Saturday, November 30, 2013

Exhibition: ASTT’s 70th Anniversary ENDS Saturday 30th November, 2013 - Closing Reception 6pm — Art Society of Trinidad & Tobago, West Indies

ASTT's 70th Anniv Exhibit ENDS 30th Nov 2013 http://artsocietytt.org
Exhibition: ASTT’s 70th Anniversary through Saturday 30th November  — Art Society of Trinidad & Tobago, West Indies: The Art Society of Trinidad and Tobago's 70th Anniversary Exhibition through Saturday 30th November 2013. As this is our 70th Anniversary, we have curated a show that will cover three areas: (1) The 70th Anniversary Wall, (2) The Icons and (3) The Exhibition, which is to include works such as, but not limited to: photography, ceramics, sculpture, installations, print making, painting, drawing and Digital Art. THE EXHIBITION - will include a selection of our current members’ work. This will be "juried" to ensure a high standard is maintained.
IMPORTANT DATES:
15NOV - Opening Night:  6-8:30pm
23NOV - Film Night: 
7pm
30NOV - Closing Reception:  
6pm
01DEC - Collect Work
For further information:  http://artsocietytt.org

Exhibition: Artist Peter Sheppard through Saturday, November 30, 2013 at Y Art Gallery -- Trinidad & Tobago, West Indies

Exhibition: Peter Sheppard through Nov30, 2013 at Y Art Gallery www.yartgallery.com
Exhibition: Artist Peter Sheppard through Saturday, November 30, 2013 at the Y Art Gallery -- Trinidad & Tobago; Where: Y Art and Framing Gallery; Location: 26 Taylor Street; Woodbrook, Trinidad & Tobago, W.I.; Tel.: (868) 628 4165; Email: yartgallerytt@gmail.com
About the Artist: "Peter Sheppard is a self-taught artist whose work continues to develop into his own signature of a type of stylised realism appearing typical of our environment, but is in fact drawn from the artist's soul. Sheppard chooses to paint in long overnight studio sessions. He explains: 'I believe this is the most productive time of day for me as it coincides with the creation and dawning of a new day - This is when I feel my most creative energy.' Peter recently retired from the Travel Industry in which he has worked since leaving school at 17 years of age. He also designs and produces costumes for children and adults for Carnival. Over the past several years he has taken his costumes abroad and participated in Fantasy Fest in Key West, Florida where he has won the top prizes." -- Sonia Gopeesingh-Luckhoo, Art Critic; Read more: http://artsocietytt.org/sheppardP.html
For information about the gallery: http://www.yartgallery.com/. For further information about the artist: www.petersheppard.webs.com, https://www.facebook.com/pages/Peter-Sheppard-Art-Design/228675953871156 and http://101artgallery.com/sheppardP.html


Exhibition: "Dermot Louison 2013" through November 30th, 2013 at Horizons Art Gallery -- Trinidad & Tobago, West Indies

See "Vincent Danglad's House" by Dermot Louison on display through
November 30th, 2013 at Horizons Art Gallery www.horizonsartgallery.com
Exhibition: "Dermot Louison 2013" through November 30th, 2013 at Horizons Art Gallery -- Trinidad & Tobago, West Indies; Location: #37 Mucurapo Road, St. James; Tel: 628-9769, 297-5105; For further information, please email: info@horizonsartgallery.com or visit: http://www.horizonsartgallery.com; Gallery opening hours: Mon - Fri: 9:00 am - 5:30 pm, Sat: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
About the Artist: "Dermot Louison was born into a middle class family in Woodbrook in 1933. Dermot later spent his early childhood days in Cascade and St Ann's, Port of Spain. He received his primary school education at the St Ann's R.C. School and completed his secondary education at the Tranquility Government School. Louison developed a strong interest in art at an early age, largely self taught, though with a brief attendance at an art school in London, England, during the early 1950's at which time he traveled the European continent extensively. He developed into a professional artist after his return to Trinidad in 1959. Since then he has held many successful exhibitions both locally and within the Caribbean region. Louison has grown into a household name, admired and appreciated by many who harbour a love and fascination for scenic Trinidad and Tobago and lost or dying cultural & historical habits of the community during and after the B.W.I. period." Read more: http://www.horizonsartgallery.com/index.php/art-gallery/category/59-louison-dermot
For further information about the gallery: www.horizonsartgallery.com. For further information about the artist: https://www.facebook.com/dermot.o.louison and http://www.horizonsartgallery.com/index.php/art-gallery/category/59-louison-dermot

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Gallery Event: Kishan Munroe Artist Talk on Tuesday, November 26, 2013 from 6pm – 9pm at NAGB — Bahamas, West Indies

Kishan Munroe Artist Talk Nov 26, 2013 at NAGB http://www.nagb.org.bs
Gallery Event: Kishan Munroe Artist Talk on
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
from 6pm – 9pm at NAGB — Bahamas, West Indies
Loved or missed the Exhibition opening?  Come and attend Kishan Munroe Artist Talk!
"The National Art Gallery Of The Bahamas (NAGB) would once again like to thank all persons who were in attendance last night, we were more than elated to hold such a spectacular exhibition opening and to have you with us. For Those who missed this opportunity, are able to still view the exhibition during gallery hours, and also attend Kishan Munroe Artist Talk on Tuesday, November 26th, 2013 at 6:00 PM @ The NAGB. Hope to see you again!"NAGB http://www.nagb.org.bs
For further information: https://www.facebook.com/events/573221689439605/?ref=22, https://www.facebook.com/TheNAGB, http://www.nagb.org.bs/Gallery-Events/Artist-Talk-Kishan-Munroe and http://www.nagb.org.bs/. For further information about the artist: http://www.kishanmunroe.com/tuhe%20profile.html and http://www.kishanmunroe.com


