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African art discovery, research, and collecting have been my major undertaking for the past 18 months. I found my first several pieces at a garage sale. Then, I stumbled upon eBay, buying enough masks to keep me opening packages daily. The growing density of pieces coating the walls of my house became a significant strain on my relationship with my wife, Michelle.
It got much worse before I slowed down. I eventually leased a warehouse and filled it with thousands of pieces of African sculpture, most made for the market, but also a gallery full of very old and authentic items, affectionately dubbed the “boom room”.
All of this was suitably therapeutic at a time when I was recovering from a disastrous event that forced me to reset my entire world. My passion for African tribal sculpture gave me purpose, providing a creative outlet as I began to envision introducing the uninitiated masses to creations they’ve never even imagined–thinking that others would feel similar feelings to my own when encountering these phenomenal examples of artistic and spiritual expression.
By early 2016, I had found 5 quality people to help me build an infrastructure. 4 are family members (including my daughter, Jessica–the other relationships are more complicated), and one (Davis) is a musician friend who has jammed with me over the years. Everyone has made valuable contributions. In the beginning we built rows and rows of shelving specifically designed to store and display a maximum number of masks, figures, and other objects. Then we added favorable lighting. Read more of Our Story...