Shona stone exhibit

The Masters of Stone

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Zimbabwean Sculpture

Set the mood– try playing this video while browsing! 


 

About the Reception

2017 Opening Reception

Meet friends met for an afternoon of art, culture and ambiance, taking in the beauty of Shona stone sculpture.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Collector and exhibition curator, Jeff Brown, addressed guests, describing the creative processes of sculpting stone, as practiced by the Shona people.  Following his presentation, Brown joined browsing guests, pointing out hidden features in a stone, or sharing a personal anecdote about one of the sculptors.


Shona Carvings

THE HISTORY OF SHONA CARVING

Shona people began carving stones more than 2,000 years ago.

Full Sun Head, Chiwawa
Full Sun Head, Chiwawa

 

 

It has been documented that the Shona people began carving stones more than 2000 years ago. Originally, the Shona people would carve to express both personal and spiritual beliefs. Shona sculptures demonstrate the unity between two worlds, the physical and the spiritual. These incredible stone carvers hold firm to the belief that every stone and every thing has a life spirit. It is that “life spirit” that influences what sculpture that stone will become and the job of the artist is to “release the spirit from the stone”.

 

 

 

 

The Tengenenge Arts Community – Zimbabwe 

Several of our featured artists were in one way or another, affiliated with the Tengenenge Arts Community. This sculpting community was founded in 1966, as sanctions were put into effect on selling tobacco. See a brief video about this community by clicking on the image to the left.


 


About the Sculptors

FEATURED SCULPTORS 

The pieces in this exhibit were all formed from Zimbabwean Master Carvers – with the exception of Fanizani Akuda, who is a native son of Zambia. Many of the featured artists are self-taught, although some have learned through the generations. Shona stone sculptures have become renown around the world for both their artistic impression, as well as the distinct beauty of the stone. It is our pleasure to showcase the extraordinary carvings of: Edward Chiwawa, Richard Mupumha, Fanizani Akuda, Sylvester Mubayi and Locardia Ndandarika.

 

LOCARDIA NDANDARIKA

“One of Zimbabwe’s finest carvers.”

Locardia Ndandarika, Zimbabwe
Locardia Ndandarika, Zimbabwe

 

Born in 1945, Locardia Ndandarika developed a fondness for working with her hands, modeling clay as a child. Learn more about her journey from assisting her husband, to her emergence as one of Zimbabwe’s finest carvers.

 

 

 

 

 

SYLVESTER MUBAYI

“Among the top 10 sculptors of the 20th Century.”

Sylvester Mubayi, Zimbabwe
Sylvester Mubayi, Zimbabwe

 

Mentioned among the top 10 sculptors of the 20th Century in The Guardian in 1991, Sylvester Mubayi creates beautiful and compelling sculptures. Experience his culture and beliefs thru the story he creates in stone.

 

 

 

 

 

EDWARD CHIWAWA

“Symbolism features greatly in Chiwawa’s work…”

Mastor Sculptor, Edward Chiwawa
Mastor Sculptor, Edward Chiwawa

 

Often described as a jovial and light-hearted man, Edward Chiwawa is known primarily for his minimalistic face sculptures. Symbolism features greatly in Chiwawa’s work – life and death, night and day. His art is stunning in it’s simplicity.

 

 

 

 

 

FANIZANI AKUDA

“Known for sculpting smiling figures.”

Fanizani Akuda, Zimbabwe
Fanizani Akuda, Zimbabwe

Fanizani Akuda is known for sculpting smiling figures and happy families. He has earned accolades world-wide, and exhibited in the most prestigious museums. Recognized for sculpting his trademark slit eyes and whistling lips, one cannot help but feel the joy emanating from his sculptures.

 

 

 

RICHARD MUPUMHA

“My forefathers’ spirits…were highly talented artists.”

"Togetherness", Richard Mupumha
“Togetherness”, Richard Mupumha

 

 

“I am possessed by my forefathers’ spirits, who were highly talented artists…I feel very proud developing and continuing with the art tradition my forefathers passed on to me…this is part of our heritage.”

 

 

 

 


 

Event Hosting

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Put Some “Arty” In That Party

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Sip & Paint

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Call Your Girls…

Friday Night is Ladies Night!

Next Date TBA

* Must be 21 and older to attend

It’s A Sip & Paint!

at Serengeti Gallery

7919 Central Avenue,
Capitol Heights, MD 20743

301 808 6987

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“Walk into flowing drinks and abundant eats!”

“We like to start off the night with a Cocktail Hour”

Walk into flowing drinks and abundant eats – we like to start off the night with a Cocktail Hour.  Let go and let loose while you listen to great music, grab a drink (or two… or three), and prepare to create magic on canvas.  Mingle over a cocktail and catch up with a friend, or make a new one! 

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Kayla and James are just a couple of our guest artists, who lead you step-by-step through creating a technically sound, and aesthetically beautiful work of art all your own!  Say goodnight with a ready-to-hang original masterpiece for your home or for a loved one.

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