Ja Journal launched at National Gallery — Jamaica Gleaner

Prof. Lewis speaks at the launch of the current edition of the 'Jamaica Journal'
at the National Gallery (JG Photo by Mel Cooke)
http://jamaica-gleaner.com/gleaner/20131126/ent/ent3.html
Ja Journal launched at National Gallery — Jamaica Gleaner
Published: Tuesday | November 26, 2013
Mel Cooke, Gleaner Writer
The latest edition of the Jamaica Journal, the Institute of Jamaica's flagship publication, was launched as part of a full programme at the National Gallery's Last Sundays November programme. While there was naturally strong focus on its content with editor Dr Kim Robinson-Walcott giving an overview of some of the articles, Professor Rupert Lewis gave a brief history of the publication. Lewis' longstanding connection with the journal started with the first edition, which he did a review of while a student at the University of the West Indies. Now a member of the Jamaica Journal editorial committee, Lewis said Sylvia Wynter is one of the best minds to have contributed to the publication, and he went through an impressive list of other contributors, including Vic Reid, John Hearne, Erna Brodber, David Boxer, Neville Dawes, Mervyn Morris, Dennis Scott, Rex Nettleford, and Edward Baugh. "It has had its ups and downs," Lewis said, identifying Robinson-Walcott's 10-year stewardship as a high point in the Jamaica Journal's history. Read more: http://jamaica-gleaner.com/gleaner/20131126/ent/ent3.html. For further information: http://jj.instituteofjamaica.org.jm/ioj_wp/, https://www.facebook.com/pages/JAMAICA-JOURNAL-Established-Since-1967/101672476544555, http://nationalgalleryofjamaica.wordpress.com/ and http://natgalja.org.jm/ioj_wp/

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Exhibition: National Gallery continues “Last Sunday” openings on November 24, 2013 — Jamaica Gleaner

National Gallery of Jamaica "Last Sundays" on Nov 24, 2013
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Exhibition: National Gallery continues “Last Sunday” openings
on November 24, 2013 — Jamaica Gleaner
Published: Wednesday | November 20, 2013
The National Gallery of Jamaica's (NGJ) Last Sundays programme continues on November 24 with a full and exciting programme of activities for the day. Doors will open from 11 a.m to 4 p.m. The programme begins with yoga class, titled Yoga and Art in Motion, presented by Nadine McNeil (Universal Empress) and inspired by Matthew McCarthy's 'Put Dis on Page 2' installation, which was featured in the recently closed 'New Roots' exhibition. Participants pay $1000, with proceeds going to the National Gallery's outreach programme. Participants should also bring a yoga mat for the class. The next item on the programme is the launch of the latest edition of the Jamaica Journal, Volume 34, No. 3, at 1:30 p.m. The Jamaica Journal is the flagship publication of the Institute of Jamaica and features a range of research and review articles related to history, the arts and science.
“For art lovers, there is a review of the 2012 National Biennial by Charles Campbell, and an article on the About Face project, an online exhibition project curated by the late Dr Petrine Archer-Straw and Dr Claudia Hucke, which revived and examined the groundbreaking 'Face of Jamaica' travelling exhibition of 1963-64. The journal also features tributes to leading figures in the arts who passed away, including the Hon Maurice Facey, OJ, who was the National Gallery's founding chairman and a major patron of the arts, as well as Dr Archer-Straw, a past employee and board member of the gallery, and an artist in her own right.”Jamaica Gleaner http://jamaica-gleaner.com/gleaner/20131120/ent/ent5.html
The day will conclude with visitors being given the opportunity to make their marks, with coloured chalk, on the 'Put Dis on Page 2' installation. This part of the programme will start at 2:30 p.m. and will be followed by a musical accompaniment. As is now customary, admission to the NGJ will be free on Sunday and, other than the yoga class, all programme items are also free, including tours and children's activities. The gift and coffee shops will be open. Read more: http://jamaica-gleaner.com/gleaner/20131120/ent/ent5.html. For further information: http://natgalja.org.jm/ioj_wp/ and http://nationalgalleryofjamaica.wordpress.com/




Port Royal: fortified heritage -- Jamaica Gleaner

'Port Royal Earthquaque' Painting by Robert W. Nicholson
www.playingintheworldgame.wordpress.com/tag/port-royal
Port Royal: fortified heritage -- Jamaica Gleaner
Published: Sunday | November 24, 2013 0
Amitabh Sharma, Contributor
"This is when the earthquake struck," Captain Peter Gordon said, pointing at an artist's rendition of the 1692 earthquake at Port Royal which captured the chaos, destruction and the high waves that started to engulf the city. A tsunami of thoughts and scenes hit one's mind, a flashback from the now quiet, serene façade of Fort Charles to an era where fables surrounding Port Royal, labelled as the 'wickedest' place on earth where one-eyed, one-legged pirates roamed, and rum and silver flowed as freely as the waves of the Caribbean Sea surrounding it, romanticised notoriety in all its glory. Preserved in Fort Charles, Port Royal, are the remains and artefacts which were excavated from the ruins, a collection that stands as a testimony to the once richest city in the western hemisphere. The National Museum Jamaica-operated museum, housed in the fort, showcases items which weaved those intriguing tales; and most of the items preserved in the glass showcases speak of the vibrancy and diversity of this city - from Indonesian Chinaware, a Jewish prayer lamp, to a dagger (katar), which originated from India. One would be mystified, awed and intrigued to find glimpses of the world civilisations in this now laid-back and sleepy Fort Charles. The red-bricked asymmetrical fortification once stood guard, warding off intruders and intimidating them with a battery of high-calibre guns that were strategically mounted in the periphery. The fort and the town were inseparably linked.
"Their (Fort Charles and Port Royal) rise and fall were influenced by a number of historical events," explained Gordon, curatoral assistant at the museum and a Port Royal resident. "They included the rise of piracy, the Imperial trade routes, international relationships, and natural disasters." -- Jamaica Gleaner http://jamaica-gleaner.com/gleaner/20131124/arts/arts1.html
During the second half of the 17th century, Port Royal was transformed into one of the most important transshipment points in the New World. According to historians, it was also a cultural Mecca, surpassing Boston and other major New World cities.  Read more: http://jamaica-gleaner.com/gleaner/20131124/arts/arts1.html. For further information: http://nautarch.tamu.edu/portroyal/, http://www.atlasobscura.com/places/sunken-pirate-stronghold-at-port-royal and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Port_Royal. Related article: https://playingintheworldgame.wordpress.com/tag/port-royal/


