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FMU Presents African Art

FLORENCE – The Francis Marion University Art Gallery Series will present painted Koranic boards of Malam Zabayrou from Niger, West Africa, entitled “Pathway Icons & Necessary Losses: Mixed Media by Heidi Darr-Hope” from Jan. 11-Feb. 25, 2000.

A professional artist with more than 20 years of studio experience, Darr-Hope is an

artist-in-residence at the Center for Cancer Treatment and Research at Richland Memorial Hospital in Columbia, South Carolina.  She maintains an active exhibition schedule, showing nationally as well as internationally, and her art work is included in numerous private and corporate collections.

Darr-Hope received a master of fine arts from the University of South Carolina.  Her

studies have taken her to Europe, the Caribbean, and South America.  She has completed postgraduate training in dream analysis, ancient mystical symbology, and art as medicine.

"Early in this decade, I found the contemporary art scene no longer satisfied me as it once had.  I was troubled and uneasy with what I perceived as sterile, over intellectualized, lifeless art, produced by artists living within a spiritual wasteland.  I longed for healing, for sincere, heart-felt, passionate expressions, not art fulfilling the popular demands of the moment…” she says. 

"Just as shamans and healers, the artists of ‘primitive cultures,’ acted as intermediaries to untap and explore areas of the soul, I am now convinced that contemporary artists have the same potential to become the shamans for our culture, to share their visions and stories of personal growth in order to heal themselves and thus contribute to the healing of our world."   A sample of her work can be viewed on the world wide web at  The exhibit will be open 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m., Monday-Friday, in the Hyman Fine Arts Center Gallery. 

Also running Jan. 11-Feb. 25, 2000, the Florence Artist Guild will have an exhibit in the Smith University as part of the FMU Art Gallery Series.  The Center’s exhibit will be open 8:30 a.m.- 6 p.m., Monday-Friday.  Admission to the exhibits will be free and open to the public.


Last Published: June 14, 2004 10:49 AM
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