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Friends in Art

Embassy of Malta in The Hague. Friends in Art, opening of an exhibition of drawings, graphic art and painting by Monica Spiteri  and Hanneke Wessels inaugurated by  H.E. Mr. Joseph Cole  Ambassador of the Republic of Malta.

By Viviana Knorr.

On Tuesday 26 April, H.E. Mr. Joseph Cole Malta’s Ambassador to the Netherlands was very pleased to inaugurate Friends in Art at Malta Embassy in The Hague. The Maltese Embassy will be hosting Friends in Art, an art exhibition of about 20 drawings, graphic art, and paintings by Maltese artist Monica Spiteri, and 35 mixed media artworks by Dutch artist Hanneke Wessels. The exhibition will be open to the public between the 28th of April and the 6th of May.

For additional pictures by Marian van Noort, please open the following link:

Malta Embassy Art Exhibiotion (12 van 14)

Monica Spiteri and Hanneke Wessels.

“Art ties people together and refuses to let them go”, were H.E. Mr. Joseph Cole’s words to highlight the friendship bond of the two artists. Friends in Art is a special joint exhibition framing and celebrating the artists’ mutual and long-standing friendship which goes back to Valleta 1999, where Spireti was having her first personal exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts. Wessels also had the opportunity to host an exhibition of her works at the same museum a few years later, that since, sparked the creative friendship.

Born in 1952, Monica Spiteri studied modelling, woodcarving, watercolour, batik techniques and ceramics under renown art instructors. Besides various participations in collective exhibitions, Monica Spiteri is also recipient to numerous awards for her realistic dreamy Maltese city landscapes, among them: the Silver Palette and the Grollo D’Ora.

“In my graphic art, paintings and drawings, the central theme is the human figure”, says artist Hanneke Wessels born in 1947, whose portraits of women’s emotions aren’t obvious to the bare eye yet palpable and poignant. Wessels’s source of inspiration is Malta, its history and ancient mysticism hidden in the remains of the country’s temples and museums.

Entrance to Valleta painting by Spiteri, and Woman With Big Eyes by Wessels, were their two works of art among the rest to be chosen each one by the artists, as those representing in this exhibition their friendship’s bond.

Malta Embassy Art Exhibiotion (1 van 14)

H. E. Karim Ben Becher, Ambassador of Tunisia; Ambassador of Malta H. E. Joseph Cole, H. E. Breik A.B. Swessi Ambassador of Lybia, Hanneke Wessels. Bernardine Cole, Monica Spiteri , H. E. Taher Ahmed Farahat, Ambassador of Egypt.

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