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Festival Exhibition 2014

When I woke this morning and went out into my winter garden, I could feel it in the air. It is the mood of Grahamstown the week before the National Arts Festival. There is a peculiar calm that descends upon our little city the week before the Festival, a sense of anticipation of what is about to come. However, the stillness of this early morning reverie belies the manic activity that is going on behind the scenes in art departments and studios, theatre venues, shops, restaurants and the numerous b&b’s that are all busily preparing for the hordes to arrive. If the university is the lifeblood of this little city, then the Festival is the injection that keep us all alive. We depend upon it for our survival, both financially and culturally. There are already a few new faces in town, the technicians who have come from the big cities to create the settings for the shows. This is when the excitement begins, for a sense of new energy has arrived.

In a few days time, thousands of people will move into the city, and for a little over a week our lives will be temporarily transformed. There will be no parking, roads will be closed, and every available wall space will be plastered with posters that advertise the hundreds of exhibitions and shows. Life for normal Grahamstonians both closes down and comes alive.

Here are a few images from last year’s Festival Parade

The air is chilly, but the sun is shining and I push my feet through piles of fallen oak leaves and sit in the warmth of the sun to drink my tea, watching the birds and listening to the sounds of our sleepy city gradually coming to life. This is the calm before the storm. I’ve been keeping a low profile for the past few months, because I have been working on a large commission. I feel satisfied with the work I have produced, but as a result of this distraction, have not had time to put together a formal exhibition for the Festival. I do however have a fair selection of work available for sale, so will be having a display of these works in my art studio. If anyone should be interested to see the work, please contact me to arrange a time for viewing.

A selection of my work will be on show in my studio. Viewing by appointment only

A selection of work will be on show in my art studio during the National Arts Festival 2014. Viewing by appointment only.

Festival is always a fun time in Grahamstown and this year, it’s 40th anniversary, should really be a good one! I will keep you updated with news and images of the festivities in my next post. So, watch this space…!

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Delta & Desert Exhibition Feedback

The National Arts Festival 2013 has come and gone and the good people of Grahamstown are now in the process of recovery!

It was a great festival and though I am in a complete state of exhaustion, I am very happy that everything went off so well. Hundreds of people came through my exhibition Delta & Desert: Journeys into the Wilderness, and I was overwhelmed by the positive feedback and support for my work, and thrilled to have sold as much as I did, given the tough economic climate.

The rhino have definitely benefited from the enthusiastic response I received and I am about to deposit a healthy sum of money into the Chipembere Rhino Foundation, which was raised from the sale of Harry Owen’s poetry anthology, For Rhino in a Shrinking World, as well as from the sale of numerous cards and prints of the illustrations.

So, thank you to everyone who helped to make the exhibition such a success, especially my family and friends who gave me so much support and helped in so many ways. I could never have done this without you.

For those of you who were not able to be there, here are a few photographs of the exhibition:

A view of the water lily wall

A view of the water lily wall

A view of works that were inspired by my trip to Botswana

A view of works that were inspired by my trip to Botswana

A view across the exhibition towards the Richtersveld section

A view across the exhibition towards the Richtersveld section

This view shows the Eastern Cape works

This view shows the Eastern Cape works

The rhino corner, where the rhino anthology, prints and cards were on display

The rhino corner, where the rhino anthology, prints and cards were on display

Sally in attendance at the Delta & Desert Exhibition 2013

Sally in attendance at the Delta & Desert Exhibition 2013

So that’s the festival done, now time to relax and plan where to from here.

In my next post I will be chatting about  my work In Memoriam and the presentation I gave at the LAWS Conference, that was held at Rhodes University during the National Arts Festival. Stay tuned, there’s lots more to come…!

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Delta & Desert Exhibition 2013

After months of hard work, my exhibition Delta & Desert: Journeys into the Wilderness has finally opened at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown, and the response has been amazing!

The exhibition is being held at the Carinus Art Centre until the 6th July 2013 and will be open daily from 9.00am – 5.00pm. For those of you who will not be here during this period, I am bringing you the highlights of my show. Enjoy!

All the colour landscapes seen here are done in chalk pastel and the black and white images are ink. The travel bags are mixed media. All works are mounted and framed.

In addition to what you see here, all the original rhino drawings that I did to illustrate For Rhino in a Shrinking World are also on show and available for sale, as well as a limited edition print run on each of these works. Harry Owen and I will be speaking about the book on Monday 1st July at the Nun’s Chapel, St.Peter’s Campus, Grahamstown at 11am, as a part of the Authors in Conversation Series for Thinkfest!, which takes place during the National Arts Festival. Please join us if you can.

I will bring you more on the exhibition in a short while, but in the meantime I must get back to taking care of the show! Please visit me if you are in the area, or contact me if you are interested in any of the work. Prices are available on request.

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Festival 2013 Exhibition

There’s a flurry of activity in the studio at the moment, and with only a month to go, there’s not much time left until my exhibition opens at the Carinus Arts Centre, Grahamstown. This exhibition will be a Fringe event at the National Arts Festival 2013.

The exhibition, entitled Delta & Desert: Journeys Into the Wilderness will be opening on Wednesday 26th June. All are welcome.

To give you a hint of what is to come, here is the exhibition poster:

Poster 2

An exhibition of recent works, inspired by my journeys into the Okavango Delta of Botswana, and the Richtersveld of South Africa.

I will be bringing you more on this shortly…

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