The Art of Laurence Chandler

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7919 Central Avenue | Capitol Heights, Maryland
301 808 6987

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“Colorful and uplifting, figurative and abstract.”

“Created with a mix of materials, including paint, fabric, wire, acrylic, paper and  found objects.”

“Inspired by some of his favorite artists – Sam Gilliam, Romare Bearden and Jackson Pollock.”

“To me, art is an adventure into an unknown world of the imagination. And, my goal is to capture the essence of things unseen, and to draw viewers into my magic circle of creation, allowing them to experience something of the thrill of ‘making,’ which once had been my privilege as an artist. The experience is both visceral and cerebral…explosively energetic and pensive. Like the early vanguard of Abstract Expressionists — among them, Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning and Mark Rothko — I value spontaneity and improvisation, and accord the highest importance to process. The hallmark of my style is an emphasis on my own improvisational techniques, and expressionistic use of color, line, form, texture and space to represent things that are not visual such as an emotion, sound, place, event or spiritual experience. I am always exploring new avenues of expression and work with a variety of media — fabric, wire, acrylics, paper or found objects — which further enhances my expressionism. 

 I use both conventional painters’ tools — bristle brushes — and unconventional implements — spray bottles, hair combs and kitchen utensils. And, I have come to discover that my work relates to the rhythms and syncopations of free-form jazz and poetry, to visual ideas found in quotidian objects, and to various rhythms found in nature and the cosmos.”


LAURENCE CHANDLER  is a respected contemporary American abstract painter, recognized for his artistic intuition, improvisational and spontaneous technique, and expressionism.  His works seem to imitate free jazz and slam poetry– how they suggest narrative and provoke drama and human emotion.  Chandler’s canvases invite the viewer to become interwoven in each color-laced fiber.

"To me, art is an adventure into an unknown world of imagination." - L.C.

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15 Ways to Decorate Your Small Space  

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It’s the Way You Make it Into a Home…

When you are in a small space, you may not have the luxury of positioning all of your belongings at eye-level, but you can still decorate with love and intention. Pounce on commonly overlooked areas in your house to create golden opportunities.

Add flare and functionality to your kitchen with a designer pot rack.
Looks or functionality?  Both, please!

Mirror, Mirror…

Every Space Is An Opportunity

The space above your kitchen cabinets is prime real estate.  Create a mini-display of your sculptures or memorabilia.  Incorporating family heirlooms (like this cookie jar), gives your display an irresistible personal touch.  Choose your lineup carefully– chances are it will be here for a while!  Hint* Keep your air filters fresh and you won’t have to dust nearly as often.

PRO TIP: If the tops of your shelves are in poor condition, take a trip to your local hardware store, or Lowes (but #notHomeDepot!) and get a plank of wood.  Stain it the right color, then mini-display-away!

When it comes to small spaces, mirrors are a must! At least one for each room.  PRO TIP: For a touch of elegance, take your angular mirror to a custom framer and have them add an ornate moulding around its current frame.  With this enhancement, the mirror will be a chunky original statement piece that you will love to look at for years.

PRO TIP: Frame It, For Memory’s Sake!

On the Wall

Cluster small works with large ones.
Because abstracts can be interpreted from near or far, they make good choices for higher-up display.

Don’t limit you wall-art collection to the obvious.  Frame a postcard from a best friend, a patch of memorable fabric , or even a book.  Whether you want to be able to see both sides of the notecard, or take the book out for reading from time to time, ask your framer for a custom design that will suit your needs.

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Discover Your Golden Opportunities

Optimize Your Space, Enhance Your Mood

Go on and fool yourself– hang a painting of an outdoor scene at eye-level by your main entrance. We love peaceful street scenes with lots of blue. Your mood will be affected by this image, so make it a nice one!

Eliminate Clutter

Instead of a stack of magazines, try hand-picked coasters for your tabletop.  Place the themed coasters on surfaces throughout the room for balance.

We love mini-originals over and around an entryway.  Depending on the size, you can get lots of wall art in this space.
Create the illusion of space by juxtaposing elements of various heights.
Create a faux-nook with just a few key elements, including a lamp with a warm white bulb, a comfy chair, a painting and a plant.
“Complete your nook with a space rug and unique side-table.”

Boldness Demands Precision

When it comes to wall-display, spacing and balance are everything. Take all measurements, but take no shortcuts! Know your numbers or ask an expert for help.

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What is Your Best Space-Saving Decoration Tip?

