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


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


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.



“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.







“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.







“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.







“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.





“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.”






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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"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‚Äô 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 ‚ÄúZen mind.‚ÄĚ 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‚Äôs 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‚Äôs 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‚Äôs 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 ‚ÄúNubiance‚ÄĚ 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…