Proprietors of a new art gallery in Carmel want to expose residents to African art. Kuaba Gallery recently relocated from Mass Ave in Indianapolis to the Carmel Arts & Design District at 404 W. Main St.
“The gallery had been in business for about 18 years,” said Mason Perry, Kuaba Gallery assistant. “The owner of our building sold it, so we had to find somewhere to move. Originally, we wanted to stay downtown, but through some convincing from family and friends, we realized the Carmel Arts & Design District was a great next step for us. We were looking for a newer, fresher audience.”
Owner Jayne During travels extensively to Africa to curate art pieces for the gallery.
“Jayne travels to Africa and brings pieces back to fill our gallery,” Perry said. “We have paintings and sculptures. It’s not just about selling the art. It’s about the artist and telling their story. We really want to expose people to a different culture and a different way of life.”
Pieces range in price from $1,500 to $12,000. Kuaba Gallery also works with Kuaba Humanitarian Foundation. A portion of artwork sales go to empowering communities and creating opportunities for children, families and individuals throughout Zimbabwe.
From 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Nov. 1, Kuaba Gallery will play host to a grand opening celebration called Repurposed. The event will showcase works by Patrick Tagoe-Turkson, a mixed media artist whose work reflects his Ghanian culture.
“Patrick makes these big, amazing pieces of art from recycled flip-flops,” Perry said. “He’s actually flying in from Africa to participate in a meet-and-greet at our gallery that evening. It’s going to be so much fun.”
Admission to the Nov. 1 event is free. For more, visit kuaba.com.