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A&Ax4: Art & Antiques by 4 artists exhibition at Ghasri

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A&Ax4: Art & Antiques by 4 artists exhibition at GhasriFour artists have come together to present their latest artworks to the public in Gozo during the Easter week. Between the 27th March and the 4th April 2010: Justin Falzon, Simon Portelli, Hermine A Sammut and Christine X will be displaying their artworks at 46, ‘Tas-Sallura’, a 300 year old farmhouse in Triq il-Fanal, Ghasri, Gozo. Entitled A&Ax4: Art & Antiques by 4 artists, the exhibition will provide a wide and varied display of visual arts that differ in essence, beauty and technique.

Justin Falzon is a Gozitan artist who studied Fine Arts at the Lorenzo De Medici Art Institute of Florence. During the four year course at the Institute, the focus of Justin’s studies was on drawing, painting and printmaking. His inspiration comes primarily from the human figure, nonetheless; his art has acquired, with time, an even more personal creative style and expression that is entirely unique to this artist. His solo exhibitions include ‘Insight’, at it-Torri ta’ Kenuna in 2001, ‘Insearch of the Soul’, at the Hilton Hotel (Malta) in 2006 and, ‘Still Life’, at the Calypso Hotel (Gozo) in 2006. Justin also participated in various collective exhibitions in Malta, Italy and Greece.

Simon Portelli Item-373710 Ghasri GozoSimon Portelli is an antique restorer from Nadur, Gozo with a flair for everything that carries a history with it. From a very young age, Simon has shown a particular interest in the art of antique restoration and has dedicated his life rightly to that; the resurrection of the old… the antique. With his talent, dedication and perseverance, Simon has rekindled the light of some of the oldest and rarest Maltese and foreign furniture and collectables. Today, Simon works from his Nadur work shop in Gozo where he restores furniture for private persons, companies, hotels and business enterprises and from where he also sells rare collectables which he finds along his days spent on the look out for all that is rare and beautiful.

Hermine A. Sammut, an Austrian married to a Maltese, has been exhibiting locally and abroad since 2003. She has been living and working on the Maltese islands since 1995. Inspired by the colours and nature of Gozo, she reflects her impressions, feelings and thoughts in painting, sculptures and artistic jewellery. In this exhibition, Hermine will exhibit works representing people in different situations. All the paintings she will be exhibiting are mainly made with natural colour pigments obtained from Gozo’s natural resources such as soil, flowers and fruits, which she processes into acrylic paints.

This year Hermine has taken part in collective exhibitions in Gozo, including CoMA Spring Exhibition 2010 at the Cittadella, Victoria Gozo; the Eden Foundation Exhibition in Victoria. In 2009 she exhibited at the ‘Fine Art & Sculpture Exhibition’ organized by the Rotary Club Gozo at St Ursula Hall, Cittadella, Gozo. Hermine has also exhibited her artistic jewellery at Sai Kung in Hong Kong and during the expo. ‘Stages in Life and its Reflections’ held at the Institute of Tourism Studies in Malta. Hermine exhibits her work on a regular basis in galleries throughout the Maltese islands and at her Home Gallery and Studio in Nadur, Gozo where she also gives courses. For more information, please refer to www.sammuts.com.

Christine X, a graduate from the University of Malta in History of Art and Anthropology, has been painting ever since the tender age of thirteen when she took up art lessons under local master artist of the hard edge style – Harry Alden. Eventually, she pursued art at higher levels through an A’level course under a Norwegian expressionistic artist – Olaug Vethal (1946-2007) at the De La Salle Sixth Form. During her university years, Christine started taking up various assignments of portraiture as entertainment for private events. She also worked on two major film productions as scenic & props artist – Helen of Troy (2002) and Troy (2003). Christine taught art to students studying for their O’levels within a private school as well as privately.

Since 2004, Christine has been running her own art gallery: Artitude Gallery, in Tigne Street, Sliema, Malta where she represents various artists, including herself, and also curates various exhibitions at the gallery itself and in other venues both locally and abroad. Although her forte is portraiture, Christine is diverse in the subjects she depicts and also worked on installation art projects and has had various group, duo and solo exhibitions. The last exhibition she participated in was ‘Deception’ in February 2010.

The exhibition A&Ax4: Art & Antiques by 4 artists will run daily from the 27th of March until the 4th of April from 11am-1pm and from 3pm-7pm, except on the 27th of March when it will be open from 5pm-9pm, on Good Friday, it will be closed, and on the 4th of April, when it will be open from 3pm-7pm only. For more information, please call Simon Portelli on 79539768, Justin Falzon on 99269118, Hermine A. Sammut on 79617746, or Christine X on 99844653.

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