Francois Jonker – an accomplished artist and designer who works as an Academic Coordinator at the Cape Town Creative Academy - opens Matric Art Exhibition

The Matric Art Exhibition opening was held in the Aileen Currie Hall on Monday, 29 September, and was a very successful event. The food was delicious, everyone looked stylish and the music was classy. However, this was all completely overshadowed by the artworks on display. The hard work put into this exhibit is evident in the sheer quality of the art. From more traditional media such as drawings and paintings to the more unusual sand, tinsel and installations each girl has travelled a personal journey and the effects are truly remarkable.

After all the guests had had a chance to look at all the work on display we gathered to hear from the guest speaker, Francois Jonker – an accomplished artist and designer himself who works as an Academic Coordinator at the Cape Town Creative Academy. He told us all of how impressed he was by the level of work produced by these high school students and reminded us that art is no ordinary subject. He told us that as he walked around the exhibit with Mrs Pelser he was reminded of the valuable life skills the girls have learnt. He reminded us that this subject, unlike many others, is about asking searching questions.

Then our beloved art teacher, Mrs Pelser, took the podium. She talked about how much like a marathon this past year has been with the matric class. “In this particular marathon we sometimes ran, sometimes walked, often we crawled and sometimes we just sat.” She congratulated them on their bravery and strength, and for always looking out for each other. She thanked the many people without whom there would be no exhibit. To her matrics her final words were: “Dames, ek is sooo trots op julle.”

Hats off to this matric group and Mrs Pelser as well as to all those who helped make this exhibition opening so memorable.

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