(Posted 5:30 p.m., Nov. 21)
Shenkman exhibit allows local residents to purchase African
tapestries and other works of art
By Fred Sherwin
An exhibit of African tapestries and other
artifacts, on this week at the Shenkman Arts
Centre, also includes soapstone carvings,
Massai necklaces and decorative plates, all
of which are up for sale. Fred Sherwin/Photo
exhibit featuring tapestries from the Congo and Zimbabwe,
as well as soapstone carvings from Kenya, Massai necklaces
and other cloth art is now open for public viewing in
the Lalonde + Doyle Exhibition Space in the Shenkman Arts
Centre until Nov. 27.
"Colour Explosion - Tapestries and Art from Africa",
the exhibition features Zimbabwean tapestries, Congolese
vintage tapestries, Kenyan soapstone, Masaai necklaces,
batiks and other cloth painting works by artists from
different African countries but who have workshops and
studios in the Westlands area of Kenya. All of the pieces
can be purchased at reasonable prices.
exhibit is being sponsored by Kidz On Safari Inc., an
Ottawa-based company that helps African non-profits and
women's groups to access the North American market.
of the non-profits they've partnered with is the Restoration
and Develop.m.ent Association, a local East African foundation
whose poverty relief initiatives focus on vulnerable children
and womens groups from poor communities in the region.
from the Shenkman exhibit will be used to help renovate
Nazigo Community School in Uganda. Items can be purchased
through Kidz On Safari Inc. drirector Valerie Patrick
Lalonde + Doyle Exhibition Space is located in the lower
level of the Shenkman Arts Centre which is open seven
days a week from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.
story was made possible thanks to their generous support
of our local business partners.)
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