Saturday, November 23, 2013

Exhibition: "GEMS" Artwork by Shalini Singh through Saturday 23rd November 2013 at Gallery at Fine Art -- Trinidad & Tobago, West Indies

Artwork by Shalini Singh at Gallery at Fine Art http://fineartcaribbean.com/
Exhibition: "Gems" Tuesday 12th November - Saturday 23rd November 2013
Exhibition: "GEMS" Artwork by Shalini Singh through Saturday 23rd November 2013 at Gallery at Fine Art -- Trinidad & Tobago, West Indies - Event Description: The Gallery at Fine Art cordially invites you to view Artwork by Shalini Singh from Tuesday 12th November - Saturday 23rd November 2013; Location: Corner of Warren and Rosalino Streets Woodbrook; Tele: (868) 628-4669; Fax: (868) 622-4034; E-Mail: gallery@tstt.net.tt; Opening Hours: Mon - Fri 9.00 am - 5.00 pm; Sat 9.00 am - 1.00 pm
About the Artist: "Dr. Shalini Singh attended Bishop Anstey High School and completed her B.A, M.Phil and Ph.D degrees at the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad. A recipient of first class honours and a post- graduate scholarship, Shalini currently teaches Art at the Diego Martin Central Secondary School and Art History at the Fashion and Design Department, UTT. Shalini has previous teaching experience at the University of the West Indies and she has exhibited in several solo and group exhibitions. Her works were exhibited in New York, Colombia, Guyana and Miami. Shalini is a long standing member of the Women in Art Organisation of Trinidad and Tobago and the Art Society of Trinidad and Tobago." -- Read more: http://fineartcaribbean.com/index.php/v/original-art/shalinisingh/?q=gallery
Artist's Statement: “My paintings are based on experiences, images and ideas from the environment. I want to construct a free, lively, exotic, colourful, enchanting and decorative world with floating forms from the most surreal and spiritual to the most prosaic, sublime and bizarre. I am inspired by cosmic and celestial elements, tribal communities, ancient mythology, symbols, artefacts, rituals, cave drawings and monumental works made by various civilizations.” -- Read more: http://fineartcaribbean.com/index.php/v/original-art/shalinisingh/?q=gallery
For further information about the artist: https://www.facebook.com/RhythmsOfNature, http://fineartcaribbean.com/index.php/v/original-art/shalinisingh/?q=gallery, http://www.saatchionline.com/art/Painting-Let-the-Lotus-be-You/316245/1500821/view, http://www.zoominfo.com/s/#!search/profile/person?personId=357316695&targetid=profile and http://artsocietytt.org/singhS.html. For further information about the gallery: http://fineartcaribbean.com/

Ongoing BNG Exhibitions through Saturday, November 23, 2013 —National Gallery Bermuda, West Indies

Ongoing BNG Exhibitions through Saturday, November 23, 2013
www.bermudanationalgallery.com
Ongoing BNG Exhibitions through Saturday, November 23, 2013 —National Gallery Bermuda, West Indies; Where: Bermuda National Gallery; Date: Ongoing — November 23, 2013; Category: Exhibition; Location: City Hall & Arts Centre, 2nd flr.; Price: FREE; Contact: 295-9428
Current BNG Exhibitions:
• Charlotte Anna Lefroy Botanicals from the
       Bermuda National Trust Collection
• Meredith Andrews: Fathers
• Eyes on the World Extension (new work)


Continuing Exhibitions at the BNG:
• Women Artists from the BNG Collection
       In the Watlington Room
• Impressions of Bermuda: Gift from David L. White
       In the Ondaatje Wing
Location: City Hall & Arts Centre, Hamilton; Gallery hours: Monday - Friday: 10am - 4pm, Saturday: 10am - 2pm; Closed Sundays and Holidays. For further information: http://www.bermudanationalgallery.com/events/view/113/2013-09-12  and http://www.bermudanationalgallery.com/.  For more info on artist Charlotte Anna Lefroy Botanicals pictured above:  https://www.facebook.com/events/526202544109254/?ref=22. Related articles: http://www.royalgazette.com/article/20130628/ISLAND04/706289987 and http://www.bermudasun.bm/Content/BUSINESS/Business/Article/ACE-showcases-heritage-with-Lefroy-paintings/72/205/66493

Studio artists collaborate for Dockyard show: Exhibition: “Second Annual Studio Artist Show” ENDS Saturday, November 23, 2013 at Bermuda Art Centre at Dockyard — Bermuda Sun

