It was in 1962, almost to the day, that a group of intrepid artists exhibited their art in Alexandra Park, Pietermaritzburg. It was a courageous move, one that found instant resonance with a budding community of painters, sculptors, ceramists and photographers embracing Nashua Art in the Park. Staged under a spectacular grove of London plane trees on the banks of the Msunduzi River in late May, early June, the setting makes for a magnificent display of autumnal colour and texture that is an artwork in its own right. The beauty of nature’s gallery is vividly reflected in the works with most artists drawing heavily on the inspiration and influences of the environment, be it the parched minimalism of the desert, fecund fertility of the forest or the wondrous detail of a bird in flight.
Nashua Art in the Park is one of a handful of selling exhibitions where buyers and the public are able to rub shoulders with the artists themselves in an impossibly romantic atmosphere, aided by the autumnal splendour of fallen leaves, roaring fires, sherry at night and a delightful diverse programme of music and entertainment.
Little wonder then that works sold at Nashua Art in the Park from 29th May to 2nd June 2013 routinely find their way to boardrooms and collections, individual and corporate across the world.
A nominal R20 entrance fee will be levied with children under 12 allowed in free. Parking will be available in Kershaw Park and is free and plentiful. Visitors are urged to make use of this parking entered via Alan Paton Avenue, and to use the historic O’Brien footbridge for pedestrian access. No pets, except guide dogs, will be allowed into the exhibition, but prior arrangement must be made with the organizers.
The exhibition is open from 10 am to 8 pm Wednesday to Saturday, and Sunday 9am to 4pm.
Contact Msunduzi Pietermaritzburg Tourism on 033-3451348.