This information was pulled from a recent docent newsletter. This group of dedicated volunteers consistently provides great art experiences for our visitors. Below a docent shares a recent experience
TALLE BAMAZI PORTRAIT EXHIBIT
Twice I have had to good fortune of “being in the right place at the right time” with the Talle Bamazi exhibit. On the first occasion, when my tour group approached the portrait of Ron Anderson, it was being viewed by a gentlemen who turned to greet my group.When I realized that he was Ron Anderson, I asked the students if they might know who he was. They quickly made the association that he was, in fact, the person in the painting. He spoke with them very graciously and answered their questions and explained that he was holding a palette in the painting because he also was an artist. Among his works are the murals in the State Supreme Court chambers. After he spoke with the group, he graciously shook each of their hands. When the students joined the rest of their class, they were so proud to say that they had “met an important man.”
Last Thursday as my group approached this exhibit, we were again greeted by a gentleman in front of the paintings. After Talle Bamazi introduced himself to me and to the group, he told them of the steps involved in creating the paintings and answered their questions. (Why is Kojo Kamau holding a camera?–Because he’s a photographer. What are the significance of the shells in the paintings?– They were used as currency and to adorn the body. He emphasized that the symbols were important to remember history.) Talle then told the group that he came from
And that’s what keeps us coming back!