A ‘First Encounter’ of Kenya


Art Gallery to host reception Thursday

By Charles Warner - cwarner@civitasmedia.com



Charles Warner | The Union Times This picture of Lake Nakuru in the The Great Rift Valley in the African nation of Kenya was taken by Greenwood photographer George Ligon. It is on display at the Union County Arts Council Art Gallery on Main Street in downtown Union as part of “First Encounter,” an exhibit of the photographs Ligon took of the people and wildlife of Kenya during a 15-day safari in 2013. A reception for Ligon will be held at the Art Gallery on Thursday, Aug. 4 from 5-7 p.m. The public is invited and encouraged to attend.


Charles Warner | The Union Times This picture of four Masai women was taken by Greenwood photographer George Ligon during a 15-day safari in the African nation of Kenya. It one of the many photos included in “First Encounter,” an exhibit of the photographs Ligon took of the people and wildlife of Kenya during the 2013 safari. First Encounter is currently on at the Union County Arts Council Art Gallery on Main Street in downtown Union. A reception for Ligon will be held at the gallery on Thursday, Aug. 4 from 5-7 p.m. Ligon will be present to discuss his trip to Kenya, his experiences there, and the photographs he took. Also present will be Kenyan-born dress designer Sarah Odingo and two Kenyan-born models who will be wearing traditional Kenyan garb and be available to discuss their culture, people, and family life. The public is invited and encouraged to attend.


Charles Warner | The Union Times This picture of a Masai woman and her child is one the many photos of the people and wildlife of the African nation of Kenya taken by Greenwood photographer George Ligon during a 15-day safari in 2013. The photo is included in “First Encounter,” a exhibit of photos taken by Ligon in Kenya currently on display at the Union County Arts Council Art Gallery on Main Street in downtown Union. A reception for Ligon will be held at the gallery on Thursday, Aug. 4 from 5-7 p.m. Ligon will be present to discuss his trip to Kenya, his experiences there, and the photographs he took. Also present will be Kenyan-born dress designer Sarah Odingo and two Kenyan-born models who will be wearing traditional Kenyan garb and be available to discuss their culture, people, and family life. The public is invited and encouraged to attend.


Photo by Jeanne Hughston This photo was taken of Greenwood photographer George Ligon during a 15-day safari in the African nation of Kenya in 2013. During his safari Ligon photographed the people and wildlife of Kenya and a number of those photos are now on exhibit at at the Union County Arts Council Art Gallery on Main Street in downtown Union. A reception for Ligon will be held at the gallery on Thursday, Aug. 4 from 5-7 p.m. Ligon will be present to discuss his trip to Kenya, his experiences there, and the photographs he took. Also present will be Kenyan-born dress designer Sarah Odingo and two Kenyan-born models who will be wearing traditional Kenyan garb and be available to discuss their culture, people, and family life. The public is invited and encouraged to attend.


Photo by George Ligon This male Impala was one of the many animals photographed by Greenwood photographer George Ligon during a 15-day trip to the African nation of Kenya in 2013. Ligon’s photos of the people and wildlife of Kenya during his safari are currently on display in the “First Encounter” exhibit at the Union County Arts Council Art Gallery on Main Street in downtown Union. A reception for Ligon will be held at the gallery on Thursday, Aug. 4 from 5-7 p.m. The public is invited and encouraged to attend.


Photo by George Ligon This adolescent male Lion was one of the many animals photographed by Greenwood photographer George Ligon during a 15-day trip to the African nation of Kenya in 2013. He photographed the Impala in the Samburu Intrepid Game Reserve. Ligon’s photos of the people and wildlife of Kenya during his safari are currently on display in the “First Encounter” exhibit at the Union County Arts Council Art Gallery on Main Street in downtown Union. A reception for Ligon will be held at the gallery on Thursday, Aug. 4 from 5-7 p.m. The public is invited and encouraged to attend.


Photo by George Ligon This African Crusted Crane was photographed in the Masa Mara Game Reserve in the African nation of Kenya by Greenwood photographer George Ligon during a 2013 safari. During the 15-day safari Ligon and his wife visited six game reserves in Kenya and he photographed the people and wildlife of the country. His photos are currently on display in the “First Encounter” exhibit at the Union County Arts Council Art Gallery on Main Street in downtown Union. A reception for Ligon will be held at the gallery on Thursday, Aug. 4 from 5-7 p.m. The public is invited and encouraged to attend.


