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75-year-old hosts exhibition showcasing her life’s work | 11 July 2019

75-year-old hosts exhibition showcasing her life’s work

Mrs Adrienne cutting her birthday cake in the shape of a sewing machine

Not many people can boast about hosting an exhibition at the age of 75 years old but Marie-Anne Adrienne, a member of the elderly citizen club of Anse Royale, hosted her first exhibition at the Domaine de Val des Pres, Au Cap yesterday to mark her 75th birthday.

This was in the presence of the elected member of the National Assembly for Anse Royale, Sylvanne Lemiel; the chief executive of the Seychelles Heritage Foundation, Benjamine Rose; her family and invited guests.

The exhibition titled ‘Koleksyon mon lavi, mon legzibisyon’ details Mrs Adrienne artisanal work as well as her traditional dresses.

In her address to the invitees, Ms Rose commended the elderly for choosing Domaine de Val des Pres to stage her exhibition.

“It’s not easy for a 75-year-old woman to host an exhibition on such a large scale as this one. As the title of the exhibition suggests, Mrs Adrienne is showing us a collection of her life’s work since her youth up till now. We also have the opportunity today to see the kind of talent that she has,” Ms Rose said.

Honourable Lemiel said that Mrs Adrienne is a pioneer of the Seychellois culture as she is always ready to share her knowledge not only with the members of her senior citizens club but the younger generation as well.

Mrs Adrienne thanked everyone for celebrating this special occasion with her. She described her work as something that makes her happy and she says she will keep sewing and creating until she no longer can.

Mrs Adrienne bought her first sewing machine when she was only 24 years old and she has been working ever since. She told Seychelles NATION that her favourite piece in her collection is a wedding dress that she made for her daughter a couple of years back.

Her children described their mother as someone who is always active and is always sewing or gardening.


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