‘Jambo’ to the UCAC Art Gallery


Large turnout for Ligon reception

By Charles Warner - cwarner@civitasmedia.com



Charles Warner | The Union Times “Jambo” is a Swahili word that means “hello” or “welcome.” It is also the title of this photo taken by Greenwood photographer George Ligon during a 2013 safari in the African nation of Kenya. Ligon took this photo as the safari was driving through the Kenyan countryside and this little boy climbed up on the fence around a farm, waved, smiled, and said “Jambo” to the people on the safari. The picture and many others Ligon took on the safari are currently on display at the Union County Arts Council Art Gallery where a reception in Ligon’s honor was held Thursday evening.


Charles Warner | The Union Times This is a closeup of the child featured in “Jambo,” a photo taken by Greenwood photographer George Ligon during a 2013 safari to the African nation of Kenya. The child climbed up on the fence around a farm in the Kenyan countryside as the safari passed by and called out “Jambo” which is a Swahili word meaning “hello” or “welcome.” The photo is part of an exhibit of Ligon’s work at the Union County Arts Council Art Gallery where a reception in Ligon’s honor was held Thursday evening.


Charles Warner | The Union Times Union County Arts Council Director Amber Ivey chats with Greenwood photographer George Ligon during a reception in his honor at the UCAC Art Gallery Thursday evening. Ligon’s photographs of the people and wildlife of the African nation of Kenya during a 2013 safari are currently on display at the Art Gallery on Main Street in downtown Union. Ligon’s work will remain on display at the Art Gallery through Aug. 18.


Charles Warner | The Union Times Cynthia Drakeford (left), wife of Greenwood photographer George Ligon, and Louise Unti (right) smile for the camera during a reception at the Union County Arts Council Art Gallery Thursday evening. The reception was held for Ligon whose photographs of the people and wildlife of the African nation are currently on display at the Art Gallery.


Charles Warner | The Union Times “Young Samburu Goat Herder” was taken by Greenwood photographer George Ligon in the Samburu Intrepid Game Reserve in the African nation of Kenya. Ligon took these and other photos of the people and wildlife of Kenya during a 2013 safari. This photo and many others are currently on display at the Union County Arts Council Art Gallery on Main Street in downtown Union.


Charles Warner | The Union Times “Masai Women Carrying Water To Their Village” was taken by Greenwood photographer George Ligon while on the road during a 2013 safari in the African nation of Kenya. These and many other photos of the people and wildlife of Kenya taken by Ligon during the safari are currently on display at the Union County Arts Council Art Gallery on Main Street in downtown Union.


Charles Warner | The Union Times Greenwood residents Gene and Marilyn Toblert were among the 75 people to attend Thursday’s reception in honor of photographer George Ligon. Like the Tolberts, Ligon is a resident of Greenwood, and the couple said that they were at the reception at Ligon’s invitation. They said they had previously saw and enjoyed his work in Greenwood and McCormick. The reception was held at the Union County Arts Council Art Gallery where Ligon’s photos of the people and wildlife of Kenya are on display through Aug. 18.


Charles Warner | The Union Times Union resident Barbara Rippy was among the 75 people to attend Thursday’s reception at the Union County Arts Council Art Gallery honoring Greenwood photographer George Ligon. Here Rippy and Ligon chat in front of some of the photos he took during a 2013 safari in the African nation of Kenya. Ligon’s work is currently on display at the UCAC Art Gallery.


UNION — A photographer whose pictures of the people and wildlife of the African nation of Kenya are currently on display at the Union County Arts Council Art Gallery got a big “Jambo” from the 75 people who turned out to meet him and view his work Thursday evening.

In 2013, Greenwood photographer George Ligon and his wife, Cynthia Drakeford, went on a 15-day safari in Kenya that took them to six games reserves where they saw — and he photographed — the wildlife including Lions, Impalas, Elephants, Water Buffalo, Cheetah, Zebras, and more. In addition to photographing the wildlife, Ligon also photographed the people of Kenya including Masai women carrying water to their village and mothers with their children, a young Samburu goat herder, and other scenes of daily life in the country.