Photo by George Ligon This female elephant was the first African wildlife Greenwood photographer George Ligon encountered during a 15-day safari in the African nation of Kenya in 2013. The event gave “First Encounter,” his exhibit of photographs he took of the people and wildlife of Kenya, its name. First Encounter is currently on display at the Union County Arts Council Art Gallery on Main Street in downtown Union. A reception for Ligon will be held at the gallery on Thursday, Aug. 4 from 5-7 p.m. The public is invited and encouraged to attend.


UNION — Two Kenyan-born models wearing the traditional garb of their native land and a Kenyan-born fashion designer will be part of a reception honoring a Greenwood photographer and his photographs of the people and wildlife of the African nation of Kenya Thursday afternoon at the Union County Arts Council Art Gallery.

Since July 8 and running through Aug. 18, “First Encounter,” a collection of the photographs taken by George Ligon during a 15-day safari in Kenya in 2013 are currently on display at the UCAC Art Gallery on Main Street in downtown Union. A reception for Ligon and his work will be held at the Art Gallery on Thursday from 5-7 p.m.

The reception is being held in honor of Ligon who will be present to talk about his experiences in Kenya during the safari and the subject of the photos on display. On display at the Art Gallery are photos of the various animals Ligon and his wife encountered during the safari including Lions, Impalas, and Elephants, including a female elephant that Ligon said was the first African wildlife he encountered in Kenya.

“My wife and I and the safari we were part of visited six game reserves,” Ligon said Friday. “At the reserves we resided in tentalos, permanent structured tents beautifully appointed inside with carved wooden doors, marble sinks, and terraces and verandas where we could sit and see the elephants come up and water.

“It was at the first game reserve of the six we visited that I had my first encounter with African wildlife,” he said. “She was a large female elephant and she was grazing at the Sumburu Intrepid Game Reserve. This is what gave me the name for the exhibit.”

First Encounter is the name of both the exhibit and the picture of the elephant which is on display at the Art Gallery.

In addition to being fascinated by the wildlife of the country, Ligon said he was charmed by the people of Kenya.

“The inhabitants are very warm and accommodating,” Ligon said. “There’s a photo in First Encounter of a boy on a fence smiling and waving. My wife and I were riding past a farm and he saw us and ran out to the fence and smiled and waved at us and said ‘Jambo’ which means hello or welcome.”

He said he was also impressed by the people of Kenya because of their commitment to protecting the wildlife of their country.

“They don’t allow game hunting,” Ligon said. “They have armed guards who go into the game reserves at night to protect the wildlife from poachers. I love it that they do that.”

In addition to encountering the people and wildlife of Kenya through his photos, the people of Union County will also have the opportunity to encounter the people of Kenya in person as three Kenyan natives will be taking part in the reception.

Ligon said that Kenyan-born fashion designer Sarah Odingo and two Kenyan-born models will be at the reception, with the models wearing traditional Kenyan garb. He said they will also be there to interact with those in attendance and talk about their culture, their people, and family life in Kenya.

While it has been three years since he visited Kenya, Ligon said his experience there was a wonderful one and that he hopes to visit the country again. Before doing so, however, he said he and his wife plan to visit some other places on their “bucket list” including Italy, Alaska, Asia, and other parts of Africa such as South Africa and Namibia. He said that when they do again travel to Africa, it is his hope that their journey will again take them to Kenya.

Ligon urged those that can do so to visit Kenya and the rest of Africa, an experience that he said will change you forever.

“It was my first trip to Africa and it was an amazing experience and I would do it again,” he said. “No matter what your ethnic background when you travel through Africa it leaves you humbled and changed.”

Charles Warner | The Union Times This picture of Lake Nakuru in the The Great Rift Valley in the African nation of Kenya was taken by Greenwood photographer George Ligon. It is on display at the Union County Arts Council Art Gallery on Main Street in downtown Union as part of “First Encounter,” an exhibit of the photographs Ligon took of the people and wildlife of Kenya during a 15-day safari in 2013. A reception for Ligon will be held at the Art Gallery on Thursday, Aug. 4 from 5-7 p.m. The public is invited and encouraged to attend.
http://uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/web1_IMG_0029-1.jpgCharles Warner | The Union Times This picture of Lake Nakuru in the The Great Rift Valley in the African nation of Kenya was taken by Greenwood photographer George Ligon. It is on display at the Union County Arts Council Art Gallery on Main Street in downtown Union as part of “First Encounter,” an exhibit of the photographs Ligon took of the people and wildlife of Kenya during a 15-day safari in 2013. A reception for Ligon will be held at the Art Gallery on Thursday, Aug. 4 from 5-7 p.m. The public is invited and encouraged to attend.

