“We brought home lots of art in our bags and shipped more pieces home by air freight,” said Shankle, the center’s executive director. “One of the pieces is an incredible, large wooden drum with painting and collage by artist Atelier Onel. Spirits are associated with drums, which have an important role in Haitian ceremonies.”
Museum curators and others in the arts community visited Haiti as part of an annual conference for the Haitian Art Society that involved meeting with local artists and others. It was the first time the conference took place in Haiti, and it was the first non-humanitarian group to visit the island since the 2010 earthquake.
“It was so beyond what I expected,” said Paige, the center’s curator. “What touched me was recognizing how the people live in the here-and-now and are so closely connected to each other, and that there are so many artist enclaves,” he said. via – The Sacramento Bee