Adding a splash of vibrant colour

2014-09-20 00:00

THE new Chemspec Perspective exhibition has brought a splash of vibrant colour to this year’s The Witness Hilton Arts Festival.

Some 61 visual artists are showing their paintings, prints, drawings and ceramics in a giant white marquee, with its own music stage 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 for a company that supplied paint.

“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 sponsorship 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 part of people’s lives.

“The more beautiful your life is around you, the better your emotions and your state of mind.”

Schrender was also delighted that his company was able to support the street art of Durban-based 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 creating a beautiful collage of colour …,” he added.

Among the many artists showing their work in the Perspective exhibition are: Ardmore Ceramic Art, Diane Erasmus, Shirley Howells, Matt Louwrens, Ezequiel Mabote and Siyabonga Sikosana.

Festival director Sue Clarence told Weekend Witness: “I have been very impressed by the quality of the arts and the crafts on display.”

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