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I spent my childhood and teenage years, as the daughter of a prominent Pretoria hotelier. Consequently, I have always been surrounded with thrilling events and ‘larger-than-life’ individuals. It was ‘run-of-the-mill’ to meet and socialize with a steady flow and fascinating variety of international and local celebrities. Actors, singers, directors, sport-stars and politicians were guests at our table.

I still treasure an ‘Autograph’ book, which accompanied me wherever I went. I have the autograph of Olivia Hussey (Romeo and Juliette) which I secured at Nairobi airport in. We were travelling on the same plane from Heathrow to South Africa (1969) and she, as well as the others stars, director and film crew, where on their way to Cape Town where she was to star in ‘Ryan’s Daughter’.

Eventually, I developed a habit to document significant events and objects and my camera became a faithful and constant companion.  Fortunately I am now in possession of many treasured, historical and delightful moments that have been recorded over the years. On one specific occasion in 1994, I was unaware that I had been photographed by the late Abri Swiegers during the historic visit of Nelson Mandela to the Dutch Reformed Church in Lynnwood, Pretoria. I was filled with surprise and gratitude when more than a year later, he unexpectedly presented me with the treasured image.

2013
37) Celebrating Cavafy Year Greek High Commission Johannesburg

37) Celebrating Cavafy Year Greek High Commission Johannesburg

38) Adv George Bizos Celebrating Cavafy Year Greek High Commission Johannesburg

38) Adv George Bizos Celebrating Cavafy Year Greek High Commission Johannesburg

39) Acclaimed actress Irene Stephanou celebrating Cavafy Year Greek High Commission Johannesburg

39) Acclaimed actress Irene Stephanou celebrating Cavafy Year Greek High Commission Johannesburg

36) Inspirational talk: ‘PRECIOUS CIRCLE’ at the Lyceum Club for Greek Women Johannesburg

36) Inspirational talk: ‘PRECIOUS CIRCLE’ at the Lyceum Club for Greek Women Johannesburg

‘You are an inspirational genius! (Danny Paragas: collector New York 11th March 2005)

35) The International Circle of Friends visit GALLERIES PETITES & STUDIO ILLUMINARE

35) The International Circle of Friends visit GALLERIES PETITES & STUDIO ILLUMINARE

34) With Christo Crafford at TEDx Johannesburg

34) With Christo Crafford at TEDx Johannesburg

33) Bodyworlds exhibition in Johannesburg

33) Bodyworlds exhibition in Johannesburg

32) With the well-known artist Minette van Rooyen at her solo in Cullinan

32) With the well-known artist Minette van Rooyen at her solo in Cullinan

31) A visit from the Lyceum club for Greek women for a Walk- & Talk-about The President, Nicci Souris with some of the ladies

31) A visit from the Lyceum club for Greek women for a Walk- & Talk-about The President, Nicci Souris with some of the ladies

29) A visit to my studio by the famous Polish cellist resident in Paris, Barbara Marcinkowska

29) A visit to my studio by the famous Polish cellist resident in Paris, Barbara Marcinkowska

30) A delightful visit by the acclaimed author, actor and Theatre marvel, Christo Gerlach

30) A delightful visit by the acclaimed author, actor and Theatre marvel, Christo Gerlach

2012
28) Meeting up again with Hykie Berg (actor) after a long interval

28) Meeting up again with Hykie Berg (actor) after a long interval

2011
27) IDSA ladies walk-&- talk-about and tea

27) IDSA ladies walk-&- talk-about and tea

25) With the Ambassador of Japan, HE Toshiro Osawa and his wife Cici & Mari Dartnall at the Orient Boutique Hotel.

25) With the Ambassador of Japan, HE Toshiro Osawa and his wife Cici & Mari Dartnall at the Orient Boutique Hotel.

26) With legendary sculptor, Tienie Pritchard, Lisa, Elna Pritchard and the fashion guru, Simon Rademan at the opening of Lisa Hnatowicz’s photographic Exhibition

26) With legendary sculptor, Tienie Pritchard, Lisa, Elna Pritchard and the fashion guru, Simon Rademan at the opening of Lisa Hnatowicz’s photographic Exhibition

2010
23) WILLEM BOSHOFF at the opening of the exhibition ‘A Gentle Invasion’ by the Dutch artist, Auke de Vries, at NIROX Sculpture Park

23) WILLEM BOSHOFF at the opening of the exhibition ‘A Gentle Invasion’ by the Dutch artist, Auke de Vries, at NIROX Sculpture Park

24) Auke de Vries at Nirox

24) Auke de Vries at Nirox

Next to one of the sculptures by the Dutch artist, Auke de Vries, at NIROX Sculpture Park at the opening of his exhibition ‘A Gentle Invasion’  2nd February

22) Meeting up again with Pieter Dirk Uys in Darling, Western Cape after nearly 20 years

22) Meeting up again with Pieter Dirk Uys in Darling, Western Cape after nearly 20 years

2009
20) With Vikas Swarup, at his farewell party 2009 — at Residence of the Indian High Commissioner

20) With Vikas Swarup, at his farewell party 2009 — at Residence of the Indian High Commissioner

‘What a marvellous piece of work – your prose is as good as your paintings.

