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Preview Art Show by Renowned Pan-African V.I. Artist

July 11, 2006 – Pan-African Virgin Islands artist Nii Ahene'La Mettle-Nunoo's work will be exhibited at a preview entitled: "360 Degrees of Aklabatsa." Curator Norma Krieger presents new works and works in progress by the renowned artist. The special preview is a precursor to the 2007 exhibition of "360 Degrees of Aklabatsa-07." The preview reception will be held from 12:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., on both Saturday and Sunday, July 15 and July 16, at 39 Strand Street, Frederiksted.
In 2002, the art editor of the "Graphic Showbiz", a weekly art newspaper in Ghana, called him the "Otssami of African Art" and "a real ambassador of African Art, whose style has made a deep impression on viewers wherever he has exhibited."
Widely exhibited, Nii Ahene's work was selected by the Smithsonian
Institute and has toured several museums, colleges and universities in the United States. The noted artist has for many years received recognition from government, private and public institutions. His works are in the collections of the Studio Museum in Harlem, N.Y.; The Ghana National Museum, Medgar Evers College, New York City; The "Harlem Collection" of the Adam Clayton Powell State Office Building in Harlem, N.Y.; and Health and Hospital Corporation of the City of New York, to name a few.
As a Virgin Islands artist, he has held major positions in the arts, including project director of the Museum Without Walls Project on St. Croix; and curator and founder of the Fort Frederik Museum Gallery.
As an artist and a cultural anthropologist, he has given many public lectures, most recently as a visiting scholar at the University of Turabo, Puerto Rico where he taught doctoral students in education.

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