A perfect canvas for artists

Venerable Abbess Manshin of Fo Guang Shan Buddhist temple in Flat Bush. Photos supplied

More than 92 artists showcasing 400 plus artworks in the beautiful and peaceful environs of the Fo Guang Shan Buddhist Temple, makes it a fountainhead of creativity.

The celebration of the fourth Cherry Blossom Art Salon on Sunday, exuded sparks of creativity as brilliant works of art from mixed media to oil on canvas, sculptures, ceramics, photography, mosaic art, batik, jewellery, exquisite cross-stitch, weaving and ikebana is on display for all to visit till November 29.

The Fo Guang Yuan Art Gallery is housed in the precincts of the temple located on Stancombe Road, overlooking Barry Curtis Park.

Venerable Abbess Manshin spoke about the time she had discussed the idea of the temple being a cultural and artistic hub with Howick local Board chair Adele White and said she was pleased that the journey had been an awe-inspiring one with so many talented artists coming together to show and sell their works of art.

A range of artworks is on display to the public.

“The idea behind it is to promote local artists. The temple provides a beautiful location for artists to showcase their unique creations,” the Abbess said.

She spoke of the 95-year-old founder of the Fo Guang Shan Buddhist temple, Venerable Master Hsing Yun, who believes that art is a source of pure joy.

Some of the artists present at the gathering spoke about the professionally organised exhibition with the right lighting and layout, including artist Sherrill Bentley who was exhibiting for the first time and had already sold 10 of her paintings.