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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.


“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

Man Playing Flute, Bronze

Bronze Embossed Stool

Man on Head, Bronze

The Whistler, Shona

George Washington Carver Doll

Woman w Fruit

Wood Carved Stool

Horned Mask

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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


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


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.


Wooden Stool

Woman w Fruit, Bronze

Man on Head

Whistling Man Shona

Bronze Flutist

Embossed Bronze Stool

Man with Tools, Bronze

George Washington Carver Doll

 Horned Mask

Man on Head Bronze Bust


“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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“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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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.

Emerging Artist Exhibit [Recap]

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Reception Photos         Artist Information

"Taken" by Cynthia Walker
“Taken” by Cynthia Walker

This exhibit captures the unique culture and heritage of Africans of the Diaspora. Many artists submitted original works of art, 13 have emerged and will be featured during this upcoming exhibit. Cleanly curated by Serengeti Gallery, you can expect to see an eclectic collection of styles, mediums, and interpretations of our theme. These very talented artists come from within the hearts of our community, and it is with great pleasure that we showcase their works.

Exhibiting Artists: Amber Parker, Brinille Ellis, Carolyn Goodridge, Constance Moore, Cynthia Walker, David McKenzie, Dilip Sheth, Hubert Jackson, Jimise Winston, Margaret Neal, Nazirah Muhammad, Pam Moultrie, and Tony Spencer.



On Friday, September 16th, friends and family joined us for the opening reception of the exhibit.  Those in attendance had the pleasure of meeting our exhibiting artists, and having a first view of the exhibit.  Guests enjoyed talking to artists about the inspiration behind their works. Light refreshments were served.




Amber Parker

Amber Parker exhibited work in the Emerging Artists Exhibition

Amber Parker, a 24-year-old Virginia Beach native, was born into a family of creative people including artists, musicians, singers, and the like. Therefore, it is no surprise that she fell in love with art. When she was small she used her creativity and imagination to draw, write, and even host craft shows in her room in front of a host of stuffed animals. Her God-given talent blossomed throughout grade school but it was not until high school that she decided what career she decided to pursue. Read More…

Brinille Eliane Ellis

Brinille Eliane Ellis is a fine art photographer – a “Photo Griot”  – who captures images that independently communicate the subjects’ stories.  Her primary purpose is to visually create an emotional and artistic connection with each viewer. Her images tell timeless stories of the celebration of culture, the range of our human emotions, the struggle for justice, triumph over tragedy, the simplicity and complexity of our daily lives and the wonders of nature.  Read More…

Carolyn Goodridge

Carolyn Sharon Goodridge, born on October 21, 1960, in Port of Spain, Trinidad, West Indies, immigrated to the U.S. in 1963. Goodridge is widely read in the Eastern philosophies and landed in the Kwan Um School of Zen at age 19.  She studied and practiced “Zen mind.” Her art work is broadly inspired by these teachings.  Read More…

Constance Moore

Constance E. Moore is a retired reading specialist and test coordinator from Prince George’s County Maryland. She resides in Temple Hills, MD with her family. Constance began painting seriously after retirement and finds it relaxing and rewarding. She has a passion for trying something new. Her art is an expression of life’s beauty and enchantment.  Read More…

Cynthia Katori Walker

Born in New York City and raised between Westchester County and the Caribbean Islands gave Katori plenty of visual inspiration. Her greatest influences come from the women (mother, both grandmothers and both great-grandmothers) that contributed to her development.  Read More…

David McKenzie

David McKenzie, the artist, is a reflection of our new age of communication technology. He brings the strong influence of graphics and fine arts techniques to his paintings: bold shapes and vibrant, luminous colors.  Read More…

Dilip Sheth

Dilip Sheth’s paintings reflect the two divergent cultures in which he has lived. His early exposure to African art surfaces in his distinct style, and adds warm, balancing tones to his striking palette. Western culture’s emphasis on individually is also visible in his work.  Read More…

Hubert Jackson

Hubert Jackson was born in 1943 in Culpeper, Virginia. He earned his Bachelors in Fine Arts Education at Virginia State University in 1965.  After graduation, Jackson moved to Washington D.C. and in 1971 he earned his Master’s degree in painting from Howard University. In the early ’70s, he participated in the historical national movement of community based mural projects under the advisement of Hughie Lee-Smith.  Read More…

Jimise Winston

Jimise Winston was born in Washington D.C. She is a graduate of Norfolk State University’s school of Fine Arts where she received her B.A. in Fine Arts. She began her career as an art educator in 2000 and currently works for Friendship Public Charter School in Washington D.C. Read More…

Nazirah Muhammad

Nazirah Muhammad is a 21 year old college student from the Washington, DC metro area. Being that both of her parents are artists, creativity has been in her life since she was a little girl.  Now that she is older, she hopes to infuse creativity  into whatever she does in life. Read More…

Pam Moultrie

Pam Moultrie is a self-taught artist and entrepreneur. At an early age she demonstrated an artist mentality. She began modeling at the age of 5 and continues rip the runways in her local area at the age of 56. While studying Fashion Design at the University of the District of Columbia, she started her clothing company “Nubiance” in 1986.  Read More…

Tony Jerome Spencer

TONY JEROME SPENCER, born, raised and currently living in Anne Arundel County, Maryland, was raised in a rural environment with mother, father, six other siblings and a community of relatives. The Spencer men were longshoreman, farmers, and hunters, while his mother and many of the older women were private-duty nurses and domestic workers. Read More…





Travel East… AFRICA!

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“I wanted to buy property there and have a place to go and stay for a while.”Patricia (full excerpt below)

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2017 Safari DATES:
October 20 – 29, or
October 20 – NOVEMBER 5

Welcome Aboard!

Travel with us to our second home

A Message from Your Guide

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!
Wisson West | Gallery Director |
East Africa Travel Insider

“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)
Pack Your Bags & Get Set…

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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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