Romance of roses

2010-02-11 00:00

IN A perfectly timed Valentine’s weekend exhibition, the work of young Pietermaritzburg artist, Ruth Choveaux, is showcased in an innovative exhibition of oil paintings, The Secret Life of Roses , at 35 Montgomery Drive, Athlone.

Choveaux, who went to school at Epworth where she studied art ­under Alana Leigh, continued her studies for a year at the Michaelis School of Art at the University of Cape Town, and recently completed a masters degree in English Literature at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Pietermaritzburg.

In this, her first exhibition, she ­explores the idiomatic nature of roses and the projected personalities they convey. These intimate and meditative oil paintings explore through colour, texture, shape and the play of shadow the “portrait” of each rose.

The images invite the viewer into sensual spaces, placing emphasis on beauty and escapism. Twelve works will be on show on various sized canvases.

Combined with this selling exhibition is a musical performance by ­pianist Christopher Duigan, who will play 12 selected items that play on similar themes of tenderness, sensuality and mystery synonymous with roses and, of course, Valentine’s Day.

The exhibition can be viewed prior to the performances on Saturday at 7.30 pm and Sunday at 3.30 pm. The exhibition will also be open from 4 pm to 7 pm on Saturday and from noon to 3.30 pm on Sunday.

Tickets for Duigan’s concerts are R80. Booking is essential. Phone 033 342 3051 or e-mail booking@

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