"What a Wonderful World!" Celebrating Creation and the People of our Precious Planet

Collette Caprara describes below how the idea for her exhibit, "What a Wonderful World!" emerged and what she hopes it will convey to those who view it.

“I have been blessed to have had the opportunity to visit such wonderful and diverse countries as Kenya, South Africa, Uganda, Mongolia, India and Nepal and to witness the beauty of nature and the people of each. At the same time, I am continually amazed by the natural beauty of our own United States—from the awe-inspiring beauty of the Grand Canyon to tiny wildflowers growing in our woodlands and meadows—each perfectly formed with intricate patterns that seem to be doing all they can to reach their full potential, regardless of whether or not they will ever be appreciated, or even viewed, by a human being.

In my Wonderful World exhibit, I strove to capture the unique personality of a spectrum of animals—from a regal lion, sleek cheetahs and lumbering elephants to tiny insects that often escape our attention (such as the little honeybee that seems dwarfed by the sunflower it has alighted on). Some of my subjects even convey an element of humor, including a parrot grooming his feathered friend and a racoon peering at the viewer through the leaves of a tree.

In my encounters with adults and children throughout the world, I have continually been impressed with how, across all differences in cultures and lifestyles, human nature is consistent and bonds us all together, and I strive to convey that in my paintings.

When we encountered her along a dusty trail in Africa, a woman bearing a heavy bundle of wood, returned a warm smile and greeting in spite of her burden. A group of children in Nepal formally greeted my camera with a traditional “Namaste” salutation, while one young boy broke rank to sample a snack he is holding--as kids ‘round the world might do. And, like children of all cultures might, a young Russian girl hiking with her mother in the Himalayas is enthralled when she encounters young mountain goats who echo her curiosity."

Brush Strokes Gallery's "What a Wonderful World!" exhibit will be displayed from September 2 through September 29, and visitors will have an opportunity to meet and chat with the gallery artists at the exhibit’s opening reception on “First Friday,” September 6, from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm.