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Art Avalanche hits Smithfield !

During December 2014 and January 2015 Smithfield will continue with the process of firmly establishing itself as the art destination to visit in the Southern Free State. Several exhibitions displaying the work of artists from all over the Free State will be shown at venues around the town, these will include major exhibitions at Biba’s Gallery, Fresh Paint Gallery and the Red Barn.

At Biba’s Art on N6 you’ll find the work of Diana Hyslop who hails from Johannesburg. Diana is a professional artist and has shown at the Standard Bank Gallery, Everard Read, Johannesburg, in Holland, France and the United States of America. Her work is in the permanent collections of KPMG, Unisa, and others. Evert Kapp is an architect from Bloemfontein, who studied watercolour painting and lectured in that. He has shown his work in several places in South Africa, and his subject is often the area from Bloemfontein to Hermanus. He has also made work showing scenes of Provence, Italy and Spain. Anthony de Klerk trained as a commercial artist and in that capacity has won a golden and a bronze Loerie, in addition to gaining international awards for his advertising campaigns.

Amongst other artists Fresh Paint Gallery will be exhibiting the work of two highly talented and somewhat “off-the-wall” sisters, Claudia Shneider and Kitty Schneider – they’re so off-the-wall that they even spell their names different! Claudia is a full time artist who spends her time living and working in both Berlin and Johannesburg, her solo exhibitions in South Africa include Bite at the Standard Bank Gallery and Showmaster at the JAG (Johannesburg Art Gallery). Claudia has a retreat house in Smithfield and will be spending time there, with her family and at her exhibition while in Smithfield. Kitty currently lives and works at her home studio in Smithfield, she specializes in fine art jewellery pieces and watercolour paintings and has exhibited her work nationally and internationally. Their exhibition at Fresh Paint Gallery marks the start of a Free State Fringe art movement which is a collaboration between them and Greg May of Fresh Paint Gallery.

The Red Barn will host an eclectic art exhibition which will display work by various local artists including that of two well known Smithfield artists Anne Montgomery and Lynden Lund as well as prominent Philippolis artist Adolphus. Exciting news is that it will also host an exhibition by an established group who are living along the N6 corridor between Bloemfontein and Excelsior, who work under the leadership of Richard Letsatsi Bollers, an Assistant Director for Arts and Crafts with Department of Sports, Arts, Culture and Recreation. Among the artists who form part of the group are Klass Thibeletsa, Thabo Mogotloane, John Selesho, and Rina Els. Richard Bollers, who is a former SASOL Judges Award Winner will also be exhibiting work – this promises to be an EXCITING exhibition! The exhibitions at the Red Barn are being hosted under the auspices of The Southern Free State Art Association