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Two exhibits coming to Harrison Arts District

Ridge Art, 21 Harrison St., will offer a Maasai jewelry and accessories exhibit April 15 through May 14, kicked off with a reception Friday, April 15, from 6 - 9 pm.

The Maasai, descendants of a Roman legion lost in Africa, represent a genuine, primitive and free Africa, according to Laurie Beasley, owner of Ridge Art.

Beasley and her business partner, Pat House, took 14 people on safari in Tanzania, where they met the Maasai and bought the pieces from them.

All of the pieces in the exhibit have been previously worn by Maasai. Intricate beadwork was created with wire saved by the Maasai from colonial days, when the British attempted to electrify the Serengeti in the 1950s, Beasley says. They were not successful, as the Maasai cut the wire as fast as the British could hang it. The Maasai saved the wire and to this day are making beaded adornments with it.

A Scott Kiefer paper etchings exhibit opens April 8 at Expressions Graphics, 29 Harrison St., and will run through April 30.

A reception will be held at the gallery from 6 to 10 p.m. on Friday, April 15. Expressions Graphics is open to the public Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m.

Downtown appreciates voters

People who voted in Tuesday's local election can cash in on their democratic spirit in Downtown Oak Park.

DTOP and the League of Women Voters of Oak Park & River Forest are sponsoring discounts at participating downtown businesses and a $25 giveaway.

Voters must present their ballot receipt at the DTOP office, 1101 Lake St., Suite 202, on Wednesday, April 6, between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m., to complete an entry form a chance to win a $25 DTOP gift certificate. The winning entry will be drawn Wednesday. Voter need not be present to win.

Ballot receipts are needed for discounts, too. Participating stores include: Afri Ware, Inc., 948 Lake St.; Carriage Flowers, 124 N. Marion St.; The Competitive Foot, 102 N. Marion St.; Khyber Pass Restaurant, 1031 Lake St.; Mancini's Pizza and Pasta, 1038 Lake St.

Buy it, frame it, hang it

Representatives from the Frame Warehouse and At the Gallery will co-host an art workshop at 7 p.m., April 8, that will address the arts of collecting art, framing art and hanging art.

"When hanging art, common mistakes are hanging it too high or hanging art at different heights on the same wall," At the Gallery Owner Joyce Smoler said in a press release. "Hanging art at eye level using the same horizon line allows the viewer a consistent, panoramic view."

Reservations for the workshop, held at At the Gallery, 135 N. Oak Park Ave., are requested. Call 445-9793 for details.

Afkara celebrates with sale

To celebrate its sixth anniversary, Afkara Shoes, 140 Harrison St., will offer purses and handbags for 50 percent off with the purchase of a pair of shoes. The sale runs April 8-15.

"Drew Carter

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