19 February, 2013

The Choma Museum Art Gallery Electronic Newsletter no 2

In issue 2 a bit and a byte about Internet communication and information including a call to subscribe to Andrew Mulenga's blog, and an update on current and forthcoming exhibitions.

19 February 2013; updated 1 March 2013    

You and I know that the bulk of Zambian artists are grossly lacking Internet skills and communications. One thing you should subscribe to, if you can (meaning you have an e-mail address) is Andrew Mulenga’s Hole in the Wall. Andrew, as you know, is the reporter/journalist of The Post covering the visual arts. By subscribing to his Blog you get his articles for free. Andrew allows you to benefit from the Internet Revolution – the most important revolution of our time. Go to: andrewmulenga@blogspot.com and subscribe. His articles following subscription are automatically e-mailed to you.
The Choma Museum e-mail address is: chomamuseum@gmail.com. Mail to that address will be read by Mwimanji Chellah, executive director of the CMCC. Peggy Himoonde is in charge of the Art Gallery.
For information about the forthcoming CM Art Gallery exhibitions you may also contact Bert Witkamp at zfactor@zamtel.zm
The Choma Museum Art Gallery website is: chomamuseumartgallery.weebly.com. It is small but keeps you updated as to what is happening in the gallery.

The extended 2012 X-mass exhibition of arts and crafts of the Southern Province of Zambia shall be taken down on 25 February 2013. Artists may collect their work as of that date and verify sales and payments with the accounts. Mr Nchindumba has prepared an impressive spreadsheet on which all sales are/should be recorded. From the same record it can be deduced that the Art Gallery is a museum activity that can pay for itself.

"The Female View." Coloured pencil drawing by Bert Witkamp. 48 x 32 cm, 2013.

This exhibition is scheduled to open 2 March and run up to end of May 2013. On display: Art and applied art made by women and the view of things female by men. Work by: Agnes Yombwe, Esnart Hangoma Mweemba, Nchimunya Mweemba Witkamp, Barbara Lechner Chileshe, the Malambo Women’ Clubs, Mumuni Club, Patrick Mweemba, Bert Witkamp, M. Kalubi, Fakson Kulya, David Chibwe, Stephen Kappata and Henry Tayali. And of course, there is the permanent display of work by the Kalcho water colour artists.

"The Print Maker," Woodcut by Patrick Mweemba. 16 x 45 cm, 2007.

Preparations have commenced for this major exhibition scheduled for 8 June-September 2013. On display: drawings (in ink or pencil) and prints of Zambian artists and artists working in Zambia. With work by: David Chibwe, Fakson Kulya, William Miko, Lutanda Mwamba, Bert Witkamp, Patrick Mweemba, Esnart Meeemba, Cynthia Zukas, Agnes Yombwe, Jonathan Leys, Benjamin Mibenge, Henry Tayali and possibly Aquila Simpasse and Godfrey Setti. Others interested may still join by contacting us by e-mail or phone. Work on display will be submitted by artists and private collections.
We are doing our best to make this a major show. An action sheet has been drafted with work to be done by Mwimanji Chellah (CMCC E.D.), Peggy Himoonde (CMCC P.R. officer also in charge of the gallery), Mr Chindumba (CMCC accounts) and Bert Witkamp (supporting Zamfactor Ltd. director/consultant/artist). Major concerns at the present: fund raising for opening, catalogue and other operating expenses, timely publicity, and inclusion in the list of places to visit during the UN TWO conference.

You are welcome to notify events or publish info by means of this newsletter, or by posting them on the Choma Museum Art Gallery website, or the Zamart Blog, or the Z-ART & Services website.