“Second Annual Studio Artist Show: Oil, Water & Wood” ENDS
Saturday, November 23, 2013  at Bermdua Arts Center www.artbermuda.bm
Studio artists collaborate for Dockyard show: Exhibition:
“Second Annual Studio Artist Show” through Saturday, November 23, 2013 at
Bermuda Art Centre at Dockyard — Bermuda Sun
Sarah Lagan, Sub-editor/Writer
Friday, October 18, 2013
Four of Bermuda’s well-loved artists are to open a show on Sunday called Oil, Water & Wood. Christopher Grimes, Jonah Jones, Christopher Marson and Chesley Trott, who all work out of the Bermuda Art Centre at Dockyard, present the Second Annual Studio Artist Show.
“The ‘Oil’ segment of the show includes the work of Christopher Grimes and Jonah Jones. They are two oil painters with two different approaches to the canvas — Grimes leans towards the quieter old Bermuda scene, while Jones throws colour to the wind, capturing the lights and darks of boats and tranquil harbours. Christopher Marson, who is established as one of the islands foremost watercolour artists, proves that watercolours can be bold and descriptive. Chesley Trott… has been with the Arts Centre since it was established in 1984. He offers an array of Bermuda cedar works, covering everything from toys to sculptures.”Bermuda Sun http://www.bermudasun.bm/Content/LIFESTYLE/Arts---Entertainment/Article/Studio-artists--collaborate-for-Dockyard-show/9/908/71243
The show opens on Sunday at 5:30pm. All four Artists will be on hand at the opening to chat about their works. It runs until November 23. Source: http://www.bermudasun.bm/Content/LIFESTYLE/Arts---Entertainment/Article/Studio-artists--collaborate-for-Dockyard-show/9/908/71243. For further information: http://www.artbermuda.bm/  and https://www.facebook.com/pages/Bermuda-Arts-Centre-at-Dockyard/103929956318465. Related articles: http://bernews.com/2012/10/upcoming-oil-water-wood-art-show/  and http://nothingtodoinbermuda.com/2013/10/october-9th-2013.html. For further information about the artists: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Christopher-M-Grimes-Bermuda-Artist/80325087749, http://www.artbermuda.bm/page2/page30/page30.html, http://www.artbermuda.bm/page2/page33/page33.html and http://www.artbermuda.bm/page2/page42/page42.html

Exhibition: BrutEdge Gallery's inaugural show “Caribbean Cream: What you do is what you see” through Saturday, November 23, 2013 — ARC Magazine

Exhibition - “Caribbean Cream: What you do is what you see”
ENDS November 23, 2013 https://www.facebook.com/brutedge
Exhibition: BrutEdge Gallery announces its inaugural show
“Caribbean Cream: What you do is what you see”
ENDS November 23, 2013,
ARC Magazine — Monday, August 12th, 2013
BrutEdge Gallery, New Jersey, is pleased to announce its inaugural show “Caribbean Cream: What you do is what you see”, a selection of contemporary works by Caribbean artists. Curated by Reynald Lally, a specialist in Haitian art, this first exhibit will feature works from Barbados, Cuba, Haiti and Jamaica. The exhibition runs from September 29th – November 23rd 2013, with the opening reception on Sunday, September 29 from 1-6pm; Where: BrutEdge Gallery; Location: Space 574 in Mana Contemporary, 888 Newark Avenue, Jersey City, NJ 07306. For more information contact info@brutedge.com, like them on Facebook: www.facebook.com/brutedge  or call 1-646-233-1260 and 1-908-625-8704. Featured Artists: Olivia McGilchrist, Marvin Bartley, Dionne Simpson, Ebony G. Patterson, Mario Benjamin, Edouard Duval-Carrie, Florine Demosthene, Myrlande Constant, Vladimir Cybil Charlier, Elsa Mora, Carlos Estevez, Pavel Acosta, Ibrahim Miranda and Joscelyn Gardner.
“What you do is what you see,” a Haitian proverb, is the central theme that unifies the work of the fourteen artists for this show. The implication that what an artist makes is a direct reflection of his or her experiences might appear obvious. However, when talking about a region as diverse and with as complex a history as the Caribbean, then the larger picture appears – one with subtle similarities and obvious differences. It is the tensions between these gaps that make this an exciting show.”Arc Magazine http://arcthemagazine.com/arc/2013/08/brutedge-gallery-announces-its-inaugural-show-caribbean-cream-what-you-do-is-what-you-see/
Read more: http://arcthemagazine.com/arc/2013/08/brutedge-gallery-announces-its-inaugural-show-caribbean-cream-what-you-do-is-what-you-see/#sthash.1nm3C1AP.dpuf. For further information: https://www.facebook.com/brutedge

Friday, November 22, 2013

A Day in the Life: Artist Gordon Solomon — Caymanian Compass

Artist Gordon Solomon works on his current project, ‘Avoiding the Storm’at
his home studio. This large oil on canvas primarily uses spots of light, a
pointillism technique. (CC Photo) http://www.compasscayman.com/
A Day in the Life: Artist Gordon Solomon — Caymanian Compass
22 November, 2013
In the second of a six-part series, Weekender continues to learn more about Cayman’s popular and prolific artists. In this article we chat with Gordon Solomon, who never takes his talent for granted.

How do you begin your day?
I usually begin the day by rising early at about 4 a.m. and then I like to do some kind of morning exercise, such as a bike ride. Exercise - enough to make your body sweat - makes you feel like you are awake. I like to stretch out my body properly before I begin to paint. Also, cycling at 5 a.m. gives me the chance to study the stars, get outside and appreciate nature. Once I’m back home, I prepare breakfast for my children before they go to school. I also never go a day without thanking God for my talent. Once I became a man, I knew I couldn’t buy what I have (my talent), and so I’m constantly expressing my gratitude quietly.
"Tell me how you organize your studio.
My studio is at the back of my home, and I share it with the laundry! It’s currently under construction as I’m busy painting walls and rearranging furniture. The heart of my studio is my desk, where I arrange my materials. My oil paints are next to the desk, and I have a large space for painting both large and small paintings. My guitar is also close by in case musical inspiration hits." — Artist Gordon Solomon to the Caymanian Compass http://www.compasscayman.com/caycompass/2013/11/22/A-Day-in-the-Life--Artist-Gordon-Solomon/
How do you approach a new piece of work?
It really depends upon the content of the painting I’ll be working on. Sometimes I paint directly onto the canvas, such as with the piece I’m currently working on called “Avoiding the Storm,” but sometimes I approach the work differently and I may first sketch an idea on canvas. Read more: http://www.compasscayman.com/caycompass/2013/11/22/A-Day-in-the-Life--Artist-Gordon-Solomon/. For further information: https://www.facebook.com/GordonSolomonFineArt/info, http://www.caymanislands.ky/activities/watersports/sailing/tabid/1811/id/5330/cid/125/p/8/gordon-solomon-coming-from-the-heart-with-art.aspx and http://www.alltingscaymanian.ky/artistry/gordon-solomon/


