Newsletter October 2012

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Monday, 1st October 2012

October saw a lot of people visiting the Walter Battiss Art Museum, from as far afield as New Mexico in the USA, London, and Oxfordshire; as well as from far flung South African towns including Capetown, Zastron, Rhodes and Dordrecht. The came mainly during the school holidays, and during the Bedford Garden Festival. Some of these visitors did not know much about Battiss' work, some were great fans and aficionados, and some were old boys from Pretoria Boys High, who had the privilege and the adventure of being taught Art and English by a legend; a man held by some to have had even more impact as a teacher than as an artist - and his impact as an artist was considerable.

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The visitors from Dordrecht, the Venters, own an original Battiss watercolour of the town, given to Kiewiet's mother by the artist. A gentleman from the UK, very knowledgable about art, and working in the art world, entered the Museum sceptical, and left most impressed by the range, versatility, and great talent of this prolific artist, as shown by his remark in the visitor's book - Remarkable collection! One mother and son came from Port Elizabeth for the day expressly to spend as long as possible in the Battiss Museum. Somerset East is fortunate to have such a tourism drawcard, to attract visitors to our area.

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On Saturday 10th November, the Friends of the Somerset East Museum will be holding their popular Museum Country Market. The Museum grounds are looking particularly lovely after all the soft rain we have had over the past few weeks, and the many interesting stalls selling quality home, garden and farm produce, and unique local craftwork, will be well worth a visit. Friends of the Museum will be serving tea, coffee, and delectable eats in the traditional stylish Tea Garden, as well as serving delicious light lunches. Dorothea's pancakes will, as always, be a popular item.

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