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Local artists impress with outstanding creativity at Middelburg Mall’s annual art competition

This year’s Middelburg Mall annual ‘My Middelburg, My Region Art’ competition winners. Back, from left, Philmon Talane (1st place – painting adults), Coster Mkoki (1st place – sculpture adults), Hanlie Coetzee (4th place – painting adults), Madelene Schoeman (2nd place – painting adults), Estelle Usher (3rd place – painting adults), Izabella Usher (2nd place – drawing 0 – 12 years), Lettie van der Schyff (1st place – Anything Goesadults), Anneliza Erwee (Middleburg Mall marketing manager). Front, from left, Tania Do Poco (2nd place – drawing 13 – 18 years), Samantha van der Vyver (1st place – drawing 0 -12 years), Eduard Nunes (Young and Upcoming artist), Jeanelle van der Westhuizen (1st place drawing/2nd place painting 13 – 18 years), Hanro Fraser (1st place – painting 0 – 12 years), Minette Herbst (2nd place – painting 0 – 12years), and, Mathiné Bester (3rd place – painting 0 – 12years).

Middleburg Mall’s annual ‘My Middelburg, My Region Art’ competition has once again showcased some of Mpumalanga’s brightest and best artists with more than 50 entries received for this year’s competition which ran during the month of June.

Giving youngsters an opportunity to shine, two children-focused categories were added with a new 0 to 12 age group and a 13 to 18 age group. The youngsters and the adult artists contributed to some beautiful work, which created a vibrant public exhibit in the Woolworths Court at Middelburg Mall.

Fantastic prizes were up for grabs and the winners were elated to be invited to the prize giving on 8 August 2014.

“Middelburg Mall has presented this competition for three consecutive years, and we’re overjoyed with the high quality this year’s entrants have delivered. We are truly privileged to be surrounded by so many talented artists, though it did making judging an almost impossible task,” says Middelburg Mall General Manager, Mike Tammadge.

In the 0 to 12 age group, 12-year-old-Hanro Fraser snapped up first prize for his painting titled ‘The Boat’, followed by Minette Herbst (six) and Mathine Bester (six) in second and third place. Named ‘Young up and coming Artist’ was four-year-old Eduard Nunes.

The drawing category was won by Samantha van der Vyver, also 12 years old, taking First place for her topical work of art ‘Save the Rhino’. Following in second place was Izabella Usher (four).

Suretha Prinsloo (18) clinched first place in 13 to 18 age group with her painting, ‘Dungeon Entry’ with Jeanelle van der Westhuizen (17) taking second place.

Jeanelle again shone in the drawing competition, this time taking first place with her drawing ‘Peaceful tiger’. Taking second place was Tania do Poco (16) with Thulani Nkambule (17) coming in third.

In the adult competition, Coster Mkoki once again scooped first prize for his sculpture, ‘A Friend in Need – Rhino’. This is the third year this remarkable artist has entered the competition.

Philmon Talane claimed the winning prize in the painting category with his artwork ‘Steve Tshwete offices’, followed by Madelene Schoeman in second place. Estelle Usher and Hanlie Coetzee took third and four place respectively.

Baloyi Dick T won the drawing category with ‘Buildings’ and Bronwyn Katzke again snapped up the photography category with her entry titled ‘Hands holding charcoal’.

The ‘anything goes’ category winner is Lettie van der Schyff for her remarkable piece titled ‘Witkerk on tile’.

“It has been wonderful to see the local talent and share in the beauty around us,” says Tammadge. “Middelburg Mall has enjoyed celebrating our region’s splendour and the amazing talent on our doorstep with our community; we can’t wait to do it all again next year.”