Mutare gallery gears up for tripartite exhibition

NATIONAL Gallery of Zimbabwe regional director for Mutare, Elizabeth Muusha

NATIONAL Gallery of Zimbabwe regional director for Mutare, Elizabeth Muusha has said preparations for a tripartite month-long exhibition are at an advanced stage.

The exhibition, to commence on March 25, will feature the works of celebrated visual artists Bronwen Evans, Tatenda Gwarada and Justine Gope.

Muusha told NewsDay Life & Style that the exhibition was an initiative by Evans, a female painter and former arts teacher at Hillcrest College.

“In collaboration with Friends of the Gallery Committee (FoG) we are geared to showcase the works of three seasoned artists Tatenda Gwarada, Bronwen Evans and Justine Gope,” she said

“The works will include paintings, wood and metal carvings done over a period of time during the COVID-19 restriction times influenced by gender, age, socio and economic backgrounds. The trio speak different, yet similar stories relating to the COVID-19 pandemic and its effects on society.”

Evans said she was doing everything possible to come up with the best exhibition.

“I am not going to share much of the details for now as I would like to give the audience anxiety for a good show,” she said.

Gwarada said he would showcase his wooden art creations at the exhibition.

“I create different types of sculptures from dry wood and through this I have come to realise that I have a connection and can communicate with deadwood. I recreate deadwood and give it a new life,” he said.

“The deadwood can tell me what it wants to be, then I will make it visible. I love my deadwood art because it’s unique. I like the fact that deadwood sculpture is difficult to reproduce because the shapes of tree branches cannot be grown or nurtured according to man’s desire.”

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