Color, Art and Culture — Ethnic Arts
There’s a store you went to once. A marvelous store. In your mind’s eye you can picture the colorful objects, the mix of textures. You always meant to go back.
That’s how it was for me with Berkeley, California’s Ethnic Arts (1314 Tenth Street). Part store, part global museum. All wonderful.
When Eleanor Hopewell and her husband lived in Nigeria, they fell in love with Africa and with African art.
Twenty-eight years ago they opened Ethnic Arts to bring to the States “the old village traditions of handmade objects from the far-flung cultures of the world.” Here’s a taste of what you’ll find there.
If you’re a David Marsh fan, you’ll find a vast supply of his kaleidoscopic, whimsical furniture here. Eleanor calls Marsh a “compulsive, creative, wonderful” artist. Be sure to peek at the back of one if his pieces to see David’s inspirational ‘graffiti.’
When you visit Ethnic Arts plan to spend a little time, move slowly and enjoy yourself. And if you can’t get to Berkeley, you can view and buy its treasures through the store’s Web site.
Glad I made it back; won’t wait so long next time.