Monday, September 5th, saw the launch of ART@ La Mouette a collaboration of creatives curated for the newly Liam Mooney renovated space, in Seapoint. With not a sign of Spring in the chilled Seapoint air the cultivated walls gathered a community where vibrant stories were told by the brush strokes and passion of local Contemporary artists.
A welcomed warmth of colour, culture and creativity.
Curator and passionate contemporary African art lover, Claudette Robinson greeted us with the tale of her journey to this inspired evening and meeting of artists that surrounded us along with rich aubergine walls copper branch bronze which clutched naked bulbs and a few of Henri & Mari’s personal pieces that have been featured on the private-for hire- venue walls since La Mouette’s inception in 2010.
My favorite piece, as with art in my perception was work by a young Zimbabwean painter,Godfrey Makopa, who moved from graffiti spray painting, poverty and street art to selling out at his first exhibition (here at La Mouette) which created a bargaining, bidding war between acclaimed art collectors who attended the soft opening the evening prior to our media event.
Other Artwork that spread from space to space included, photographic artwork by Frans Smit which explores the beauty and frailty in a nature. Melancholic work by monochromatic artist Louis Nel who aims to evoke an emotive response using landscape and seascapes as subject matter. Cathy Layzell playfully brought vibrant splashes of Spring by means of bright textured pieces and aplicay that spoke vocally in the subdued dining venue upstairs at La Mouette.
High praise was given by many art lovers of the John Bauer ceramic pieces, pictured on the blue walls above, which told fables of texture and history in each hand crafted tile.
To see more of these and other artworks that will be curated at ART@ La Mouette visit their website of follow them on social media.
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