Thapong Visual Arts Centre is running an exhibition for all its members. It started on July 2. Though they did not exhibit in impressive numbers, those who exhibited managed to put up splendid works that tell different stories and depict different situations. From happiness to pain, the different pieces tell all as artists show their fine skill. The Centre Coordinator Reginald Bakwena has urged all the artists registered with Thapong to make sure that they take such exhibitions seriously. Close to 46 pieces are adorning the walls of Thapong Visual Arts Centre yet they have many registered members. Bakwena said even though 46 is a small number it is bigger than the 35 pieces that they had in their first exhibition for members. “These are not all members’ works. I think some members are just too lazy to submit artwork,” he said. He said despite that there is a good representation of both the upcoming artists and the established ones at the exhibition and very glad that it has gone well despite challenges that they faced.
Bakwena said it was their expectation that the members will use the exhibition as a platform to prepare for Thapong Artist of the Year awards (TAYA) which will be held towards end of this year. He further added that they had hoped their members would have exhibited in order to get recommendations from the judges which will help inculcate originality in their work. Art lovers and critics were there to see the new pieces that were exhibited. Young artist in photography and first time exhibitor Johane Masitha displayed very great pictures but with titles that seemed a little bit off from the great works that he has done. When asked why so he revealed that it was his first exhibition and as such he did not even know that they have to title their pieces. “I am glad I came to exhibit and I am learning a lot from all the people who are here,” he said. Other artists that exhibited eye catching pieces are Patricia Moatlhodi, Matthew Biorn, Obakeng Keitemoge and Emang Maranyane.