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A selection of work from Mimi van der Merwe’s studio
17 May 2019 to 29 May 2019
Mimi van der Merwe is a much admired and beloved artist, well-known for her etchings, watercolours and drawings. Her artistic career spans over many decades, from the Sixties when for the first time, she studied etching techniques at the Paris Ecole des Beaux Arts.
This coming exhibition gives again evidence of her fine drawing skills and ability to create many sensitive images with a graphic fluency. Also very important, her work shows her expert and masterful use of some intricate etching methods.
An exhibition by Mimi van der Merwe is always a celebration of exultant and innovative talents and the Association of Arts Pretoria would like to salute her for the immense role she played in the Pretoria art scene. From being exposed to the first light in the Swartland, to experiencing the reddening afternoon sun near the Magalies, Mimi’s career represents a life in the visual arts!
The exhibition will be opened by Dr Hennie Smith on Friday 17 May 2019 at 19h00 and runs until Wednesday 29 May 2019 at 13h00
Quest of the heART
3 May 2019 to 22 May 2019
Pretoria artist, Stephi Joubert has spent most of her life in the quest for beauty and art. In her long career she has experimented with various mediums: pencil, graphite, pastel, acrylic paints, airbrushing, oils, digital media, sculpting, scratchboard and lately claybord. She prefers the latter even though she has to import it from America since South African art stores don’t stock these versatile boards.
She has created in various styles including realism (depicting people, animals and landscapes) and abstract and has her works printed in two colouring books for adults. She never had formal training, except for art classes at a local art studio. In 2015 she held her first solo exhibition at the Pretoria Arts Association where she sold all her works. In 2017 she had another exhibition at the same venue showcasing her clayboard works. Her latest exhibition opens here and once again promises to be very exciting and of a high standard.
Stephi says: “The dictionary defines QUEST as a long, arduous search for something. The non-medical definition of the heart is the central or innermost part of something. Art is a window into this search. Each line represents the thousands of different paths each of us takes in our search of the innermost pathway of our existence. The heart, the spirit and the soul are intrinsically linked to this search and it is not surprising that the word heart contains the word ART. Art, whether being created or enjoyed, is a part of each of us, a window to our quest and a steppingstone in making sense of it.”
Potter of the month
Alex ShabalalaPotter of the month: May 2019
Alex Shabalala is the Association of Arts Pretoria & Ceramics SA’s potter of the month in May. His exhibition opens on Sunday 5 May 2019 at 10h30 for 11h00 and can be viewed until Wednesday 27 May 2019.
Originally from KwaZulu-Natal, Alex Shabalala now works at a studio in Fourways, Johannesburg. His work is “delicate and fun”. Alex says he has always been tactile. As a child he made toys out of waste materials. He also often used to play with clay.
In October 2008, he joined Ardmore Ceramic studio, where he strove to translate print-making techniques into his clay painting and developed a unique graphic style. In 2010, Alex was singled out to work extensively on designing a limited-edition range of dinnerware as part of Ardmore’s new venture, the Ardmore Design Collection. The same year his design of African wildlife and flora was selected for the commemorative Relais & Chateaux Plate.
“In 2013 I came to Johannesburg with the hope of fulfilling my ambition as an artist. Since I arrived here I had the opportunity to work with Bronwen Findlay running several mosaics projects. Currently I own a ceramic art studio in Fourways Riverside View,” the artist says.
He works with earthenware clay and uses underglaze paint - which is waterbased - and then covers this with a transparent glaze before firing it in a kiln at between 1 000 and 1 100 degrees Celsius. Because the glaze is subsequently covering it, such decoration is completely durable, and it also allows the production of pottery with a surface that has a uniform sheen.
The artist creates with three themes: Divine, Flora and Butterfly. The Divine design is inspired by South African wildlife (white background), the Flora design by South African flowers (black background) and the Butterfly in a full design. His creations are not only visually gripping, but can also be put to practical use.