Gozo Exhibition by Patricia Sant and Ramon Vella Bamber
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An art exhibition by Patricia Sant and Ramon Vella Bamber, is opening this weekend at Il-Hagar Heart of Gozo Museum, Victoria, hosted by the Victoria International Arts Festival.
Artist Patricia Sant, is a retired teacher of art, who taught in both Government and Private schools. She specialised in Art and the teaching of Art at Mater Admirabilis Teachers’ Training College from where she qualified with Distinction in the Theory of Education.
Looking back on her 40 years of teaching art, Patricia said that she feels grateful for the rewarding experiences she has shared and enjoyed with her art students.
Patricia went on to say that she believes art is a wonderful subject to teach, as it can help students grow and develop as complete persons. “It is a subject that helps students gain self-confidence and also enables them to appreciate the beauty of the world around them.”
Patricia formed part of Ghaqda Artisti Zghazagh in 1969, a group that organised art exhibitions. Last year (and 46 years later) this art group reunited and together they were able to mount an exhibition in Pjazza Teatru Rjal. These once young artists are of course all now aged over 60, but still young at heart.
Sant said that in her works she tries to combine reality with imagination and loves creating scenes that in their simplicity convey feelings and emotions.
Born in 1971, Ramon Vella Bamber is by profession an Air Traffic Controller. However, he said that he always showed an interest in art and followed in his father’s footsteps who is also keen on the subject.
Ramon studied art at school and obtained his Ordinary and Advanced level in the discipline at the Higher Secondary and at the Junior College under the guidance of the late Alfred Chircop and Paul Vella Critien.
He went on to pursue his artistic studies by attending a Seascapes and Landscapes Course at MCAST in 2013, special classes with Alfred Briffa, Figurative and Free Art at the Malta School of Art since 2014, as well as live classes in Human Figure at the Malta Society of Arts since last year. He is currently attending a History of Art Course at Malta School of Art.
Ramon is a landscape artist, but also enjoys Still Life and Figurative Art. He uses the Impasto and Palette knife style in oils and acrylics.
He explained that he loves experimenting in other media such as Soft pastels and Charcoal, and enjoys outdoor life, finding his inspiration in the beauty of the sea and scenery around him.
Ramon is currently working on his first Solo Exhibition to be held from the 23rd of September to the 7th of October this year, at the Razzett tal-Markiz Mallia Tabone, Mosta.
The exhibition is being inaugurated this coming Friday, the 9th of June at 8.45pm, entrance is free and all are invited to attend.
Il-Hagar is situated in St George’s Square, Victoria, Gozo, the opening hours are 9.00am to 5.00pm daily.