Omba Gallery Exhibits Dozen Shades of Colour

Betsie van Rensburg’s first solo exhibition, A Dozen Shades of Colour is currently running at the Omba Gallery and has been attracting viewers.

The exhibition contains 20 cardboard prints and 50 ceramic pieces designed with beautiful colours and creativity. According to Betsie, she titled her exhibition A Dozen Shades of Colour simply because of different colours she used when painting. She adds that the paintings portray the Namibian wildlife focussing more on expressing the mood and atmosphere of a different situation. “A Dozen Shades of Colour is especially derived from the vibrant colours in my ceramics. Working mainly in stoneware, which limits colours because of the high firing range (1 260°C), I am excited at what I created for this exhibition,” she says.

Betsie was born and grew up in Hartswater in the Republic of South Africa whereby she began her ceramics and painting way back on 1985 in Bloemfontein. In 1993, she came to Namibia with her Namibian born husband and attended her first pottery workshops held by the Potters’ Association of Namibia (PAN). Her hobby only got more direction after moving to Swakopmund in 2004. “It was also then that I attended my painting classes and discovered a love for this art form. The inspiration I derived from the untouched Namibian environment played a role in the realisation of my longstanding dream to change my hobby into work,” she says.

Betsie has been taking part in group exhibitions in Swakopmund and Windhoek for the past years. She also exhibited at the Omaruru Artist Trail in 2012. Betsie is now a full time ceramist and painter, with a great passion in arts.

“I indulge with my hands and emotions into wet clay, throwing on the wheel, building with slabs, decorating in a wide variety of ways, and building up to the excitement of opening the kiln at the end of the whole long process. It is a lonely road, because you work on your own, but I don’t mind because the enjoyment when someone else looks at my work touches it and smiles inwardly on it, is my optimal reward. I can talk endlessly about ceramics, what and how I do what,” she says.

“My paintings are different story. I am much more ‘touchy’ about them because each one takes something of my soul with them. My favourite colour is the evening light and dust created by animals and people. I grew up on a small farm and until this day the evening light, voices of animals and people going to their shelters, smelling the evening fires, hearing the dogs and birds calling before night fall are still very special to me,” she explains.

The exhibition opened last Thursday and runs until September 14.

Source : New Era

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