From the Director's Desk

Brendan Bell

One of the things which make our working lives exciting is working on special projects. I have worked consistently during the past year on a retrospective exhibition for the artist, Diamond Bozas, which will open in the Gallery in early August this year, the month in which he turns 90. It has been an absolute pleasure working with Diamond and the results reveal an artist of keen ability who has painted iconic images of the Zululand landscape and still lifes of great integrity.

Diamond Bozas: Mfolozi River outside Ulundi, Watercolour, 1993

Diamond Bozas: Mfolozi River outside Ulundi, Watercolour, 1993

The Gallery is also involved in working on a retrospective exhibition for the late Juliet Armstrong, which will open in mid-2014. We are grateful to many people who have offered assistance. Doing justice to Juliet the artist, teacher, mentor and personality is no mean task. The Gallery’s focus is trying to document as many of Juliet's works as possible. If you have not as yet responded to calls for information about works in your collections, please do so. I don’t think anyone could resist contributing to the legacy of someone who was as wonderfully alive as Juliet. This picture says it all.

Juliet Armstrong at the Gallery’s Centenary Ball in 2003

Juliet Armstrong at the Gallery’s Centenary Ball in 2003

We were sad to say goodbye to our Education Officer, Thulani Makhaye, at the end of October last year. He has taken up a similar position at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Art Museum in Port Elizabeth. We wish him much success and joy.

Both Phumlani and Ntuthuko, with the help of their respective partners Tholly and Khoni, produced offspring. We wish them all the joys of parenthood.

Late last year we also welcomed the proprietors of the new Café Tatham. Please support Carrie and Rob in their efforts to provide you with quality refreshments, including lunches.

This year promises to be busy and productive for us at the Gallery. We are excited by the enthusiasm of our Board, committees and all of you who support our efforts to provide a continued, vibrant programme of exhibitions, activities and events. We look forward to seeing you during the year.

Brendan Bell

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