Artistic “apology” to endangered animals

Artistic “apology” to endangered animals

Art students to unveil exhibition at Lagoa art school

Local art students will be unveiling an artistic “apology” to endangered animals in the form of an art exhibition, which will be displayed between July 14 and August 31 at the Manuela Vale Gallery of Lagoa’s Mestre Fernando Rodrigues Art School.

The exhibition, entitled ‘Ho’oponopono’ (a Hawaiian word which roughly translates to ‘making things right’ or ‘cause things to move back in balance’), will feature works by students of artist and teacher Meire Gomes.

“We are going to review and correct our attitudes towards the animals that live on our planet, which deserve all our respect for being part of creation just like human beings and all the diversity of life on the planet (…) Ho’oponopono is an apology to the animals that are at risk of extinction due to our thoughtlessness,” organisers explain.

The artworks were created by children and adults who, under the guidance of artist Meire Gomes, researched “which animals are suffering, some out of ignorance, and others due to human vanity”.

Admission is free. The exhibition will be open to visits between Monday and Friday from 9.30am to 12 noon and 2.30pm to 5pm.

By Michael Bruxo
michael.bruxo@algarveresident.com