Robb Gerritsen and Ana Pereira de Vlieg have curated the latest exhibition at ‘Green with Envy’ Cafe and Nursery. The exhibition titled “ OUTSIDE IN “ could not have been more fitting. The countrified atmosphere of the shop sets the scene and upon wandering up the stone stairs, passing the conference centre towards the restaurant, one cannot help but feel light on one’s feet. The grand old trees provide cool shade whilst the open doors and windows frame bits of the surrounding city.
The exhibition not only comprises works by Gerritsen and de Vlieg but also include artists working out of de Vlieg’s studio. Robb Gerritsen and Zelda Davidson have put on quite a show with their studies of robust and monumental ‘Aloes’ that mark the indigenous nature of our land. Look up above the doorway of the restaurant and see how “Glowing Protea” by Gerritsen vibrates with life. In the same room, as your eyes roam outside across lush green vegetation, you will catch sight of Pereira de Vlieg’s lyrical and delicate study of the rose and forest floor.
Subtle hues and contrasting blues spread themselves across the conference’s main far sided wall. Works by Sarah Lategan investigate water footage from her recent trek through Africa. Pat Lategan ends the panel with an exclamation mark by painting a very lively ‘palette knife’ sunflower in a blue and white striped bowl. These paintings enhance the happy serenity of this room.
Descending back down the stairs one finds oneself back in the shop where attractive paintings can be found peeping in between gorgeous goodies for purchase. Jen de Cerff has painted delicious juicy strawberries in a terracotta pot, a delight to the imagination. Polly Edley has painted eye catching patterned roosters. Being a decorator, Polly has a superb understanding of colour and this flows into her work. And last but not least one finds a series of little green tree frogs delicately painted on small square canvases, showing immense character. More work is to be added by one more artist called Kerry Howell so watch this space.
Van Gogh is known to have said “ I experience a period of frightening clarity in those moments when nature is so beautiful. I am no longer sure of myself, and the paintings appear as in a dream.