Title: Picking Wild Fruits
Artist: Milcah Mashon-Ganyika
Size: approx 12.5″w x 12.5″h
Zimbabwe Weya Art hand painted wooden tray, folk art
Cost: $60 – includes free shipping in the continental U.S.
The piece includes the hand written story by the artist and her bio on the back.
People are busy picking wild fruits. Others are picking wild fruits to eat at their homes. Mother is carrying firewood. Mrs Choto is carrying dish full of wild fruit.
Born in 1966, Milcah was raised in a family of 6 children. She was married in 1982 and has 5 children. Her husband died in 1994, at the age of 32. She became the sole supporter of her children, sent them all through school, and is now a proud grandmother living in her own home she built herself.
Milcah learned to paint at the Weya Community Training Center in 1988. She moved to Harare in February 1998, to paint on hand-thrown pottery at Ros Byrne Pottery. She says she moved to the city because every week there was money,” thus enabling her to “give my children a better life.”