Saturday, November 12, 2011

ART ON THE WAY Exhibition : November 2011

VERSE: 2 Corinthians 4:18
“We look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal”

For me the forest is a place of much restoration and growth. One chooses to dance in the dappled sunlight and not fear the shadows. As we faithfully embrace our trials, we reach a platform of peace that surpasses our understanding. We cannot always see the bigger picture on this earth, nor can we see paradise pertaining to heaven. I hold on to the moments of revelation when slivers of light illuminates and warms our body, mind and soul. I recall and share with you moments of such warm connection.

Coastal Forest 1 
Coastal Forest 2

Coastal Forest 3

Figure in the Forest

Forest in Bilene

"Mamana" in the Forest

WORDS ON A MIRROR: Remembering our Stories - November 2011

I recently attended a book launch my mother participated in, contributing with one of her stories. In fact her story is the start of a novel that has taken her 17 years to complete.

The tinkering sound of guitar strings accompanying “soul” food and creative company set a relaxed tone for the evening.

The group’s mentor Dorian Harhoff, poet and story teller, was a Professor in English in Namibia and is the author of “The Writers Voice”. He brilliantly encouraged the creative process of writing from what is often called from the “heart”.

 Back: Christine Parkinson, Dorian Haarhoff, Nomathemba Shepherd 
Front:  Victoria Cardoso (mom), Roma Howard, Loretta van Skalkwyk
This manner of creativity spoke to my already gathered knowledge that art in any form is an invaluable tool towards healing.  

These KZN writers   shared parts of their stories.

Powerful and fresh from their experiences.

One of their tasks that evening was to also read part of a story by a women from one of the other two groups - JHB and CT.

It became evident that these women found identification in the sharing and a newfound belonging amongst themselves. Easy Therapy within this obviously nurturing and “safe to share” group.

Well done to this group, lovingly known as “The Sustahs” (Sisters Stars) for having courage,diligence, determination and discipline to share their valuable stories with us...

“Words on a Mirror” can be purchased from Dorian on 0828736802