First online art exhibition underway
The first online art exhibition in Namibia, ‘Art-with-A-Heart’, which started on 1 September, is well on its way to becoming a major annual showcase for artists around the country to display a wide variety of works, without being confined to one venue and limited exhibits.
Art lovers are now spoiled for choice, and viewers visiting this website are in for a feast of 41 brilliant paintings, as well as dozens of pieces of ceramics, pottery and photography. Artists participating in this first time platform are from around the country, and have joined forces to help raise funds towards the Have-A-Heart (HAH) Spay and Neuter Clinic in Outjo, for the benefit of township animals.
The mastermind of this online art exhibition is Outjo artist and animal activist Lindie Prinsloo.
She has combined her graphic design expertise to set up the ‘Art-With-A-Heart’ website, together with her fund raising abilities for the HAH project, which has become a national sterilization campaign for animals living with families without adequate pet care resources.
She told the Windhoek Observer this week that every exhibitor has donated at least one of their works for the cause, and that the online exhibition is supported by artists who care about animal welfare in Namibia.
Profits from this exhibition will go directly to the Have-a-Heart Spay and Neuter Clinic in Outjo.
Prinsloo is hoping to raise at least N$20 000, which will be used towards developing the recently renovated animal clinic into a permanent facility, plus fitting it with the required veterinary equipment.
“I am hoping this online exhibition trend is going to catch fire, and want to turn this into an annual event every September,” said Prinsloo, who is the founder and CEO of the HAH Project which she started in Outjo in 2012.
The project has to date sterilised over 3,000 township animals, for owners who would otherwise not have been able to afford a veterinary care for their pets.
Participating artists include some big names such as Nicky Marais, Anita Roux, Betsy van Rensburg, Heidi Louw, Lukas Amakali, Sonia Bergh, Wilma de Bruin, Betsy van Rensburg and Lindie Prinsloo herself.
Already eight pieces have been sold with one oil painting fetching N$6 500. Interest is said to be picking up daily.
All information as well as full colour illustrations of each piece of art up for grabs can be found on www.art-with-a-heart.com. The exhibition runs until 30 September. township animals.