Monday, January 16, 2017

From Eritrea with Love: New Year Art Donation by a renowned artist-scholar, Prof. Betty La Duke

I had the pleasure of accompanying Prof. Betty La Duke to Eritrea in mid-December 2016.

Prof. Betty La Duke, a world renowned artist-scholar and professor of art emeritus at Southern Oregon University donated her Eritrea related paintings, sketches and wood panels to the people and government of Eritrea. Before the return of the Eritrea related paintings to their permanent home in Eritrea, the above mentioned paintings were exhibited in over 25 cities  and university museums in the United States.

The sponsor of Prof. La Duke's artwork was the Commission of Culture and Sports of Eritrea and the artwork was exhibited at the Asmara Palace Hotel from December 21-28, 2016. Prof. La Duke's artwork include: 23 paintings on canvas, 3 wood panels and 18 sketches. According to the Commission, Prof. La Duke's artwork would tour the rest of the country in the near future.

Below are pictures from the event. Photos courtesy of the Commission of Culture and  Sports and the  video at the bottom is courtesy of ERI-TV.

Art students visiting the exhibit.

Prof. La Duke's visit to Massawa. Sketch book always in hand.

Prof. La Duke with ERI-TV journalist, Raffaelle.

Natalie E. Brown,  U.S. Charge' d'affaires' tweet on her visit to the exhibit.
Below is ERI-TV's interview with Prof. La Duke.