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The Omba Arts Trust is hosting an exhibition of linoprints, wood sculptures, jewellery, textiles and beaded art works in the Omba Gallery in the Namibia Craft Centre in Tal Street, Windhoek, from 19 August–7 September 2010.
This will be the second exhibition in which the Trust showcases art and crafts produced by the San people resettled by Government on the farms Drimiopsis, Skoonheid and Donkerbos in eastern Namibia.
After a successful exhibition at the Kalk Bay Modern Gallery in Cape Town—which was opened by South African artist Nicolaas Maritz, son of well-known Namibian potter and ceramics artist, Sarie Maritz—the artworks are now being shown in Windhoek.
Amongst them is a set of 12 linoprints depicting plants still used by the resettled San for culinary and medicinal purposes, the linoprints indicative of a definite shift from craft to art. The same can be said of the wooden animal, bird and wire sculptures also on show.
According to Karin le Roux, co-ordinator of the project, the objective was to draw on local skills such as beading and the San’s knowledge of plants, birds and animals while developing the artworks, and to reflect traditional as well as contemporary San culture.
The Omba Arts Trust, a non-profit Namibian NGO aimed at supporting job creation and poverty alleviation through the Namibian craft sector, is working on this project in conjunction with the Livelihood Support Project of the Desert Research Foundation.
For further information: Tel: 061 24 2222
Flamingo, July 2010