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Verandah Gallery exhibition turns 21

Verandah Gallery exhibition turns 21

Verandah Gallery exhibition turns 21

The 21st Verandah Gallery exhibition offered yet another visual banquet, with a lineup of Zimbabwean art guaranteed to make you want to clear some space on your wall.

It’s hard to go wrong with a warm winter’s day, the cheery background tunes of the Detema Jazz band, good wine and a selection of work from 56 talented Zimbabwean artists, ranging from well known favourites to new names to watch – a true feast for the eyes and soul.

The annual Verandah Gallery exhibition offered Harare locals the opportunity to get an inspirational and varied dose of Zimbabwean art and support a good cause at the same time. Around 1000 people visited the exhibition with approximately $10 400 being raised for Emerald Hill Children’s Home and Emerald Hill School for the Deaf.

Event founder and organizer Anna Fleming was pleased with the turnout - 248 paintings were sold - saying that the exhibition provides a relaxed way of looking at art which contributes towards its success.

“A lot of people feel intimidated by art exhibitions and galleries,” said Fleming. “Verandah Gallery is a family occasion during the day, in the garden. It’s relaxed, spread out and there’s something for everyone – be it first time buyers or those who have been coming for years.

“The wonderful thing is that everybody benefits from the event – Emerald Hill, the artists and the public. Because it is a fundraising event it is important that as many paintings as possible are sold so the aim is to have reasonably priced, affordable work on display. The money is raised from a 25% commission on all sales."

Artists whose work has appeared in Verandah Gallery calendars and cards are eligible to exhibit as well as guest artists.  Some of this year's top sellers included Chrispane Mutsadyanga, Charles Nkomo, Daryl Nero, Arthur Azevedo, Sheena Chadwick, Sue Jarvis and Barry Lungu.

Look out for the annual Paintings, Pimms & Pancakes portfolio art sale which will be held at the Verandah Gallery on 11 November 2012.

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Zambezi Traveller (Issue 10, Sept 2012)

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