Deputy mayor Lionel Esau handed over a trophy to Jeanet Bradfield, project manager of Options Craft Centre. The beautiful cards made by the ladies from the Craft Centre impressed the judges. Photo: Melanie Maré
GEORGE NEWS - Words of wisdom and encouragement were given on Thursday by deputy mayor Lionel Esau at the opening of the three day arts and crafts exhibition held at the Mugg & Bean at the Garden Route Mall where local artists and crafters were exposed to a larger buyers market.
"Looking at the exhibition here today I realise that there are a lot of talented people in George, and it is important that their skills are refined and honed."
The annual Art and Craft Exhibition is an initiative of the George municipality’s Local Economic Development Unit (LED).
The Cape Craft and Design Institute gave three of the crafters a three week training course and helped the exhibitors with their stalls. For more information about the CCDI, visit the website at www.capecraftandesign.org.za or contact 021 461 1488. The institute helps budding crafters to refine their art and acquire business skills - such as pricing their articles. "It is important that people continue to improve their products, be innovative, orientate to the market and get sales. The CCDI does provide market support," said Craig Carbutt, representative of the institute.
The winners in the various categories included Richard Gwenhure - metal craft, cards (from Options), Marlene Steinmann - mosaic work, Shephard Ngwenyn - beads, and Manual Chunu - oil paintings.
One of the exhibitors, Marlene Steinmann, expressed her thanks towards Mugg and Bean for allowing them to store their items in their store in the evenings and the Mall for affording them the opportunity to exhibit for three days.
The LED Unit is in the process of expanding its database and only persons who are registered may participate in the exhibition.
The database of artists and crafters is compiled from various fields, such as visual arts, water/oil painting and/or the manufacturing of jewellery, beadwork, wood, metal, glass, mosaic and pottery.
To register on the database and participate in the annual exhibition, contact Rose Lewis on 044 802 2000.
Kobus Schabort exhibited some eye-catching metal work which included an aircraft, motorbike and bulldozer, all fashioned from recycled metal. Photo: Pauline Lourens
Manual Chuna’s quirky oil paintings were on show for three days at the Garden Route Mall. Photo: Melanie Maré