINKINS

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.”

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