Sunday, January 18, 2009

Book Review: Art Safari Sketchbook, Volume II

The Art Safari Sketchbook is the creation of Mary-Anne Bartlett, who leads art safari painting holidays to Malawi, Zambia, Kenya, and Namibia. Its conception came about as a way to sponsor an orphan-care and arts-&-craft project in Malawi. The sketchbook contains drawings and writings by some of the creative adventurers who have traveled with Mary-Anne.

Mary-Anne Bartlett is the great-great-granddaughter of Sir John Kirk, the physician and botanist who accompanied Dr. Livingston on his explorations in Africa during the 1850s and 1860s.

The first volume was published in 2005 and funded the Mtendere Orphan feeding & day care center at Ulongwe near Liwonde National Park in Malawi. The orphanage was created by Danger, a guide at Mvuu Camp within the park, who started the small orphan feeding project in a local church. Within 6 months of publication, the book was instrumental in raising money to build a permanent base for his dream. The new home for the orphanage made possible the arts & craft project, where the teachers and helpers are encouraged to supplement their income by making craft items for sale.

All the proceeds from this publication will go to support food for the school and teacher salaries for the next two years. If additional money is raised, a fund to help introduce a new rhinoceros into Liwonde National Park will be started.

The publishing company, Hakim & Slater Publishing House, donates all profits from book sales to charitable purposes throughout the world. If you would like to purchase this art book, please contact them at