There are plenty of art galleries to choose from on Prospect Street, but only one specializes in African art.
At Africa and Beyond, you can view jewelry, beadwork, woodwork, textiles, sculptures and more, all of African influence. Now on exhibit at the art gallery is the work of artist .
Schmidt, born in New York, grew up with an interest in knife-making. He made knives until his death in 2000. According to an event announcement, in a tribute to the late James Schmidt, Steve Shackleford, Blade Magazine's editor, said he was "a peerless bladesmith and artisan of knives.”
Schmidt was one of the first six knife makers ever to be designated a Master Bladesmith. He was inducted into the American Bladesmith Society Hall of Fame in August 2011.
You can see Schmidt’s knife work and more at Africa and Beyond daily from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. through the rest of the year. You can also make an appointment to see Schmidt’s African aesthetic of weapons, masks, and figurative sculpture by calling 1-800-422-3742. Like what you see? Schmidt’s delicate knife work is for sale so you can show off the masterpieces in your own home. Click here to view his work online.