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Brush Strokes Gallery for September 2019 presents “What a Wonderful World!” by Collette Caprara


September 2 @ 11:00 am - September 29 @ 5:00 pm


Brush Strokes Gallery


Brush Strokes Gallery
824 Caroline St, down the hall
Fredericksburg, VA 22401 United States
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Throughout September, Brush Strokes Gallery will feature an exhibit of paintings by Collette Caprara titled “What a Wonderful World! Celebrating Creation and the People of our Precious Planet.” 

Collette writes below of how the idea for this exhibit emerged and what she hopes it will convey to those who view it.

“I have been blessed to have had the opportunity to visit such wonderful and diverse countries as Kenya, South Africa, Uganda, Mongolia, India and Nepal and to witness the beauty of nature and the people of each.  At the same time, I am continually amazed by the natural beauty of our own United States—from the awe-inspiring beauty of the Grand Canyon to tiny wildflowers growing in our woodlands and meadows—each perfectly formed with intricate patterns that seem to be doing all they can to reach their full potential, regardless of whether or not they will ever be appreciated, or even viewed, by a human being.

In my Wonderful World exhibit, I strove to capture the unique personality of a spectrum of animals—from a regal lion, sleek cheetahs and lumbering elephants to tiny insects that often escape our attention (such as the little honeybee that seems dwarfed by the sunflower it has alighted on). Some of my subjects even convey an element of humor, including a parrot grooming his feathered friend and a racoon surreptitiously peering at the viewer through the leaves of a tree. 

In my encounters with adults and children throughout the world, I have continually been impressed with how, across all differences in cultures and lifestyles, human nature is consistent and bonds us all together, and I strive to convey that in my paintings. 

When we encountered her along a dusty trail in Africa, a woman bearing a heavy bundle of wood, returned a warm smile and greeting in spite of her burden.  A group of children in Nepal formally greeted my camera with a traditional “Namaste” salutation, while one young boy broke rank to sample a snack he is holding–as kids ‘round the world might do. And, like children of all cultures might, a young Russian girl hiking with her mother in the Himalayas is enthralled when she encounters young mountain goats who echo her curiosity. 

I am looking forward to sharing all of these works and more with our gallery visitors throughout September.”

Brush Strokes Gallery’s “What a Wonderful World!” exhibit will be displayed from September 2 through September 29, and visitors will have an opportunity to meet and chat with the gallery artists at the exhibit’s opening reception on “First Friday,” September 6, from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm.

Visit Brush Strokes Gallery at 824 Caroline Street, open daily from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm, to view the special exhibit and our artists’ creations in a spectrum of mediums, including hand-crafted jewelry, unique glass art, charcoal drawings, pastels, photography, and paintings in oils, watercolors, acrylics, and mixed-media.