In an effort to create a sense of community and raise money for a good cause, fine art photographer Margherita Introna will launch the first Deep South Community Art Exhibition this month.It will take place at the Scarborough community centre from Friday 13 to Sunday 15 December. The Scarborough resident will showcase local talent – a resource that seems to be in abundance, according to Deep South residents. “There is quite a large artist base here,” says Margherita. “I wanted to create something like this because there aren’t really many opportunities for local photographers to exhibit their work. So, I wanted to launch an event inclusive of photography and all media.” Mark and Lindy Alexander, directors and co-owners of the Studio Art Gallery in Simon’s Town, have exhibited Margherita’s work at the Harbour Bay Mall gallery. “You’ll find pockets across the country that are concentrated with artists – the peninsula definitely has a lot of artists and good quality artists,” Lindy told People’s Post previously.As the owners of an established art space, they are supporting the upcoming show of art by guiding the photographer. Last week, People’s Post published a call for local artists to submit their work for the exhibition (“Calling on artists”, People’s Post 26 November); an event which Margherita hopes will grow in the future. Submissions are now closed and she was able to rack up more than 20 eligible artist submissions and over 50 works to exhibit.Margherita says she was impressed by the response from local artists. “Many people have been saying they don’t usually submit their work but because it’s for Tears Animal Rescue, they would like to this time.”Each artwork was submitted for R60 and the proceeds will be donated to the animal shelter.She says Scarborough will be abuzz during the festive season and hopes that, with the other family festivals taking place over that weekend, the exhibition will draw good crowds. Margherita has big dreams for the future of the show, and foresees the formation of an art route around the peninsula. “It’s something I’m building from the ground up. My idea is to grow it from year to year. And it will grow, I have no doubt.”Follow @deepsouthcommunityart on Facebook for more information and updates on the Deep South Community Art Exhibition.