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Kristi Hampton-Deida Art Exhibit Unveiled

Art collector Kristi Hampton-Deida opened her exhibit of African art during an unveiling Thursday, Feb. 4 at The Centre. The exhibit features a number of pieces including a Dogon chief’s chair and coffee table, a Taureq hand-painted leather trunk, a Marka hornbill statue made in Mali, a painting from Senegal, a Bamana mask with hornbill and Bamana Ntomo mask also made in Mali, an antelope headdress “Chiwara” made in Bamako, Mali and examples of textiles including mud cloth. The art will remain on display through the month of February.


Hailing from the Pleasant Hill area, Hampton-Deida moved to Paris, France after college and began to work as an intern for the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, organizing conferences. She later served as a French translator. While at the United Nations, she worked with worldwide authorities and translated for official meetings in Washington, D.C.


In 1998, she moved to Mali in West Africa and worked as a translator. In 2003, Hampton-Deida returned home and created Kristi’s African Art Gallery, which was open for five years.


“You can learn a lot about people through art,” explained Hampton-Deida. “You can see the labor and the workmanship that the artists put in these pieces.” She explained that most African art is functional and is to be used.


Kristi Hampton-Deida showcased different pieces of African art during the art exhibit unveiling, Feb. 4. Here, she highlights a Dogon chief’s chair.