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When we lived in France, I worked in an office with British colleagues. I learned quite a few things, not the least of which included these language differences:

  1. When your boss asks you for a ‘rubber’ in the middle of an editorial meeting, she means what I as an American would call an ‘eraser’.
  2. In America we say someone is ‘artsy fartsy’ but in the UK they are ‘arty farty’.

Now here’s something I learned two years ago here in Dakar: the DWG Art Show is not at all artsy fartsy, nor arty farty. It’s just plain awesome.

I have to be honest and tell you that Jenn and I dragged our husbands along to the Art Show largely because it was something (free!) to do before going out to dinner on our first night out with a babysitter.

Two years ago!
Two years ago!

But we loved the Art Show. I went back twice that weekend. And I have been anxiously awaiting the opening of the 2015 Art Show that Raquel and her team have been putting together, and even moreso after seeing the sneak preview photos Wendy has been posting online.

Sneak peek from 2015

All of the pieces are for sale and there’s a selection of square canvases by each of the featured artists that are 25,000cfa each. (There’s also this table with two chairs painted with a thieboudieune theme honoring Penda Mbaye that none of you should buy, okay?)

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So whether you consider yourself to be ‘into art’ or not, I definitely recommend you check it out this weekend, Friday thru Sunday from 10am to 7pm. Date night with your sweetheart, after grabbing coffee with a friend, field trip with the munchkins… This event only comes around every two years!

The 13th edition of the DWG Art Show will be March 13-15, 2015, at Pavilion B of the Musee Theodore Monod d’art Africaine (former IFAN) in Plateau. Admission is free.

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The first DWG art exhibit was 23 years ago, in the home of a member whose name is now lost somewhere in the dusty records of Dakar Women’s Group. From these modest beginnings, with only a handful of artists, the DWG Art Show has evolved to become one of the largest privately-held art events in Dakar.

More than 70 artists will be represented this year, including painters, sculptors, and photographers. We are very proud of the work we put into exhibiting some of Senegal’s best-known artists, as well as encouraging new, young talents.