Shona stone exhibit

The Masters of Stone

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Zimbabwean Sculpture

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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.”

 

 

 

 


 

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Sip & Paint

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Friday Night is Ladies Night!

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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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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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Learn Swahili with Friends– This Spring!

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Wanting to develop an African language skill? 
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Looking forward to visiting East Africa this October?

Karibu!

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LEARN THE LANGUAGE AND THE CULTURE AT THE SAME TIME:
This class includes a bilingual forum on East African culture and travel!


About Your Instructor

Wisson West is the Director and Curator of Serengeti Gallery.  He is a former Peace Corps Volunteer, fluent Kiswahili speaker, and has 7+ years of working, living experience in Kenya, Tanzania Uganda, and other East African regions and countries.  More…


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Travel East… AFRICA!

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2017 Safari DATES:
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It is my pleasure to guide you into beautiful East Africa. I planned this itinerary in particular so that we would be traveling to and through some outstanding destinations.  We will visit artists at work and share laughs with friends, new and old, along the way. I am excited and eager to share this spectacular and wonderful journey with you!
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“There will be private dinners and amazing natural scenery,  morning strolls through the city and guided tours. We will arrive by plane, train, automobile, and ferry.”Wisson
 

Pat’s Travel Story


Words by Patricia Matthews. Pictured, Judith Lynch

“It was one of the most fascinating experiences I have ever had.  I will never forget that trip!  The food, logistics  travel, lifestyles and the people were just amazing to me.  I especially like the fact that the Maasai still embrace their culture.  The children were very respectful of their elders.

Visiting the arts and craft centers was another whole, new and wonderful experience.  The Indian Ocean, riding camels, going on safari, seeing the not-so-commercial side of the culture was just wonderful!   Mombasa, was so nice, I wanted to buy property there and have a place to go and stay for a while.”

-Patricia M. (Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda)

 
If you haven’t visited in the past 10-years, you wouldn’t recognize the place anymore.”-Wisson W. (on development in Kenya)
 
“Wisson, go get your brother. He’s saying he won’t leave.”Judy (on husband's refusal to leave Zanzibar)
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What makes the Serengeti Gallery safari different from others?  Rest assured that when you travel with SG, you will not be passed off from one fast-talking guide to the next, nor left waiting at a pick-up or drop-off point.  Instead, you will be accompanied to each destination by the same dedicated guide(s).  Our guides are professionals who have lived and toured this region for years.
Year after year, people who value creativity, beauty and truth– people like you– seek us out for authentic cultural experiences; and our travel groups seem to be made up of the most good-humored, fun-spirited and open-minded adults we have the pleasure of knowing.  We are also pleased to share that many of our travelers develop lifelong friendships.

Where are we going?  In particular, we are visiting Mombasa and Nairobi, Kenya, Arusha, Tanzania, and The Ngorongoro Conservation Area.  17-day tour-goers will continue to Dar es Salaam, Tanzania and the island of Zanzibar for visits to Stone Town, Prison Island and Bagamoyo. 

Who is guiding the group? The 2017 group will be led by Gallery Director, Wisson West.  He is a one-time resident of the region, and will introduce you to local guides, experts and old friends, who will share fun facts and anecdotes to enhance your experience. 

Are we camping outdoors? Sorry, this is no camping trip!  We look forward to unwinding in four-star climate-controlled hotel and resort accommodations at the end of each day of exploration.



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