Watercolors by Ghana native William Kwamena-Poh displayed at Penn Center

features@beaufortgazette.comMay 14, 2014 

"Serenity" by William Kwamena-Poh

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A collection of original art by watercolorist and painter William Kwamena-Poh will be on display in "In the Footsteps of My Ancestors" at the York W. Bailey Museum at Penn Center on St. Helena Island through June 21.

Kwamena-Poh, a native of Ghana, came to the U.S. in the early '80s and lived in Alabama, Washington D.C. and Chicago before moving to Savannah in 1995. He is a self-taught artist whose works are greatly influenced by Ghana and its cultural traditions. On visits to Ghana, he takes several photographs of the places he grew up and then free-hand sketches onto tracing paper, which he then transfer to watercolor paper in order to paint.

He works daily at his studio gallery in Savannah's City Market and paints with gouache, or opaque watercolor. His work typically depicts women, fishermen, children and market scenes.

There will be a meet the artist reception at 6 p.m. May 16. He will also be at a performance of the East of the River Boys and Girls Steel Band from Washington, D.C., from 1 to 4 p.m. May 24. The exhibit is free and open to the public. The museum is at Penn Center, 16 Penn Center Circle West, St. Helena Island. Details: 843-838-2432, 843-838-2474 or info@penncenter.com

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