A one-of-a-kind exhibit that has a higher purpose.
About the Exhibit:
This unique one-of-a-kind exhibit features paintings and works of African art, but it has an even higher purpose. At the heart of the exhibit is the expanding concept of friendship through community as people separated by thousands of miles are woven together through personal stories and collective work, bound by common belief in family, friendship and opportunity for all. The art pieces on display will be for sale and the proceeds will go to help the most vulnerable people in Kenya.
About Kenya Works:
Kenya Works is a USA-based, non-profit organization that helps the most impoverished in Kenya. The work of the program starts with building relationships, trust, and a thorough understanding of the communities’ needs. By working directly with the communities, these partnerships help support long-term solutions to increase education, financial literacy, and dignity-building initiatives for underprivileged Kenyans.
July 13 – July 23, 2017
- Paintings by local artist, Kathleen Donatelle, who was inspired by the Kenyan culture, are for sale. Kathleen feels a deep bond with her subjects, though they have never met. "I feel a real connection, like we have become friends," the artist says.
- Kiondos – baskets woven by the Kenyan people in a village outside Nairobi are for purchase. These hand-woven baskets serve as a form of income for the people of Kenya. Women gather weekly to share their love of basket making while earning an income that helps them provide for their children and families.
- Hand beaded jewelry by Kenya's Maasai tribe are available for purchase. The colorful beaded works of the Maasai tribe are crafted and often worn by the women of the tribe. The colors, patterns and structures of the jewelry hold beauty as well as symbolic value.
- Black and white images by artist Robert Njonjo, who is a Kenyan photographer specializing in social-political and documentary photography.
- Photo/video editorial called The Pillars of Kenya Works by Appleton photographer Scott Ehlers displays multiple stories of collaboration between Kenya Works and its Kenyan partners. This multimedia editorial work highlight the central role of Kenyan communities in building long-lasting solutions against the problems of food and water insecurity, poverty, and gender inequality.
The Trout Museum of Art
Fox Cities Building for the Arts
111 W. College Avenue
Appleton, WI 54911
HOURS OF OPERATION
Admission varies by Exhibit.