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African Art Exhibit on display

The Inter-Mountain photo by Dan Geohagan Kelsey Maloy, Mark Lanham and Kaylee Wagner discuss the craftsmanship of the handmade artifacts from Africa on display Monday at The Stirrup Gallery, located in the Myles Center for the Arts located on the Davis & Elkins College campus.

ELKINS — An exhibit of African art is currently on display at Davis & Elkins College.

Later this week, the Joni and Buck Smith Arts Forum in the Myles Center for the Arts at Davis & Elkins College will host an opening reception for the new African Art Exhibit on loan from the personal collection of D&E Adjunct Professor in Dance Laurie Goux.

The exhibit features a host of artifacts, including masks and drums.

“I have dealt with a lot of collections and this one is very unique,” Mark Lanham, curator of The Stirrup Gallery, said. “We have actual tribal masks from Africa, mostly from the Dan tribe. It is so unique the way the details are portrayed in each mask and what they represent.”

Along with Goux’s generous offer of loaning her private collection, the Appalachian Forest Heritage Area members played a big part in the researching and designing of the display.

The free exhibit will be on display for the entire month of February in celebration of Black History Month. The reception will take place from 3-5 p.m. Friday.

The exhibit is sponsored by the Stirrup Gallery and the D&E College Division of Creative Arts.

For more information, call 304-801-4476, email gouxl@dewv.edu or visit www.dewv.edu/arts-entertainment.

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