Santa Rosa artist JENNY HONNERT ABELL recently traveled to Senegal, West Africa, as part of her commission with the Art in Embassy program, to visit the new US Embassy in Dakar, and experience the people and culture of the region. She has been commissioned to do 10 works for permanent installation in the new building.
JHA will share photos and stories from the trip, as well as a few of her commissioned pieces that will be sent to Senegal in late February. She will also share information about the AIE program and how she was awarded this commission.
Art In Embassy sponsored artist visit for Jenny Honnert Abell to Dakar, Senegal, West Africa
Jenny Honnert Abell is a visual artist who has been living and working in Santa Rosa for 18 years. Her work is widely shown throughout the United States. She is represented by galleries in Santa Fe, NM, Sun Valley, ID, Nashville, TN, San Francisco, and here locally at Hammerfriar Gallery in Healdsburg.
In December 2012 Jenny traveled to Dakar, Senegal in West Africa to experience the people and culture of the country. This opportunity came as part of a commission she was awarded by the Art in Embassies program, a program run by the State Department of the US Government which celebrated it's 50th year in 2012. The inspiration Jenny found while in Africa will be reflected in 10 works she is creating to be installed permanently in the new Embassy building in Dakar scheduled to open in March 2013.
Jenny works with mixed media on both large panels and old book covers. A recent solo show this past summer at Hammerfriar included work from both bodies, focusing on her recurring themes of an imaginary, eccentric natural world and human headed birds. This work is meticulous, and remarkably beautiful to look at. Within this highly refined work, you will find compassion, pain, playfulness, optimism and references to Jenny's love and study of ancient cultures.
Jenny will give a talk at Hammerfriar Gallery about her experience on January 19, 6-7:30 PM. She will present photos and talk about her visit to the Embassy, markets, rug factory, and Goree Island where the Portuguese settled in 1444, and slaves were traded in the 1780's. Jenny will also present a few of the finished, unframed works that will become part of the installation in Dakar.
For more information on the AIE program, visit www.art.state.gov