RutabagA Art Gallery (Geneseo, Illinois) to Open Ethiopian Exhibit Sunday

RutabagA Art Gallery (Geneseo, Illinois) to Open Ethiopian Exhibit Sunday RutabagA Art

Some of the items from Brenda Yager’s trip to Ethiopia will be featured in a display that will open Sunday, Sept. 17, and close Tuesday, Oct. 10, at RutabagA in Geneseo, IL.

By Claudia Loucks (QCOnline.com) |

GENESEO, Ill.―When Brenda Yager is not commuting between her homes in Geneseo, Chicago and Alexandria, Va., she is satisfying her passion for traveling to distant lands.

After retiring from the federal government several years ago, she started pursuing what she loves — “my music (piano and organ) and travel.”

Some of the items from her trip to Ethiopia in 2016 will be featured in a display that will open Sunday, Sept. 17, and close Tuesday, Oct. 10, at RutabagA, The Heart of Regional Art, at 108 North State St, Geneseo, IL.

Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. The public is invited to an opening reception from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 17.

Miss Yager’s travels sparked an interest in folk art, which she now collects, she said. “I love crafts that are still done in local traditions, particularly textiles and masks, and I have a collection of nearly 50 masks, along with puppets from various countries.”

Although she found no masks or textiles in Ethiopia, she did return with many interesting items that will be showcased in the display at RutabagA, including a large basket that also can be used as a table, an older basket covered with goat skin that is used as a lunch box, a dress worn by women in the north to attend festival days at church, and fly whisks made of horse hair.

Many of her collection of photographs also will be on display at RutabagA.

“Ethiopia fascinated me,” Miss Yager said. “It is so diverse and so different from other countries in Africa. The country has mountains, the fertile Rift Valley, beautiful lakes and desert.”

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