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Into Africa Two artists return with scenes of a ‘magnificent continent’

Kendra King captured hippopotami during her trip to Africa. - Courtesy photo
Kendra King captured hippopotami during her trip to Africa.
— image credit: Courtesy photo

Two Islanders will share the artistic bounty of their epic trek through Africa when Vashon Community Care Center presents “On Safari with Kendra and Lynn,” an exhibition opening from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, July 3.

Kendra King, a photographer, and Lynn Wilhoit, a painter, recently traveled to Botswana, Namibia, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe as part of a tour with a group of professional painters and photographers. The work in “On Safari” details what the artists found to be “the breathtaking beauty of a magnificent continent.”

Throughout the trip, the pair saw elephants, monkeys, gazelles, hippos, zebras, giraffes, lions, alligators, os-triches, wild burros and many extraordinary birds. Traveling by Land Rover and small boat, they came as close as three feet to many of the wild and uncaged animals.

The artists re-called one of their most memorable days in Africa: A visit to a 300-year-old village with thatched roofs, no water, electricity or visible signs of sustenance. There were no schools and no markets, with the nearest town 36 miles away by foot. King and Wilhoit found the indigenous people to be welcoming, happy and curious, as well as awe-stricken and delighted when they were shown digital images of themselves.

The Namibian desert, with its huge and magnificently colored sand dunes, was King’s favorite spot because of the dark, hard-edged shadows that the varying lights of day produced.

Wilhoit preferred the greenness and splendor of the lush wetlands in Botswana.

Both artists have traveled worldwide to photograph and paint, but now, with no hesitation, they both name Africa as their favorite place.

King and Wilhoit will be in attendance at the July 3 opening of “On Safari with Kendra and Lynn,” and are eager to share their photographs, paintings and stories about the trip. The exhibit will remain on view at VCCC through August.

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