African safari coming to Sinclairville

Dr. Jeanne Wiebenga
Submitted Photo Dr. Jeanne Wiebenga took this picture of a lion while in Africa on safari.

SINCLAIRVILLE — The Sinclairville Free Library will host a photography show, “African Safari” by Dr. Jeanne Wiebenga beginning with an opening reception for Wiebenga on Thursday, April 27 at 6:30 p.m. At that time, people will meet the photographer and have an opportunity to ask questions. The exhibit focuses on wildlife, landscapes and people photographed during her many trips to Africa. Pictures were taken in national parks and game reserves in Botswana, Kenya, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania and Zimbabwe.

Wiebenga has been a photography enthusiast since her teenage years. Born and raised in The Netherlands, where she also completed medical school, she moved on to work for three years in Ghana in a mission hospital in the late 1970s. She fell in love with Africa the moment she set foot on the continent and returned in 1989, after completing an OB-GYN residency in Buffalo, this time to Malawi. It was during the three years she lived there that she traveled widely throughout southern and eastern Africa. By now she was a passionate photographer and found her inspiration in the pristine beauty of open savannah and forests, rivers and deserts and the abundance of wildlife.

She feels privileged to have experienced this place of nostalgic beauty that evokes the feeling of an older world no longer in existence. It inspired her to share some of her favorite pictures from her African journeys, and she hopes they will remind people of the richness and diversity of life they stand to lose if they do not treat the planet that sustains everyone with more care and respect.

The “African Safari” display will be available for viewing during the library’s open hours as follows: Mondays from 2 to 7 p.m., Wednesdays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursdays from 2 to 7 p.m., Fridays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.