©Patricia Feager, 4/30/2017
One of the great perks of being a member of the Dallas Arboretum is receiving member only invitations to special events and exhibits. Artscape Reimagined 2017, April 28-30, 2017 was absolutely Paradise. On Friday evening I met the Zimbabwean Sculptor, Aron Kapembeza, a self-taught artist who began sculpting at 18 years old. His art is known as Shona sculpture carved out of an array of different type of serpentine and semi-precious stone. I had the pleasure of speaking with him and watching the artist at work. He has a kindred spirit to his natural surroundings in Zimbabwe. To see the artists work on display mixed in with different landscaping at the Dallas Arboretum was a surreal experience that can hardly be imagined unless you see it in person. It's an exhibit I highly recommend.
This is the most collected form of African art that can be found at the Museum of Modern Art in NY, the Rodin Musem and in the home of the Prince of Wales, the Rockefeller's, Morgan Freeman, Danny Glover and the late Michael Jackson.
"Your habits lead you to your conscious." --- African Proverb
"If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together." --- (African Proverb)
The demonstration of Zimbabwean artistry, from chisel to stone was simply breathtaking. This is a fine example of what passion looks and feels like. The artist creates all his work in stone, focusing on leaf bowls, a brilliant concept that attracts birds. His work has been on exhibit in Dallas, France, Holland, South Africa, Germany and Denmark. From the moment I walked into the gardens and was introduced to the works on exhibit, so cleverly displayed, something changed inside me. I was transformed.
"It's not what you call me, but what I answer to." (African Proverb)
Patricia's Tip of the Week:
Imagine a world built by artists where the only requirement to live is peace.