Generally held on the 1st or 2nd Saturday after MLK day, the Gala is a diversity initiative presented in conjunction with an exhibition opening in the winter and the celebration of Black History Month. The event begins with a topical lecture followed by a gallery opening, strolling supper, live musical entertainment, and elegant décor.

Saturday, January 20, 2018 • 6p–9:30p

Cocktail attire. 

Doors open at 5:45p, lecture begins promptly at 6:00p.

ReservationsIn AdvanceAt the Door
FIA Members$40$55
Non-members$60$75

Proceeds benefit FIA programs and exhibitions.

The Flint Institute of Arts celebrates the opening of Ubuhle Women: Beadwork and the Art of Independence with the 11th Annual Community Gala. The gala will feature a conversation with Curator Bev Gibson and Ubuhle artists Ntombephi “Induna” and Zandile Ntobela, in which they will discuss the origins of the project and their experiences and artwork. 

The Ubuhle community exists today due mainly to the determination of two women, Bev Gibson and Ntombephi Ntobela, who co-founded Ubuhle in 1999. Ntombephi is a master beader from the Eastern Cape whose tremendous skill, both as artist and teacher, has been the foundation block of this community. Ntombephi is known as “Induna,” which means “leader,” a term of great respect in South Africa. The title also suggests the responsibility she feels for the community as guardian of its future. Bev herself does not bead, but she has created the space for Ubuhle artists to explore, experiment, and transform the traditional art form. Bev has also been an indomitable source of energy and persistence in the emergence of Ubuhle’s growing vision. She and Ntombephi each bring their own unique skills to the establishment of the community, and it is largely thanks to them that these works exist at all.

International Arts & Artists in Washington, DC, is a non-profit arts service organization dedicated to increasing cross-cultural understanding and exposure to the arts internationally, through exhibitions, programs and services to artists, arts institutions and the public. Visit www.artsandartists.org

Following the discussion, view the exhibition and enjoy a reception with live music, heavy hors d’oeuvres, and a cash bar. 

IMAGE: NTOMBEPHI “INDUNA” NTOBELA. MY SEA, MY SISTER, MY TEARS, 2011. GLASS BEADS SEWN ONTO FABRIC. 24 X 24 ⅜ INCHES.