GEORGE NEWS - Kala Combrink has been painting in her George studio since 2008 and over the years has acquired a sizzling reputation.
She has loyally exhibited with her art groups on each and every occasion and her artworks have been seen by art lovers in George and Wilderness.
Her reputation has been acknowledged by art curators further along the Garden Route. This week she was honoured to be the first of many one-man shows organised by the curator of art in Sedgefield, Nicholas Leonard.
As there is no formal art gallery in Sedgefield, Re/Max on Main Road stepped into the breach and have, for the second year, turned their offices into a pseudo art gallery, hosting exhibitions by local artists of note.
Schalk van der Merwe, principal and proprietor of the business, is not only an art lover himself but stated that this is his way of giving something back to the community, thanking them for the success his business has achieved over the years.
Combrink's new range is stunning. It explores her love of nature in her rendition of floral art. She has combined it with her new range of paintings completed in Paris. There are some marvellous views of the River Seine and some iconic French buildings. "Art is not a mere process for me," she says. "What starts with methods, principles and theories become expression. I enjoy the small things in life - a glance between strangers, children at play, seasons changing.
"This is what I share with viewers, life through my eyes. I visited Paris twice for a two-month residency at the Cite Internationale des Arts, regularly sketching and painting outdoors, capturing the light and mood of Paris, the City of Light."
The Parisian paintings simply have to be seen and enjoyed.
The art following in George and surrounds are advised to take a leisurely trip down the coast and take in an art exhibition and some afternoon tea in a pleasant location.
Scava art competition
Combrink is a previous winner of the South Cape Association for Visual Arts (Scava) annual Open Art Competition. She will be entering a special piece in this year's event which will be held during August in the George Museum. Art intake from contributing artists will be on 1 to 3 August. Judging by qualified and competent art specialists will start on 5 August and the exhibition will be open to the public on 10 August.
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