..listen to music from such as Hope Masike on Mbira, watch art memories from the past, feel the hopes for the future…..
Zimbabwe has lost Helen Lieros…
Artist of Africa, Artist of Zimbabwe…
Zimbabwe has also lost Derek Huggins….
Derek Huggins, life force and creator of Gallery Delta, supporter of the Arts and Humanities
Zimbabwe, and the whole art world, has lost two iconic people who will be deeply missed but always so fondly remembered.
At this tragically sad time I hold the memories of Derek’s deep humanity and Helen’s huge creative force close to my heart, from my house in the bush in Zimbabwe.
Surrounded by the indigenous aloes and dramatic skies of our beloved Zimbabwe, as I sit in my wilderness home, I will ruminate and celebrate the passionate, caring and deeply colourful life that was theirs …
All my thoughts are with the Lieros and Huggins families, their dear friends and closest associates, and all of my fellow artists who mourn with me.
Helen and Derek, founders of Gallery Delta and icons of the arts in Zimbabwe and far far beyond, you were, and are, universally loved.
May your legacies live on in all our artistic and humanitarian endeavours.
Fly high dear friends.
I dedicate this painting to your memory, Helen.
“Emergence” is a painting that I worked on a few months ago- my personal reflection on the energizing chats and art meetings we have had in the last year, dear Helen…..
You helped me to feel that I was emerging, coming out and re-inventing my self, finding myself, with a renewed and sound basis for my art practice.
You inspired me.
You still inspire me.
You have helped me to a new-found feeling of ‘flying high’ …
The Save Valley Conservancy stretches along the upper reaches of the great Save River in the south east of Zimbabwe. The Gonarezhou National Park laps against the southern banks of the Save River and between these two nestles the Malilangwe Wildlife Reserve. These three celebrated wildlife areas form part of the Greater Limpopo Transfrontier Conservation Area, (GLTFCA)- a unique wilderness jewel which is home to the “Big Five” (endangered Black and White rhinos, elephants, buffalo, lion, leopard) and the ”Little Six” (Klipspringer, Suni, Duiker, Steenbok, Sharpe's Grysbok and Oribi). Endangered African wild dogs, Cheetah, Brown hyena, Bat-eared foxes and a host of special birds and plants contribute to the immense variety of this ecosystem. Communities around the GLTFCA contribute to innovative partnerships with National Parks and the private sector, forming a sound base on which to manage social, economic and environmental issues.
This is home to artist and writer Lin Barrie and her life partner, conservationist Clive Stockil.
Expressing her hopes, fears and love for this special ecosystem with oil paints on canvas, Lin Barrie believes that the essence of a landscape, person or animal, can only truly be captured by direct observation.
Lin Barrie states: “Through my art, and my writing, I feel an intimate connection with the natural world, and from my extensive field sketches of wild animals, people and landscapes, I create larger works on canvas.
Lin's work is in various public and private collections in South Africa, Kenya, Zimbabwe, Australia, England, Canada, Sweden and the United States of America. She is represented by galleries in South Africa, Zimbabwe, England, Kenya and Florida, USA.
Beautiful tributes to Two Beautiful Souls of the Unifying Arts – Helen and Derek. May their Legacy and Love for the Arts live on with the same vibrant passion and compassion as they lived their Lives to share and bring out the breath of Life through the Colors of Light of our World and our Inner Universe. May they be together with us…. still inspired and creative from their higher dimension as they Wished – Rest in Peace — Celso Ribeiro