Documenting False Bay has been a passion of local Fish Hoek resident, Mollie Townsend, for many years.
She will be exhibiting a collection of paintings and sketches at The St James Hotel Retirement Hotel from 14 to 29 October. The paintings are works Mollie has done over the past 17 years. Some were incorporated into Mollie’s book entitled “Light in False Bay”. Mollie has ventured into new subject matter over the years, but always returns to the beautiful False Bay for inspiration.
“The paintings are a story in pictures. Brief glimpses of people and places at the beginning of the twenty-first century. It is also a spiritual quest through the medium of painting. A seascape is not just the physical aspect of water, sky, sand and objects” says Mollie. “It holds also the meditations of the artist about the secret life of the sea, the unknown beyond the horizon, the hidden thoughts of people once in this place, now gone, the inexorable passage of time and weather.”
Mollie (Mary Stewart) Townsend was born in South Africa and lived in Zambia and Botswana. She designed postage stamps for Botswana and authored a book on the Scottish painter and engraver, James Stewart (1791 – 1863) who emigrated to South Africa with his family in 1834. She has exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in Europe and South Africa and won an award for an etching exhibit in Italy in 1980. Supposedly ‘retired’ at The St James, Mollie continues to paint and create every day.
Entitled simply “False Bay” the exhibition will run from 14 to 29 October at The St James Retirement Hotel, 66 Main Road, St James. For more information, Mollie can be contacted at 021 709 0708 or email firstname.lastname@example.org