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Nana-Dictta' World-renowned Artist


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A hand made work created by the renowned fine artist Nana-Dictta Graves.
Her technique is based on Contemporary ideas behind the use of recycling materials into a powerful work of art statement with a message behind the art.

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Nana-Dictta' World-renowned Artist

  1. 1. A2 BAY AREA NEWS GROUP 309 FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2010 Community Oval Office teaches Artist tells stories in found objects In our “Neighbors” series, much in we give you a personal look at the people who are serving your community. If you would first year like to nominate someone for this column, contact Judy Prieve at 925-779-7178 or e- R EPORTEDLY, mail jprieve@bayareanews- THERE’S there’s no greater educa- tion than sitting in the Oval By Roni Gehlke Office for a year. President Correspondent Obama has had his year. E What VER SINCE world-re- should nowned artist Nana- he have Dictta Graves was learned and a young girl growing up in what did Ghana on the Ivory Coast he actually in West Africa, she believed learn? East that every picture told a County story. Art supplies were ED ARNOW something that she and most locals THE BUZZ have some around her couldn’t afford, strong but that didn’t stop Graves opinions on what they think from telling her stories in her are the answers to both pictures. those questions and were Graves used found items eager to sound off. and paper products to add “He should have learned color and life to her mosaic that health care legislation art style and before long she is a lost cause, but he hasn’t was starting on a journey learned it,” said Brentwood that would lead her around shopper Belinda Raport. “He the world showing her art needs to learn to listen better. and giving inspiration and DAN ROSENSTRAUCH/STAFF Americans want no part of his speeches as a moderator to Nana-Dictta Graves, a world-renowned artist who is showing her art at the Lynn House Gallery, is pictured with some health plan and I think he still young and old. of her mosaics that are made out of recycled materials. doesn’t get it. It seems he still Graves’ images illustrate is set on pushing his unpopu- stories from Africa. Most the Kaiser Center Mezzanine of found recycling items and While Graves is working lar agenda. Maybe the one show the traditional African NEIGHBORS Art Gallery in Oakland, which edible material. on her latest project and get- thing he’s learned is that we’re imagery that is either con- brought Graves to California “I was green before it was ting ready to show her work not pushovers.” temporary or from a genera- on her first trip to the United popular to be green,” she said at yet another art venue, she Oakley’s Elizabeth Mari- tion past, the time that her “I was green before States. Her art at the exhibi- about the items she used in is also working on a book of ano agrees. “He should have grandparents told stories of. it was popular to tion brought attention to her her mosaic art. “Every day stories to go along with her learned to listen to people “My goal is to foster un- work and a local corporation people shred paper, pencils art. She feels that every pic- instead of roaring ahead with derstanding and apprecia- be green. Every day signed her on to do some art- and even candy wrappers ture she has a special story his health plan,” she said. “But tion of the arts as a discipline people shred paper, work for it. She later moved and all of those items can be that needs to be told. In her I do think he is beginning to to generate creativity and to Texas doing similar work used in art.” book she hopes to combine understand this now. I can’t responsiveness, in turn, ex- pencils and even for another organization. In 2006, Graves moved to the two and then give people be sure because it doesn’t panding reasoning, thinking candy wrappers During her time in the California. She liked Califor- a chance to see and hear the show up in his speeches.” skills, self-esteem and also United States she continued nia when she had visited and story together. “What he’s learned is he the sharing of cultural aware- and all of those to develop her unique style decided to give the area a try. She also will continue to can’t please everyone,” said ness globally,” Graves said. of art using the same mosaic She lived in Merced for a year be a guest speaker, teacher, Rosalina Roque of Antioch. When she was a young items can be used and collage she used in her before moving to Antioch event organizer and curator “What I hope he’s learned is girl at her first showing in an in art.” first showing in Ghana. She where she found the “perfect” of shows. Many of her speak- that he is the president and art gallery in Ghana, some continued to gather an im- house and studio setup. ing engagements cover a does have the power to do 30,000 people came to see — Nana-Dictta Graves, pressive list of accomplish- Her first showing in An- broad-based knowledge and what he thinks is best for the her art. The event won her speaking about her artworks ments, showing her work in tioch is currently on display expertise in a variety of art people. He should learn to notice by several local galler- several international venues. at the Lynn House Gallery, as forms, including the diverse exercise his power and not let ies and educational facilities. of Ghana. After speaking at Not only has she displayed part of the gallery’s Stories programs of traditional Afri- little things get in his way.” “Since people couldn’t af- several engagements she re- her work in galleries and mu- and Recollections exhibit. can dance and cultural stud- Lilly Livermore of Dis- ford acrylics to paint with ceived a full-ride scholarship seums, she also has a varied The exhibit features several ies. covery Bay thinks President they found my art inspiring at the University of Royal So- selection of work in busi- of Graves’ pieces that offer The show at the Antioch Obama finally understands and wanted me to speak on ciety of the Arts in Scotland nesses, universities and pri- their own unique storytell- Lynn House Gallery contin- that it isn’t as easy as he how I prepared my art,” she where she received a degree vate collections. ing. ues today and Saturday. The thought to turn the country’s said. in