This year’s art exhibition at the Sheraton Addis, its 10th edition, is dominated by landscape paintings as most are also realist in genre in the theme. The show, opened last week for four days, was a culmination of a decade of the journey for its organisers, who collect 10pc of the proceeds from sales to donate to the Sheraton Endowment Charity. It is a nonprofit charity established to support Addis Abeba Fine Arts School.
It was 10 years ago the exhibition was launched by the late Jean P. Manigoff, the founding general manager of the Sheraton Addis, and Omar Khoso Carrera, the marketing director of the Hotel, now working in Spain. The latter was here last week, to commemorate the 10th-year of the exhibition where 60 mostly young artists displayed 430 works of art.
No less young were many of the visitors who have flocked to the Sheraton, which is scheduled to close the exhibition today, December 10, 2017.
Over 100 paintings, drawings, sculptures and carvings were sold by the second day of the opening on Friday, according to people close to the organisers. The record for the highest priced artwork was held by Wondwossen Beyene, whose iron sculpture, titled “Solitude” showed a sleeping dog (in the picture above). It commanded a 200,000 Br price tag, while a paper scratch by Zegeye Kebede, titled “Legacy”, fetched 160,000 Br. The lowest priced paintings were between 13,000 Br and 15,000 Br.