Hermanus FynArts Festival Director, Mary Faure, opened the first exhibition in the run-up to FynArts 2020 in the FynArts Gallery on Thursday 29 August. Titled Light Gestures, this en plein air landscape exhibition comprises watercolour paintings by accomplished local en plein air artists, Maureen Tomaino, Charmé Southey and Christopher Reid.

From left are Christopher Reid, Mary Faure, Marueen Tomaino and Charmé Southey.

In her opening talk, Mary said one of the most enjoyable by-products of FynArts has been the wonderful people she’s met. One such person is Gail Strever-Morkel, who curated the exhibition. “Mary and I are both quite bossy, so we worked well together,” quipped Gail. “It was a joy and a privilege to experience the energy and dedication of the FynArts team.”

Describing the Light Gestures exhibition as “a breath of fresh air”, Gail went on to say that the three artists participating in this group exhibition were all prolific and well-versed in watercolour medium but that each one has its own vision, from Charmé’s fluid brushwork to Christopher’s bold renderings to Maureen’s intimate vignettes. “Landscapes remind us of our psycho-spiritual relationship with the earth and these works provide us with an opportunity to contemplate our connection to nature,” said Gail.

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