Enjoy Shona sculpture Under an African Sky

Submitted Photo ZimArt curator Fran Fearnley will share her insights into Shona sculptures Nov. 15 at the Under an African Sky fundraiser for the Art Gallery of Northumberland.

Submitted Photo ZimArt curator Fran Fearnley will share her insights into Shona sculptures Nov. 15 at the Under an African Sky fundraiser for the Art Gallery of Northumberland.

NORTHUMBERLAND, CANADA – Under an African Sky, spotlighting the mystery and thrill of Africa, is the theme of the fall fundraiser planned by the Art Gallery of Northumberland on Nov. 15.

“Attendees will gain insight into the breath-taking creative instincts of contemporary African artists,” board president Bob Fudge said in a press release about the event.

Live music, draws, food and wine will set the stage for guest speaker Fran Fearnley, a former journalist and owner of ZimArt and the Rice Lake Gallery.

An avid collector, Fearnley makes annual visits to Zimbabwe to meet artists and select works to be debuted in North America.

Zimbabwean sculptors carve entirely by hand, work outdoors — creating and frequently displaying their work in open-air studios. Al fresco shows of Shona sculptures have become very popular in the UK, many European countries, Australia and more recently the US.

Fearnley has utilized her ZimArt web page to share the history and practice of this school of Zimbabwean stone sculpture.

“While much Zimbabwean sculpture is influenced by traditional culture and values, it is also very much an expression of the experiences and aesthetics of individual artists,” Fearnley said.

“It’s been thrilling to watch the evolution of this art movement up close and personal for the past 14 years. Every trip I take there is a journey of discovery, which I then get to share with Canadians.”

Fudge predicts an entertaining evening for art enthusiasts and a wonderful social occasion as well.

Tickets are $35, available at the gallery — which is located on the third floor west at Victoria Hall, 55 King St. W., Cobourg (905-372-0333).

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