Silvermine Village exhibits lockdown creations

Silvermine Village residents Carol Humphrey, Elisabeth Straube and Marji Lee enjoying the exhibition.

Silvermine Village hosted an exhibition last week of arts, crafts and needlework made by residents during lockdown.

The exhibition was not open to the public due to Covid-19 restrictions.

“It has become apparent that we have very talented people among our residents in the village,” said Silvermine Village general manager Tania Shamley.

Paintings, ceramics, quilts, embroidery, knitting, sculptures, wood carvings, painted china, painted fabrics, tapestry kneelers, pot stands and even a stamp collection were part of the exhibition, which also included a section with items made for charity, including the Zoe Project and the Cape Clothing Guild.

Funds are also raised for the Silvermine Benevolent Trust Fund by selling reconditioned greeting cards to the residents.

In addition, Ms Shamley said, a centenarian, Margaret Evans, had invited residents to her cottage for a two-day exhibition of her collection of shells, fossils and stones.

Resident Liz Duffel said she hoped the exhibition would become an annual event.

“I am overwhelmed, inspired and motivated. Who knew such talent existed in our village?” she said.

Another resident, Ushi Pond, said it was a “superb initiative” and she “loved the hum and excitement in the air.”

“I am so impressed by the talent, the varied engagements and ideas, the enthusiasm and spirit of Silverminers. It’s a great opportunity to share and exchange ideas and techniques. I think it should be repeated when visitors can view the works,” she said.

A painting by Denise Kopke.
Some of the quilts and needlework on exhibition.
A painting by Carol Humphrey