Keen for a bout of fresh, bracing Midlands air? Want to take in some art while you're at it? Well, Rawdon's Hotel in Nottingham Road is the place to be this weekend.

The annual Art al Fresco on the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands Meander takes place in the grounds of this cosy country hotel, and will feature more than 30 artists.

Organised by Zombeza, the professional artists' group in the Meander area, the exhibition is open to professional artists and artist-crafters as well as artists whose work is of professional standard.

New exhibitors this year include award-winning landscape and wildlife artist Graham Macquet who, at one time, had his own gallery and studio on the Meander. Sandile Sibiya, who was the best-selling artist at last year's event will again be showing his exciting acrylics.

Ceramic artists have strong representation from Trayci Tompkins (who has just had a successful solo exhibition at the Tatham Gallery), Garth Hoets and Louise van Niekerk.

John Greenhalgh will be showing his wood-turned creations and Alsum Zuma has produced a range of new wood carvings and sculptures Among the well known painters exhibiting this year are Hermine Spies Coleman, Jean Marie Temkin, Amanda Campbell, Julie Dunwoodie, Derek Millier, Peter Feek and Charlotte Ross.

Sculptors include Russel Papworth and Severino Braccialarghe who, for many years, had his studio in Balgowan on the Midlands Meander before relocating to Cape Town.

Art al Fresco will be open from 9am to 5pm on Saturday and from 9am to 3.30pm on Sunday. Admission is R5 a person, children under 10 free. - Tonight Reporter