Thursday, November 21, 2013

Artist Kishan Munroe’s "The Swan Song of The Flamingo"- A Multidisciplinary Collaborative Exhibition from Thursday, November 21, 2013 6:00pm to 10:00pm at The National Art Gallery of The Bahamas (NAGB) — West Indies

"The Swan Song of The Flamingo" Nov 21, 2013 at NAGB www.nagb.org.bs

NAGB www.nagb.org.bs
Artist Kishan Munroe’s "The Swan Song of The Flamingo"- A Multidisciplinary Collaborative Exhibition from Thursday, November 21, 2013 6:00pm to Thursday, November 21, 2013 10:00pm at The National Art Gallery of The Bahamas (NAGB) — West Indies; Address: Villa Doyle, West and West Hill Streets, Nassau, N.P., The Bahamas; Tel: 242.328.5800/1; Fax: 242.322.1180; Email: info@nagb.org.bs
Event Description: “Bahamian artist Kishan Munroe has crafted a multi-disciplinary, analytical project that is not only designed to function as appealing visual, audio and literary arts, but which also simultaneously writes a major part of our nation’s history that has, for far too long, gone under-investigated contextually. This project uses the tragedy of the sinking of HMBS Flamingo of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force fleet on May 10, 1980, as a point of dissection and departure, to address further historical and cultural nuances that have shaped Bahamian culture and interactions with the Bahamas’ nearest neighbour. Designed to inspire critical analysis, this investigation comprises an international collaboration with a cadre of both nations’ leading authorities in social sciences and the arts. With the unfolding of the series of incidents surrounding the sinking of HMBS Flamingo, the newly independent Commonwealth of The Bahamas, still in its infancy, was thrust into the global spotlight, finding itself having to deal with one of the most sensitive issues a country could possibly face at the time: the possibility of open war - war with a Communist country, well-provisioned militarily, during the height of the internationally tense ‘Cold War.’”NAGB http://www.nagb.org.bs/Gallery-Events/Swan-Song-of-the-Flamingo
For further information: http://www.nagb.org.bs/Gallery-Events/Swan-Song-of-the-Flamingo, http://www.nagb.org.bs/ and https://www.facebook.com/TheNAGB. For further information about the artist: https://www.facebook.com/kishan.munroe and http://www.kishanmunroe.com/tuhe%20profile.html. Related article: http://www.thebahamasweekly.com/publish/arts-and-culture/Artist_Kishan_Munroe_Launches_Unprecedented_Exhibition_at_National_Art_Gallery_of_The_Bahamas31617.shtml


Jamaica to lobby for reggae - Island earns seat on World Heritage Committee — Jamaica Gleaner

3rd Place Winner: Rosario Nocera
Reggae Poster Contest 2013 http://www.reggaepostercontest.com/

World Heritage Committee
http://whc.unesco.org
Jamaica to lobby for reggae - Island earns seat on
World Heritage Committee — Jamaica Gleaner
Published: Thursday | November 21, 2013
Jamaica has been elected to the World Heritage Committee of UNESCO, for the first time. At the elections in Paris on Tuesday, Jamaica received more votes than Angola for a seat on the important Committee which decides whether a property is inscribed on the World Heritage List. Minister of Youth and Culture Lisa Hanna, who led the lobby for support of Jamaica's candidacy for membership of the Committee, described the vote as historic, important and well deserved.
"I am elated that we won our bid for membership of the World Heritage Committee. It was a difficult lobby, but we never relented as a seat at this table has exponential benefits to our country for the future as we are positioning culture as a pillar for growth. So in that respect, we can say mission accomplished. "But the work to promote and protect our heritage continues. As a member of the World Heritage Committee, Jamaica will represent the interests of small-island developing states that are not very well represented, or in our case, not represented at all, on the list of World Heritage Sites."Minister of Youth and Culture Lisa Hanna to Jamaica Gleaner http://jamaica-gleaner.com/gleaner/20131121/ent/ent6.htm
Minister Lisa Hanna
Consistent Efforts - The election to the committee for the first time was due to the consistent lobbying efforts of the Jamaican Embassy in Brussels, the Jamaica National Commission for UNESCO, the Ministry of Youth and Culture and Hanna's overtures at the recent UNESCO General Conference. Jamaica's membership to the Committee will run until 2017. The country will be represented by Vivian Crawford and Dr Janice Lindsay. Other countries represented on the Committee are Croatia, Finland, Kazakhstan, South Korea, Lebanon, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Vietnam and Turkey. "This is a historic day for our country, as Jamaica has never had a property inscribed as a world heritage site despite our culture and heritage being revered by the globe," said Hanna. She asked all Jamaicans to keep interested as the progress continues. Read more: http://jamaica-gleaner.com/gleaner/20131121/ent/ent6.html. For further information: http://whc.unesco.org/en/committee/, http://whc.unesco.org/ and http://opm.gov.jm/ministers/lisa-hanna/.  Related article:  http://www.designer-daily.com/first-international-reggae-poster-contest-26028.  For more information about the winners of the Reggae Poster Contest: http://www.reggaepostercontest.com/

