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Clarabelle Van Niekerk

Clarabelle Van NiekerkInterdisciplinary Artist • Painter
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  Phone: 814-853-4167
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Artist Bio:

A native of South Africa, Clarabelle Van Niekerk is an interdisciplinary artist who received a BA in Early Childhood Education from Bloemfontein Teachers College in 1973 and a MFA from the University of the Orange Free State in 1975. She has done additional coursework in art therapy at the Art Centre in Houghton, Johannesburg, and, most recently, completed Language, Movement, and Music in the Classroom, a graduate course at Edinboro University.

She has lectured on art and drama at Zwelitsha Art College in King Williamstown, South Africa, and at Lea’s Learning Lair in St. Petersburg, Florida. Van Niekerk has toured Europe as a cellist with the Free State Orchestra, worked as the founder and director of the London Puppet Theatre, and has been featured in a variety of international exhibitions ranging from South Africa, Switzerland, and Australia to the United States. She has been a state-rostered interdisciplinary teaching artist for over 10 years.

Van Niekerk is also the winner of multiple awards, including a Grammy for Best Pop Album in 1999 (Ek se Maar Net), the 2008 Perry Cumberland Excellence in Puppetry Award in Philadelphia, the 2009 Educator of the Year Award from the ARC Center in Meadville, Pa., and the 2012 Shining Star Award.

As the author/illustrator of such books as Understanding Sam and Asperger Syndrome, The Mermaid and the Terrible Urkles, The Revenge, and The Magic Pearl, Van Niekerk’s work has been recognized with the prestigious Dolly Gray Children’s Literature Award and the National Parenting Center Seal of Approval.

Statement By Artist:

The Artist“Discovering a painting from the valleys of my imagination and capturing it on canvas, is like delivering a message ordained from a Higher place. A force flows through me gently, pointing out the destined forms, textures and colors. The making of art restores the fragmented distance from my South African shore.”
~Clarabelle Van Niekerk

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