Tuesday, August 9, 2011

'Black Like Us' opening and preview.

One of the many wonderful paintings at BLU

This last Sunday the Watercolour Society of South Africa celebrated the opening and preview of the artists program Black Like Us art exhibition.  With the financial sponsorship of Herman Mashaba, together with his wife Connie form the cosmetic house Black Like Me and the wonderful team of Deutsche Bank made this wonderful day possible.

Marimba Band entertain visitors and artists
A Marimba Band with dancers welcomed the guests, artists and buyers around the koi pond while inside the gallery and outside on the lawn the buzzing of last minute setting up was taking place. The beautiful display of yellow and blue table settings looked so fresh and somewhat summery, indicating that spring was in the air. It was a glorious day and the weather behaved itself for all. A scrumptious display of eats, drinks and coffees awaited the visitors.

Scrumptious eats

Black Like Me Sponsorship Gifts
Colourful table settings

Zanne the gallery curator worked tirelessly to make this exhibition the success that it is with the help of Kerry and many helpful members.

Maureen Dixon addressing the audience

Once everyone settled down at their tables, Maureen Dixon addressed the artists and guests. She thanked all those concerned and reminded the artists how important their work is and encouraged them to carry on  producing in the spirit which they put into their beautiful work. After Herman Mashaba spoke to everyone, prizes were handed out to delighted artists, three of whom were new artists coming up in the ranks from 'Little Artists'. This project involving an inspiring art group was set up for orphaned and disadvantaged creative street children by the late Dulcie Robinson and her husband Peter.

3 Lucky artists share a photo moment
Herman & Connie Mashaba with their daughter

Connie Mashaba later presented each artist with a bag of goodies sponsored by Black Like Me cosmetics and hair products.

This is an annual event which seems to grow each year. With this said.... The awareness of our disadvantaged artists is increasingly been recognised, some of which have already exhibited abroad.

Very serious clients viewing paintings

South Africa is rich in culture and with this comes some interesting subject matter which is used in the themes our artists paint. If you are in the area this next month, do yourself a favour and pop in to Manor Gallery to view and perhaps purchase a piece of local artwork.

Admirers of great paintings

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