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Margaret is driven by her need to create beautiful things; when she was a little girl she would spend her time making items from natural materials and by the time she was 40 and living in Swaziland her creativity had found expression in exquisite handcrafted jewelry.
In 1979 Margaret, her husband, Darryl and their two sons had established their home on a smallholding on the outskirts of Rustenburg in the old Transvaal where she introduced Gem Tree craft to South Africa. With the help of Darryl she developed this into a successful export business employing 40 creative women.
In 1982 Margaret was the runner-up in the Small Businesswoman of the Year competition and within a year of that was chosen at a world-class gem and mineral show in Arizona, U.S.A. as the person producing the most unique craft for her aloe carved from serpentine dolomite.
In 1993 Margaret and Darryl retired to Rhodes in the North Eastern Cape. Living in this breathtakingly beautiful countryside Margaret was inspired to turn her talents to painting for the first time. After six years she became desperate to share the wonderful world of art with other artists and to find outlets for her work, things which she could not do from the remote hamlet of Rhodes.
After searching throughout South Africa for an ideal place in which to settle, Margaret and Darryl decided on Villiersdorp in the Western Cape where they settled in 1999. She joined the Elgin Art Group of artists and within three years was painting in watercolour, acrylic and oils. Margaret's artistry has gone from strength to strength; she works and exhibits at her studio in her lovely home in Villiersdorp and her work is sold widely.
1 the Margaret Ramsay Studio, Villiersdorp, solo Exhibition in 2000.
2 the Elgin Festival Art Exhibition in 2000.
3 the Elgin Festival Art Exhibition in 2001.
4 the Harold Porter Botanical Gardens Exhibitions arranged by the Art Route Gallery in Betty's Bay in 2002, 2003 and 2004.
5 the Anual Exhibitions of the South African Society of Artists held at Kirstenbosch in 2002, 2003, 2004 2005, 2006, 2007 (all submissions accepted), 2008 and 2009.
6 the Elgin Open Gardens Show Art Exhibition in 2002.
7 the Merit Exhibition arranged at Kirstenbosch by The South African Society of Artists in 2002.
8 the Elgin Open Gardens Show Art Exhibition in 2003.
9 the Duo Exhibition held at the Hugo Naude Gallery in 2003.
10 the Elgin Open Gardens Show Art Exhibition in 2004.
11 the exhibition held at the Sharon Gallery, Somerset West in 2004.
12 the Elgin Open Gardens Show Art Exhibition in 2005.
13 the South African Society of Artists Member's Exhibition held at Kirstenbosch Gardens in 2006, 2007 and 2008.
14 the Elgin Open Gardens Show Art Exhibition in 2006.
15 the South African Society of Artists Annual (Centinery) Exhibition in 2006 -all three paintings accepted, with one commended.
16 the Merit Exhibition arranged by the South African Society of Artists at Kirstenbosch in 2007.
17 the Merit Exhibition arranged by the South African Society of Artists at Kirstenbosch in 2008.
18 the Members Exhibition arranged by the South African Society of Artists at Kirstenbosch in 2008.
19 the Art and Photographic Exhibition 2008 in Elgin.
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