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Exhibition: Artists Kok Wan Lee & Chikako ENDS on November 20, 2013 at BSoA's Edinburgh Gallery -- Bermuda, West Indies

"Forgotten City" by Kok Wan Lee.  See more of his work at
BSoA's Edinburgh Gallery www.bsoa.bm
Exhibition: Artists Kok Wan Lee & Chikako ENDS November 20, 2013
at BSoA's Edinburgh Gallery -- Bermuda, West Indies
Where: Bermuda Society of Arts; Location: The City Hall Arts Centre, 17 Church Street, Hamilton HM 11, Bermuda; Gallery Opening Hours: Monday – Friday : 10 am – 4 pm, Saturdays : 10 am – 2 pm, Sundays & Pulbic Holidays : Closed; Office Hours: Monday to Friday : 9 am to 5 pm; FREE ADMISSION; Phone: 441.292.3824; Fax: 441.296.0699; Email: bsoa@ibl.bm; Website: www.bsoa.bm
Artist's Statement by Kok Wan Lee: “The Forgotten City” series is based on my interpretation of human migrations. It has always fascinated me how to unfold the mysterious story of the past. By applying my conceptual approached, the intense color to suggest the life force and energy of the inhabitants. My aggressive marks and lines speak for the dramatic structure of the communities. I was born and raised in Malaysia and came to Bermuda as a chef over twenty years ago. My first passion was in the culinary arts and, later, I began my career in the visual arts with classes at the Bermuda College and extensive art workshops in Myrtle Beach, SC, USA. During my artistic journey, I have shown my work in numerous solo and group exhibitions on the island, including the Bacardi Biennial at the Bermuda National Gallery. I enjoy working in different media and use a variety of subject matter to explore my vocabulary."   -- Read more:  http://www.bsoa.bm/2011/03/kok-wan-lee/ 
For further information about the gallery: https://www.facebook.com/bsoa.bermudaart and www.bsoa.bm. For further information about the artist Kok Wan Lee: http://kokwanlee.com/ and http://www.bsoa.bm/2011/03/kok-wan-lee/

'Want Dem All' leads 'Battle of the Beats' — Jamaica Gleaner

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'Want Dem All' leads 'Battle of the Beats' — Jamaica Gleaner
Published: Wednesday | November 20, 2013
Sean Paul has topped this week's HOT 97FM Battle of the Beats with his single Want Dem All, featuring dancehall deejay Konshens. Sean Paul's Want Dem All single climbed New York's HOT 97FM charts to the No. 1 position in a few hours on Monday, ahead of Omarion's Know You Better featuring Pusha T and Fabolous and Audio Push's Shine. The track features dancehall star Konshens in his first collaboration with Sean Paul. Both deejays showcase unusual styles with a slow, steady flow of the lyrics to the fist-pumping beat of the track. As a well-recognised source for the hottest new releases in hip hop and R&B, HOT 97FM delivers a 'hear it here first' experience to its audiences worldwide. Battle of the Beats features weekly battles of the latest songs, solely dependent on fan votes to keep them ranking on the chart. After the voting period has closed, the top two songs go into ultimate showdown as each is responsible to rack up its own votes to win. The winner of the battle will be awarded airplay of the winning single as the hottest single that week. Want Them All is one of the tracks on Sean Paul's Full Frequency album to be released in 2014. To keep Want Dem All at number one, visit www.HOT97.com/battleofthebeats and vote. Each person is allowed three votes per day. Source: http://jamaica-gleaner.com/gleaner/20131120/ent/ent2.html. For further information: http://www.allseanpaul.com/, https://www.facebook.com/seanpaul and https://twitter.com/duttypaul. Related article: http://www.redbull.co.uk/cs/Satellite/en_UK/Sean-Paul/001243233584759


Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Alpha Boys benefit from reggae posters — Jamaica Gleaner

Ambassador to the United States, His Excellency Stephen Vasciannie (right),
listens attentively as member of the International Reggae Poster Contest
(IRPC), Kathryn Buford (centre), explains the significance of one of the
posters on display at the Embassy of Jamaica (JG Photo)
http://jamaica-gleaner.com/gleaner/20131119/ent/ent2.html
Design by Michael Thompson
Alpha Boys benefit from reggae posters — Jamaica Gleaner
Published: Tuesday | November 19, 2013
JIS: The Alpha Boys' School music department will benefit from the sale of posters that were entered in the second International Reggae Poster Contest (IRPC). The IRPC 2013 exhibition, which will run for one week at the Embassy of Jamaica in Washington, DC, was officially opened to the public on November 14. Founder of the IRPC, Michael Thompson, said Alpha Boys' School is a Jamaican success story which has contributed significantly to Jamaica's musical legacy.
"This academy for underprivileged youth, located in the heart of Kingston and founded in 1880 by the Sisters of Mercy Order, has produced some of the most notable legends in the history of Jamaican music. Some of these legends include Don Drummond of the Skatalites, top rocksteady singer, Desmond Dekker, and Yellowman, one of dancehall's first superstars."Founder of the IRPC, Michael Thompson to Jamaica Gleaner http://jamaica-gleaner.com/gleaner/20131119/ent/ent2.html
Thompson noted that this year's competition received 1,100 submissions from 78 countries worldwide. He said this exceeded expectations and shows that reggae music has touched the hearts and minds of music lovers the world over. Poster winners were selected from among 363 finalists. BOLD VISION — The IRPC was established to provide a global platform to shine a powerful beam on the positive impact of reggae music and to present a bold vision. Ambassador to the United States, His Excellency Stephen Vasciannie, in declaring the exhibition open, lauded the founders of the IRPC. The competition, he said, gives participants from around the world the opportunity to infuse art with reggae. He said the exhibition now on display at the embassy brings to the forefront how far reggae music has gone around the world and highlights the reason why "we are proud of our culture". Read more: http://jamaica-gleaner.com/gleaner/20131119/ent/ent2.html. For further information: http://www.reggaepostercontest.com/, https://www.facebook.com/InternationalReggaePosterContest, https://www.facebook.com/alphaboysschoolofficial and http://www.alphaboysschool.org/


