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We’re thrilled to be hosting an exhibition of Ben’s work from July 3 to 31st, 2009 at Global Fayre in downtown Springfield, MO. THe exhibition has been made possible with the help of our friend Cael, at Baskets of Africa. ( a fellow member of the Fair Trade Federation)
Ben started weaving at the age of 28, in 2002. His previous job was as a bricklayer and he often had to leave his family for long periods of time to go to work on construction projects. He started weaving to earn an income and found that he thoroughly enjoyed it, experimenting with new designs, stitches and color combinations; he creates fascinating works of art.
His designs and colors are inspired from patterns he sees in things around him … it could be something as simple as a newspaper ad or a piece of clothing that gives him an idea.
Ben works very differently to the other weavers; rather than working to a prescribed pattern and shape, he is encouraged to create designs of his choosing, with his preferred size of bowl being 16 inches in diameter.
The exhibition will open during the First Friday Art Walk on July 3rd, from 6pm to 10pm.
Here are some of Ben’s beautiful creations:
Global Fayre has just opened a second store…this time an online one
Yesterday was the First Friday Art Walk in downtown Springfield.
What a great evening! The weather helped, of course, but it seemed like everyone was ready to go out, socialise, and put the winter blues behind them.
The galleries all stayed busy from 5:30 right through to after 10 and the atmosphere was just uplifting.
If you didn’t make it, you missed a great night. But you can catch the exhibits throughout February at any of the participating galleries. For more information check out www.ffaw.org
We got this press release recently from the Urban District Alliance (UDA)….
Parking Decks Update:
Dec. 18, 2008
For Immediate Release
The new downtown College Station and Heer’s parking decks will offer
free parking seven days a week for all downtown patrons effective
This creates more free weekend parking for visitors to all downtown
businesses in addition to the validated parking that had already been
offered by Hollywood Theaters. Under this full-time free parking, no
validation will be needed at the theaters.
The City is able to offer the free parking at least until the
additional build out of the College Station project is completed. The
capacity in the parking decks and the two surface lots on the northeast and
northwest corners of Campbell Avenue and Olive Street was designed to handle
both the theater traffic and the eventual build out of College Station. A
total of 975 spaces are available, with about 800 of them covered parking
adjacent to the project.
The current capacity of the parking decks and surface lots is proving
to be sufficient to guarantee enough parking for theater patrons, so the
City is able to add free parking on weekends as well as during the week.
For more information, contact: Louise Whall, Director of Public Information,
We’re excited to be hosting an exhibition of photos from around the world, courtesy of the Springfield Branch of the Friends of the World Food Program.
When: Friday December 12th
Where: Global Fayre
Time: 7pm to 9pm
Join us anytime between 7 and 9 to view photographs from the world, and to hear more about the World Food Program. Find out more here.
We’ve been really pleased with the response since we started stocking Cards from Africa, so it’s great to see that they feature on Oprah’s Love That list in this month’s O magazine.
It’s a great cause, but the cards are beautiful too, so it makes supporting the project very easy for Global Fayre and our customers.
The cards are handcrafted in Rwanda by orphaned young people who have lost their parents to the 1994 genocide or diseases like aids. The project allows these young people to break the cycle of poverty, earning over $6 per day, compared to the usual rate of around $1 per day. This means they can provide food, shelter, health care and education for their younger siblings.
Featuring work from the Electronic Arts and Media Production students at Missouri State University
We will be screening a sampling of award-winning student work featuring short narrative films, animations, music videos, and experimental video. All of these extraordinary pieces were created by Electronic Arts and Media Production students at Missouri State University over the past several years. Many have won awards in national competitions and been screened in film festivals from coast to coast and as far away as Europe and China.
Screenings will run continuously, commencing at 6pm.
We are also featuring the work of a local weaver, Alene Miller. Alene started weaving in 2000, and is a member of the Ozark Mountain Weavers Guild. She works with natural materials such as gourds, pine needles and grasses.