About the Author


Hi, I'm Nuru Renee. I manage the gallery's website and social media. I share articles and post pictures and videos on our Facebook, YouTube and Instagram pages, as well. My parents are Mary and Wisson West, owners of Serengeti Gallery. My sister, Kadzo coordinates our events. I love getting your feedback, and sharing your insights with our team. Thank you for visiting! You may email me directly at, or use any online contact form.

New Additions for The Spring [2017]

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Pictured: Marvin Omede | Contemporary Nigerian | Acrylic on Canvas


It is a new season of colorful art!  Check out some of our newest acquisitions.  We will be updating this page throughout the season, so you may want to bookmark it (ctrl + d).

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William Tolliver

*NEW* “Emerald” | Contemporary American | Limited Giclee

Joseph Holston

*NEW* “My Guy” | Contemporary American | Mixed-Media on Canvas

Frankie Alikum

*NEW* Contemporary Nigerian | Acrylic on Canvas

Artist Unknown

*NEW* Contemporary Nigerian | Abstract


These pieces are available in the gallery, but you can reach us here from home.

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Call: 301.808.6987
Visit: 7919 Central Ave., Capitol Heights, MD

Wynston Edun

Contemporary Nigerian | Acrylic on Canvas

Larry Chandler

Contemporary American | Mixed-Media on Canvas

Like what you see?
For more information or to express interest, reach us here.  Each of these pieces is beautifully framed and available in the gallery.

Annual Lady’s Tea

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Thank You for Attending!

You Want Quality Time with The People you Love,

and you got it!

A few thoughtful program updates, a beautiful new floor-layout, and more surprises made this the best Lady’s Tea yet!  See you next Year 🙂

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Welcome to our Lady’s Tea, where daughters invite their mothers and aunts, and friends come to reconnect after too much time apart.  There will be icebreakers and a light-flowing program – so no worrying about awkward silences or unsavory conversation.  And speaking of savory, your mouth will water as you sample a scrumptious selection of breakfast fare, and savor slow sips of these tasty domestic and imported teas.

With Great Taste Comes Great Responsibility

Invite a special lady to share something special with you, lady!

If you invite a friend and arrive at different times, IT’S OKAY!  Seats are pre-assigned, so rest assured–  you will be seated together regardless.

How well do you know each other?  Play with friends at your table to find out.  If you are attending solo, you will make quick friends with the help of these fun icebreakers!

Several helping-hands will assist you from the door to your seat, and offer support as you go about enjoying your morning.

Have a seat, and sample some treats… right away! Your place setting includes finger foods and an assortment of refreshments, so you won’t have to wait to eat.

You Will Laugh. You May Cry. You Will Have An Enjoyably-Good Time!

You will get a kick out of this light program. It will move you through your morning at just the right pace.  We have included time for your most loved activities.


Finger Sandwiches & Wraps
Mini Salmon Cakes
Petit Pastries & Tarts
Fruit Parfaits
Assorted Cheese, Bread & Crackers


Assorted Hot Tea
Spiced East-African Tea
Sweet Tea
Strawberry Lemonade

You may fancy a string of pearls, gloves and a hat, or prefer yoga pants under a long knit sweater.  If you’re comfy, we’re comfy.

This year, we will have a grand time, seated at 6-foot banquet tables.  

Our theme-inspired decor and menu really set this tea party off right!

Do you have a question about this event?
Seats are limited.  Please make your reservations in advance.    The gallery is wheelchair-accessible, and ladies and girls of all ages are welcome to attend and enjoy the program.  Menu items may vary.

Lady’s Sip & Paint [Recap]

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Friday Night = Girls Night

There was no experience necessary, so we had a fun mix of  skill levels.  We gaily sipped cocktails and visited with good friends.  At the end of the night, each woman had created a beautifully artistic painting, fit for more than a passing memory.  “I know exactly which wall this going on”, said one guest.

And so, with no hidden costs, and the option to leave with a framed wall-ready piece, this night was a carefree experience in self-expression, art, and sister-love.

About the Guest Artist

Jimise Winston’s portraits are larger than life.  She has mastered a preferred medium and technique, and her passion for the African & African-American culture reverberates from each chocolate layer of her acrylic paint.  (full article…)

Thank You for Letting Your Inner-Artist Come Out To Play!

