South Africa celebrates Father's Day on Sunday 17 June this year and d'Olyfboom Family Estate in Paarl is proud to present a new exhibition by Wellington artist and photographer Hennie van Loggerenberg called "I Found a Father", which opens on this day at 18h00.
Hennie explains: "This collection consists of 12 installations all celebrating the concept of Fatherlessness by juxtaposing dramatic portraits of people against bright primary colours. The subjects were found as far afield as Egypt, Armenia, Malawi and Tanzania as well as in South Africa. In spite of the serious theme, the paintings are joyful and show a generation of hope."
There is a misconception about fatherlessness in that it always involves poverty, children and the homeless. "However I have seen the results of adults growing up without a positive father figure in their lives as well as children in well-off households growing up smothered in material things but without the involvement, support and love of their father.Both have far-reaching consequences," he says.
After nineteen years in the ministry mostly in Eastern Europe, Hennie and his wife Katie returned to South Africa where he is now a full time artist and creative photographer.Their two adopted children and one foster child, keeps them busy and out of mischief.
Hennie nominated Mosaic, a community project which provides orphan care as one of the beneficiaries of the event."Their mission fits in with our theme as Mosaic attempts to be a role modeland a positive influence for the many fatherless children in the Wellington area,"he says.
Over and above the paintings, the exhibition will consist of a selection of Hennie's decorative photographs and live music by Deon Valor will entertain the guests.One of Hennie's pieces will be auctioned off to raise funds.
Date: Sunday, 17 June.
Time: 17h30 for 18h00.
Venue: De Oude Kelder at d'Olyfboom Family Estate,14 Napier Street Paarl.
Price: R100 pp (Includes welcome drink, soup and home-baked bread as well as donation).