No question about it, whenever the US Embassy in Monrovia hosts an art and craft fair it becomes the most prominent event that give Liberian artists the much deserved exposure to showcase their ingenuity and craftsmanship to art lovers in Liberia. The December 5 fair is expected to feature more than 100 contemporary and traditional Liberian artists from around the country.
In the past two years the fair has grown to be a place for people find quality artworks that serve as gifts, ornaments and show-pieces.
Apart from paintings and sculptures, the fair will also feature fabric-clothing, shoulder bags made from lappa, blouses stitched from country cloth, woven baskets, beaded jewelry made from recycled glass, wood logs carved into chairs, chest or African animal figurines and detailed painting of life in Liberia.
Admission is free at the fair and prices for artworks will vary depending on each product. Also, the event will feature live cultural and musical performances to entertain the guests.
“When we started five years ago,” said Debbie Thornton, a professional associate in the Embassy’s public diplomacy section. “We began with thirty vendors but the fair has grown because the artists are bringing in quality art works that is appealing to art lovers. The fair as grown because the artworks are good and costumers are happy to buy.”
According to Mrs. Thornton, another thing that makes the fair special is that it is held at the beginning of the Christmas holiday season and is a good opportunity to buy gifts for families and friends.