Charles Warner | The Union Times This picture of four Masai women was taken by Greenwood photographer George Ligon during a 15-day safari in the African nation of Kenya. It one of the many photos included in “First Encounter,” an exhibit of the photographs Ligon took of the people and wildlife of Kenya during the 2013 safari. First Encounter is currently on at the Union County Arts Council Art Gallery on Main Street in downtown Union. A reception for Ligon will be held at the gallery on Thursday, Aug. 4 from 5-7 p.m. Ligon will be present to discuss his trip to Kenya, his experiences there, and the photographs he took. Also present will be Kenyan-born dress designer Sarah Odingo and two Kenyan-born models who will be wearing traditional Kenyan garb and be available to discuss their culture, people, and family life. The public is invited and encouraged to attend.
http://uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/web1_IMG_0027.jpgCharles Warner | The Union Times This picture of four Masai women was taken by Greenwood photographer George Ligon during a 15-day safari in the African nation of Kenya. It one of the many photos included in “First Encounter,” an exhibit of the photographs Ligon took of the people and wildlife of Kenya during the 2013 safari. First Encounter is currently on at the Union County Arts Council Art Gallery on Main Street in downtown Union. A reception for Ligon will be held at the gallery on Thursday, Aug. 4 from 5-7 p.m. Ligon will be present to discuss his trip to Kenya, his experiences there, and the photographs he took. Also present will be Kenyan-born dress designer Sarah Odingo and two Kenyan-born models who will be wearing traditional Kenyan garb and be available to discuss their culture, people, and family life. The public is invited and encouraged to attend.

Charles Warner | The Union Times This picture of a Masai woman and her child is one the many photos of the people and wildlife of the African nation of Kenya taken by Greenwood photographer George Ligon during a 15-day safari in 2013. The photo is included in “First Encounter,” a exhibit of photos taken by Ligon in Kenya currently on display at the Union County Arts Council Art Gallery on Main Street in downtown Union. A reception for Ligon will be held at the gallery on Thursday, Aug. 4 from 5-7 p.m. Ligon will be present to discuss his trip to Kenya, his experiences there, and the photographs he took. Also present will be Kenyan-born dress designer Sarah Odingo and two Kenyan-born models who will be wearing traditional Kenyan garb and be available to discuss their culture, people, and family life. The public is invited and encouraged to attend.
http://uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/web1_IMG_0028.jpgCharles Warner | The Union Times This picture of a Masai woman and her child is one the many photos of the people and wildlife of the African nation of Kenya taken by Greenwood photographer George Ligon during a 15-day safari in 2013. The photo is included in “First Encounter,” a exhibit of photos taken by Ligon in Kenya currently on display at the Union County Arts Council Art Gallery on Main Street in downtown Union. A reception for Ligon will be held at the gallery on Thursday, Aug. 4 from 5-7 p.m. Ligon will be present to discuss his trip to Kenya, his experiences there, and the photographs he took. Also present will be Kenyan-born dress designer Sarah Odingo and two Kenyan-born models who will be wearing traditional Kenyan garb and be available to discuss their culture, people, and family life. The public is invited and encouraged to attend.

Photo by Jeanne Hughston This photo was taken of Greenwood photographer George Ligon during a 15-day safari in the African nation of Kenya in 2013. During his safari Ligon photographed the people and wildlife of Kenya and a number of those photos are now on exhibit at at the Union County Arts Council Art Gallery on Main Street in downtown Union. A reception for Ligon will be held at the gallery on Thursday, Aug. 4 from 5-7 p.m. Ligon will be present to discuss his trip to Kenya, his experiences there, and the photographs he took. Also present will be Kenyan-born dress designer Sarah Odingo and two Kenyan-born models who will be wearing traditional Kenyan garb and be available to discuss their culture, people, and family life. The public is invited and encouraged to attend.
http://uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/web1_thumbnail_DSCN8527.jpgPhoto by Jeanne Hughston This photo was taken of Greenwood photographer George Ligon during a 15-day safari in the African nation of Kenya in 2013. During his safari Ligon photographed the people and wildlife of Kenya and a number of those photos are now on exhibit at at the Union County Arts Council Art Gallery on Main Street in downtown Union. A reception for Ligon will be held at the gallery on Thursday, Aug. 4 from 5-7 p.m. Ligon will be present to discuss his trip to Kenya, his experiences there, and the photographs he took. Also present will be Kenyan-born dress designer Sarah Odingo and two Kenyan-born models who will be wearing traditional Kenyan garb and be available to discuss their culture, people, and family life. The public is invited and encouraged to attend.

