Kuaba Gallery founder Jayne During says art has been her passion for the last two decades and she wanted to bring something different to her home state.
“Being in Indiana and noticing that there aren’t a lot of art galleries representing Black people, I decided to go ahead and open a gallery,” she said.
Art that makes its way into the Kuaba Gallery comes from different parts of the state and the world.
“It’s something to bring all of us together and that’s what art does really. I mean it brings people together so it really doesn’t matter where a person is from. Art is art,” During said.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, During says visitors have more of an opportunity to get a closer look at the art and the artists behind the work.
“You get to spend more time learning about each artist,” She said.
Contributing artists come from Nigeria, to Brazil and France, but During is always looking for colorful work.
“When you look at art that is colorful you just want to smile,” During said. She’s hoping to give visitors the same experience.