Artists celebrate nursery’s 80th

JEN ROWLAND

THE Floradale artists are opening a new exhibition on September 1, the theme of which is “Natural Expression”.

The exhibition will be a celebration of everything to do with natural forms found in the environment.

If you are familiar with the context of the Floradale Fine Artists, you will know that each local artist has their own unique interpretation and understanding of their experience of the Eastern Cape.

NATURE’S ARTWORKS: Fine art of different mediums will be on display to celebrate the Floradale Nursery’s 80th anniversary from next week Picture: SUPPLIED

This is expressed through a diversity of two-dimensional and three-dimensional artworks.

These artists utilise the following media: oil on canvas, watercolour on paper; various forms of printmaking; drawings; sculpture in metal, stone and wood; stained glass art; ceramic pots and sculpture; beadwork and coloured thread, as well as mixed-media and textiles.

The exhibition is part of a very special celebration for the Floradale Centre, which is the 80th anniversary of Floradale Nursery.

It is because of the very generous patronage of Gerald and Vyvien Muller to the artists, that they have their own space.

Part of the exhibition will include a historical, photographic collage of the Muller family and the beginnings of the centre, to what it is today.

It is also thanks to Rose Warren, who with Vyvien, imagined the idea of an art gallery which has been operating since 2010.

The gallery is set in the midst of trees, with a variety of plants and flowers, which creates a beautiful setting for the artworks, and for the artists to work in.

Another important part of Floradale is Vyvien’s craft gallery (specialising in needlework and a rich selection of colourful threads and materials to produce embroidery).

The emphasis in every exhibition is on good quality art from the collective of artists in this province who are producing artworks on an ongoing basis, and are committed to their creative journey.

This includes more seasoned artists, as well as developing young artists.

An exciting new addition over the last year has seen excellent ceramic works.

Some of the well-known names are Meschack Masuku and Richard Pullen, a relative newcomer Nosikhubuso Jali from Khabane Pottery, as well as some of the graduate practising ceramists from Walter Sisulu University.

Please be part of this lovely celebration of East London history, excellent fine art and an exquisite display of nature at the Floradale Centre.

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