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