WITH the end of the year fast approaching, Marcus and Margaret Kruger, of the Arusha Designs Art Gallery in Hilton, are keen to reflect on a good year for both artists and patrons.
Their latest exhibition, ‘Joyful Gratitude’, runs from Saturday, November 4 to Sunday, January 7.
“We wanted to show our appreciation to the artists who exhibited in 2017 and the patrons who supported the gallery on its journey of promoting local art and in particular wood artistry,” said Margaret.
“Throughout the year the gallery has endeavoured to showcase different aspects of wood as an art medium by the use of the species, form or function.”
To explain what she means by wood artistry, Margaret says: “Consider the woodturner who sees the shape of the final piece in the wood blank as it spins before his eyes and then captures the essence of the wood in the shape created.
“Similarly designing a piece of furniture involves both an ergonomic and aesthetic element; constructing the furniture with the matching of grain patterns and the use of intricate inlays demonstrates the artistic ability of the maker.”
The ‘Joyful Gratitude’ exhibition will include both functional and artistic works by Marcus Kruger, resident artist, Clyde Neumann, Dave Knight, Fred Wright, Heidi Snyman, Tony Matchett and Winston French.
And, the gallery has invited toymakers to create a play area with durable toys made from real wood.
Among the painters showing their work at Arusha Designs is Thabo Molefe, who works in oils, pen and brush and creates collages.
Molefe grew up in Impendle and his first paying job was as a gardener for a furniture factory.
Following a number of promotions he became the truck driver’s assistant, delivering furniture to clients houses, where he saw art on the walls.
One day he picked up a piece of charcoal from the fire and started drawing.
Originally mentored by WP Van Heerden, Molefe is now a member of the Howick Arts Society (HARTS) and attends its monthly meetings to learn more about his passion.
The natural beauty of his Impendle home provides the inspiration for his work.
‘Joyful Gratitude’ will open at 12 noon on Saturday, November 4 and some of the artists will be on hand to speak about their work.
Weather permitting the wood artists will demonstrate their abilities on the lathe.
Patrons can also enjoy light refreshments, treats from Chocolate Sensations and listen to Pan Latino playing acoustic guitar, panpipe and flute.
Arusha Designs, which can be found at 19 Sutton Road, Winterskloof, is open from 9 am to 5 pm, Friday to Sunday and on public holidays. There will be extended hours from December 18 to 24.
Inquiries: Margaret Kruger at 082 374 7101 or firstname.lastname@example.org