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Byo gallery exhibits senior citizens’ paintings

The Verity Amm Centre is showcasing paintings by senior citizens in an exhibition that will run until January 25 next year at the National Art Gallery in Bulawayo.


The exhibition seeks to raise funds for the centre’s project of feeding the elderly.

Dubbed The Verity Amm Picassos, the showcase was officially launched at the gallery on Thursday evening. It features works mostly done by the members of the centre’s art group which was started by Lisa Van Den Berg a few months ago.

Verity Ann Centre is a recreational centre for the elderly, mostly inmates of Coronation Cottages and Queen Mary House.

Speaking during the launch, the chairperson of the centre Ann Van Den Berg said part of the proceeds from the sale of paintings during the exhibition would go to their soup kitchen project, which has been running for the past seven years.

“The centre is running a soup kitchen project, feeding about 90 senior citizens from Conation Cottages and Ralstein Home,” she said.

“Breakfast is served and a delicious lunch that many of the senior citizens find sufficient for their evening meal too. Luncheons are organised for special occasions like Christmas, Valentine’s Day, Mother’s and Father’s Days, Easter and many other days and all this is done with the assistance of generous donors.”

However, Van Den Berg said the soup kitchen was in need of regular donations for goodies like rice, mealie-meal, flour, cooking oil, flour, pasta, sugar, salt, coffee and cleaning detergents, among other items.

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