Category Archives: Within SCI

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Face to Face - Oil on canvas 48" x 48"

Art of the Hunt – Kobus Möller Paints The Sparks Of Life


Hidden Menace - Oil on canvas 48" x 48"
Hidden Menace – Oil on canvas 48″ x 48″

In Latin, the word “vita” means “life.” For African painter Kobus Möller, Vita is not only the evocative—and fitting—first name of his beloved wife, it is a liberating spirit that flows through his art.

As you read these words, gaze upon Möller’s image of a Continue reading

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Sensory Safari – Safari Club International Monterrey Chapter


SCImonterreylogoAs part of its 3rd annual Gala Dinner, SCI Monterrey Chapter decided to test its members ability to identify 5 trophies by touch alone. The trophies were hung in a dark room and each member entered, touched the trophies and when they emerged filled in a multiple choice questionnaire to try and identify the trophies.

The purpose of the Sensory Safari was to sensitize the club’s monterreysensorysafarimembers and to bring attention to the club’s fundraising efforts for the humanitarian organization, Destellos de Luz, which assists individuals with vision challenges. Prior to the Sensory Safari, a teacher spoke of her personal experiences of “living in the shadows”.

Fighting Horses - Larger than life sculptures commissioned by Kessler for Kessler Canyon.

SCI Lifestyle: Richard C. Kessler—Inspiring Success


Richard C. Kessler
Richard C. Kessler

Richard C. Kessler is a Life member of SCI, among the most prominent of the club’s Patrons and someone who is blessed with both the vision to see something’s potential and the drive to make things happen. It’s that sort of success and can-do attitude that has taken Kessler from arguably modest beginnings to an iconic real estate developer who gets asked, “How do you do it?” by companies the likes of Disney. At the same time, Kessler generously pursues philanthropic endeavors that evoke the hopes of past generations and shares that which inspires his passion. Continue reading

The Mawenzi, named after the second highest of Kilimanjaro's three peaks, was pulled from a depth of 885 ft. (270 m) in 2005 and is the largest Tanzanite gem quality crystal on record. It measured 8.6 X 3.1 X 2.7 ins. (220 by 80 by 70 mm) and weighed 7.4 lbs (3.368 kg, or 16,839 ct.). Note the color of this unheated piece of rough.
Photograph courtesy of Tanzanite One

SCI Style Trends – Tanzanite, Portrait of a Serial Thriller


Three different views of tanzanite rough showing the three pleochroic colors when isolated through a polarizing lens. Photograph courtesy of The Tanzanite Foundation
Three different views of tanzanite rough showing the three pleochroic colors when isolated through a polarizing lens.
Photograph courtesy of The Tanzanite Foundation

In July, 1967, in the grassy hills of Merelani, or Mererani, in the Manyara Region of northern Tanzania, a Maasai tribesman prospecting for gold happened upon transparent crystals of intense bluish-purple color laid bare by weathering and glistening in the sunlight. Unfortunately, our finder’s name remains inconclusive. Continue reading