I have been invited to take part in a group exhibition on the theme "Creating a better world"
On reflection, I realised that the following is one of the ways I contribute to making the world a more pleasant place through my photography:
"I have selected these photographs for this theme because I like to think I contribute to making the world a better place through facilitating awareness of the preciousness of its natural beauty, and its essential value in our lives:
Our societies are very focused on the material value of our resources and that of our physical efforts, often forgetting - or worse, dismissing - the value and power of our emotions which underlie our experience of life, either supporting or impeding everything we do.
We also have a tendency to only notice the most obviously beautiful - be it visual or a felt experience - so during life's storms the inherent beauty that is invariably present in all things, and which may just give us the boost we need, is often overlooked.
This collection of photographs has been chosen as a metaphor for the beautiful light that also comes together with the storms in our lives, and through them I hope a window may be opened in people's awareness of the gifts and blessings in their own lives which they may simply have not even realised they could look out for and which are there all along.
Duration of the exhibition: 20 to 27 September 2017 from 9 in the morning until 14h00 in the afternoon. (Closed on Sunday)
Artists: Eleven South African artists will exhibit their work as part of a Gallery Synergy initiative with the theme “Creating a better world”. Amongst them will be Clive Kirk (a modern realist painter); photographer Andrea Nixon (Andy Nix) who connects with the inner moods and emotions of her subjects , sculptor Cornelia Robinson (who focuses on the theme of human negligence regarding the protection of our water resources), mixed media artist Tessa Horan (who expresses herself beautifully in the media of felt and wool), Anne Cleveland (a mixed media artist who uses colour and brush strokes to express emotion); ceramist Rika Herbst (who rates nature as her main source of inspiration); painter Annelie Venter (who approaches art as a meditative process); painter and sculptor Stephanie Bester (who explores the interconnectedness of man, beast and the environment as subject matter); drawing artist Celesté von Solms (who incorporates emotional and mysterious elements as subject matter in her work); painter Liebner-Anthony van Zyl (who uses contradicting colours to express the dualistic nature of reality) and mixed media artist Jacques du Preez (who gives a second life to recycled objects in his body of work).
More info on www.facebook.com/gallerysynergy or contact Celeste on 0730217783
If you can't make it to the exhibition, you are still welcome to order prints online...