I just got back from "Treasures from the Silk Road to the Santa Fe Trail."
This was a first for the University Of Pennsylvania Museum of Archeology and
Anthropology, and the only commercial show to be held inside a museum
anywhere, as far as I know. The museum makes for a splendid venue, with
beautiful rooms and sculptures providing a perfect background for the
exhibits. Another plus were the many helpful volunteers furnished by the
museum's Women's Committee. There were 48 exhibitors including about 10 who
had some African art. It is open Saturday and Sunday. I would certainly
----- Original Message -----
From: "Rand African Art" <rand@...>
Sent: Friday, October 28, 2005 4:47 PM
Subject: Re: [African_Arts] Why am I so passionate about African art.
> For your questions on display cabinets...
> We had some discussions in the group a while back about display shelves
> Message 108 from May 4th - Re: Displaying your pieces...
> Message 109 from May 5th - Display Cabinets
> Or go to the main page for the group -
> Then click on "messages" on the left, then there is a box to enter a
message number to go to.
> Thanks Moyo for a great question, I have thought about this a lot and put
some thoughts together that I will share when I finish them up.
> mrmural <MrMural@...> wrote:
> A very good question which I have asked myself over and over and
> quickly came to the same conclusion. I love the beauty and the
> workmanship. My love for wood started as a weekend apprentice to a
> Master Carver in Bavaria. I spent the better part of a year pushing
> knives, learning tools and learning to let the wood tell me what it
> wanted to be. I worked across from an African carver that had set
> up shop and he used all traditional African carving tools. We would
> sit and share gluh wine and admire each other's work since he didn't
> speak German or English very well.
> When I look at a Bundu helmet, I see the carver walking
> barefoot to pick up the piece of wood, I can hear the sounds of the
> tools hitting the wood when he decides he knows where to strike, I
> see the sweat and love that went into the shaping and carving of the
> wood. The enormous skill involved in hollowing with an even skin.
> Carving the neck rolls evenly and with a constant flow from one to
> another; techniques that are difficult to master with modern tools,
> let alone the tools that they had at their disposal. When I see the
> coiffures of the Bundu helmets and how they vary, I can imagine the
> artist's struggle to carve a piece of beauty without relying on
> another's imagination. I imagine the presentation, the unveiling of
> the masterpiece and the pride the artist felt.
> I also love to see the variations in style from region to
> region as the lands intersect and the artistic qualities meld. I've
> been collecting African art for almost 5 years now and only if I can
> find them at a yard sale, antique shop, or estate sale. This past
> Christmas, I started with ebay auctions.
> I've been researching African art seriously for about a year.
> My education is a BFA in Computer Animation/minor in
> Painting/Sculpting. Upon graduation 5 years ago, I became a full-
> time painter and have a studio in Sarasota, Florida. I'll be
> showing off my new series soon, the series is portraits of African
> Well, it was fun to share. Thanks for the advice regarding the
> auction. Actually, I was planning on going to the auction to add a
> couple of pieces to my own collection and pick up a few to
> resell....trying to finance a trip to Africa! WoooooooHoooooooo
> P.S. Any advice on display? Display cabinets? I'm tired of
> dusting. LOL
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