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Exhibit gathers a bunch of art from the planet's second-largest continent,

An anonymous local art collector’s souvenirs from trips to Egypt and Kenya dominate A Sense of Place From Africa to Beyond: A Traveler’s Guide to Family, Order, God, and Country, which opens today at Lake Erie College’s B.K. Smith Gallery. The 45-piece exhibit includes masks, figurines, and toys -- all compiled from 30 years of African adventures. The artwork reflects the natives’ effect on contemporary music, religion, and government, says curator Cavana Faithwalker. “You see a lot of ties between your life and Africa -- from their point of view,” he says. “It gives great insight into how their culture had a great influence on American art."

A reception on Saturday afternoon at 5 features poet Mary Weems (who will also host a slam), the African Soul International dance troupe, and Vince Robinson & the Jazz Poets. Faithwalker will be there to tie it all together. “It’s a sense of human commonality, artistic achievement, beauty, and aesthetics,” he says. “[The exhibit] depicts a spiritual realm that inundates all areas of life.” www.lec.edu.
Sept. 6-Oct. 31, 9 a.m.-9 p.m., 2007

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