An anonymous local art collectors souvenirs from trips to Egypt and Kenya dominate A Sense of Place From Africa to Beyond: A Travelers Guide to Family, Order, God, and Country, which opens today at Lake Erie Colleges B.K. Smith Gallery. The 45-piece exhibit includes masks, figurines, and toys -- all compiled from 30 years of African adventures. The artwork reflects the natives effect on contemporary music, religion, and government, says curator Cavana Faithwalker. You see a lot of ties between your life and Africa -- from their point of view, he says. It gives great insight into how their culture had a great influence on American art."
A reception on Saturday afternoon at 5 features poet Mary Weems (who will also host a slam), the African Soul International dance troupe, and Vince Robinson & the Jazz Poets. Faithwalker will be there to tie it all together. Its a sense of human commonality, artistic achievement, beauty, and aesthetics, he says. [The exhibit] depicts a spiritual realm that inundates all areas of life. www.lec.edu.
Sept. 6-Oct. 31, 9 a.m.-9 p.m., 2007