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New Shenkman exhibit allows local residents to purchase African tapestries and other works of art
By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

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

An 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.

Entitled "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.

The 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.

One 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 women’s groups from poor communities in the region.

Proceeds 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 at 613-695-0580.

The 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.

(This story was made possible thanks to their generous support of our local business partners.)



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