Last night the Ukama Gallery held a grand opening on Granville Island. Proprietor Janine Vertone displayed a collection of paintings by local artists and works by Shona carvers in stone from Zimbabwe.
I was delighted to accept the invitation to attend this event because I'd seen this style of stone work at the Zimsculpt exhibition that took place in Van Dusen Gardens in 2011.
The painting below is one of many African animals on display by Alberta-born Artist Kindrie Grove.
The Ukama gallery has plans to feature First Nations artists as well, and the building has a wide windowed alcove where artists will be able to carve. Last night also featured a charity auction of three lovely sculptures. I bid on two before the price soared above my range.