Whanganui Art Exhibition: “This Youth”
In community after community, an efflorescence of activity has been prompted by efforts to celebrate the bicentenary of the Birth of the Báb.
A member of the Whanganui Bahá'í Community, Claire McGrail, is holding a solo exhibition in honour of the bicentennial celebrations. The exhibition, a series of eleven large banners, depicts the six heroic years of the Dispensation of the Báb between 1844 and 1850.
The sewn calico banners are roughly 72cm by 113cm in size and painted with high grade acrylic paint. Each painted banner depicts several events during the six years and are displayed in order up until the martyrdom of the Báb. The paintings are mostly abstract but also feature bird-type images and a depiction of the Holy Kaaba in Mecca, where the Báb went for pilgrimage and called out to the multitude that He was the Promised Qá’im (He Who ariseth).
The exhibition is titled "This Youth" - not only to represent the Báb being only twenty-four years old when He declared His mission - but also to honour a young follower called Anís Zunúzí, who accompanied the Báb in His martyrdom, and who the Báb spoke about in his last address.
The Exhibition Opening is on 27 October at 2pm at the Whanganui Community Arts Centre.