By Heidi Trautmann
The three great MMMs of life, of our childhood, the way we grow up or should grow up, the time when we still have many questions; the trees and flowers seem so enormous, the ants, butterflies, cats, dogs and bambis crossing our way so important, and we wonder what will be along our way until we are grown up. The dreams of our teenage years when the heart aches when we look up to the moon and we see fairies and mystic animals, bigger than before, which, however, are all good creatures and live in peace with each other and we wondered again what was behind those mountains, beneath the sea and in the far distant forests. Then we grow up and the three MMMs have changed their appearance and have become more materialistic but still, there are moments when, in-spite of everything, we believe in the three MMMs again, for example when the magic power of spring unfolds its rich colours and mystical creatures all over the place.
These were the things that Kate Fensom has asked her artist friends to think about, the three MMMs, when she invited them for this spring’s exhibition, and the realisation of the theme we can now see in their exhibition at Bellapais Abbey. Most of the participating artists are all well known to us:
Margaret Bosworth, Maxwell Dane, Sheila Davis, Kate Fensom , Maxene Shailer, Svetlana Ziuzina; some we see for the first time as guests of Kate: Andrea Christofi-Hunziker (photographs), Tzianet Freeman (mosaic works), Bernie Leber (sculpting from driftwood).
On my website you will find the review on last year’s exhibition.
One afternoon I visited them in the dark crypt, with Kate and Margaret on duty asking the Tarot cards for their future. Many visitors flocked in, tourists of all nationalities and they will certainly remember this exhibition for its 3 MMMs adding to the charm of the abbey. I went to join them and heard their heartfelt comments.
I studied the art works and the texts that accompany them, poetic introductions. Just beautiful and touching, each in its way, continuing the delicate work of art they are known for.
There are, as usual, prints and postcards available at very reasonable prices and by Kate Fensom some new publications and one book “The curious goat” with her poems and thoughts either being the beginning of a painting or developing from one of the dream like art works.
There is a dreaming child in all of us, go and let it wake it up for a while.
The exhibition will be on until April 29
Viewing times daily 10 am to 4 pm