Khumbulani Mpofu, Trees
Dumela Contemporary African Art’s 2013 summer show opens this Friday, June 7. The exhibition will be on view at August House Studio featuring original paintings, textiles, and a wide variety of vibrant, evocative work in all media by emerging and established artists from Zimbabwe, Kenya, and South Africa.
Dumela has just one public show each year where visitors can see which pieces Dumela co-owners Leila Green and Nancy McDaniel have hand-picked from their recent travels. The duo has established relationships with African artists from whom the work is purchased, and each piece is then custom framed locally in Chicago.
Opening reception on Friday, June 7, 5:30-9pm
August House Studio | 2113 W. Roscoe, Chicago, IL 60618
Check out the exhibition during studio hours: Fridays 5-9pm; Saturdays 1-6pm; Sunday 12-6pm; or contact Nancy McDaniel (773-477-2404 or email) to schedule a private viewing appointment.
Dumela’s Adventures from the past year...
In August 2012, Nancy made a trip to Zimbabwe and Zambia with two objectives: to buy art in Harare and to go on a week-long safari. It was a most successful trip on both accounts. She met with a number of Dumela’s favorite artists including Charles Nkomo, David Chinyama, Khumbu Mpofu and Tendai Gurupira (an impressive watercolorist whom Dumela hadn’t seen in a number of years). She also met with two women from the Weya Women’s Co-operative, from whom she purchased a number of “sadza” paintings (on fabric) as well as appliqués. With this type of work, the artist translates a story and hides it somewhere on each piece.
Leila went to South Africa on safari in March and also met with a number of artists, both South African and Zimbabwean, in Johannesburg. The opportunity to meet new young artists being mentored by current, more established Dumela artists is always a treat. On this trip, Leila met Zenzo Siamenda and Petros Mwenga and bought work from each, which will be in the June show.
October brought Dumela a fun opportunity back in Illinois, exhibiting work in the ART + VISION series at Spex Eyewear in Oak Park.
Zachariah Mukwira, Hard Workers; Barry Lungu, Sorting Tomatoes