“… and always the sea” – Exhibition of paintings at Palazzo de la Salle, Valletta in aid of charity


Joe Spiteri Staines, the President of The Pastel Society of Malta, is exhibiting a selection of his works at the Malta Society of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce, Palazzo de la Salle in Valletta.  The artist has kindly donated all proceeds from the exhibition and sale of paintings to Christian charity, ACN Malta, to fund humanitarian projects among displaced families in the Middle East and poor communities worldwide.

Archbishop emeritus H.E. Mgr Paul Cremona O.P.  will open  the exhibition on 4 Feb at a private function. Viewing on the Opening Night is by invitation only. The exhibition will be open to the public from 5 February to 4 March 2016 from 8.00 am to 7.00 pm Mon –Fri and 9.00 am to 1.00 pm on Saturdays.

The Exhibition consists of thirty paintings, all in pastel and all seascapes. Joe Spiteri Staines tries to bring out the beauty of our sea together with the vivid blue of our sky and the subtle hues when the sun is just rising or about to set.

Joe’s favourite medium is pastel, a medium which he feels is quite undervalued in the world of art and especially in Malta. “Pastels give one an immediacy which no other medium has and the vibrant colours achieved, due to working with pure pigment, are difficult to obtain with other media” he says.

The artist has no pre-conceived idea as to what message his art wants to portray. He enjoys his art and wants to reproduce the beauty of nature and the world around him in a way that other people can enjoy it as well.

Art lovers who are interested in attending the private viewing on the Opening Night should email info@acnmalta.org for an invitation and further information.