Sunday, November 17, 2013

Exhibition: 7th Edition of PINTA New York 2013 new location 82Mercer NYC ENDS on Sunday, November 17, 2013

PINTA NY 2013 ENDS on Nov 17, 2013 http://www.pinta-ny.com/
Exhibition: 7th Edition of PINTA New York 2013 new location 82Mercer NYC from Thursday, November 14 to Sunday, November 17, 2013 — Applications available NOW: Executive Director Diego Costa Peuser and newly appointed US Director Ian Cofre announce the seventh edition of PINTA NY. Continuing the tradition of coinciding with the Latin American and contemporary artauctions in New York, the fair will take place from Thursday, November 14 to Sunday, November 17, 2013. PINTA NY 2013 will be held in a new location at 82MERCER, a downtown loft-style building located in the heart of SoHo.
PINTA NY 2013 will continue its unique MUSEUM ACQUISITIONS PROGRAM, which invites curators and museum directors of partner institutions to enrich their Latin American art collections by purchasing works at the fair with Matching Funds Grants given by PINTA. This year the fair will publish a catalog of works acquired at PINTA NY through the program since its inception. Museums and institutions that have participated in the past include: The Museum of Modern Art, The Bronx Museum of the Arts, El Museo del Barrio, Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Museum of Fine Arts Houston, and Los Angeles County Museum of Art, among others. PINTA NY 2013 applications are available now. PINTA NY 2013 Showcasing the Best Modern and Contemporary Art from Latin America, Spain, and Portugal. For further information: http://www.pinta-ny.com/


Bocas Lit heads to South, Central ENDS on Sunday, November 17, 2013 -- Trinidad & Tobago Newsday

Bocas Lit Fest Nov 16 - 17, 2013 https://www.facebook.com/bocaslitfest
Bocas Lit heads to South, Central -- Trinidad & Tobago Newsday
Sunday, November 10 2013
For the past three years, Port-of-Spain has been the only home of the NGC Bocas Lit Fest. This will soon change with the launch of the highly anticipated NGC Bocas South Central event on November 16-17. Beginning in San Fernando where, 90 years ago the literary pioneer Samuel Selvon was born, and ending in Chaguanas, the home of VS Naipaul’s legendary Mr Biswas, the inaugural NGC Bocas South Central will feature a diverse collection of readings by talented local writers. On a more intimate scale than the annual NGC Bocas Lit Fest, these activities will be centred in two local bookshops - RIK Services Ltd in Gulf City Mall, La Romaine, and Nigel R Khan Booksellers in Mid Centre Mall, Chaguanas.
"Starting at 10.15am, the opening event on November 16 at RIK Services Ltd pays tribute to the diversity and rich literary heritage of south Trinidad in a series of readings from classic literature that paint a portrait of South through the decades. Some of the country’s best spoken word artists from the popular 2 Cents Movement will enliven the Gulf City Mall atrium with a lunchtime jam session before the programme moves to its afternoon venue, Nigel R Khan Booksellers in Mid Centre Mall at 3.00pm." -- T&T Newsday http://www.newsday.co.tt/features/0,186318.html
Read more: http://www.newsday.co.tt/features/0,186318.html. For further information: http://www.bocaslitfest.com/ and https://www.facebook.com/bocaslitfest.  Related article: http://globalvoicesonline.org/2013/05/13/trinidad-tobago-talking-with-ngc-bocas-lit-fest-founder-marina-salandy-brown/


The International Puerto Rican Heritage Film Festival (IPRHFF) ENDS on Sunday, November 17, 2013 — New York, USA

IPRHFF ENDS on Nov 17, 2013 http://iprhff.com
The International Puerto Rican Heritage Film Festival (IPRHFF) on Wednesday, November 13 – Sunday, November 17, 2013 — New York City, USA - The IPRHFF Mission: The International Puerto Rican Heritage Film Festival (IPRHFF)’s mission is to encourage narrative and documentary film making for the purposes of archiving the continuous presence, development, and contributions of Puerto Ricans to the global community. Bringing the Heritage of Puerto Rico to the world through film.
Schedule of Events:
Wednesday, November 13, 2013Leo C. Stern Theater at The Mount Sinai Hospital: Opening Night Reception & Screening & After party
Thursday, November 14, 2013Hatch Theater at The Mount Sinai Hospital & Mist Harlem, Studios A, B, & C: All Day Screenings
Friday, November 15, 2013Stern Theater at Mount Sinai Hospital & Mist Harlem, Studios A, B, & C: All Day Screenings
Saturday, November 16, 2013Hatch Theater & Stern Theater at The Mount Sinai Hospital: All Day Screenings
Sunday, November 17, 2013New York Academy of Medicine: Screenings; Awards & Closing CeremonyFor additional info: http://iprhff.com/iprhff-film-program-schedule/
For further information: http://iprhff.com/contact/; Like Us: http://www.facebook.com/iprhff; Tweet About Us: http://twitter.com/iprhff; Subscribe Today: http://www.youtube.com/iprhff;
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Saturday, November 16, 2013

Exhibition: Ramon Navarro at Horizons ENDS on Saturday, November 16, 2013 -- Trinidad & Tobago, West Indies

