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To exceed your expectations with beautiful artwork, plus tried and true customer service.


General Terms

We’ll give you what you asked for, when you asked for it, or better, or sooner.If we fall short, please let us know– we want to make it better.


Payment Terms

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Pay-Over-Time

[Online Terms : 25% Standard]

“SG”, “we”, “us” = Serengeti Gallery | “You” “your” = The Buyer

By choosing the “Pay Over Time” option, you agree to a four-month plan, wherein you pay for your purchase 25% at a time, according to the following simple terms:

Complete your first payment online.  SG will process the three remaining payments on a recurring monthly basis. Pay-off your balance early with no penalties.  Retrieve your art once paid in full.  Change of heart? Send us a written request (email is fine) and we will issue you a full store credit.  Should you default on a payment, we will try again shortly thereafter.  SG reserves the right to refuse or reverse any sale based on its own discretion.


FAQ
  • What if I want to change my billing date?  Automatic billing begins one month after your first transaction, on the same day of the month.  Contact us after you’ve made the first payment and we will make the adjustment on your account then send you an email confirmation.  Note – any adjustment should  allow for a second payment within a 31-day period.
  • What if I want to pay with something other than a credit card?  We understand!  Make arrangements by visiting us in-gallery.  You may call ahead to discuss your payment preference: 301.808.6987

CHANDLER SHOWCASE

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“To me, art is an adventure into an unknown world of imagination.”Laurence Chandler
“Based in the Washington, D.C. metro area, Chandler is an American Painter and recognized figure in Contemporary Abstract Expressionism.”Serengeti Gallery

NOTES FROM THE CURATOR


We have selected works that would speak to you, the collector– a colorfully abstract cluster of original works with varied subjects, styles and mediums.  You will notice several works that are part of a series.  This offers the collector several advantages, including an opportunity to balance-out an already eclectic collection, or offer structure to a budding body of works.  These curated works range from small canvases to large mixed medias on paper, and all works are expertly framed  by Serengeti Gallery.

THE COLLECTION

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“The Griots”

Mixed Media on Canvas
$1400 [$368]


“Paint Me Like I Am”

I

Mixed Media on Canvas
$1850 [$486]


“Paint Me Like I Am”

II

Mixed Media on Canvas
$1600 [$420]

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“Rosa Parks:
Woman of Courage”

Acrylic on Canvas
$795 [$209]

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“Standing Up”

Acrylic on Canvas

“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.”LC

“Power to the People”

Mixed-Media on Canvas

Details:

DESCRIPTION:
A vibrant, multi-colored mixed media on canvas.  The beginnings of “We the People” is visible in the lower portion of the image, atop an American flag.  People, both painted and printed, seen in the upper portion of the painting, with a predominant figure at the forefront with a fist raised toward a hot orange sun.

HOW WE FRAMED IT:
We bordered the image with a dark 1″ canvas liner and finished the look with a textured, deep brown, 100% wood moulding.

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IN A SERIES

COLLECTOR'S TIP

Works in Chandler’s series’ may be purchased as a set, or broken up to stand alone.


“Ancient Memories”

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Acrylic on Canvas
$725 [$191]

“Ancient Memories”

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Acrylic on Canvas
$725 [$191]

“My goal is to capture the essence of things unseen, and to draw viewers into my magical circle of creation.”LC

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“Metamorphosis”

I

Acrylic on Canvas
$805 [$212]


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“Metamorphosis”

II

Acrylic on Canvas


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“Metamorphosis”

III

Acrylic on Canvas
$805 [$212]


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“Secret Garden”

I

Acrylic on Canvas
$755 [ $199]


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“Secret Garden”

III

Acrylic on Canvas
$755 [ $199]


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“Effervescence”

I

Acrylic on Canvas
$715 [$188]



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“Effervescence”

II

Acrylic on Canvas
$715 [$188]



“Chandler’s works have been featured in ‘American Art Collector’ and ‘Washington Flyer’ magazines.”SG

SMALL CANVAS ORIGINALS

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“Legacy II”

ONLY $395!



