Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Hi to all, just to let you know what the Association of Arts plan for the near future:

1. Huttington Day care: Aids orphans at this day-care near Kruger Gate is desperate in need for toys . Yvonne Ankerman asked us if we could approach our members asking to donate old art material such as crayons, pencils , colour pencils est. I am sure that you will be willing to support this as we all know how therapeutic art can be. I have already received NEW crayons and colour in books! Please contact Yvonne direct on 083 2801693 as she is willing to run this seeing that she is in close contact with Thembi at the day-care centre. (the web page for the centre:

2. We are organising a Members exhibition in March next year at the Banquet Hall ,Civic Centre in Nelspruit. Official opening with "cheese and wine " and the exhibition will run for 4 days (23 to 26 March) There will be a selection committee involved. This a wonderful opportunity and we invite you all to participate. PLEASE let me know if you are interested to submit work and if you have any contacts re printing of invitations, sponsors or anything else that can help with this project !!

3. Early next year we also plan to hold a workshop: but this time not FOR the artists but BY the artists for up and coming artists in rural areas! I am approaching our Arts and Culture department to provide us with names of such "aspiring artist’s " names , should you know of someone please contact me and it would be great if I all the members support this! These artists will then have the opportunity to exhibit with the members at the Civic Centre in March.

This in n Association for all artists and art lovers and your involvement is vital to make it work!
So please respond to this e-mail, If you have not yet joined, contact me , we do have a bank account so payment won’t be a hassle!

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Membership fees: R150 per annum
Please contact Ilona : 082 893 6718or Annemarie : 083 564 1817
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Laeveld Kunsvereniging

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Newsletter / Nuusbrief
January 2009

P O Box 18132
Newsletter / Nuusbrief
January 2009

May I wish all members a happy 2009. May your days be filled with joy and your sketchbooks and canvasses be filled with wonderful creative artwork!

We have a host of excellent events planned for this year and I encourage all members to be actively involved.

SANAVA Exhibition Pretoria

Congratulations to : Dawie Fourie, Yvonne Ankerman, Vanessa Lomas ,Erica Schoeman, Sanette Fourie and Ilona Petzer . Their work was accepted for the SANAVA exhibition in Pretoria and this exhibition is so successful; it will be moving to The North West University’ Gallery in Potchefstroom to be on show there!

Members Exhibition March 2009!!

As you know, our members’ exhibition will be from the 23rd – 26th of March in the Banquet Hall of the Civic Centre in Nelspruit. (Our appreciation goes to the Mbombela Municipality who sponsored this venue)

Three works can be submitted for selection .
Lede mag 3 kunswerke indien vir keuring.

Daar is n grootte beperking van 1.2 x 800 en alle werke op papier moet geraam wees,
Stretched canvasses must be “ready to hang” and all work on paper must be framed. Artwork may not be bigger than 1.2 x 800 (total size).
We encourage sculptors to submit work for this exhibition.

Kunswerke moet ingedien word, op of voor die 13de Maart 2009

Please submit your work on or before the 13th of March. You still have some time to create beautiful new work so please try to submit new work. Remember we are exhibiting under the banner: “ Best of Lowveld Art”
R10.00 entry fee will be charged and a 20% commission will go to the association on all sold items (this includes the credit card commission)

SANAVA is sponsoring our invitations so invites will be sent out…but…we call on all artists to bring 10 guests. Invitations that you can hand out will be available on the 13th February at a relaxed “get together” . Venue to Nr 2 ,Uitsig Estate , Nelspruit…so you are all invited to attend…more info on plans for the year will also be given at this “meeting” and questions answered re: the exhibition
You are welcome to submit your work then if you won’t be coming to Nelspruit at a
later date.
Mica is sponsoring the Opening on the 23rd, we plan to make this an evening to be remembered. Happy to say that artists such as Anton Bosch, Sue Dickinson and Andre Meintjies will also take part in this exhibition.

To those who are not members yet…you have time until the 6th of February to pay your subs, to qualify for submission for this exhibition!! Please go to and check if your name is on our list of membersIf not please contact me so that we can rectify the matter. .(our secretary is currently in the States so I could have made a a mistake) This blogspot will also have all the latest and previous newsletters…please visit and give your comments and ideas.
Besoek asb ons “blogspot” vir enige verdere inligting asook vir voorstelle en kommentaar
We are not restricting the subject of the paintings/art, as it goes under the "title" of Best of Lowveld Art.

Important Note: This members’ exhibition will be running together with a photographic exhibition by António-Henrique Silva. Born in Angola, is a Portuguese photographer living now in Maputo.. He was a war reporter, cameraman and image editor. He directed documentaries and was correspondent of Vara Television (Holland). Later he was a photojournalist in Portugal, with works about theatre and dance, as well as tourism and sport.”.

