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Mary & Wisson West

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. 



 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


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