WCMA to receive gift of African Art

Williams College Museum of Art (WCMA) announces a promised gift of over 340 objects of African art from Drs. Carolyn and Eli Newberger.

The collection includes works from the late 19th through late 20th century and represents numerous cultures from West Africa with decorative, religious and utilitarian objects.

In 1967, Carolyn, Eli and their infant daughter Mary Ellen began two years of service with the Peace Corps, living in the capital city Ouagadougou in what is now Burkina Faso. They admired and appreciated the art around them and became friends with the director of the national museum, Toumani Triand . Under Triand 's tutelage, they amassed a collection of quality and authenticity. They were interested in village artifacts and everyday objects that expressed the artistic vision of West African people. Utilitarian objects such as sandals made from tire tread, bowls, spades, textiles, and door locks were given equal importance as ritual and iconic sculptures, masks and figures. The collection includes works created by more than 15 different cultures including the Ashanti, Bamana, Baule, Bobo, Dogon, Igbo, Mossi, Peul, Senufo and Yoruba People.

"As new Berkshire residents and grandparents of a Williams College sophomore, we look forward through this gift to opening doors to scholarship on African life and culture," said Carolyn Newberger. "Eli and I hope the collection will aid in building bridges to a vibrant local African and African-American community."


Lenox Library book sale slated Aug. 25-27

The Lenox Library's 22nd annual book sale will be held Friday through Sunday, Aug. 25-27, at the library, 18 Main St., Lenox.

This year's "Bargains in Books" event will feature thousands of books in 40 categories, all donated from Berkshire homes. Many of the books are in like-new condition. A Special Interest selection offers collectors' items, including books published in the 19th century and earlier, signed first editions and sets.

For a donation of $5, book dealers and members of the public can gain early admission from 9 a.m. to noon on Friday, Aug. 25. "First look" admission numbers will be available beginning at 8 am. The sale continues with free admission from noon to 5 p.m. on Friday and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Visitors to the event are asked to bring their own bags and boxes.

This year's sale will also feature artwork, including framed original paintings and prints.


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