Ellie Schimelman's background is as a potter and an educator. Over 20 years ago she started traveling to Ghana, looking for inspiration as an artist. Enamored by the country, its people and its arts - and unable to stop returning to it - in 1994 she formed Aba Tours and started taking others.
In 2002 Ellie started an educational non-profit called Cross Cultural Collaborative, Inc. to promote cultural exchange and understanding through the arts. People from around the world come to ABA HOUSE, in Nungua, Ghana, to interact with African artists. Artists live and work together in an environment where they can exchange ideas and find universal connections.
Visit the Aba Tours web site at www.abatours.com and the Cross Cultural Collaborative site at www.culturalcollaborative.org
Contributions to AfricanCraft.com
Emmanuel Agbeli, Painter and drummer, Ghana
Nomoda Ebenizer Djaba, Krobo Bead maker, Ghana
Peter Amankwah, painter, Ghana
Dickson Eddie Afeamenyo, Kente weaver, Ghana
Samuel Carter, jeweler, Ghana
Kobbi Klutse, puppeteer, drum-maker, Ghana
James Kafui Ahiave, cement sculptor, Ghana
Sammy Asare, textile artist, Ghana
Ellie Schimelman, artist, USA
Ghana Rocks: A Regional Guide to Ghanaian Crafts, by Ellie Schimelman and Ann Schunior