Over the last fortnight, Kenyans had multiple opportunities to get an up-close-and-personal look at the remarkable vibrancy and beauty of contemporary art.
There are many places to see artists at work. Increasingly, one has to find them in their home studios. But where clusters of artists can be found working are in places like Kuona Trust, the GoDown Art Centre, Brush tu Art Studio and Maasai Mbili.
But last weekend and the weekend before, there were two group exhibitions that offered the clearest evidence of how rich and varied the local art scene has become.
First came the Kenya Museum Society’s Affordable Art Show which mainly showcased the works of younger up-and-coming artists with a few whose names are better known.