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Local art collection featured at Maryhill Museum

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 29th, 2014

Mary Johnston holds a carving called a chiwara representing a male antelope, circa 1900, done by the Bambara people.

The Maryhill Museum of Art along the Columbia Gorge in Washington will feature West African art from the collection of longtime Florence resident Mary Johnston, beginning Aug. 9 through Nov. 15.

The more than 90 pieces of ceremonial masks, sculptures, costumes and other works from West African ethnic groups date to the early 1900s. The majority of the collection is from the Yoruba, the largest tribe in Nigeria, located in the southwestern part of the country.

Johnston inherited the collection from her brother, Fred Welty, who was an art collector.

For the complete article see the 07-30-2014 issue.

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