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Art competition ends with bang

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LEANDRI VAN SCHALKWYK
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Li-Mei Wessels, winner of the  Organisers’ Choice Award, with her grandmother, Anna Strydom and mother, Talitha Wessels.

Li-Mei Wessels, winner of the Organisers’ Choice Award, with her grandmother, Anna Strydom and mother, Talitha Wessels.

The Polokwane Art Competition that made waves in the city over the past weeks ended with a bang at Ocean Basket Mall of The North on Monday evening.
Guest arrived from early evening to attend an auction of art entries held to raise funds for charity. Local duo Straight Ahead provided musical entertainment that made for a relaxed atmosphere enjoyed by guests, entrants and their relatives.
The entries have been on display at Ocean Basket for the entire week. Sadly some of the young artists could not attend due to it being a school night.
The auctioning of some of the works of art yielded an amount of R1 450 that will be used to the benefit of a charity. The top 12 pieces will also be put into a 2016 calendar and the proceeds thereof will also go towards charity. Karien Viljoen, an art and culture educator, said the event was one of a kind and that it was truly inspiring to see how creative the young ones are.

Results:
Nine years and younger: Nabeel Munshi, winner, followed by Mabetji Mankga and Helani Rixongile in third place.
Ten to 13 years: Jean-Nèll Botha, winner, followed by Jenna-Maé Curtin and Abigail Williams in third place.
Fourteen to 18: Tumelo Mahlobogoane, winner, followed by Veruschka Janse van Rensburg and Oarabile Louisa Masekwameng in third place. Photography: Jané Bacher, winner, followed by Michelle May Jansen van Rensburg.
Additional awards:
The Organisers’ Choice Award went to Li-Mei Wessels, the Staff Choice Award to Andri Bezuidenhout and the Sponsors’ Choice Award to Arlinka Viljoen.
Gerhard Franken, Organiser of the competition said he was satisfied that the inaugural competition received 42 entries and that the competition was sure to continue to grow. “It was a huge success and I believe the competition is going to develop and draw more entries next year,” Franken said and added that he wished to thank the sponsors for their contribution towards the success of the competition.

Gerhard Franken, Organiser of the Polokwane Art Competition, tries to raise a bid for one of the entries during the auction.

Gerhard Franken, Organiser of the Polokwane Art Competition, tries to raise a bid for one of the entries during the auction.

Rupert Harris from Straight Ahead entertains guest on his keyboard.

Rupert Harris from Straight Ahead entertains guest on his keyboard.

Tinkie Wolfaardt is the proud owner of the winning photograph that she bought at the auction.

Tinkie Wolfaardt is the proud owner of the winning photograph that she bought at the auction.

Benjamin Friedemann, waiter at Ocean Basket with a platter of delicious snacks served to the guests.

Benjamin Friedemann, waiter at Ocean Basket with a platter of delicious snacks served to the guests.

Elize Sauerman, Jeana Stone, Tinkie and Leon Wolfaardt, Jules Coetzer, Johan Stone and Jan Sauerman enjoy the evening.

Elize Sauerman, Jeana Stone, Tinkie and Leon Wolfaardt, Jules Coetzer, Johan Stone and Jan Sauerman enjoy the evening.

Nabeel Munshi, the winner of the nine years and younger category.

Nabeel Munshi, the winner of the nine years and younger category.

Winner of the 10 to 13 category, Jean-Nèll Botha, with her entry.

Winner of the 10 to 13 category, Jean-Nèll Botha, with her entry.

Tumelo Mahlobogoane’s breath-taking entry won in  the 14 to 18 category. - Photos: Leandri van Schalkwyk

Tumelo Mahlobogoane’s breath-taking entry won in the 14 to 18 category. – Photos: Leandri van Schalkwyk