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“Tribal Combs”

$525 [$138]

MORE STATEMENT PIECES

“I allow the viewer to experience something of the thrill of ‘making’.
The experience is both visceral and cerebral… explosively energetic and pensive.”LC

“Rock Creek Parkway”

Acrylic on Paper


“Take Time to Reflect, II”

Acrylic on Paper
$1800 [$473]

“Visions”

Acrylic on Canvas
$850 [$224]

“Lessons Learned”

Mixed Media on Paper
$1150 [$301]

“Shadows II”

Mixed Media on Paper
$1150 [$301]

“Masks V”

Acrylic on Canvas
$795 [$209]

“I am always exploring new avenues of expression and work with a variety of media – fabric, wire, acrylics, paper or found objects.”LC
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Inspired by A Song

I have come to discover that my work relates to the rhythms and syncopations of free-form jazz and poetry.”LC

“Jazz Ensemble”

Acrylic on Paper
$975 [$256]



“Last Set”

Acrylic on Paper
$1650 [$434]


Details:

DESCRIPTION:
Dark purples and greens that cluster into a haze at the top of the paper contrast with sharp metallic triangles and curvy spirals at its bottom.  Just about every color in the rainbow is present in the vibrant, jazzy scene Chandler sets.  Notice the strings of the guitar, and bell of the horn, amongst countless details.

HOW WE FRAMED IT:
The paper is protected behind a UV protective glazing and bordered with a double acid-free mat.  The lines in the mat are repeated in the sleek moulding we paired with it.

“I value spontaneity and improvisation.”LC


“Got the Rhythm”

Acrylic on Paper
$950 [$250]

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Pumping Out The Speakers

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Good Working Music

Our creative projects vary extremely.  One day, we are hanging a small canvas painting on our wall, the next, we are designing a shadowbox for a treasured artifact.  A constant, however, is that nothing gets our creative juices flowing quite like a good record.  

Music is one of the most profound forms of art, and frankly one of our favorites.  Whether we’re on shuffle, or playing songs an album at a time, you can be sure something sweet is pumping out of our speakers.  

One of the treats about starting each day at the gallery is deciding which music to cue up.  We can create a cool jazzy atmosphere with the low hum of Nat King Cole’s sultry voice, or what feels like an Afrobeat dance party, courtesy of the booming vocals of Fela.

Sound-Off!

What genre of music do you like to play while you work?  Sound-off by leaving a comment below!

How to Preserve Your Canvas Artwork

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Rolling a canvas makes for easy travel.  But when you arrive at your destination, you will want7bh uv to display it.  What Now?  The good news is going from rolled-to-wall can be inexpensive.  The better news is that it is simple and fast!

“Stretching allows you to neatly display any canvas painting!”SG
 

The Gallery Collection

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African Artifacts


“The art of Yoruba, Bantu and other African peoples is extraordinarily vigorous and shows a brilliant use of geometric form.  The aesthetic impact of their works has been substantial, … with astonishing variety and expressive power of the art of a continent that contains more distinct peoples and cultures than any other.”

-Thames and Hudson


Man with Tools | BENIN
 
 

The collection features sculpture, including African statuettes and masks, also vintage dolls, bronzes and more. Browse a small selection below. See way more in person.

OUR COLLECTION


“African sculpture was scarcely known outside its own continent until late in the nineteenth century, but during the present century in liberating and refreshing effect on Western art has been immeasurable. African sculpture is highly developed and extremely sophisticated art form with thousands of years of history behind it… .”
-Frank Willett

Spanning over 20 countries and 200 years, our collection offers a hint about the past and begs a conversation on the present.


Bronze Statuette
BENIN

Man Playing Flute, Bronze
BENIN

Bronze Embossed Stool
NIGERIA

Man on Head, Bronze
CAMEROON

The Whistler, Shona
ZIMBABWE

George Washington Carver Doll
USA

Woman w Fruit
GUYANA

Wood Carved Stool
CONGO

Horned Mask
MALI

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Our Collection

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AFRICAN ARTIFACTS

African sculpture was scarcely known outside its own continent until late in the nineteenth century, but during the present century in liberating and refreshing effect on Western art has been immeasurable.  African sculpture ia s highly developed and extremely sophisticated art form with thousands of years of history behind it… .
-Frank Willett


OUR COLLECTION

Spanning over 20 countries and 200 years, our collection offers a hint about the past and begs a conversation on the present.


DIVERSITY

The collection features sculpture, including statuettes and masks, also vintage dolls, jim crow signs, bronzes, quilts and more.  Browse a small selection below. See way more in person.

