Sometimes our little hamlet of SLO can feel, well, little. But if the urge to discover new lands and people is strong, you can still get a taste for the unknown, right here at home.
The Cuesta College’s Harold J. Miossi Art Gallery is set to host a trio of Asmat, an ethnic group of New Guinea people, in a cultural exchange that will showcase the artistry of the Asmat culture. On July 26, from 6 to 8 p.m., three Asmat artists will display hand-carved drums, demonstrate traditional drumming, and perform ceremonial dances. Elaborately carved Asmat masks and costumes will also be on display.
The three Asmat artists will be joined by a guide and interpreter. The Asmat have one of the most well-known woodcarving traditions in the Pacific, and their art is sought by collectors worldwide. This event is free to the public.