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Making art with Senegalese sand

Friday, February 8th, 2013 | Posted by

Jenny Honnert Abell works on one of 10 book cover art pieces she is doing for the U.S. Embassy in Dakar, Senegal.

PHOTOS By CRISTA JEREMIASON / The Press Democrat

Armed with an Art In Embassies commission, Santa Rosa artist Jenny Honnert Abell went to Dakar, Senegal, for inspiration. She came away with mental images of baobab trees, Senegal Parrots and soft, varied skintones, as well as natural sands in 10 colors used by Senegalese sand painters.

“It all made for visual overload,” Abell said.

Her 10 commissioned pieces will be permanently installed at the U.S. Embassy in Dakar in April. In Sonoma County, pieces that include a collection of Abell’s man-bird sculptures can be seen at Hammerfriar Gallery in Healdsburg.

Read more about her at Healdsburg.towns.pressdemocrat.com.

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Ann Hutchinson is our Santa Rosa correspondent.
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