CMDS Africa Photo Safari Exhibit Opens Friday at ArtsMemphis

A photo exhibit with strong CMDS ties opens this week at ArtsMemphis. Trophies Through the Lens: Africa 2018 features more than 30 photographs taken during a photographic safari to the Easter Cape of South Africa.

Three CMDS families traveled with local wildlife photographer Jack Kenner on a 10-day trip to the Kariega Game Reserve: Ellen and Brook Lester with their children, Andrew (4th Grade) and Olivia (’18); Adam and Noelle Shirley and their children Alexandra (’17), Gabrielle (’18), and Nickolaus (4th Grade); and Head of School Dr. Bryan Williams, his wife Amanda, and their children Fenton (’17), Ella (’18), and Maddie (5th Grade).

Here, Dr. Williams shares more about the experience of a lifetime.

The purpose of the trip was to learn about the culture and wildlife of Africa and experience these great animals in their own habitat. We spent each day on game drives learning photography skills from Jack, and we learned an immense amount of information about nature and the environment of South Africa.

Dr. Williams

Rangers with many years of experience gave us daily lessons. We were able to get up close with lions, elephants, rhinos, giraffes and many other animals all in their natural habitat.

While the wildlife was amazing and the experience in nature was incredible, I think one highlight for all of us was our visit to the Klipfontein Primary School. We spent an entire morning there, and all of our children had a great time playing games and attending class with the students. We were also able to take sports equipment and art supplies to the school.

One thing that made the experience so amazing was being able to share it all with our families. We created memories to share for a lifetime – there isn’t a single adult or child that went on the trip who isn’t doesn’t want to return! CMDS is planning on another trip in June 2020. We’ll hold an informational meeting about in February.

Trophies Through the Lens opens Friday with a public reception from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. ArtsMemphis is located at 575 South Mendenhall Road. (The exhibit also features photos from the first CMDS-Jack Kenner photographic safari, which took place in Summer 2015.)

The 12” x 18” giclee prints on display were selected and framed by the CMDS students, and will be for sale with proceeds going to support the Klipfontein School in South Africa and The Save the Rhino Fund. The photos will be on display through January 4, 2019.

Christ Methodist Day School opened its doors in 1958 to 75 kindergarten students. Since then, CMDS has stayed true to its Christian elementary school roots while continuing to thrive as one of the best private schools in Memphis. Come see why we are the primary choice for so many Memphis families.


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