Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Masupangwao, fine art teachers with passion beyond profit making

Masupangwao Art Monsters are Francistown-based fine artists who say they will never be derailed from their passion, despite financial tribulations.

The Molepolole College of Education (MCE) unemployed graduate teachers are already making their existence felt in Francistown and the surrounding areas through their passion in abstract art.
Last week, the group had their art pieces showcased at the Francistown Supa Ngwao Museum in a bid to expose their talent to the Francistown public.

The group, which was formed in 2009, comprises of Bombo Mosimanegape, Thabo Dolphin Mogapi and Tsheko Onkabetse.

Mosimanegape told the Telegraph in an interview that when they finished their studies at MCE where they were studying fine art, they decided to follow their shared passion and vision by forming a  group in order to promote art, especially in the Northern Region because they feel that it is still plodding behind.

The trio revealed that their love for abstract art emanates from the fact that, with this type of art, an artist gets the opportunity to be at free will to explore his or her creativity without boundaries to express messages of reality.

“We feel that art in the North Region is moving at a snail’s pace and we have decided that it is high time that we encourage the artists in the region to come forth with their pieces and network with us so that we can decide the way forward,” Mosimanegape added.

Mosimanegape said that although financial challenges continue to be one of the main hindrances in the development of artists, they, as Masupangwao Art Monsters, feel that should they unite with other artists and support each other, art could blossom.

He also said that they believe that art is not supposed to be only for profit making, but a passion that will reveal itself in talent and sell the artist.  Mogapi, another group member, also told the Telegraph that they have a dream of seeing themselves penetrating international markets with their art talent.

“We believe that the North Region has an abundance of fine art talent that is underutilized due, perhaps, to failure to network or to low self esteem by the artists,” he said.

The group further stated that, as graduate teachers who are still not yet absorbed into the teaching service, they are ready to offer their services to schools by teaching the students art for free as a way of giving back to the community and promoting art.

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