As they were driving through the countryside, the safari passed a farm where a little boy ran to the fence surrounding it, climbed on the fence, smiled and waved at the people on the safari and called out “Jambo,” which is Swahili for “hello” or “welcome.” Ligon took a picture of child and the photo, which he called “Jambo,” is now on display at the UCAC Arts Council Art Gallery on Main Street in downtown Union.

The Art Gallery, which has been displaying Ligon’s work since early April, was the site of a reception in honor of him and his work. The event drew a large crowd that wished both Ligon and his wife “Jambo” to Union and the Art Gallery as they met, mingled and talked with the couple and viewed Ligon’s work.

“It went great,” UCAC Director Amber Ivey said Friday. “We had 75 people here. It was a great turnout.”

The exhibit, which is called “First Encounter” will remain on display the UCAC Art Gallery through Aug. 18.

For more information about First Enounter and the Union County Arts Council call 864-429-2817 or visit www.facebook.com/UnionArts.

Charles Warner | The Union Times “Jambo” is a Swahili word that means “hello” or “welcome.” It is also the title of this photo taken by Greenwood photographer George Ligon during a 2013 safari in the African nation of Kenya. Ligon took this photo as the safari was driving through the Kenyan countryside and this little boy climbed up on the fence around a farm, waved, smiled, and said “Jambo” to the people on the safari. The picture and many others Ligon took on the safari are currently on display at the Union County Arts Council Art Gallery where a reception in Ligon’s honor was held Thursday evening.
http://uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/web1_IMG_0005a-2.jpgCharles Warner | The Union Times “Jambo” is a Swahili word that means “hello” or “welcome.” It is also the title of this photo taken by Greenwood photographer George Ligon during a 2013 safari in the African nation of Kenya. Ligon took this photo as the safari was driving through the Kenyan countryside and this little boy climbed up on the fence around a farm, waved, smiled, and said “Jambo” to the people on the safari. The picture and many others Ligon took on the safari are currently on display at the Union County Arts Council Art Gallery where a reception in Ligon’s honor was held Thursday evening.

Charles Warner | The Union Times This is a closeup of the child featured in “Jambo,” a photo taken by Greenwood photographer George Ligon during a 2013 safari to the African nation of Kenya. The child climbed up on the fence around a farm in the Kenyan countryside as the safari passed by and called out “Jambo” which is a Swahili word meaning “hello” or “welcome.” The photo is part of an exhibit of Ligon’s work at the Union County Arts Council Art Gallery where a reception in Ligon’s honor was held Thursday evening.
http://uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/web1_IMG_0004a-2.jpgCharles Warner | The Union Times This is a closeup of the child featured in “Jambo,” a photo taken by Greenwood photographer George Ligon during a 2013 safari to the African nation of Kenya. The child climbed up on the fence around a farm in the Kenyan countryside as the safari passed by and called out “Jambo” which is a Swahili word meaning “hello” or “welcome.” The photo is part of an exhibit of Ligon’s work at the Union County Arts Council Art Gallery where a reception in Ligon’s honor was held Thursday evening.

Charles Warner | The Union Times Union County Arts Council Director Amber Ivey chats with Greenwood photographer George Ligon during a reception in his honor at the UCAC Art Gallery Thursday evening. Ligon’s photographs of the people and wildlife of the African nation of Kenya during a 2013 safari are currently on display at the Art Gallery on Main Street in downtown Union. Ligon’s work will remain on display at the Art Gallery through Aug. 18.
http://uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/web1_IMG_0025-1.jpgCharles Warner | The Union Times Union County Arts Council Director Amber Ivey chats with Greenwood photographer George Ligon during a reception in his honor at the UCAC Art Gallery Thursday evening. Ligon’s photographs of the people and wildlife of the African nation of Kenya during a 2013 safari are currently on display at the Art Gallery on Main Street in downtown Union. Ligon’s work will remain on display at the Art Gallery through Aug. 18.

