Artwork of Africa represents the combined efforts of my husband Bruce, our friend Jenny Preston, a well-known wildlife artist in Harare, Zimbabwe, and myself (Frankee). It is our hope that by introducing people to the wealth of creative artistry in Zimbabwe, attention will be drawn to the plight of the impoverished people of that beautiful country. This is a true representation of their culture--their life's blood--and in many cases, their only means of support.
All of the artwork and handicrafts that we carry have been personally selected--often commissioned--by Jenny. Each item has been individually crafted by Shona or Matabele artisans. Under normal circumstances, they would sell these items to locals and tourists alike to make a living. Unfortunately, because of the current political and economic climate of the country, there are very few tourists and even the locals cannot afford to buy, given the incredible rate of inflation and devaluation of the Zimbabwe dollar.
The love that the three of us have for Zimbabwe, its people and its wildlife has inspired us to share the country's art and handicrafts with the people of the United States through our Artwork of Africa shop.
Because of our connection to Zimbabwe, the artwork and handicrafts that we exhibit and sell here at the HomePage Cafe are all from Zimbabwe--with one exception. One of the textiles that we carry, Kuba Cloth, is made by the Kuba people of Zaire, formerly the Belgian Congo, who live between the Kasai and Sankuru Rivers in equatorial Africa.