Portraits in Earth Tones

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Mother and Educator, Jimise Winston Finds Time to Create and Share

Her daughter is the most beautiful shade of all—a soft cocoa brown.  Mia Elizabeth’s eyes light up the room full of people as she bounces around the art gallery, stealing close-up looks at the pieces on the walls.  Jimise allows her to roam freely, and busies herself greeting the host of family and friends who have come to her exhibit’s opening night.

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Larger Than Life

Jimise Winston is one of thirteen artists selected for the 2016 Emerging Artists Exhibit at Serengeti Gallery.  Having come full-circle, she was born in the nation’s capital, graduated from the Norfolk State University School of Fine Arts, and now works as Art Instructor at Friendship Public Charter School in Washington, D.C.

“A passion for the culture reverberates from each chocolate layer of her acrylic paint.”

Winston’s portraits are larger than life.  She has mastered her preferred medium and technique, and her passion for the African & African-American culture reverberates from each chocolate layer of her acrylic paint.  She finds deep joy in instruction and making art an important part of the educational community, and in 2010, she saw that mission rewarded when she was awarded “Teacher of the Year” at Woodridge Campus, for demonstrating excellence in the field of the arts.

Jimise continues to carve out time to create independent artwork for clients, as well as showcase her paintings at festivals throughout Washington, DC, Maryland and Virginia.  She currently resides in Northeast, Washington D.C.

“She now works as Art Instructor at Friendship Public Charter School.”

Shots from Havana

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Brinille Eliane Ellis is a “Photo Griot”, capturing images which will communicate the subjects’ story.  Ellis’ primary purpose is to “visually create an emotional and artistic connection with each viewer”.

“Ellis’ work is influenced by the artists in her family, her ancestors and her experiences living and working in France, Senegal, Haiti, Belgium, Turkey and Pakistan.”



[gree-oh, gree-oh, gree-ot]
1.  (in Western Africa) a member of a caste responsible for maintaining an oral record of tribal history in the form of music, poetry, and storytelling

“Her images tell timeless stories of the celebration of culture, the range of our human emotions, the struggle for justice. …”

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“Havana School Days”

“Well-Traveled” would be the term for a person with as many stamps in their passport as Brinille Ellis. Senegal, Haiti, Pakistan, Turkey, France and Belgium, she easily shares memories of travels to each country; yet even despite her perpetual changes in zipcode, the focus of her camera lens remains fixed and true.

The primary purpose of Ellis’ work is to visually create an emotional and artistic connection with each viewer.

“Triumph over tragedy, the simplicity and complexity of our daily lives and the wonders of nature.”

Be it the simplicity of daily life, or the complex wonders of nature, our universal struggle for justice, or an uplifting tale of triumph over tragedy, Ellis’ eye is deliberate and keen. As time passes and sharp memories wane, her photos endure, each telling a timeless story of human emotion.
Besides travel experiences, Ellis points to artists and mentors in her family, crediting them as a source of inspiration and motivation.

Mary & Wisson West

Our Story

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Afrocentric VintageImmediately after graduating from The University of Oregon, Wisson and Mary West accepted a two-year volunteer assignment with the Peace Corps in Kenya, East Africa.  Seven years and several countries later, they returned to the States and resettled  just outside of Washington, D.C. with their two daughters.  Shortly after, Business Exchange International (B. E. I.) was established.

A cultural oasis for the local and global community, The Gallery continues to evolve– guided by the enduring vision of its founders.  Their daughters, Kadzo and Nuru, play a pivotal role in supporting The Gallery and determining the trajectory of its future.


 What We Love

We are a family-owned art gallery, specializing in the art of Africa.  We frame all types of beautiful artworks and install them for display in the homes and offices of their proud owners.

Besides art, our passion is education.  Combine this with a love for music and entertaining, and you’ve got a recipe for what we call #edutainment.

Every day is a celebration of life, and a rich cultural inheritance.  You are invited to join a bustling network of arts enthusiasts in the D.C. Metropolitan area.


 What We Believe 

On your next visit to The Gallery, look up and to the right to see our favorite quote displayed on the wall:

“Excellence is the result of caring more than others think is wise, risking more than others think is safe, dreaming more than others think is practical, and expecting more than others think is possible.” – Ronnie Oldham

It’s on the House

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If you are looking for a beautiful design but could do without the creative process, ask us for The House option… 


BEAUTIFUL DESIGN:  Select quality materials to build your frame.
STRESS-FREE DESIGN:  We design beautiful frames, daily.  If you like what you see, apply it to your piece.
FAST TURNAROUND:  Pick-up your finished piece up to 3-days earlier than usual.

Create a beautiful custom design in minutes.