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Shona stone sculpture from Zimbabwe

When most people think of African art, they envision terra-cotta figures from West Africa, Benin bronzes from Nigeria or the more familiar wooden statues and masks you can purchase at airport gift shops. Recently, however, International art dealers are discovering the beauty of Shona sculpture from Zimbabwe. Shona contemporary stone sculptures are a blend of traditional and modern Zimbabwean cultures, steeped in the legends, myths, folklore and mysticism of Africa. The pieces are durable yet delicate drawn from images of Shona culture and influences from beyond.

 A large portion of the proceeds from the sale of these beautiful sculptures helps provide travel expenses for Africa Project students. The Africa Project Gallery is the first African-owned, African-American backed gallery in Zimbabwe and also the first authentic Shona artists' co-op. The Africa Project Gallery, located in the heart of Harare's business center is a not-for-profit collective of some of the best Shona art and artists in Zimbabwe. The prices are very reasonable, since it is the artists who are doing the selling. If you go on the right night, you will be treated to music, dancers and creative cultural workshops as well.

If you are fortunate enough to travel to Zimbabwe, you will probably want to bring some art back home. Shona sculptures are easy to find in Zimbabwe's capital, Harare. From gift shops to the fronts of supermarkets, the streets are teeming with young men selling the stone art. On the highways to and from the city, there are many roadside stands selling small and large stone sculptures. However, in order to purchase the finer pieces, you'd have to pay a handsome price at the Galleries or track down the artists yourself.

Once you select a piece, you must bargain for a good price and carefully pack it for travel. If you fly on Air Zimbabwe, which The Africa Project highly recommends, they will allow you to bring your sculpture on board. Air Zimbabwe is the only airline that allows on- board transport of these delicate stone sculptures. You can also ship your art by freighter, which takes an average of 30 to 60 days and can be very expensive.

The Africa Project Gallery ships several pieces of high quality, one-of-a-kind, sculptures to the United States every year. If you would like to view more of these sculptures, please schedule an appointment to visit the Fayettville, Ga. gallery or email The Africa Project for a brochure. These attractive hand-crafted sculptures will add to the beauty of your home and make a great conversation piece for years to come. The stones come in a variety of colors and textures to match any setting. Each purchase is partially tax-deductible and helps to create more opportunities for Africa Project students.

Please call for an appointment today.
Africa Project Gallery: 678-428-2083