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2/14/2003 Zimbabwean artwork on display at Linfield

McMINNVILLE ? An exhibit featuring artwork by Zimbabwean women is on display now through March 7 on the Linfield College Portland Campus.

The exhibit, part of the Zimbabwe Artists Project (ZAP), is located in Peterson Hall, 2255 NW Northrup, which is adjacent to Good Samaritan Hospital. It is free and open to the public.

Approximately 50 pieces of artwork by Zimbabwean women are on display including appliqué, hardboard paintings and sadza batik fabric paintings. Artwork can be purchased at the exhibit.

ZAP celebrates the artistry and accomplishments of women from rural Weya in eastern Zimbabwe. Through education, sale of their art in the United States and special projects, ZAP helps women become economically self-sufficient. Throughout Zimbabwe, men typically leave the rural areas to seek work in cities. As a result, most women live on their own and provide for their families.

Dick Adams, ZAP executive director and former sociology professor at Lewis and Clark College, founded ZAP in 1999 as a non-profit organization.

"Every piece of art is a storytelling piece," said Adams. "We can learn a lot about the lives of rural Zimbabwe people through the stories that are told in the art."

For more information on the exhibit or the Zimbabwe Artists Project call Adams at 503-232-7057 or e-mail zimartpro@hotmail.com.