Birds in Flight by Steffi Steffens
Chris and I attended the opening of an art exhibition at a local gallery on 7 December 2015 - we almost didn’t go as it was a miserable, rainy Monday night but we decided to go have a look-see.
It was Chris’ first time attending an exhibition at artSPACE but I had been to one before - albeit a good 6 or 7 years prior - I know, I know... I should hang my head in shame as someone who has so many artist friends and acquaintances one really should be more supportive but life happens, things get busy and social circles break but I digress.
From the Shadows by Mervyn McMurty
artSPACE Durban is an art gallery located in a warehouse in a light industrial area of Durban and this year they celebrated the 13th year of their Annual Affordable Art Show and for obvious reasons this annual event has become one of their most popular exhibitions. This time around they managed to select and collect a wide range of fine art and from what we could see on the opening night, the gallery was full of a wide selection of works to give buyers and the general public something interesting to view, discuss and / or purchase.
With over 70 artists participating this year, there was a wide variety of artistic mediums to peruse, from oil paintings to ceramics, prints, photographs, sketches and so much more and as with all their previous Annual Affordable Art Show exhibitions, the maximum sale price was R3 500 or less, per piece. What we liked about the show was that if you saw something you liked, you could buy it on the spot and take it home with you straight away - none of that having to wait for the exhibition to run it’s course before you can collect your purchase(s) - which makes it all the more exciting and in theory is meant to encourage people to buy during the show, making it an interactive experience too.
The Annual Affordable Art Show also gives people the chance to start collecting art at an affordable price - if you’re anything like the two of us there was plenty to choose from to add to our eclectic mix of art in our home - which is always a good thing.
Lies Behind by Anne Swankhart
As it was the opening night and pouring with rain outside, everyone was huddled inside the gallery. One beer for Chris and one Sprite for me and a quick meander around and notes taken on what we liked, we decided to leave early as the hounds were left in the garage and we were worried about them and I'm not my best in crowed spaces. Plus it gave us some time to procrastinate (something I do oh so well...) over whether we needed any more art - bearing in mind we are moving month end and all that comes with that process.
Later that week, one afternoon, we stopped by artSPACE to see if the pieces we liked were still there, they were too! So we dug deep and bought 10 small pieces from three different Durban-based artists. It felt good knowing we were supporting local artists and I can’t wait to have Chris hang them in our new house!
The exhibition runs until 16 January 2016 - So if you're in Durban go have a look-see or check out their blog - http://artspacedurban.blogspot.co.za - for upcoming exhibitions.
Until next time,
We had a fairly quiet Christmas (truth be told, we always do) it was just the two of us, the hounds and Chris' folks - who came to visit for a few days - they brought the turkey and stuffing. So all I had to do was prepare the two salads we had with lunch and dessert.
Naturally some mince pies were also floating around and Chris was in charge of the bar!
I managed to prepare both the salads and the cheesecake on Christmas eve, all under my 'Recipes' tab, so I kinda took it easy on the day. I even had a sneaky gin and lemonade!
We opened a few presents, had a few laughs, ate some snacks and then had lunch.
Chris' dad manned the Weber and supervised the cooking of the turkey whilst the both of us popped in at the Durban Folk's place for a cup of tea and to give them their Christmas cake and a card from my mom.
I have been sick with flu for the last week or so (summer flu is the worst!) so hadn't had a chance to go visit leading up to Christmas - they both appreciated our visit - as much as we appreciated visiting them too.
Aunty Helen even gave Chris a huge hug and commented on how tall he was! I am glad we went to see them, they both mean so much to me - Aunty Helen managed to bake us a huge container of shortbread - she's really good like that!
So with whomever or wherever you found yourself on the day, I hope a good and safe time was had by all.
Nothing tells a story better than pictures!
Not particularly festive looking but I liked them nonetheless!
Coffee and homemade mince pies... To start the day, naturally.
The hounds also started the day off with a treat, a huge doggy biscuit - Cleo in the background anxiously awaiting hers!
Say hello to Ruby, she ate her treat quite quickly!
Tinsel down the staircase.
Santa, just chilling.
Our little nativity scene - we are not religious by any means but thought 'why not?' have it out instead of in some box packed away.
Just one more mince pie!
Aunty Helen's shortbread!
Table about to be set!
All set, ready to go.
The butternut and chickpea salad.
The mediterranean couscous salad.
Found some time to squizz through my latest cookery book, Thank You Chris!
Remember, You are loved.
and after 15 months of being engaged, I finally received my engagement ring! White Gold with 8 sneaky Diamonds along the side :)
Ended the day off with some peanut butter cheesecake!
I can't believe we're a week into 2016 already... May it be filled with all things exciting for each and everyone of us.
Now to find the energy to start packing - We are officially moving into the home we've just bought at the end of January - Yikes!
Until next time,