The Masks of Africa at the Starr

The Masks of Africa art show will open at the Starr Library in Rhinebeck on Tuesday, October 1, featuring African masks created by Dutchess Day School’s class of 2017. In an African art and history unit last year when they were 4thgraders, these students visited the Yale University Art Gallery to view its African art collection. Upon returning to school, they created their own renditions of African style masks, primarily out of papiér mâché or plaster. They created their own designs, inspired by traditional masks. Painted surfaces and mixed media, such as raffia grass, beads, shells and African kente cloth, complete the beautiful and unique creations. The masks represent various cultural and ceremonial purposes, such as bringing rain, banishing evil spirits or healing. The exhibit runs from October 1 to October 31, and is part of the Dutchess Day School’s Community Arts Outreach program.

For information please call Vanessa Park, 845-677-5014

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