When is your debut novel coming out? All the best Vikas’

18) With the world famous Polish cellist (living in Paris) Barbara Marcinkowska in STUDIO ILLUMINARE

18) With the world famous Polish cellist (living in Paris) Barbara Marcinkowska in STUDIO ILLUMINARE

19) With Vikas Swarup at the Greek National day celebrations at The Sheraton Hotel, Pretoria

19) With Vikas Swarup at the Greek National day celebrations at The Sheraton Hotel, Pretoria

Photo: Takis Konstantoupoulos

26/09/2006

I remembered after I’d sent my last reply to you that I’d forgotten to let you know how much I enjoyed reading your piece.  There were snatches in it of the style in which Antjie Krog wrote “A Change of Tongue”.

Vikas Swarup

16) With Adv. George Bizos and fashion designer Peter Soldatos at a group art exhibition in Johannesburg.

16) With Adv. George Bizos and fashion designer Peter Soldatos at a group art exhibition in Johannesburg.

Photographer: Mia Nikitides

17) Attending the strange performance of HA!Man  in the Voortrekker Monument Pretoria

17) Attending the strange performance of HA!Man in the Voortrekker Monument Pretoria

21) With South African ‘movie mogul’ Katinka Heyns (Heyns Films) at  The Orient Boutique Hotel

21) With South African ‘movie mogul’ Katinka Heyns (Heyns Films) at The Orient Boutique Hotel

2008
15) With Chantel Dartnall, Theunis Botha & Dieter Frese at Restaurant Mosaic, The Orient Boutique Hotel

15) With Chantel Dartnall, Theunis Botha & Dieter Frese at Restaurant Mosaic, The Orient Boutique Hotel

14) With His Beatitude Theodorus 2 (Greek Orthodox Church) during his visit to the Greek Embassy in Pretoria

14) With His Beatitude Theodorus 2 (Greek Orthodox Church) during his visit to the Greek Embassy in Pretoria

2007
13) Sculpture by Tienie Pritchard at The Orient Boutique Hotel

13) Sculpture by Tienie Pritchard at The Orient Boutique Hotel

12) Sculpture at The Orient Boutique Hotel – With photographer Lisa Hnatowitz

12) Sculpture at The Orient Boutique Hotel – With photographer Lisa Hnatowitz

11) Sculpture by Tienie Pritchard at The Orient Boutique Hotel

11) Sculpture by Tienie Pritchard at The Orient Boutique Hotel

10) A historical photo with sculptor Tienie Pritchard en the impressionist painter, Adriaan Boshoff The Orient Boutique Hotel boasts the largest collection of the 3 artists’ work

10) A historical photo with sculptor Tienie Pritchard en the impressionist painter, Adriaan Boshoff The Orient Boutique Hotel boasts the largest collection of the 3 artists’ work

2006
09) Sharing a precious moment with the celebrated illustrator Piet Grobler, in his Gallery in Stellenbosch

09) Sharing a precious moment with the celebrated illustrator Piet Grobler, in his Gallery in Stellenbosch

2003
08) On the set of the Warner Brother’s movie ‘DUMAS’

08) On the set of the Warner Brother’s movie ‘DUMAS’

With my nephew, Alexander Michaletos and his pet cheetah Both became famous after ‘DUMAS’ was released on the International Movie circuit.

 

‘Your work is filled with joy and purpose and it is this that holds the world together. Some people mistakenly believe that the glue is economics.’

‘Without art society falls into chaos and dissolves’ says Herbert Read

So don’t ever stop doing it!!

My visit to you some time ago reminded me also not to stop making Art Thanks!’

(Anton van der Merwe, potter Hogsback)

 

2005 ‘You are way above – a class of your own’ (Ray Wicksell)

2000
07) Hosted by Claude Challe (Buddha Bar)

07) Hosted by Claude Challe (Buddha Bar)

Hosted by Claude Challe (Buddha Bar) at his apartment at the Place de la Bastille, during my first residency at the Cite Internationale des Arts, Paris, Nov. and Dec. 2000

1998
06) A photo-shoot for Mrs South Africa, at the Lost City

06) A photo-shoot for Mrs South Africa, at the Lost City

‘I always maintain that for the artist to express beauty,

it MUST come from within… from the beautiful soul.

This is in fact what viewers of the art receive/enjoy (a little piece of the artist’s soul…)

As art is indeed an expression of soul…’ (Lynda Gibson)

1996
05) With (then to be) President Jacob Zuma, in London 1996, during my attendance of the ‘2-Nations celebrations’ at the Royal Albert Hall

05) With (then to be) President Jacob Zuma, in London 1996, during my attendance of the ‘2-Nations celebrations’ at the Royal Albert Hall

1994
04) Nelson Mandela and I meet for the first time in 1994, in the Dutch reformed Church in Lynnwood, Pretoria

04) Nelson Mandela and I meet for the first time in 1994, in the Dutch reformed Church in Lynnwood, Pretoria

Photographer: Abrie Swiegers

1990
03) Visit Vladimir Tretchikoff

03) Visit Vladimir Tretchikoff

I took a visiting Russian artist whom I was promoting in SA, to meet and visit Vladimir Tretchikoff at his home in Bishop’s Court Cape Town 1990. My first visit to him was in 1973

1989
02) Pik Botha (Min of Foreign Affairs) presents the Danie Hough (Administrator of Transvaal) with my pen-portrait

02) Pik Botha (Min of Foreign Affairs) presents the Danie Hough (Administrator of Transvaal) with my pen-portrait

1986
01) With Pik Botha (Minister of Foreign Affairs) and Margaret Gardener (Miss Universe)

01) With Pik Botha (Minister of Foreign Affairs) and Margaret Gardener (Miss Universe)