Today is a bank holiday in Germany. German Unity Day (Tag der Deutschen Einheit) is annually held on October 3 to mark the anniversary of the nation's unification. It remembers when the Federal Republic of Germany and the Democratic Republic of Germany united to create one single, federal Germany on October 3, 1990. Happy Tag der Deutschen Enheit.
Located by the railway track, I always pass by the very special building of `Alten Brauerei`Schortens (Old Brewery) and always wondered if this could one day be a venue for a nice museum or art centre holding exhibitions and support cultural activities. The building owned by Mr Wolfgang Schmitz of the Bürgerstiftung Schortens (Schortens Foundation) has now opened its door for consideration of various cultural activities and housed its first art exhibition in September 2017. I sincerely hope that the this special building becomes a centre of art promotion along with other cultural activities.
After a brain surgery and a shoulder surgery, January 2016 got me back into being creative, painting, fusing and exploding with ideas. So, for sure the brain works and the shoulder works! Last 3 months, I have been busy in my little studio. At times frustratingly working on a spot of painting for up to 7 hours and repainting it all over the next day, to finishing one in 3 hours! "Bürgerhaus Schortens" is all set for the Vernissage on Monday 4th April at 18:00 hrs. The "Querbeet" (meaning random in German) exhibition along with my 2 talented artist friends, will run until 29th April 2016. I have had the enjoyable dual advantage of designing all the artwork for the marketing material along with working on the new Encaustic and oil paintings - ready to be unveiled on Monday.
I’ve enjoyed a long, fulfilling travel industry career in England and Germany. It was easy to travel around the world and see the beauty and various art forms when putting travel products, designing and writing brochures and marketing unique hotels is your job. Today with time and peaceful surroundings of beautiful Freisland, Germany, I see and experience the undeniable beauty around me every day. So, I paint. Maybe it’s a “left brain, right brain” thing, but for me, creating something that expresses myself of lasting beauty makes me stop and notice and appreciate the world that we live in.