PAX Rwanda – Art Exhibit for Black History Month
“PAX Rwanda: Embroideries of the Women of Savane Rutongo-Kabuye,” an exhibit of vibrant embroideries created by Rwandan artists, opens at the Oakeside Mansion on Saturday, February 2, 2019, at 1:00 p.m. and will be on display for the month of February in honor of Black History Month.
The exhibit is comprised of elaborately rendered scenes of Rwanda’s culture, its people, and the beautiful animals of West Africa.
PAX Rwanda is the artistry of women who are survivors of the 1994 Rwandan Genocide against the Tutsis. Their original approach to embroidery, using three different colors on one needle, is unique to this workshop and was pioneered by its founder and artistic director, Christiane Rwagatare. Their painstaking technique subtly blends colors and brings their compositions to life, creating with needle and thread what the painter does with brush and paint.
PAX Rwanda has toured galleries and museums in New Jersey, New York, Ohio, and Washington, DC since 2011, and was featured on MSNBC.com with Natalie Pascarella on November 25, 2015.
The collection is curated by Juliana Meehan, a New Jersey educator who discovered the embroideries as a tourist to Rwanda in 2010.
Oakeside will host an opening reception on Saturday, February 2, 2019 at 1pm. Ms. Meehan will tell her story of these artists at the opening. Light refreshments will be served after the program. The exhibit may be viewed during Oakeside’s regular hours of 9am to 3pm, Monday through Friday and at other times by appointment. Please call the Oakeside office at 973-429-0960 to schedule an appointment. Oakeside will be closed for Presidents’ Day on Monday, February 18.
LOCATION: 240 Belleville Avenue
VENUE: Oakeside Bloomfield Cultural Center
START DATE: February 02nd, 2019
END DATE: February 28th, 2019