Over the last three years, Circle Art has been masterful in marketing East African art, figuring out innovative ways of raise interest, awareness and investment potential among prospective art-lovers. They have targeted primarily new clients, especially ones with disposable incomes which they will ideally spend on East African art.
Kenyan artist Michael Soi is a master at marketing his art. It wasn’t too long ago that he was literally giving his art away, assisted of course by an arts-for-development fund run with support from The GoDown Art Centre.
Gloria Muthoka has a Masters in Business Administration from the United States International University. Jeffie Magina is a Certified Public Accountant and has a B.Com degree from Strathmore University. Both could easily have promising careers in business, either in administration or in accounts, and yet both recently chose to leave those career paths behind and do what? Become full time visual artists!
Kota Otieno whose paintings, drawings, scrap metals sculptures and ‘installation art’ are currently sharing space with paintings by another Kenyan ‘maverick’ artist, Michael Wafula, is exhibiting at the new Circle Art Gallery
The Peponi Hotel is renowned worldwide for being the next best thing to Paradise. Shela village and nearly all of Lamu Island is bestowed with the blessings of beauty, gentle seaside breezes, glistening sunny skies and local people who are generally warm, gracious and welcoming to strangers of all types
By the time Lamu’s County Governor, the Honorable Issa Abdalla Timamy arrived at the 300 year old Baitil Aman Hotel in Shela village on Valentine’s Day, the 14 artists who were part of the 3rd bi-annual Lamu Painters Festival had created more than 200 works of art which were on display at the classic yet cosy Swahili-styled hotel.