African Appalachian art on display

KNOXVILLE – The African American Appalachian Arts gallery, located in suite 106 in the Emporium Building, downtown Knoxville, will host several events to celebrate cultural heritage this fall. African American Appalachian Arts will be hosting a portion of the Haitian Liberation Celebration on October 25, 2014, from 5:30-9 p.m.

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Cards by artist Hawa Ware celebrating African traditional head scarves and modern hats will be available for purchase during the upcoming First Friday Gallery and Kwanzaa Holiday Market, December 5, 2014, from 6-9 p.m.  

Artist Hawa Ware from Liberia, West Africa, will be featured in the gallery on November 7, 2014, from 6-9 p.m.

“I make these cards using fabric and paper,” Ware said. “I am also working on some wearable art pieces that we will have available during the Kwanzaa fest. I like to experiment with different styles of hats as well as the traditional head scarves that people are familiar with.”

Ware, who came to the United States as a refugee, says her desire is to help raise awareness of the challenges being faced by her people and to set aside a portion of her art sales to send for humanitarian relief efforts. With this in mind, she plans to make some unique cards available that art patrons may bid on during the holiday market at the Emporium.

The First Friday Gallery and Kwanzaa Holiday Market takes place December 5, 2014, from 6-9 p.m. Marketplace Vendors will be selling holiday gifts, fine art, and baked goods.

For more information, contact the Arts & Culture Alliance at (865) 523-7543.