The Ascension Of Zimbabwe As A Major Influence In International Art

For Immediate Release:
August 28, 2008
Contact: Lorenzo Butler
816.701.3669
The Ascension Of Zimbabwe As A Major Influence In International Art
To Be Discussed At Kansas City Public Library

On Thursday, September 4, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St. Roy Guthrie, the owner of Chapungu Sculpture Park, talks about how the troubled country of Zimbabwe, once known as artistically barren, became a destination for international contemporary art collectors. A 6 p.m. reception precedes the discussion.

Guthrie has pioneered the promotion of Zimbabwe stone sculpture and has built up the most important permanent collection of this work in existence. From its humble beginnings as a small gallery in the capital city of Harare to the 20-acre sculpture park in the outskirts of the aforementioned city, Chapungu has now expanded to North America after opening a new park in Colorado in 2007.

Currently, more than 50 hand-carved stone sculptures are on exhibit at Powell Gardens. The artwork features titles such as The Birth, Sharing the Wisdom, Chameleon Man, Beer for the Wedding, and Earth Spirit. On Fridays in September at Powell Gardens, adults can purchase two tickets for the price of one for entrance into the exhibit. In addition, patrons who come to the Roy Guthrie discussion will receive admission price coupons.

The event is co-sponsored by Powell Gardens. Admission is free. Call 816.701.3407 to indicate your interest in attending or you may do so online. Free parking is available at the Central Library’s District Parking Garage at 10th and Baltimore.