Our African Village celebration of art and culture on Memorial Day weekend was a grand success.
The Hauser Gallery benefited, the African traders benefited, and the community benefited. We were thanked over and over for bringing such an entertaining, colorful and cultural event to little Seal Rock on the Oregon Coast.
Gallery owner Rose Estes had the brilliant idea that if people find it fascinating when the African traders come and show us all their artifacts, then why not invite all the traders to come at the same time and invite the public. They will have the opportunity not only to see the spectacle of all that art, fabric and beads laid out before them, but also they will have a chance to buy directly from the source. Then she thought why not have music and food, advertise it and have a big shin-dig.
We thank everyone who helped to make this event a success. The African traders: Musa, Bubakar and Naday. The drummers: Amadou and his friends, all the employees of the Hauser Gallery, and the rest–you know who you are.
We had so many compliments that we are now organizing a repeat of the event on Labor Day.