Exhibition of South African Beadwork Art

The Franciscan Center of St. Leonard 

10 am  – 7 pm – January 24, 2018

Presentation of artists’ stories at 5 pm

(Centerville, OH) – An exhibition of nine South African Beadwork Art pieces will be on exhibit 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 24 at The Franciscan Center of St. Leonard, 8200 Provincial Way in Centerville. This artwork comes from the Ubuhle Women group, whose travelling exhibit was shown for three months last summer at the Dayton Art Institute. The Ubuhle Women are a group of rural women struggling to raise themselves from a subsistence economic level to a level of independence by creating truly fine art using traditional South African beading techniques. Sewing small beads onto a black cloth, their fine work rivals artists using oil paints as they blend colors, lines and shapes into traditional South African motifs. Co-founder of the group, Bev Gibson, will give a talk about the formation of the group and the struggle of rural families in South Africa at 5 p.m. Several of these unique art works will be for sale.

Ubuhle Women Detail 1
Detail from Larger Beadwork

For further information, please contact Joseph Scullion 938-545-9484 or Kelly Lance 937-432-6549 at St. Leonard Retirement Center.