GEORGE ENTERTAINMENT NEWS - Following the successful Sanlam Millennium Art Exhibition, the local art society, the South Cape Association for Visual Arts (Scava) brings an experience of shared beauty to the walls of the Sayers Art Gallery in the George Museum.
It will be titled 'More Art - More Beauty' and will be opened on 28 November by Abrie de Swardt, chairman of the Friends of the George Museum, accompanied by city dignitaries.
The opening night welcomes artists, their friends and family and members of the public. It will start at 17:30 for 18:00. A small donation of R20 is requested to cover catering costs.
During this exhibition you will see a range of tempting works by 50 or more artists. Not all members of the Society will be exhibiting as many will soon be on annual leave. But for the holiday maker to George and our own permanent residents we will have many special treats.
Tersia Hoffmann of Wilderness will be showing her giant sized exquisite protea painting for the very first time.
There will be sensitive, dreamlike woodland scenes from Hein Botha of Hoekwil. Chris Spies, who has recently been on a long art excursion in Europe, will exhibit his new style and as usual there will be small and miniature paintings by me.
Watercolour artists such as prizewinning Zanne Small and Gill Dodington will compete for your attention. Lynda Murison will exhibit her more modern rendition of traditional subjects. Lynda is a very strong, passionate artist and one of those experienced painters whose work is in great demand.
If you are searching for that special Christmas gift or a statement piece for a large modern home, there will be so many to choose from amongst local talented artists.
Putting beauty where it belongs
What concerns artists of today is that beauty has become secondary in many societies, including our own. That is why the chosen members of Scava are especially collecting together their most beautiful artworks to inspire and please you, the viewer.
The role of artists
Those who make art can’t just sit on it and hope to be discovered. They need to play a role in self-promotion to make sure their gift is seen by others. Too many great artists have died unknown. That is why our artists congregate together, paint together and exhibit together.
It’s also important for those with means to do what they can to support artists, not just with art purchases, but patronage, commissions, introductions, and finding ways to leverage those artworks into large institutions and collections where they can be seen and enjoyed by all.
Bringing beauty to the masses
Many of today’s wealthy have failed to recognise the value of bringing beauty to the lives of others. Artists such as Tersia Hoffmann, Rene Scribante, Johan Beukes, and Keith Forrester made it their goal to bring beauty to the masses, not just the wealthy, and the homes they built for themselves have become museums filled with beauty. They have made quality art affordable for all to purchase and enjoy.
Impacting art on even one person helps to impact the world. Therefore we cannot overestimate the importance of exposing others to beauty, to design and architecture, to grand homes that help people see what can be possible, to amazing art collections that open hearts.
Creating and preserving beauty for all to see is critical for all societies, but especially our screen-obsessed generation who need to see how life was and how life can be. Soon they will ask what more there is to life, and the answer they need to find is beauty.
We can each play a role
In what way will you use your personal platform, your voice, your influence, to create or promote beauty? What choices will you make? In what ways can you play a role in the creation and promotion of beauty? Small things matter as much as big things. In what small way can you touch others and expose them to true beauty? Maybe it starts with your own kids or grandkids.
Maybe it's about dragging someone to a museum or a grand house. Maybe it’s collecting artists’ works.
If you’ve been silent up till now, maybe it is time to make your voice heard and share the beauty you see or create. Our world would be pretty boring without beauty. Together you can make the world more civilised and less polarised by bringing back beauty.
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