We are especially excited for our Shona show October 20-November 8! We have the honor of hosting noted sculptors Moses and Wellington Nyanhongo all the way from Zimbabwe. Not only are they visiting, but they will be giving a demonstration at Biltmore Fashion Park on Friday afternoon and evening. This is Wellington’s first trip to the United States, having just completed an artist tour of Europe, and we want to make sure his trip is a memorable one as we have represented him since 2002!
Moses, Agnes, and Wellington Nyanhongo were able to learn this native art form by watching and helping their father Claud (a first generation Shona sculptor) while they were growing up. Their sculptures are a link toward deeper understanding of Zimbabwean people and their way of life. Agnes’ work focuses on human form specifically from a female perspective. Moses sculpts human figures and day to day interactions of people, while Wellington focuses on human affinity with nature, highlighting the spiritual and cultural beliefs of the Shona people.
In addition to being aesthetically pleasing, their work is also quite beneficial. The Nyanhongo family is involved in supporting the charity Sahwira Fund. Sahwira Fund is responsible for helping support the Maulana School for Orphans in Epworth, Zimbabwe. There are currently 1,700 orphans who attend this very small school. When it was founded in 2006 they had but 4 classrooms and 13 volunteers to help teach the children. Most of the children live on their own, with siblings, or are lucky enough to live with friends of their parents. The Nyanhongo family donates 10% of their earnings to this fund to help this worthwhile endeavor. To learn more about the Sahwira Fund and see how you can help visit www.sahwira.org .
Thursday, October 20th
9:55-11:10 AM Phoenix Country Day School
1:00-3:30 PM Gallery demonstration
6:00-9:00 PM Opening reception
Friday, October 21st
1:00-3:00 PM Gallery demonstration
4:00-9:00 PM Biltmore Fashion Park public demonstration
2400 E. Camelback, Phoenix, AZ
Saturday, October 22nd
12:00-5:00 PM Gallery demonstration
Please plan to attend one or all of the demonstrations, as well as the reception October 20 from 6-9 p.m.
See more about these talented artists: 2011 AZ Press Kit-rev