Art in the Park: Premier open-air exhibition draws 55 artists

2008-05-14 00:00

Josiah Waiguru Gitau (or Taju, as he prefers to be known) pictured with two of the paintings he will take to Nashua Art in the Park this year. Born in Kenya, Taju came to South Africa in 2003 when his artist cousin invited him to try his luck here.

“There’s a bigger market for art here than there is in Kenya,” he says — and meeting the market is what Art in the Park is all about.

This will be Taju’s first time at the country’s leading open-air art exhibition which opens on Wednesday, May 28, and runs until Sunday, June 1. He will be one of 55 artists exhibiting in Alexandra Park, and one of 17 who will be there for the first time.

Last year sales at the exhibition topped R2,1 million, and the organisers, Pietermaritzburg Tourism, hope to see them going even higher this year.

The exhibition is open from 10 am to 8 pm Wednesday to Saturday, and on Sunday from 9 am to 4 pm. A R10 entrance fee will be charged with children under 12 allowed in free.

There will be fires in the evening and an extensive programme of music throughout the exhibition. Parking will be available in Kershaw Park.

The O’Brien footbridge has been opened and visitors are urged to use this parking, which can be accessed via Alan Paton Avenue. And remember — no pets allowed. For more information, contact Pietermaritzburg Tourism at 033 3451348.

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