Palm Beach residents Kirsten and Ross Parker have opened a new African-themed art gallery called ‘Native Visions’ in the PGA Commons in Palm Beach Gardens.
Parker, who is originally from Zimbabwe, has had a lifelong passion for the art of his homeland. His interest in conservation inspires him to exhibit environmentally themed artwork by artists from southern Africa, as well as from around the world.
Although Native Visions is already currently open, the gallery will host a grand opening celebration on Friday, February 21 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Guests will enjoy South African wines and hors d’oeuvres, and meet world-renowned wildlife sculptor Mopho Gonde. A native of Zimbabwe, Gonde creates carvings of Africa’s wild animals from leadwood – a hard, almost rock-like wood. Gonde will share his inspiration and techniques that bring animals to life from fallen trees. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Artisan Program at The Arc of Palm Beach County.
In March, Native Visions Galleries will host the exhibit “From Africa to the Everglades,” featuring the works of David Langmead and John Seerey Lester. A portion of the proceeds from the event will benefit the Fish & Wildlife Foundation of Florida. The exhibit runs from March 12 through April 14, 2020.