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Kula gallery calls on Alex to come and view art curation

Underground Kula House Museum founder Mary-Ann Marolen-Ramugumo is a firm believer in the preservation of heritage showcasing art and telling the township stories.

The Underground Kula House Museum invites the community of Alexandra and beyond to view its latest curation known as The Faith & Foliage Art Exhibition by Sheba, better known as Lethabo Lengwati.

Sheba (in green top) talks about her artwork to some of the visitors.

The exhibition, mounted by Kula Marolen Foundation and Lengwati has been with the foundation since it opened its doors in 2021, has been running since January 14, and will be on until March 30.
Lengwati is a local talented artist who has a keen interest in the development of her township community through shared and donated artworks.

Some of the artwork by Sheba is on display at the Underground Kula House Museum.

“We saw fitting and deserving that her first-ever exhibition is on our stage in her place of birth before she bloomed across the world stage where she now belongs. It’s always a great gesture to be celebrated on your home soil.
“This level-headed young woman not only inspires us with consistency to her craft but also how she has been a big part of the Kula family and assisting us with her artwork for fundraising for the space,” said founder of the Underground Kula House Museum and Kula Marolen Foundation Mary-Ann Marolen-Ramugumo.

A lovely art piece on display at the Underground Kula House Museum.

Lengwati’s artefacts are being exhibited on the raw walls, as well as in-house frames and some donated frames from the township’s veteran artist MmeNkele Mmuse and is evidence enough that when the community comes together magic takes place, added Marolen-Ramugumo.

Twins Karabo and Kagiso Kitime would not want to miss this exciting curation.

She said the purpose of the exhibition is to highlight the local artist’s potential and to be able to put up her artworks for sale confidently so and also showcase her talent to her community.

“This will also help the community to understand the power of art as well as to have access and see what is a gallery to spark conversation about art and the vast possibilities of this medium,” Marolen-Ramugumo said.
Above all, she said, the idea was to activate an art precinct on this heritage street named after Richard Baloyi, which has a vast history of Alex and ‘where we would like to welcome our community, art lovers and collectors and visitors coming into the township’.

Slippery when wet… warning that forms part of art collection on display.

Kula House Museum is situated in a 79-year-old building which is a former family home on 47 8th Avenue and was built by Marolen-Ramugumo’s late grandfather and grandmother and is dedicated to them as former artists of their time.
“Preserving our heritage is imperative to us to showcase art and tell our stories,” Marolen-Ramugumo said in the words of her late grandfather. “It’s not where you are born but what you build around you that matters,” she added.

The Underground, which is also up for hire, is open during the week from Monday to Friday 09:00–17:00 and by special appointment with Marolen-Ramugumo for the weekends.

Details: Mary-Ann Marolen-Ramugumo 082 050 2121.

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