Nigerian contemporary art gallery, Omenka gallery is indeed one of it's kind in the way it reveals the hidden beauty that lies in art.
Finding this gallery, however, might be somewhat difficult for a first-time visitor as it is hidden, deliberately I guess, somewhere in the midst of a beautiful garden and cafe in foremost Nigerian Artist, Ben Enwonwu's compound on Ikoyi crescent in Ikoyi. But then, you'll be glad once you locate it.
Omenka gallery is a Nigerian contemporary art gallery, which represents Nigerian and international artists at its exhibition space in Lagos.
The gallery prides itself in a peaceful and serene environment with a beautiful view of the garden just right in front of the gallery, a perfect inspiration for any artist. I mean the ambience of this gallery is excellent.
The beautiful scene of tiny little ants all clustering around a well-hidden cube of sugar and turning what seems like a mountain before them into a low land or a valley is kind of what this gallery offers. Even though hidden somewhere in the beautiful streets of Ikoyi, the quality of the art pieces will draw any art lover to it and once there, you literally have no other choice but to explore all that's in it to the last bit.
The one-room gallery embraces you with a warm and friendly hug from the receptionist (a beautiful portrait) that draws you into the room that houses both paintings and sculptures of all kinds, all neatly arranged on their different platforms that expose the beauty underneath these works perfectly.
I love just how the sculptures showcase themselves, each sitting on its own all white beautiful shelf and staring all lovingly and welcoming at each visitor that slides into the gallery from the front pouch.
The portraits, on the other hand, not wanting to be left out had these magnetic force that made them really attractive like a beautiful "figure 8" lady posing effortlessly, she'd always get passers-by attentions, trust me. I, however, wish each piece was titled and tagged just so I don't have to figure out, all by myself, what the artist intends to showcase. But even at that, they were incredibly beautiful and attractive.
With more than just art pieces to offer, the well-arranged gallery, exceptionally organised and neat, good lightings, sparkling white painted walls and tiled floor, cool music, beautiful cafe, friendly staffs and of course nature-friendly cool breeze and little hummingbirds makes this gallery one of it's kind.