It’s not uncommon to hear artists talk about the process of creating their art as a greater thrill than exhibiting it. But unless you’ve experienced those moments of creative magic yourself, it might be hard to understand. Often, like an inside joke, you had to be there.
The Ivuka Arts collective in Kigali, Rwanda regularly hold "live art" events in order to excite the community about their work. Artists Emmanuel Nkuranga and Innocent Nkurunziza will demonstrate Ivuka’s style of performance painting at Everything Natural in Clarks Summit on Friday in conjunction with an exhibit by the collective’s members that opened last weekend.
The reception from 6 to 9 p.m. will serve to open the healthy lifestyle store’s Home, Hearth & World Open House continuing Saturday with food tastings, vitamin/supplement education, massage, live music, and more.
The artists’ only other North American experience until this point has been a show in Arkansas at the invitation of President Bill and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. This time it was Sharon Meagher, a professor of Philosophy and the Chair of the Department of Latin American Studies and Women’s Studies at The University of Scranton, who invited them to the U.S. She met the artists last year while on a consulting assignment and quickly returned with some of her students. Beyond the aesthetic impulse to create art, the Ivuka Arts is working to help the healing process in post-genocide Rwanda. Its programs include traditional dance workshops for street children, art classes in a local orphanage, and an art program for cardiac patients. Visit www.ivukaarts.com for more information or see the store at www.everythingnaturalpa.com for details about this weekend’s festivities.