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As if the N.C. Museum of Art didn't already have a formidable collection--art from Europe, America, and various other regions--it is about to get a boost in its already established and permanent African art exhibit. The Friends of African and African American Art will host the opening of the newest exhibit, Accent of Africa: Recent Acquisitions of African Art, to bring to attention the museum's new African works. Among the featured art in the exhibit is a traditional South African costume for a divination priestess as well as works by Ethiopian painter Skunder Boghossian and Nigerian sculptor Lamidi Fakeye. In addition, patrons will find an array of textiles, costumes and traditional African utensils. The exhibit itself runs from April 6 to Aug. 10, and the opening festivities will be held April 5 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. The celebration will feature music from Zimbabwe-born DJ Munya, and guests are encouraged to wear African attire. Tickets to attend the opening exhibit in the museum's Blue Ridge restaurant are $20 for Friends of African and African American Art, $25 for museum members and $30 for the general public. For reservations call 839-6262, ext. 2199. The exhibit will be free.

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