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The Thomas Center Galleries are located at 302 NE 6th Ave. Gainesville, FL 32601. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday from 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM, and Saturday and Sunday from 1:00 - 4:00 PM. The galleries are closed for observed holidays. For additional information, please contact Erin Friedberg, Visual Arts Coordinator at (352) 393-8532.

“From Ogun’s Forge: Art in Metal for the Orisha”

thomas center OgunThe City of Gainesville Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs is pleased to announce the opening of "From Ogun's Forge: Art in Metal for the Orisha" exhibition in the Thomas Center Main Gallery from February 24 - April 1, 2007. In association with the 14 th Triennial Symposium on African Art, this exhibition features the work of two metal sculptors who honor the traditions of Yoruba orisha. It is co-sponsored by ACASA and co-hosted by the University of Florida. A free public reception is held Friday, March 30, 2007 from 5:00 - 7:00PM with an African dance performance by Chiumba Ensemble, Inc. at 6:00PM.

Co-curators Ade Ofunniyin and Robin Poynor state, “Iya Vassa and Yaw Shangofemi arrived at creating metal sculpture that refers to and honors orisha, the deities that comprise the Yoruba pantheon, in different ways.”

Add Ofunniyin and Poynor, “The focus of the exhibition centers on both artists’ interest in sculptural forms in metal as a conduit for expression of and devotion to the Yoruba orisha, including Ogun. All works are inspired by the artists’ participation in the intricacies of Yoruba tradition and religion transplanted to this side of the Atlantic. While Yaw uses iron forged in his workshop to refer to natural forms or to forms used in Nigerian ritual, Vassa creates sculptural forms of assembled objects from nature in association with welded iron.” Thomas center

Iya Vassa, Eyes of the Soul, 1999, mixed media, 60” x 84”

The Thomas Center Galleries are one of fourteen Gainesville venues participating in the University of Florida’s 14 th Acasa Triennial Symposium on African Art. Additional information regarding the symposium may be located







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