Jay -- How do you transport your art?
-- We use three to four different
containers of sculptures weighing several tons.
Jay -- Do you get nervous during the shipping process?
-- What do you think? We are always
nervous until the containers are in the garden where we have the
exhibition. It is always stressful.
Jay -- What is Tengenenge?
-- Tengenenge is an art movement that
started in 1957 when Zimbabwe was Rhodesia. About 40 artists started the
movement. We call them the 1st
generation [70+ years old].
Today, we are in the 4th
generation [20+ years old] of artist.
generation, 50+, 3rd
Jay -- What is the age range of the 200 artists that you represent?
-- The youngest is 16 and the oldest is
100 years old and still carving. He is from Tengenenge.
Jay -- What is the Tengenenge community?
-- Tengenenge is an art community that
started in 1966 and is still active. We are part of the collectors; it is
one of the most famous art communities in the world. Most 1st
generation masters come from this community. It is a family tradition;
the kids come around seven or eight years old after school. Each family
has a master; each kid studies under the master. Their skill is a
Jay -- What are some of your challenges in exporting your art, yourself
-- It is always tricky to export; to get
into another country in terms of a visa which is a long and very
expensive process. We sponsor two artists per year; we tour six months.
We do things proper; we get red visas.
Jay -- Have you met any of the famous people that have purchased your
-- I have met some of the famous
collectors of our art; we also have first-timers; it’s
Jay -- How long does it typically takes to produce a great piece of
-- It takes probably one to two weeks on
average to produce a work of art. There are no sketches; all
Jay -- Approximately how long is an artist’s
-- The average is 10 - 15 years.
Jay -- Have you tried to create a piece on your own?
-- I did the fine arts school in France
but quickly found out those guys are the masters. There is no school
Here is what Mr. Hoffman of the Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens had to
say about the ZimSculpt
Jay -- How did this arrangement come about?
-- We received a call from Mrs. Croisette
in February of 2013 from Naples, Florida, who said that she found out
about us by word of mouth. She pitched me the idea; I then did some
research on their company and made a presentation to the executives
here. The decision to allow the exhibit took about five minutes.
Jay -- When did the pieces arrive here and how long did it take to get
-- The art pieces arrived June 6, 2014,
and were installed by Mr. Croisette and the artists. Set up took about
three weeks. They buried 100 logs mounted with stainless steel rods to
display each piece.
Jay -- What was the initial reaction of your staff?
-- They were fascinated!
Jay -- What type of stone did they use?
-- The most popular is Spring Stone which
has a grey and black finish. The Opal Stone is like granite.
Jay -- I see some of the taller pieces use a very familiar
-- Yes, like the Native Americans they use
the Totem Pole style design.
Jay -- What are your busiest days and how long does is typically take
to walk through the entire exhibit?
-- Saturdays and Sundays are our busiest
days and it takes approximately 1 ½ to 2 hours to walk through
ZimSculpt. About 30% of our guests come from
outside a 50 mile radius of the Belmont/Gastonia area.
This year's ZimSculpt Exhibit in Dallas, TX:
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- Where? The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens (409-392-0317; Pete Henley) at the Old Central Cultural Center on Tuesday June 1st, at 7 PM;
- When? Saturday May 1 thru Sunday August 8, 2021, 8525 Garland Road, Dallas, TX, 75218, 9 AM - 5 PM Daily;
- What? More than 100 hand-selected exquisite sculptures artfully displayed throughout the garden;
- Cost? $15 ;
- Reserve tickets here!;
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