For January 2021 Open Studios, the Prince Albert Community Trust will be featuring painting from Elcado Blom who hails from Leeu Gamka and the photography of Selwyn Maans of Prince Albert
Elcado Blom was born in Leeu Gamka 23 years ago. attended Zwartberg High School in Prince Albert and left the school in grade 10, due to personal circumstances. he remembers his first drawing at the age of 7, it was of a duck and at 14 he did his first painting of a dovecote.
At the beginning of 2019, Heloise Vorster of Leeu Gamka contacted the community trust of Prince Albert, asking for someone to help this young man go further.
Louis Jansen van Vuuren, based in France began with long distance teaching of Elcado on a daily basis. this was prompted by the Prince Albert Community Trust.
Elcado met Louis in 2020 at the Woordfees for the first time. he paints and draws daily and has sold of his work to clients as far as Mississippi, USA. his work is charming and mostly reflects the landscape and life of a small karoo town.
Mary Anne Botha, a Prince Albert artist, also assists Elcado on a monthly basis with classes.
This will be the first time that Elcado will be exhibiting.
‘My name is Selwyn Maans and I was born and raised in Prince Albert. I am 22 years old and I love photography.
My love for photography began through music videos. In 2018 I saw a local artist from Prince Albert shoot and edit his own music video, and that’s where I got inspired to doing the same. I did a lot of research on it and finally, at the beginning of 2019, I shot my own music video of a local artist. Since then I kept on shooting and editing music videos for local artists in Prince Albert. So far I have produced 11 music videos.
From there I felt that I had to learn more about cameras, not just the video function button but the photo button as well. At the end of 2019, I got the opportunity to take photos at the “Leesfees”.
In 2020 Prince Albert Community Trust (PACT) approached me to be in charge of their media project, ‘Knipoog’. Since then, I have documented lockdown and the feeding scheme at the PACT’s Pop youth centre in North End. I have also received training in film and darkroom development this year and am excited to explore documenting my own community.”
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