Happy Tuesday, friends! Did you do anything exciting over the weekend? On Saturday, we took advantage of the beautiful weather and did a little family shopping. We were shopping for home decor and Mother’s Day gifts for my mom and sister.
I also wanted to find a unique gift for my mom so we went to Dabls MBAD African Bead Museum in Detroit. Located on the corner of Grand River and West Grand Blvd., the African Bead Museum features beautiful beads for jewelry making and African jewelry you can wear. I couldn’t resist and ended up buying a necklace for myself. Happy early Mother’s Day to me!
Dabls MBAD African Bead Museum is owned by Olayami Dabls, a visual storyteller who has been creating art for more than 45 years. You can read more about Mr. Dabls here.
After our visit to the bead museum, we took a walk through the outdoor cultural art and sculpture gallery. It’s also located next to the bead museum. According to the official website of the African Bead Museum, the museum features 18 outdoor installations as well as the African Bead Gallery, N’kisi House and African Language Wall.
It is truly a marvelous experience. I ended up taking a great number of photographs of the art. I am going to share my photographs of the outdoor art installations in a separate post.
There was so much to take in that we didn’t finish viewing the gallery because it was starting to get dark outside. I plan on going back to the African Bead Museum to finish my tour and learn more about Mr. Dabls’ artwork.