of our friends have suggested
we put a picture of ourselves on
the site that we can't refuse.
Susanne on your left and William Ernest -
casually known as
"Bill" - on your right.
time to time we receive testimonials.
Here are a couple we received
you Very Much,...you have been a delight
to deal with and I'm
sure I will love the painting. All the best" ..
Earl Campbell "Walrus Shaman" arrived today,
sound & in excellent condition! Thank you". ...
friends also ask a lot of questions. We thought we'd answer them
you get started with Tribal Art?
We started collecting in 1977,
when we lived in Australia
and became enamored of Aboriginal culture
of these fascinating, talented people. Australian Aboriginal
is estimated by anthropologists to go back 26,000
The art is almost
that old, having its genesis in
paintings on the rocky escarpments of what
Australia's Northern Territory
African art enter your picture?
A return trip to the United
States took us across the
African continent. While there, we sensed a
between West African and Central African art and that
Australia's Aborigines. While different from each other, they resonate
to the same rhythm. The connection was strong enough
to draw us back
Africa to learn and buy pieces for our personal collection.
did you discover Native American art?
When we moved back to the United
States, we discovered
the power of the Native American artistic tradition.
It was something we had never experienced in
our earlier years in the
United States. We believe
it was our exposure to Australian Aboriginal
sensitized us to the whole context of tribal art.
you open the Sanibel gallery and when did it close?
Ultimately, collecting material
from these areas led to trading. Trading became the gallery. First,, we
worked out of our home in Chicago. Aboriginals: Art of the First Person
opened as a gallery in 1990. We had been coming to Sanibel for years as
we moved elsewhere around the world. Finally, when we decided to open
the gallery, Sanibel was the place that felt like home.
We also knew of Sanibel's international
reputation as a great place to live and visit. We believed - and it turned
out to be true - that many of the people who share our interest in tribal
art would be drawn to this part of the world.
Ultimately, our timetable for
maintaining the physical gallery ran out. That timing coincided with some
other factors - two hurricanes in successive years and a change in ownership
of the gallery space. In 2006, we closed the physical gallery and shifted
our entire activity to the internet and the web.
your vision for Aboriginals: Art of the First Person?
We see ourselves continuing
to seek out the finest in authentic tribal art from Africa, Australia
and Native America, enjoying it for a while and passing it on to others
who will "give it a good home." We will continue to make our regular trips
to the source. And we see the World Wide Web making it so much easier
to communicate with our clients and resources.
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