An exciting, new exhibition showcasing the beauties of the African landscapes and characteristically African techniques will be held next week at Harbour Bay Centre from Friday 18 October.Claire Lowden, a Meadowridge resident, will be exhibiting her newest body of work at The Studio Art Gallery at the centre in Simon’s Town.Explaining why she created the exhibition called From Africa with Love, she says: “I think we are incredibly blessed to be living under an Africa sky. The detail of our floral kingdom is incredible and the people are lovely, and I want to capture that.”Mark Alexander, director and co-owner of the gallery, says they are excited to open the exhibition. “We make the exhibition space available and invite emerging artists to make use of the opportunity we give them to exhibit in our gallery. “We do maintain a high standard, and artists have to meet a criteria before we say yes and this encourages the artist to build an entire body of work,” he explains. Lowden is especially excited about From Africa with Love because it will be her second solo exhibition, which allows her to continue to pursue her passion for art – a passion she was only able to focus on later in her life.“At school, I did science subjects as I wanted to study occupational therapy. And although this profession enabled me to use creativity as part of the patients’ treatment programmes, I still yearned to express myself creatively. “Therefore, when I turned 40, I gifted myself with art lessons. Then when I turned 50, I started ceramic classes. Painting in oils and working with clay is incredibly fulfilling,” she says.She has used these techniques to show her perspective of Africa, and the beauty that she sees.“This body of work is inspired by the colours and energy of the African landscape, its flora, fauna and people. Smoke and sawdust fired ceramic pots reference indigenous trees, flora and fauna and ceramic sculptures have a hand-painted finish that reveals the essence of the subject,” read a statement on the exhibition.The exhibition will open on 18 October at 18:00 and will run for two weeks.V For more information, visit The Studio Art Gallery website: www.studioartgallery.co.za.