The beauty of the island of Haiti is coming to Rhinelander with ArtStart’s spring exhibition, The Art of Haiti. The exhibition will feature the best of Waterloo Center for the Art’s world-renowned collection of Haitian art. The exhibition will open March 7, 2019 and be on display through May 11,
In addition, local Haitian-American artist Johanne Benoit will have work featured in the exhibition. The Waterloo Center for the Arts began collecting art from Haiti in 1977. Over the last four decades, the Haitian Collection has grown to more than 1,500 works of art and is recognized as the largest public collection of Haitian art, outside of Haiti, in the world. Work includes fine examples of Haitian paintings, beaded and sequined flags, metal and wood sculptures, assemblages, papier-mâché and more.
Haitian art is distinctive, particularly through its paintings and sculptures, and is known for its brilliant colors, naïve perspectives, and sly humor. Frequent subjects in Haitian art include big, delectable foods, lush landscapes, market activities, jungle animals, rituals, dances, and a reverence for the gods. Artists frequently paint in fables. People are disguised as animals and animals are transformed into people.