Photo by George Ligon This male Impala was one of the many animals photographed by Greenwood photographer George Ligon during a 15-day trip to the African nation of Kenya in 2013. Ligon’s photos of the people and wildlife of Kenya during his safari are currently on display in the “First Encounter” exhibit at the Union County Arts Council Art Gallery on Main Street in downtown Union. A reception for Ligon will be held at the gallery on Thursday, Aug. 4 from 5-7 p.m. The public is invited and encouraged to attend.
http://uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/web1_IMG_0018.jpgPhoto by George Ligon This male Impala was one of the many animals photographed by Greenwood photographer George Ligon during a 15-day trip to the African nation of Kenya in 2013. Ligon’s photos of the people and wildlife of Kenya during his safari are currently on display in the “First Encounter” exhibit at the Union County Arts Council Art Gallery on Main Street in downtown Union. A reception for Ligon will be held at the gallery on Thursday, Aug. 4 from 5-7 p.m. The public is invited and encouraged to attend.

Photo by George Ligon This adolescent male Lion was one of the many animals photographed by Greenwood photographer George Ligon during a 15-day trip to the African nation of Kenya in 2013. He photographed the Impala in the Samburu Intrepid Game Reserve. Ligon’s photos of the people and wildlife of Kenya during his safari are currently on display in the “First Encounter” exhibit at the Union County Arts Council Art Gallery on Main Street in downtown Union. A reception for Ligon will be held at the gallery on Thursday, Aug. 4 from 5-7 p.m. The public is invited and encouraged to attend.
http://uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/web1_IMG_0017.jpgPhoto by George Ligon This adolescent male Lion was one of the many animals photographed by Greenwood photographer George Ligon during a 15-day trip to the African nation of Kenya in 2013. He photographed the Impala in the Samburu Intrepid Game Reserve. Ligon’s photos of the people and wildlife of Kenya during his safari are currently on display in the “First Encounter” exhibit at the Union County Arts Council Art Gallery on Main Street in downtown Union. A reception for Ligon will be held at the gallery on Thursday, Aug. 4 from 5-7 p.m. The public is invited and encouraged to attend.

Photo by George Ligon This African Crusted Crane was photographed in the Masa Mara Game Reserve in the African nation of Kenya by Greenwood photographer George Ligon during a 2013 safari. During the 15-day safari Ligon and his wife visited six game reserves in Kenya and he photographed the people and wildlife of the country. His photos are currently on display in the “First Encounter” exhibit at the Union County Arts Council Art Gallery on Main Street in downtown Union. A reception for Ligon will be held at the gallery on Thursday, Aug. 4 from 5-7 p.m. The public is invited and encouraged to attend.
http://uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/web1_IMG_0020.jpgPhoto by George Ligon This African Crusted Crane was photographed in the Masa Mara Game Reserve in the African nation of Kenya by Greenwood photographer George Ligon during a 2013 safari. During the 15-day safari Ligon and his wife visited six game reserves in Kenya and he photographed the people and wildlife of the country. His photos are currently on display in the “First Encounter” exhibit at the Union County Arts Council Art Gallery on Main Street in downtown Union. A reception for Ligon will be held at the gallery on Thursday, Aug. 4 from 5-7 p.m. The public is invited and encouraged to attend.

Photo by George Ligon This female elephant was the first African wildlife Greenwood photographer George Ligon encountered during a 15-day safari in the African nation of Kenya in 2013. The event gave “First Encounter,” his exhibit of photographs he took of the people and wildlife of Kenya, its name. First Encounter is currently on display at the Union County Arts Council Art Gallery on Main Street in downtown Union. A reception for Ligon will be held at the gallery on Thursday, Aug. 4 from 5-7 p.m. The public is invited and encouraged to attend.
http://uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/web1_thumbnail__Z4U4591-2-copy-copy25-graincroppedunder-exposed-1EVAntique-Plate-1-copy.jpgPhoto by George Ligon This female elephant was the first African wildlife Greenwood photographer George Ligon encountered during a 15-day safari in the African nation of Kenya in 2013. The event gave “First Encounter,” his exhibit of photographs he took of the people and wildlife of Kenya, its name. First Encounter is currently on display at the Union County Arts Council Art Gallery on Main Street in downtown Union. A reception for Ligon will be held at the gallery on Thursday, Aug. 4 from 5-7 p.m. The public is invited and encouraged to attend.
Art Gallery to host reception Thursday

By Charles Warner

cwarner@civitasmedia.com

Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090.

Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090.

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