The Majjistral Nature and History Park Visitors Centre in Għajn Tuffieħa saw the launch of Jeni Caruana‘s exhibition, Arbor Vitae (Tree of Life) on the 4th November.
Image above: The Olive Waltz
A sizeable number of guests – including the Hon. Owen Bonnici MP, Minister for Justice, Culture and Local Government, and the Hon. Karl Gouder MP, Opposition Spokesman for Culture – were present on the night.
Image above: The Hon. Owen Bonnici MP, Minister for Justice, Culture and Local Government and Mr Salvador Vella, Chairman of the Majjistral Park Board
Trees have always been one of Caruana’s recurrent motifs, and with the Arbor Vitae collection, Caruana wanted to explore the many meanings attached to them, and how vitally important it is that we preserve, respect and protect them.
In her welcoming remarks, Simone Mizzi, Vice-President of Din l-Art Ħelwa, thanked Caruana for choosing the Majjistral Park for her exhibition, commenting that “nature is so calming and so soothing, we need it in our everyday lives. We need fresh air for healthy living and trees to keep our atmosphere clean and filter the pollution we create ourselves. Trees offer shelter not just to man, but to the small wildlife and the birds that abound in every place where they exist.”
Image above: Mr Salvador Vella, Chairman of the Majjistral Park Board; Jeni Caruana; Mrs Simone Mizzi, Vice-President of Din l-Art Helwa; His Excellency, Mr Stuart Gill, British High Commissioner to Malta; and Mrs Maggie Gill
The exhibition was then officially inaugurated by His Excellency Stuart Gill, British High Commissioner to Malta. In his comments, the High Commissioner said that it was fitting that the paintings are being exhibited in an important corner of the Malta that still enjoys its natural state, and is now being revitalised. He also commented that “it is a brilliant piece of planning, given Jeni’s passion for the environment, that today is the day the Paris agreement on climate change entered into force and is now part of international law.”
Image above: His Excellency Mr. Stuart Gill; British High Commissioner to Malta; Jeni Caruana; Mr. Salvador Vella, Chairman of the Majjistral Park Board; and Mrs Maggie Gill
The Majjistral Nature and History Park is the first National Park in the Maltese Islands. It falls under the governance of Din l-Art Ħelwa, Nature Trust Malta, and the Gaia Foundation.
Image above: The Hon. Karl Gouder, MP, Opposition Spokesman for Culture; and Jeni Caruana
For further information, visit the Majjistral Nature and History Park website. The Arbor Vitae exhibition is open to the public daily from 10am till 3pm until the 16th December.
Image above: Dune Tree