exhibition of 13 women artists who are
represented by the gallery. The show features a variety of media including graphics,
oil, watercolor, bronze, terra cotta and
collage. Nov. 18-30, Tues.-Fri., 10 a.m.-
5p.m., Sat., 10a.m.-4p.m.
The Joan Crystal Louisiana Gallery, 2625
Kipling at Kirby, is featuring the work of
Houston artist Gertrude Barnstone. The
exhibit includes recent sculpture and
drawings. Nov. 25 thru Dec. 31, Mon.-
Peggy Moore's Hair Becomes Handles
Marjorie Kauffman Graphics in the Gal-
leria, 5015 Westheimer, is featuring the
work of R.C. Gorman, a leading artist of
the Southwest. Gorman is a Navajo whose
art monumentalizes the Indian woman.
Thru Nov. 25; Mon.-Fri., 10a.m.-9p.m.,
M.E.'s Gallery, 1408 Michigan, is showing
the work of Diane Peters, a watercolorist,
and her brother Michael Peck, who is a
ceramicist. Nov. 11-30, Tues.-Sun., 10a.m.-
Ouisie's Table, 1706 Sunset Blvd., is a
woman-owned restaurant and shop which
af rican tapestries
In a room filled with traditional African tapestries, one
notices a musky, animal odor. That is the roughly spun fiber of
the weavings, a fiber taken from the Karakul goat. These unique
tapestries have been crafted for centuries by African village
women. They are uniquely sensual and cannot be appreciated
without touching and smelling, as well as seeing.
"Each weaving tells a story."
explains Gregory Stock,currently
testing Houston as a potential location for the first Kraal Gallery
in America. Fourteen galleries
which deal in the crude rugs and
tapestries are located in Germany,
Switzerland and Southern Africa.
"The stories involve legends and
myths of the various trives, as well
as incorporating religious stories
told to the natives by missionaries
"However, since stories are
passed down by word of mouth,
there is room for interpretation,"
he adds. "For example, in this
weaving titled "Jesus With Some
People," the native women remembered that the deity had a
last meal with his followers. Yet
the artists weren't sure how many
people were at the supper. They
have pictured a total of six people
at table, all African natives. The
artists sometimes confuse the
facts; that's the charms of the
The weavings are in bold, primitive designs, and often
have a distorted perspective. "If you notice," says Stock, "the
weavings might picture a bird's eye view of something, looking
down from above. In the same piece another portion will be
viewed normally." Images are abstractions of what the village
women see in everyday life. Recurring symbols are huts, ani-
By Janis Wilson-Williams
mals, women carrying water on their heads along winding dirt
paths, the witch doctor (according to Stock, "fully as powerful
a figure in their society as the chief"), goats, trees.
The tapestries are ancient and contemporary at the same
time. Colors are earth tones, mainly red, yellow, gold, orange,
brown, grey. Many tapestries are divided into squares, and tell
traditional tribal legends.
"Techniques used in the
weavings are the same which have
been used for centuries," explains
Stock. "It's a quite primitive process, involving a hand-loom built
by the villagers. Occasionally we'll
show the artists how to perfect
their weaving, but they've been at
this for generations. We try not to
interfere with their way."
Stock was born in South
Africa in 1948-"The year the National Party came into power," he
says. He first came to Houston as
an architecture student at Rice
University, and for the past four
years he's been back in South
Africa working with the (Liberal)
Progressive Party and investigating
low-cost housing for the people
of that country. "But no matter
what one's involvement is—housing, food, the arts, whatever—in
South Africa, one cannot escape
politics," he says. "I've concluded
^m> * ^± a. ^m. ^m th.jt j can t}o M much to further
an understanding of the South African culture by exhibiting
these beautiful tapestries as any other way at this point."
The tapestries are on display in the Kraal Gallery Booth,
in the lobby of the Albert Thomas Convention Center during
PHOTO BY JANIS FOWLES
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the kraal gallery
... BEING IN HOUSTON:
Don't miss visiting an exhibition
of unusual handwoven rugs
and story-telling AFRICAN TAPESTRIES
from the KINGDOM OF SWAZILAND
which will be on show at the
ALBERT THOMAS CONVENTION
AND EXHIBITION CENTER
Between Nov. 18th-21st
from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Postal enquiries to: the kraal gallery
3530 Timmons Lane (713) 528-3144 Houston, Texas
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