Handsupdontshoot
BENIN

Wooden Stool
CONGO

Woman w Fruit, Bronze
GUYANA

Man on Head
MALI

Whistling Man Shona
ZANZIBAR

Bronze Flutist
BENIN

Embossed Bronze Stool
 NIGERIA

Man with Tools, Bronze
BENIN

George Washington Carver Doll
USA

 Horned Mask
MALI

Man on Head Bronze Bust
CAMEROON

TRIBAL ART

“The art of the Yoruba, Bantu and other African peoples is extraordinarily vigorous and shows a brilliant use of geometric form.”
– Thames and Hudson

The Art of Laurence Chandler

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Presenting the New Collection

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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.

Interested in Collecting?

It can be way easier than you think!
Here are seven tips on how to get started.

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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.

Ask Us A Question

What is Your Best Space-Saving Decoration Tip?

About the Author

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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 web@serengetigallery.com, or use any online contact form.

7 Pro-Tips on How to Start Collecting Fine Art

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Building A Collection, Building Your Life

Being an art collector can seem like a daunting endeavor, but the good news is that it can be a “learn-by-doing” sort of thing.  It is both beneficial and rewarding  to begin your journey now.  You have to start somewhere, and these are seven tips for how.

Pro Tip #1

Ready or not, Start Now!


The single best momentum-builder for developing your strong portfolio is to START NOW!  Practice makes perfect and this is no exception, so ask lots of questions and fact-check along the way.   Start your adventure now, and as your intellect and emotional intelligence naturally develop, so too will your collector’s acumen.  Plus you will get super-satisfaction from seeing the evolution of your taste.

Pro Tip #3

Crawl, Walk, Run

A tendency is to overlook accessibly-priced works in favor of more expensive ones.  Price is not everything (see tip #2).  When you are ready to invest in a pricey work, do so with a mature understanding of your collection, the market, and how the new work fits into it.  Avoid paying top-dollar for those works which are being reproduced indefinitely: Always remember that “collectables” are those items which are limited in quantity.

Pro-Tip #2

It’s your collection – do what you want to do


Your collection should be a reflection of your physical and metaphysical self, and the arts is no place for conformity.  Hop on out of your box, and do not resist pieces that you find provocative.  Allow your subconscious to guide your eye, then step back and appreciate your inner perspective.  You will learn about yourself as you experience the growth of your art collection. (Artist David McKenzie is pictured above with one of his works)

Pro-Tip #4

Put some motion in your ocean

On the go?  Make time for an artsy adventure and stop by a local boutique or antique store.  Stroll through a market, or browse a nearby exhibit and buy a couple postcards from the gift shop.  You may find the perfect new-addition for your collection, meet a valued contact person, or be inspired by the local art style.  Buying art on-the-go broadens the geographical scope of your collection and also offers a pleasant backstory you will enjoy sharing for years to come (“I found this piece when I was visiting…”).

Pro-Tip #5:

ABP – Always Be Preserving

It is no secret that the condition of your artwork will play largely into the integrity of your collection (sun and water damage is seldom a value-enhancer for collectables).  So whenever possible, plan for the long-haul.  If you will be hanging a watercolor by the window, be sure it has UV protective glass on it.  If you are storing a poster, keep it off the ground to protect it from exposure to water or excess moisture.  When you are on the move, package and preserve your collectables.  Once you are settled, unpack and display them! If you would like to make an heirloom out of something, consider long-term preservation options; like a case for your autographed baseball, or a small shadowbox for your grandpa’s bible.

Pro Tip #6

Making Room is So Easy To Do

Building an art collection is a life-enriching adventure!  Making space is the least of your worries; in fact, it can be easy.  If you are not working with a whole lot of wall space, customize every inch (like above your doorframe, for example).  Not enough space for a large original? Save money and space with mini-prints and postcards (see tip #4!).  Bring your mini-print to life by adding a beautiful custom frame, and save money in the process.  Here’s how: Ask your custom framer for a suitably elegant moulding that is in-stock.  Add a super-thick white mat with a wide berth (also “in-stock”), and the postcard will pop off the wall!  Plus, by requesting all in-stock materials, the cost of your design drop.  That means more money left-over to frame your other postcards. 🙂   Repeat and see your well-designed space come to life with each new addition to the wall!

Pro Tip #7

DIVERSIFY! DIVERSIFY! DIVERSIFY!

Life imitates art, and diversity is key!  Define and expand your interests as a collector, by taking advantage of opportunities to look past your walls to explore other cool collectables.  Not only will they enhance the aesthetic, they will add character make your space that much more intimate and cozy.  We love incorporating quilts, custom furniture, and artifacts into our decor.

Collecting for Life, Collecting for Legacy

Are you creating a legacy through an art collection? We'd love to hear your tips and suggestions! Share your collector's story below.