The third in a series of visual and educational exhibitions celebrating Black History Month

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8405 Germantown Ave. Philadelphia, PA. 19118

Contact: Bruce Hoffman – Director


For Immediate release:



5pm to 8pm.

Free and open to the public.

“Botswana and the Art of the Kalahari”:

The Goldenberg Group, The People Helping People Foundation and Gravers Lane Gallery presents the third in a series of educational exhibitions, honoring Black History Month. Curated by Cynthia Friedman. Benefiting the Botswana University of Pennsylvania Partnership.This exhibition is an educational and visual experience bringing to light how art can bridge cultural barriers as well as provide income to communities in need.

Cindy Friedman is a professional studio artist working in thePhiladelphia area for more than 30 years. She works primarily in silkand makes art quilts. Her husband, Harvey M. Friedman, MD is aProfessor of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and since its inception 13 plus years ago he has been the Director of the Botswana-UPenn Partnership (BUP). The BUP is comprised of three main partners: the Government of Botswana, the University of Botswana and the University of Pennsylvania. The BUP believes that quality medicine should be available to populations in need. Through clinical care, research and medical education, the BUP is devoted to building capacity in sustainable and high quality healthcare in Botswana.


The BUP has taken the Friedmans to Botswana many times and because of that exceptional opportunity Cindy has developed personal relationships with many of the artists in Gaborone, the capital city where they stay when in Botswana. She has also built a close relationship with the National Museum of Botswana, the

Ministry of Art and Culture, The Kalahari Quilt shop and owner/quilt artist Jenny Healy and the Kuru Development Trust. She has taken four art quilt exhibitions to Botswana since 2008 and has taught workshops while visiting. She also has a long-standing friendship with Bruce Hoffman and he expressed the desire to have a first ever exhibition of Botswana artwork at Gravers Lane Gallery. Together, we chose the artwork for this exhibition.

Cynthia Friedman and Bruce Hoffman

15% of all sales will go to the Botswana-UPenn Partnership. Donations can also be made at Gravers Lane Gallery during the Exhibition in February.Donations can be made to the Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania to be a directed for the BUP Partnership.

Gravers Lane Gallery is open Monday – Wednesday 10-6pm

Thursday – Saturday 10-8pm and Sunday 11-5pm and by appointment. Handicap accessible and open to the public. Admission is free.

Gravers Lane Gallery is one division of The Goldenberg Group, which is comprised of three entities:Goldenberg Development, People Helping People Foundation,andGoldenberg Enterprises,of which Gravers Lane is the first.