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Sunday, February 7, 2021


(Lauriana Glenny. Pic by Val Adamson)

Day five in Publicity Matters’ ‘Love the Arts’ feature meet artists Lauriana Glenny. Since graduating as a Fine Artist in 1994, she is never without a paintbrush in her hands, but often with a commercial design or teaching “hat” on. However, after a bout of illness in 2009, she took some time off to focus purely on her painting and this culminated in a solo show, En-Route at ArtSPACE Durban in July 2010.

Laurie currently has a solo exhibition Finding Beauty, Inspiring Hope now on at Stepping Stone Studios in Assagay. This is her second solo exhibition, but she has also exhibited at a previous KZNSA Members Exhibition and at The Hilton Arts Festival in 2019, as well as a group show at Studio 3, Durban. She is also exhibiting at the new Gallery in Ballito’s Lifestyle Centre in the second exhibition, titled ‘Contagious Creativity that features mixed media work by some of the most interesting new creatives of all ages from every corner of KZN.

Asked if she could exhibit anywhere in the world, her response was: Without a doubt, The Lincoln Centre in New York, after seeing pictures of Dustin Yellin’s Psychogeographies on display on the Main Foyer, I thought to myself, “Now wouldn’t that be something!?”

What do you love about your craft?

Apart from the fact that “art provides the only way to run away without leaving home” (according to Twyla Tharp), the very best thing about being an artist is the personal transformation I undergo every time I’ve spent time behind my easel with my paintbrushes and paints. I find that I usually walk into the studio one way, and leave another ... a totally transformed, happier, more fulfilled, far less grumpy me! (And I reckon my family will be the first to agree with me!)

When last where you actually part of a live gallery opening?

The last in-person exhibition opening I attended was Emma Jacobs’s All Things Bright and Beautiful show which opened on the 9th of March 2020, at The Foyer, Studio 3, in Durban.

If you could change anything for 2021 - what would it be OR What do you wish for in 2021?

What immediately comes to mind would be the wish to eradicate poverty, feed hungry tummies, and restore financial incomes devastated by the pandemic, and whilst all of these things are important and really tug at my heartstrings, if I were to have one wish for 2021, it would be for every soul to be touched by the life changing power of nothing other than amazing grace.

Lauriana Glenny’s solo exhibition Finding Beauty, Inspiring Hope runs at the Stepping Stone Studios in Assagay until February 28, 2021. Viewing is by appointment only – contact 084 206 1345.