Fine Arts. Graves said that when she “A community link is very gallery is at 809 W. First St. economy around. “What he Graves earned a bachelor While at college a gallery started to give talks about important to me,” Graves in downtown Antioch and is should have learned is that of fine arts degree in Theater, sent three of Graves’ pieces her art, people where fasci- said. “I’m very happy to be open Fridays and Saturdays he can’t do all the things he African Dance and Cultural to the 1982 World Exhibition nated by her artistic materi- having a chance to share my from noon to 5 p.m. Admis- wants to do right away,” she Studies from the University of Contemporary Art show at als. A lot of the art was made work here in Antioch.” sion is free. said. Antioch’s Vince Meyer said much the same. “He should have learned that Americans are very impa- tient people and it takes more than a year to solve the country’s present problems,” Delta Datelines he said. “He has learned to EVENTS IN THE BRENTWOOD / OAKLEY / ANTIOCH AREA • FEBRUARY 26 - MARCH 4 back track on many things he’s said. And he’s learned to your income is $52,000 or less, ment Training Center. Golden Hills Make blankets for the benefit of Volunteers available for questions. be more accepting of others FRIDAY, FEB. 26 you can e-file your 2009 federal Community Church, 2401 Shady children in crisis. Bring a sewing Opportunity Junction, 3102 Delta who disagree with him.” n Cornerstone Christian Center and state tax returns for free and Willow Lane, Brentwood. For a machine and supplies. Quilt kits Fair Blvd., Antioch. Must be 18. “You can’t change things get your refund fast. 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Spon- Support Our Troops Care n Deer Valley High School Prom Shopping Center. 925-431-8546 Mondays. Are you a working parent medicine and I don’t think sored by the Knights of Columbus n even now he understands Package Drive — 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Dress Exchange — 9 a.m.-noon. or and unable to take your child to our Council 7467 of Immaculate Drop off donations of food items, Dresses available in many sizes story times on Tuesday or Thursday that he can’t ram health care Heart of Mary. Fish, french fries, and selections at reasonable games, personal items, cloth- mornings? Bring children of all ages down our throats.” coleslaw and a beverage for $11. prices. Deer Valley High School, MONDAY, MARCH 1 to the evening story time program. ing, letters and more. Monetary Rena Hendrix of Brent- 500 Fairview Ave., Brentwood. west cafeteria, 4700 Lone Tree Brentwood Library, 104 Oak St. donations accepted for postage. n Free Drop-in Internet access wood pretty much agreed. 925-634-4154. Sponsored by Antioch Military Way, Antioch. — 6-9 p.m. Monday-Thursday. 925-516-5290. “I haven’t seen where he’s n Friday Night Tax Assistance — 6 Family and Friends and The Con- n Project Linus Annual “Make A Practice typing, learn English, job learned much. He’s still go- p.m. Fridays through March 26. If tra Costa County Law Enforce- Blanket Day” — 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. hunt on the Internet and more. See DATELINES, Page 5 ing down the same road he started on. He should have Twice-Told Tales learned that we are sick and 1700 Cavallo Road, tired of political lying. And Antioch CA 94509 he really should learn to 925-779-7178 treat the military better.” Fax: 706-2305 Brentwood’s Homer Wil- 60 years ago change these plans; a large in- department, the responsibili- Editor: 779-7178, liamson said the president Oakley school building may crease may force other adjust- ties swept a few thing out of jprieve@ is beginning to learn a few be ready by April: Possibility ments. We want to stay away the home of Ace Edkins, of things about partisan poli- from double sessions and we 105 Woodridge Place, Oakley, that the new three-room pri- tics. “Politicians have their can do this by keeping our first Feb. 20. A COMMUNITY NEWSPAPER PUBLISHED FRIDAYS mary wing under construc- self interests and stick to grades where they are at pres- It is certain they took a .22 their partisan views, which tion for Oakley school may ent,” Gunder Rinset, principal, Browning blue steel pistol, makes it hard for the presi- be ready for occupancy the said. with a four-inch barrel and a David Rounds, publisher dent to do the right thing. I first part of April was seen The Oakley school board wooden grip. Also taken was Craig Lazzeretti, East County editor think he’s learned to be more this week. The new wing will has other plans under con- a 35 mm block Minolta XG1 Judith Prieve, The News editor practical in his second year.” relieve the pressure but will sideration for building, which camera with a black case, not entirely solve the acute STAFF WRITER: Paul Green of Brent- would be financed under deputies said. housing problem that the Rowena Coetsee: 779-7141 • wood said President Obama Proposition 1, but it will be Reports at the Delta sub- school has felt for some time. SPORTS STAFF: still needs to learn one big more than a year before such station, Oakley, say the items “Even with the completion Mike Wood: 977-8493 • thing. “He needs to concen- work could start. were taken sometime be- of the new unit the first grades Chase Bryson: 943-8076 • trate on people’s real needs tween 7 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Youth/club sports results: and less on his grandly will still be housed in the old 25 years ago the hour that Edkins arrived worded speeches. I voted for building. Our enrollment was Thief takes pistol, leaves home from work. Deputies CORRESPONDENTS: him and I’m sorry. I hope his 611 on Jan. 20. The new rooms broom as a replacement: An indicated other items might Ed Arnow, Roni Gehlke second year is going to be will absorb the two fourth Oakley thief might have left a also have been taken, and better than his first. I hope grades now in the auditorium wooden broom on his victim’s that the victim would report ADVERTISING he’s learned to put more together with the overflow bed as some sort of memento them at a later time. There Robbie Simmonds: 779-7120 focus on jobs and give up on from fifth and sixth grades, that he had been there. In was an indication some jew- health care. But I wouldn’t where classes are over 40. any case, according to Con- elry was taken. 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