The Vacaville Museum exhibit “AFRICA! We Connect” ends March 27, when museum staff will begin to prepare for a new, significant traveling show, “African American History: From the Collection of Bernard and Shirley Kinsey.” It opens May 13.
“AFRICA!” curator Lisa Rico said her first visit to the so-called “mother continent” opened her eyes and heart. The culture, strength and resolve of the people inspired her to come home and share their stories with others. She translated her connection into paintings of the beautiful, rich and colorful faces of those she met and exhibited her art.
But that wasn’t enough. Rico discovered more and more local people with their own stories and connections to the people of Africa, and this exhibition is a result of these myriad connections.
The museum, at 213 Buck Ave., is filled with more than 200 African objects, including more than 100 photographs, more than 30 of Rico’s paintings and dozens of local stories that intersect in Africa.
The museum is open 1 to 4:30 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays. Admission is $3 for adults, $2 for seniors and students.