Charles Warner | The Union Times Cynthia Drakeford (left), wife of Greenwood photographer George Ligon, and Louise Unti (right) smile for the camera during a reception at the Union County Arts Council Art Gallery Thursday evening. The reception was held for Ligon whose photographs of the people and wildlife of the African nation are currently on display at the Art Gallery.
http://uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/web1_IMG_0027-1.jpgCharles Warner | The Union Times Cynthia Drakeford (left), wife of Greenwood photographer George Ligon, and Louise Unti (right) smile for the camera during a reception at the Union County Arts Council Art Gallery Thursday evening. The reception was held for Ligon whose photographs of the people and wildlife of the African nation are currently on display at the Art Gallery.

Charles Warner | The Union Times “Young Samburu Goat Herder” was taken by Greenwood photographer George Ligon in the Samburu Intrepid Game Reserve in the African nation of Kenya. Ligon took these and other photos of the people and wildlife of Kenya during a 2013 safari. This photo and many others are currently on display at the Union County Arts Council Art Gallery on Main Street in downtown Union.
http://uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/web1_IMG_0029-1.jpgCharles Warner | The Union Times “Young Samburu Goat Herder” was taken by Greenwood photographer George Ligon in the Samburu Intrepid Game Reserve in the African nation of Kenya. Ligon took these and other photos of the people and wildlife of Kenya during a 2013 safari. This photo and many others are currently on display at the Union County Arts Council Art Gallery on Main Street in downtown Union.

Charles Warner | The Union Times “Masai Women Carrying Water To Their Village” was taken by Greenwood photographer George Ligon while on the road during a 2013 safari in the African nation of Kenya. These and many other photos of the people and wildlife of Kenya taken by Ligon during the safari are currently on display at the Union County Arts Council Art Gallery on Main Street in downtown Union.
http://uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/web1_IMG_0031-1.jpgCharles Warner | The Union Times “Masai Women Carrying Water To Their Village” was taken by Greenwood photographer George Ligon while on the road during a 2013 safari in the African nation of Kenya. These and many other photos of the people and wildlife of Kenya taken by Ligon during the safari are currently on display at the Union County Arts Council Art Gallery on Main Street in downtown Union.

Charles Warner | The Union Times Greenwood residents Gene and Marilyn Toblert were among the 75 people to attend Thursday’s reception in honor of photographer George Ligon. Like the Tolberts, Ligon is a resident of Greenwood, and the couple said that they were at the reception at Ligon’s invitation. They said they had previously saw and enjoyed his work in Greenwood and McCormick. The reception was held at the Union County Arts Council Art Gallery where Ligon’s photos of the people and wildlife of Kenya are on display through Aug. 18.
http://uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/web1_IMG_0023-1.jpgCharles Warner | The Union Times Greenwood residents Gene and Marilyn Toblert were among the 75 people to attend Thursday’s reception in honor of photographer George Ligon. Like the Tolberts, Ligon is a resident of Greenwood, and the couple said that they were at the reception at Ligon’s invitation. They said they had previously saw and enjoyed his work in Greenwood and McCormick. The reception was held at the Union County Arts Council Art Gallery where Ligon’s photos of the people and wildlife of Kenya are on display through Aug. 18.

Charles Warner | The Union Times Union resident Barbara Rippy was among the 75 people to attend Thursday’s reception at the Union County Arts Council Art Gallery honoring Greenwood photographer George Ligon. Here Rippy and Ligon chat in front of some of the photos he took during a 2013 safari in the African nation of Kenya. Ligon’s work is currently on display at the UCAC Art Gallery.
http://uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/web1_IMG_0032a-1.jpgCharles Warner | The Union Times Union resident Barbara Rippy was among the 75 people to attend Thursday’s reception at the Union County Arts Council Art Gallery honoring Greenwood photographer George Ligon. Here Rippy and Ligon chat in front of some of the photos he took during a 2013 safari in the African nation of Kenya. Ligon’s work is currently on display at the UCAC Art Gallery.
Large turnout for Ligon reception

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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