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Issue No. 0860
May 30 - June 5, 2015


‘Art from the Heart’ takes Arusha by storm

By A Correspondent

The Sculpture Garden in Olasiti last Saturday hosted Art for All where Arushans came together to enjoy the “Art from the Heart festival”.

Organiser and sculptor Mieke van Grinsven assembled talented artists from across the town to show off their original works.

Entering the gardens through a giant heart, over a hundred visitors admired
the artwork and sculptures on show.

Entering the gardens through a giant heart, over hundred visitors admired the artwork and sculptures on show, enjoyed good food from Damascus restaurant and immersed themselves in painting, dance and music.

Gaelle Lapostelle, who's day job is Director of the Alliance Francaise, invited guests - young and old - to paint on square tiles which were then mounted together on a giant board to form  a beautiful centrepiece.

Anna Bussey and the Ibuka Dance team led an expressive dance workshop for the whole family (but where were the dads?) and Godlove Lameck taught children to paint postcards in his unique expressive style.

Riziki Katonga exhibited her beautiful paintings of birds and her impressions of Masaai women whilst Louise Hill's water colour paintings of the trees in her own garden drew many admirers.

Meanwhile Mieke gave a live sculpting demonstration in opal stone against the backdrop of her stunning completed pieces.

In the evening the bar got busy as art lovers enjoyed music composed by David Sengenge and Kevin Missa and the sculpture garden was lit up to great effect. David Sengenge said: "This event has an important message for us  artists to not be scared to create what is inside you. Create from your heart and creativity will flow."

The event was enjoyed by all and it was not only the children who felt inspired and energised by the power of art to bring us all together.

The 2nd Arusha Art from the Heart will be held in October this year!





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