By Robert Catanese
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Local Savannah Artist Patricia Sabree is preserving her roots and honoring her family one stroke at a time.
Patricia is a Gullah Artist, and specializes in this form of art that has been traced back to Western Africa over 400 years ago.
Gullah Art, also known as "Happy Art", combines both rich African history with southern roots.
Although originating in Western Africa, Gullah Art has influences in Haitian, Jamaican and Spanish Art.
Patricia says preserving history through all her hard work and dedication is what Gullah is truly about,
"it is my way of preservation, saying thank you to my ancestors and also my way of carrying on the legacy for all those like my parents and brothers and sisters.
Patricia and her daughter have written a book entitled "Pass The Path". It is written in both English and native Gullah, and she hand painted every page. She says every painting is full of vibrant colors and tells a story of the fusion of African and Southern cultures.
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