Date: This year the trail will be held from 21 – 23 September
By Jane Church
The first Omaruru Artist Trail was launched in May 2007 against the backdrop of the centennial celebrations for Wronsky Haus, home to Omaruru Souvenirs.
The public was invited to wander along the trail, visit local artists at home and watch them at work in the studio. Group exhibitions and demonstrations added to the excitement, with music and delicious food an integral part of the entertainment. It proved such a huge success for both artists and the public that it has since become an annual event.
The Omaruru Artist Trail is now a prominent landmark on the Namibian annual calendar and has been organised by the Omaruru Cultural Association in conjunction with Bank Windhoek since 2008.
The exhibitions and events are spread over the weekend, giving visitors a chance to explore Omaruru from top to bottom and then relax at one of the excellent guest houses. The Cultural Association has done its best to provide both artist and visitor alike with a vibrant and inspiring programme, with something for everyone on offer.
Watch active demonstrations of pottery and jewellery making, marble sculpture and basket weaving and take part in beading and wire classes. Spend time at the many exhibitions showcasing amongst others oil paintings, metal ornaments, photography and ceramics. Meet the artists, taste the culinary delights and enjoy the many diverse and surprising talents along the trail.
Artists from all over Namibia will participate this year, along with well-known artists from Omaruru, such as Gawie Cloete, whose inspiring paintings will be exhibited at Wronksy Hall, and Annette Meier, who produces gold jewellery of excellence at The Touch, situated at Kashana.
For more information about this year’s Omaruru Artist Trail contact Gudrun Murray at +264 64 570230.