The launch of HESC’s new Community Art Gallery on Saturday proved to be a resounding success.
The project forms part of the Centre’s extensive and exciting community development programmes. In collaboration with renowned interior designer, Gert Gertzen, the facility was conceptualised to showcase works by local artists with wildlife as their main subject matter.
The aim of the artwork that graces the walls of the Community Art Gallery is to raise awareness about the unique disposition and behaviours of African animal species, many of which are endangered.
Participating artists included Vanessa Lomas, Anne Watt, Cristel Belce-Kennedy, Wietz Marais, Mwana Bermudes, Petro de Jager, MillieMuller and Paul Mittermayer. Click here to read more about them. Not to be outdone, out Picasso cubs had a variety of their abstracts on offer as well.
Carl Olen, General Manager at Camp Jabulani gave the opening address: â€œThe Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre is based on four main objectives: to breed with and relocate endangered species, to broaden the genetic pool as well as research and education. With eco-tourism becoming more of a household term, the Centre has decided that a 5th objective needs to be added to fully comply as a leading eco-tourism attraction – local community involvement. The opening of the Community Art Gallery is just another project to become more involved with our local community. The next step of the art gallery will be to involve our local rural schools by giving talented school children the opportunity to exhibit at the gallery. Some of the artists have offered to conduct special training workshops where these children can learn new skills and techniques.
Drinks to toast the auspicious occasion were generously sponsored by Amarula.
We’ve already enjoyed some wonderfully positive feedback from guests who attended the opening. Mike Tauatsoala “Manager of Corporate Communications at Limpopo Tourism and Parks had this to say, “We really appreciate the good work and positive contribution you are making to the society. It was a very thrilling experience for me…to have witnessed all the great works the artists are doing in that part of the world.”
Click here to see more photos from the event.