In November 2007 Pollyanna and her daughter and business partner Anna-Louise, an accomplished wildlife photographer, were invited to take part in their first ever joint exhibition at the Beetroot Tree Gallery in Draycott.
This hidden gem is a converted Jacobean barn with three floors of exhibition space, and a café and landscaped garden which together create a tranquil retreat. The café uses fair-trade and organic ingredients. The exhibition ‘African Safari’ featured paintings inspired by Pollyanna’s recent safaris to Namibia and Kenya, as well as an exclusive piece from her visit to Shamwari in South Africa, alongside Anna-Louise’s compelling photographs of African wildlife.
Palmetto Gecko photographed by Anna-Louise Pickering
To continue with the African theme, the gallery also presented a complimentary exhibition of work by the Ubhule Bead Commune from South Africa. The women create amazingly intricate artwork by hand beading onto canvases. The commune strives to gain independence for the women, and assists with their ongoing fight against HIV.