Lower Level Art Exhibit: African Wall Hangings by Artist Beth Neville

Friday January 17, 2020

From January 17th through March 31st there will be an exhibit of African wall hangings shown inside and outside the Keys Community Room, which is located on our Lower Level.   This display will show cloth banners created by Milton artist Beth Neville as African ethnic art, and they are beautiful, bright-colored pieces.  The title of the exhibit is the “Great Wall.”  America’s rich cultural heritage has many sources around the globe.  Beth celebrates one of them with this exhibit as she will display eight hand-stitched cloth banners.  She was inspired by African sculpture depicted in a book called African Sculpture Speaks (New York: Hill and Wang, c1961) by New York’s Ladislas Segy, which shows wood carvings of animals, humans, and spirit ancestors.  Her inspiration also comes from cloth originally hand-woven by the Asante and Ewe groups of Ghana.  Much of the fabric used to create this art comes from cloth that Beth has collected for decades, or that she has hand-painted.  These strands weave together to make a unique art synthesis. 

Ms. Neville has lived her entire life in multi-cultural communities and she expresses that in her art, as she embraces all cultures as part of her rich American family.  The display will be broken up into two separate installations, one in the outside hall area and the other in the Keys Room.  The Milton artist Joyce Caggiano helped to stitch the borders on the banners, and the metal ornaments on them are from Nigeria.  Also during February Milton Access Cable will be airing 4 episodes about the creative process Beth used to make these banners.  Several Milton young people assisted with this project, including two recent immigrants from Nigeria.  Please come enjoy this very cool presentation this month and there will also be a free and open reception held in the Keys Community Room on with a date to be announced soon at our Eventkeeper.

 Please come and enjoy some beautiful wall hangings this month on our lower level, which is open limited hours.  For more information about displaying your art here, contact Jean Hlady, Head of Adult Services/Reference, at jhlady@ocln.org

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