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Dear Friends,

"It has been said that art is a tryst, for in the joy of it the maker and beholder meet" - Kojiro Tomita

And so it was on Friday 16th September at the launch of the Imbali Children's Art Exhibition that celebrated the start of the 2016 e’Bosch Heritage Festival in Kylemore!
A magnificent display proudly exhibited on the walls of the Fredagh & Bernard Podlashuk Art and Educare Centre, highlighted the stunning success of another year of relentless, dedicated tutoring of the children that choose to come to the Imbali Visual Literacy workshops on a totally voluntary basis. The fact that these little artists come on their own accord, their own free choice and, unconstrained by any interference from anyone, on a regular basis just proves over and over again what an incredible opportunity this art education means to them. They, even at this very young age, recognise the advantages of the purposeful instruction brought to them by our professional team, Alexis, Leonie, Theo and Jeanette.
Nelis Koegelenberg, head of PJ Olivier Art Centre, was our guest speaker and encouraged the children to draw every day and work hard. His sincere appreciation and professional comment on the works exhibited were more than complementary, and he congratulated our professional team as well as encouraging parents in the audience to continue to support their children’s artistic talents and their attendance in the programme.
We know that the works exhibited on the art centre’s walls today bears testament to what the Visual Literacy Project bring to this community. We also know that the art education received is much appreciated by all our little artists who today are able to identify how it has helped them understand and to perceive objects, interpret what they see, learn from them and then artistically produce their little master pieces. They have already developed greater self-esteem which, in the long term, will change the course of their lives - and through them, the development of the community!
"Why should you think beauty, which is the most precious thing in the world, lies like a stone on the beach for the careless passer-by to pick up idly? Beauty is something wonderful and strange, that the artist creates in torment, out of chaos. It isn’t always recognised at first. For that you must have knowledge, and sensitiveness, and imagination" - W. Somerset Maugham [1874 – 1965] and Albert Lewin, The Moon and Sixpence, [film adaption of Maugham’s novel] 1942.
A HUGE thank you to our prime sponsors of this initiative, the Podlashuk Charity Trust, as well as our donors who relentlessly contribute to the sustainability of the Imbali Visual Literacy Project - from the tiniest little participant to some of our High School students, their paintings are inspirational. This would certainly not be the case if it was not for your commitment to making these the best little artists in Kylemore!
Bless you for caring
Jeanne and all at Imbali

Jeanne Bestbier-Bloch, Imbali Coordinator
Mobile: +27 83 601 2376
Website: http://www.imbaliwc.co.za
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