Female painters given chance to shine

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The National Gallery of Zimbabwe in collaboration with Courtney Hotel will next month officially open a month-long exhibition titled “Beauty of Creation”.

The exhibition, running from May 27 to June 27, will be aimed at promoting and giving female artists a platform to express their creative abilities and encourage them to impart from within, their God-given beauty in their communities, environments and families.

“Organisers of the exhibition are calling on all female artists to come forth with paintings that highlight the beauty of creation of their choice,” said Gallery communications officer Rutendo Mutadzapasi.

Mutadzapasi said the three best winning artists would be awarded prizes out of a selection of 50 pieces of work.

All interested female artists should collect entry forms at the National Gallery of Zimbabwe and the deadline for submission was May 2.

She said the exhibition coincided with the month of celebrations of Mother’s Day, it would be an opportune time to showcase their paintings.

Mutadzapasi said women had the ability to explore and illustrate their views in so many ways, but art was a field in which many women did not participate.

“The works will be exhibited at Courtney Hotel and for that month, all weekends will be dedicated to those who value and respect womanhood and feel the responsibility to implement actively and positively the beauty of creation in every dimension of life,” she said.

Mutadzapasi said Courtney Hotel had always been sensitive to women issues and were now taking an opportunity to open up the place to women and organise more art exhibitions and development-related functions.

She said this thrust would encourage women to passionately cherish being women, share and enjoy their expected universal duties over a cup of tea and cake.

“Organisations or individuals keen on supporting women during this exhibition can contact Charity Bandason at Courtney Hotel,” she said.

Zimbabwe boasts renowned female painters that include Portia Zvavahera, Helen Leiros and Mercy Moyo.