PPC Concrete Sculpture workshop

PPC will be conducting a sculpture workshop on the 20th of June 2009 in Nelspruit. This a wonderful opportunity specially for younger artists as they will show the complete process! (see the PPC Young Sculpture competition on,za/ for more info)
“Workshop:PPC Cement will be hosting a number of workshops to provide artists with some basic skills and techniques of working with concrete. The workshops will demonstrate the versatility of, and the best practices in, working with concrete.”
Some award winners!! This is sculpture do not let the word "cement make you think it is garden features!!....see pics of award winners

Topics to be covered
Technical aspects of working with cement
Lightweight concrete
Pigments, colourants, and extenders
Questions welcome
Artistic do's and don'ts

Each workshop can accommodate thirty people on a first-come-first-served basis

Drawing Competition

We plan to hold a drawing competition later this year. As drawing is the cornerstone to all fine art disciplines we would like to encourage all to put pencil to paper and rediscover the joys of drawing! With this in mind, we (and Association of Arts Pretoria) are trying to get Carl Jeppe down to the Lowveld for a drawing workshop.
He is currently exhibiting at White River Gallery, Casterbridge ! (enquiries: 082 553 8919)

Calendar for 2010

We are looking into this possibility for 2010. Sponsorship will be the deciding factor.

New Signature exhibition

Those artists still a bit nervous to exhibit at the members’ exhibition will get an opportunity to exhibit with other “ greenies” at this exhibition, later this year.

Huttington Day Care

We would like to thank Yvonne and all those who donated art material for these orphans. What a joy we brought to their faces and hearts!

Nashua Art in the Park: Pietermaritzburg

Should you be interested in exhibiting you must apply to the Nashua Art in the Park selection panel before 13th February. For more info, contact Ilona

Events in brief:

Become a member, or invite a friend to become a member! Remember this is not only for established artists, but also for beginner artists and art lovers
Paint, paint, paint !
Attend the “get together “ on the 13th February 2009
Submit work on or before 13th March 2009 for Members’ exhibition
Invitation to guests
Exhibition opening 23rd March 2009
Watercolour Soceity: February: Submission for National Axhibition. In March Sue Orpen will give a three day wildlife workshop, and in April Zanne Bezuidenhoudt will give a three day “Artist’s Turnkey Workshop. Contact Barbara Moore:

PPC sculptor workshop in June
Innibos in July, This and That will be involved with the “Arts Meander” this year!
We need sponsorship for our Gallery!
Visit :

To Jakes and Nasima who designed our logo a big thank you ! Also thanks to Rob, Cathy and Annemarie for their help and positive input thus far!

Contacts: numbers: Ilona :

Websites to visit

Contacts: Ilona Petzer
December Newsletter
Lowveld Association of Arts/ Laeveld Kunsvereniging

This year saw the founding of the Lowveld Association of Arts, something that has been due for many years.I would like to thank Pieter v Heerden the Director of the Association of Arts Pretoria and Anton Loubser National President, SANAVA for their input and help to get us started. The aim of this Association is in short:
the promotion of visual arts and to support the visual arts in a positive and holistic
to organise or otherwise assist in the organisation of exhibitions of the visual arts
to foster awareness of the visual arts among the population as a whole;
to send out newsletters and keep members up to date regarding opportunities in the art world;
to undertake art projects and assist artists to develop their skills;
to affiliate with the South African National Association for the Visual Arts

We are planning a Members exhibition next year March under the banner: “ LAUNCH: Best of Lowveld Art”
The Banquet hall in the Civic Centre is already booked and we hope to make this a grandeur occasion. Paid up members can submit three paintings. There will be a selection and entry fees are R10.00 per painting. The Association will charge 20% commission.
Should you be able to help in any way or know of sponsors that we can contact ,please contact Ilona 082 893 6718. (we must print invitations and the opening will be a :”cheese and wine”)

We are also planning a New signatures exhibition, a workshop by a well known artist from Pretoria , a permanent exhibition space (gallery) and a calendar for 2010 .

Artists from the Lowveld will also be conducting a workshop for “up an coming artists” in Pilgrims Rest!

Dankie aan Yvonne Ankerman, wat namens die vereniging kunsmateriaal (wat lede geskenk het) oorhandig het aan Huttington Day Care Centre. Dit is belangrik dat ons ook uitreik na minder bevoorregtes!

Ons het n nuwe e-pos adres: en julle kan ook die “Facebook “ besoek van Lowveld Art (and post pictures of your paintings)

This will be the last newsletter that we will be sending out to all known artists, as from next year the newsletter will only be going out to members, so please join as soon as possible!

The Watercolour Society will be conducting a workshop “ The Artist’s Turnkey Workshop” please contact Barbara for more info on the workshop and the Watercolour Society.
082 454 3233

Remember about the submission for the exhibition in Pretoria early next year. All info is in the first newsletter that we mailed to you.

Baie dankie aan al die bestuurslede vir jul positiewe bydrae!

We wish you all a Blessed Christmas, drive safe, enjoy the break …..and let the creative juices flow……..
Ilona Petzer