picture of woman in Africa

The Jacob Spori Art Gallery on the campus of Brigham Young University-Idaho is featuring the work of artist Margaret Blake in its next exhibit titled Out of Africa – People, Places and Patterns. The exhibit will run from Friday, October 25 through Thursday, November 21. An opening reception for the artist will be held on October 24 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. where visitors can meet Blake, admire her work, and enjoy light refreshments.

A former missionary of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and humanitarian worker in Africa, Blake is no stranger to the sights and beauties of the African continent. Through watercolor, the artist illustrates the breathtaking views and the beautiful culture of Africa by capturing the people, places, and patterns she observed while living throughout the continent.

“These paintings are exquisite” said Spori Art Gallery Curator Kyoung Dabell.  “They represent the everyday life of Africans; there is something everyone can connect to in this work, even though they seem worlds apart.”

The BYU-Idaho Spori Art Gallery features the works of local and regional artists as well as the university’s permanent collection. The gallery is open to the public from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on weekdays and 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Saturdays. Private tours are offered to groups of 15 or more guests and can be booked by contacting sporigallery@byui.edu.