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Ancient art supplies found in South African cave

This undated handout photo provided by the journal Science shows an Abalone shell

Researchers in South Africa have discovered what may have been the world’s earliest artist’s studio. A 100,000-year-old workshop used to mix and store the reddish pigment ochre has been discovered in Blombos Cave on the rugged southern coast near Cape Town. At the same site, scientists have found some of the earliest sharp stone tools, as well as evidence of fishing. The latest find is reported in Friday’s edition of the journal Science. It includes pieces of ochre, grinding bowls, shells for storage and bone and charcoal to mix with the pigment.

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Workshop, Reception and Free Presentation by Efren Gonzalez at Ashland Art Center

Elaine Frenett discovered this master artist, Efren Gonzalez, in Mexico on a recent vacation. She has worked hard to bring him to Southern Oregon, and has made arrangements for him to teach a workshop at Ashland Art Center on making magnificent ceramic murals in the ancient Mayan tradition. Meet Mr. Gonzalez at a Meet & Greet reception scheduled for September 23, just before the workshop begins.

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