Art show to high­lig­ht en­dan­ge­red spe­cies

Knysna-Plett Herald - - Arts & Entertainment - N­wa­bi­sa Pon­do­yi

The quaint Knys­na Art Gal­le­ry at the Old Ga­ol Mu­seum was a­buzz with acti­vi­ty t­his week as ar­tis­ts and or­gai­ni­sers ge­a­red up for their u­p­co­ming exhi­bi­ti­on, Ver­ge, which o­pens t­his Sa­tur­day 10 No­vem­ber.

The exhi­bi­ti­on forms part of a bro­a­der con­ser­va­ti­o­nal thrust that in­clu­des talks, works­hops and gui­ded tou­rs in na­tu­re and is sta­ged by ar­tis­ts who wish to rai­se a­wa­re­ness and funds, in­spi­re acti­on to sup­port a­ni­mal con­ser­va­ti­on, and pro­tect the e­cosy­stem and re­ge­ne­ra­ti­ve sy­stem de­sign.

Ver­ge sho­w­ca­ses the work of 15 ar­tis­ts wan­ting to pay spe­ci­al t­ri­bu­te to the In­ter­na­ti­o­nal U­ni­on for Con­ser­va­ti­on of Na­tu­re (IUCN) red-lis­ted spe­cies – ma­ny of which can be found rig­ht he­re in Gre­a­ter Knys­na and sur­rounds – and the di­sap­pea­ring ha­bi­tats that are ho­me to t­he­se spe­cies.

Vi­su­al ar­tist and exhi­bi­ti­on coor­di­na­tor Ja­net Bo­tes said, “We ho­pe to of­fer the pu­blic a tacti­le ex­pe­rien­ce of so­me spe­cies that can be found al­ong the Ca­pe co­ast, Gar­den Rou­te and the Ka­roo that are in di­re need of con­ser­va­ti­on.

By ma­king use of va­ri­ous art me­di­ums – from pho­to­grap­hy to il­lus­tra­ti­ons – we ho­pe to gi­ve you an ex­tra­or­di­na­ry vi­su­al de­picti­on of bi­o­di­ver­si­ty un­der thre­at of ex­tincti­on.” To re­new ap­pre­ci­a­ti­on for na­tu­re, He­le­na Jou­bert of­fers gui­ded tou­rs through P­led­ge Na­tu­re Re­ser­ve.

Par­ti­ci­pa­to­ry spe­cies map­ping and ot­her le­ar­ning ex­pe­rien­ces will pro­vi­de the per­fect en­ter­tai­n­ment for child­ren. Va­ri­ous talks and works­hops form part of t­his e­vent and in­clu­de Dr Da­ve Ed­ge, from Brenton Blue Trust, who will be pre­sen­ting on the Brenton Blue but­terf­ly.

A per­cen­ta­ge of the pro­ceeds will go to­wards lo­cal or­ga­ni­sa­ti­ons that de­di­ca­te them­sel­ves to­wards a­ni­mal en­dan­ger­ment a­wa­re­ness and con­ser­va­ti­on, such as Na­tu­re’s Val­ley Trust, Brenton Blue Trust and Knys­na Ba­sin Pro­ject. “Through art we chan­ge per­cep­ti­ons and pre­con­cei­ved i­de­as a­bout im­por­tant is­su­es, and how to de­al with them.

We ho­pe t­his exhi­bi­ti­on will in­spi­re you to co­me up with new acti­on-ba­sed so­lu­ti­ons on how to bet­ter look af­ter our vul­ne­ra­ble and en­dan­ge­red non­hu­man spe­cies,” con­clu­ded Bo­tes.

The exhi­bi­ti­on is sche­du­led to run until 30 No­vem­ber.

For furt­her in­for­ma­ti­on and the full pro­gram­me, vi­sit www.art­for­spe­cies.org.

T­his beau­ti­ful wild dog with the Brenton Blue But­terf­ly by Ja­ne Pit­chford is just a­not­her ex­am­ple of the ex­em­pla­ry work on dis­play du­ring the Ver­ge exhi­bi­ti­on.

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