Jeni Caru­ana launches ex­hi­bi­tion en­ti­tled ‘Arbor Vi­tae’

Malta Independent - - LIFESTYLE & CULTURE -

Artist Jeni Caru­ana re­cently launched her ex­hi­bi­tion en­ti­tled Arbor Vi­tae (Tree of Life) at The Ma­jjis­tral Na­ture and His­tory Park Vis­i­tors Cen­tre, Ghajn Tuffieha.

A size­able num­ber of guests, in­clud­ing Dr Owen Bon­nici MP, Min­is­ter for Jus­tice, Cul­ture and Lo­cal Government and Karl Gouder MP, Opposition Spokesman for Cul­ture, were present on the night.

Trees have al­ways been one of Caru­ana’s re­cur­rent mo­tifs and with the Arbor Vi­tae col­lec­tion, Caru­ana wanted to ex­plore the many mean­ings at­tached to trees, and how vi­tally im­por­tant it is that we pre­serve, re­spect and pro­tect them.

In her wel­com­ing re­marks, Si­mone Mizzi, vice-pres­i­dent of Din l-Art Helwa, thanked Caru­ana for choos­ing the Ma­jjis­tral Park for her ex­hi­bi­tion, com­ment­ing that “na­ture is so calm­ing and so sooth­ing we need it in our ev­ery­day lives. We need fresh air for healthy liv­ing and trees to keep our at­mos­phere clean and fil­ter the pol­lu­tion we cre­ate our­selves. Trees of­fer shel­ter not just to man but to the small wildlife and the birds that abound in ev­ery place”.

The ex­hi­bi­tion was then of­fi­cially in­au­gu­rated by His Ex­cel­lency Stu­art Gill, Bri­tish High Com­mis­sioner to Malta. In his com­ments, the High Com­mis­sioner said that it was fit­ting that the paint­ings are be­ing ex­hib­ited in an im­por­tant cor­ner of Malta that still en­joys its nat­u­ral state and is now be­ing re­vi­talised.

The Ma­jjis­tral Na­ture and His­tory Park is the first National Park in the Mal­tese is­lands. It falls un­der the gov­er­nance of Din l-Art Helwa, Na­ture Trust Malta and the Gaia Foun­da­tion.

The ex­hi­bi­tion is open to the pub­lic daily from 10am to 3pm un­til 16 De­cem­ber.

For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion visit www.jeni­caru­ana.com or the Face­book Event page Arbor Vi­tae.

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