Welcome to the Gallery of African Art
The Gallery of African Art is primarily an educational museum display of
a unique, private collection representative of various regions, tribes and
traditions of the African continent. The collection has been assembled by
art collector Gordon B. Lankton.
Gallery of African Art and Crocodile River Music would like to extend some Holiday cheer by offering FREE drumming and dancing classes for two weeks!
Dance class with Seydou Coulibaly will held Tuesday evenings at 7pm December 10 and 17 at Ciccone Family Fitness Center on High Street in Clinton MA
Drum Class with Issa Coulibaly will be held on Wednesday evenings
Kids class starts at 4 and Adults at 530
December 11 and 18 at Gallery of African Art, 62 High Street in Clinton MA
We hope you join us to close out a great year of drumming and dance classes with Gallery of African Art!Gallery of African Art 1 Year Anniversary Celebration
Gallery of African Art is celebrating 1 year of sharing African culture through art and music.
Join us on the first Thursday of November for an evening full of music, arts, food, crafts, artisans and more!
The event continues with a live concert from Crocodile River's Featured performers
4-7 p.m. - Art, crafts, food, artisans and live music at BOTH the Gallery of African Art at 62 High Street and Coffeelands Cafe at 50 High Street, including:
- Edward Oluokun - Nigerian high life music
- Sean Fullerton - Delta blues
- Robin Batchelder - Songye mask craft
7-8:30 p.m. -African drumming processional to the Church of the Good Shepherd on Union Street, followed by live music performances by:
- Ron Murray - Jazz/flamenco guitarist
- Arti Dixson - World class jazz drummer
- Balla Kouyate - Virtuoso balafonist
- Issa Coulibaly - Master drummer
- And many special guests interpreting African influences on world music
The Gallery is pleased to announce the appointment of Zachariah Combs as Director effective July 1, 2013. Mr. Combs has had a history with the Gallery since it’s expansion in 2011, offering tours of the collection, music and drumming lessons and sharing his expertise on the art and culture of Africa. Click Here for more information.
Gallery Hours •
Mon. - Fri. 10AM-5:30PM
Thur. ‘til 8PM
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Join Us for an Evening of Culture, Music and Community
Thursday, September 5 beginning at 4PM
The Gallery of African Art and the Polus Center’s Coffeelands World Gifts Espresso Café announce a collaborative FREE special event celebrating music, community and culture. The event includes multiple presentations and extras including: a rousing performance by Master Drummer Issa Coulibaly’s children’s drumming class and entertainment by Issa, a group tour of the Gallery of African Art, exotic ethnic foods, craft activities and more. Click Here for more information.
Gallery Tours: Every Thursday, 4-7PM
The Gallery of African Art is pleased to announce a series of regularly scheduled FREE tours (donations accepted) every Thursday, beginning Thursday, January 3, 2013, 4-7pm. Director and ethnomusicology expert Zach Combs will offer informal tours of the Gallery collection.
The Gallery encompasses a diverse collection of more than 600 + African tribal masks, figures, sculpture and artifacts crafted in stone, wood, clay and bronze, spanning 32 tribes, including Dogon, Baule, and Bamana art. It is located in Clinton’s buzzing commercial district on High Street.
In a reciprocal venture the Sunrise Boutique—the goal being to advance the renaissance of downtown Clinton—the Gallery is located at the back of the eclectic store through an entry portal. Visitors have found and been enchanted with the rather dense exhibition of Lankton’s private collection. Lankton commented on his latest venture:
In my sixty years of world travel, I have developed friends and cultivated interesting collections. The 200+ piece collection of African art opening in the Gallery at The Sunrise Boutique, is a marvelous collaboration with Cynthia Cannon and I’m grateful for her generosity.
Like African art in general, Lankton’s collection emphasizes the human figure, visual abstraction, sculpture and the representative accouterments of ceremonial performance art.
Drumming Classes with Master Drummer Issa Coulibaly
The Gallery of African Art and Crocodile River Music are hosting classes for children and adults taught by Master Drummer Issa Coulibaly (issacoulibaly.com). Issa, originally from Mali, West Africa, is a dynamic performer who teaches at Connecticut College. He has performed at the Grand Reopening of the Gallery of African Art as well as provided subsequent demonstrations on Thursday evenings. Classes every Wednesday. Click Here for information.
African Dance Classes with Seydou Coulibaly
The Gallery of African Art and Crocodile River Music are hosting African Dance classes at the Ciccone Family Fitness Center located at 45 High Stree in Clinton, MA. The classes are taught by Seydou Coulibaly. Classes on Tuesdays. Click Here for information.