"Morning At Malick River" by Ramon Navarro on show Nov 5 - Nov 16, 2013
at Horizons Art Gallery http://www.horizonsartgallery.com
Exhibition: Ramon Navarro at Horizons from Tuesday, November 05, 2013 to Saturday, November 16, 2013; Opening November 5th, 2013 at 7:00 pm -- Trinidad & Tobago, West Indies; Where: Horizons Art Gallery; Location: 37 Mucurapo Road, St. James, Trinidad, WI; Phone: 868-628-9769; 868-297-5105; Email: info@horizonsartgallery.com; Opening Hours - Mon-Fri: 9:00am-5:30pm, Sat: 9:00am-1:00pm
About the Artist: "Ramon Navarro was born in Port of Spain Trinidad, in 1945, one of five children, to a Trinidadian father and a Venezuelan mother. From as early an age as fourteen, he began selling drawings and paintings, his primary subjects being figurative, folk and landscape which have remained so to this day. His artistic ability soon led to the more lucrative work of advertising which Ramon explored over the next twenty years developing other art related interests along the way. Ramon began painting seriously in oils on canvas. He joined the Trinidad Art Society and submitted a painting titled “Boys Pitching Marbles” to the Independence exhibition. It was accepted by the critical panel of M.P. Alladin, Sybil Atteck and Carlisle Chang, and was displayed with such artists work as Alfred Cadallo, Dermott Louison and Willie Chen. His horizons were broadened when he journeyed to Paris, his dream Mecca of Art. He spent day after day at the Louvre studying the great masters whose work continue to inspire him." -- Read more: http://www.horizonsartgallery.com/index.php/art-gallery/category/68-navarro-ramon
For further information about the gallery: http://www.horizonsartgallery.com/. For further information about the artist: http://www.horizonsartgallery.com/index.php/art-gallery/category/68-navarro-ramon

Exhibition: Artist LeRoy Clarke ENDS on Saturday, November 16, 2013 at 101 Art Gallery — Trinidad & Tobago, WI

'A Fiction of Leaf' by LeRoy Clark at 101 Art Gallery http://101artgallery.com
Exhibition: Artist LeRoy Clarke through Saturday, November 16, 2013 at 101 Art Gallery — Trinidad & Tobago, WI; Where: 101 Art Gallery; When: Saturday, November 2, 2013 – Saturday, November 16, 2013; Location: 84 Woodford Street, Newtown, Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago, W.I.; Tel: (868) 628-4081; Email: marknpereira@gmail.com;
About the Artist: “In 1962 LeRoy Clarke held his first exhibition, sold his first painting for TT$15.00 and exhibited at the national Independence Exhibition. Being described as "one of the most promising young artists", for several years he worked as a teacher in nearby John John - "part of the rural initiation". But it was after his first solo exhibition in 1965 that a definite direction began to emerge. In 1967 he left Trinidad for New York. He set to work, painting on crocus bags on the floor of his apartment. His work was well received at a 1968 exhibition at the Studio Museum in Harlem; he was part of the 100 Years of American Art exhibition in Philadelphia, where one of his pieces sold for the pricey sum of US $475.00, and embarked on a series of one man shows. In 1971 the Studio Museum offered him a job as programme co-ordinator/ artist-in-residence, and he stayed there until 1974 ...”Read more: 101 Art Gallery http://101artgallery.com/clarkeL.html
For further information about the gallery: http://101artgallery.com/ and https://www.facebook.com/101art. For further information about the artist: http://101artgallery.com/clarkeL.html, http://www.leroyclarke.com/, http://www.leroyclarke.org/index.php/de-man/chronology  and http://www.octobergallery.co.uk/artists/clarke/


Thursday, November 14, 2013

BECKLES kinetic art on show in NY through Thursday, November 14, 2013 at Raw Space 2031 — Trinidad & Tobago Guardian

“Pan Rising” by Guy Beckles
http://guybecklesart.com/
BECKLES kinetic art on show in NY through November 14, 2013 at Raw Space 2031 — Trinidad & Tobago Guardian
Published: Friday, October 11, 2013
Acclaimed T&T artist Guy Beckles debuts his kinetic art at Raw Space 2031 Adam Clayton Powell Jr Boulevard (between 121 & 120 Streets), Harlem, USA .   His works of mobility and kinetic forms have been featured at Trinidad’s National Museum and Art Gallery, as well as at showings in London, Boston, and Toronto, Canada.   An artist of many disciplines, the works featured in this exhibit are all dynamic, moving, beautiful and enthralling.  Each blends Beckles’ unique ability to combine engineering and aesthetics which he calls “Guynetics.” With a body of work constructed over his 34 years amassing over 50 pieces, 11 of special merit were selected for this premiere show.
“Beckles’ works are playful, whimsical, inspirational and reflect an intrinsic link with the continuous motion of life. The intensity and philosophical impact of all the pieces are found in layers just waiting to be examined and discovered.”T&T Guardian http://www.guardian.co.tt/lifestyle/2013-10-10/beckles-kinetic-art-show-ny
The Beckles exhibition closes on November 14, 2013. Read more: http://www.guardian.co.tt/lifestyle/2013-10-10/beckles-kinetic-art-show-ny. For further information about the artist: http://guybecklesart.com/ and https://www.facebook.com/guyneticart. For information about Raw Space Gallery: https://www.facebook.com/RawSpaceNYC and http://imagenation.us/cinema-cafe/rawspace/. For further information about the Harlem Art Walking Tour (HAWT): https://www.facebook.com/pages/Harlem-Art-Walking-Tour-HAWT-Oct-12th-13th-2013/424447397603324, http://www.casafrela.com/tiki-calendar_edit_item.php?viewcalitemId=97, http://www.casafrela.com/HomePage and http://www.casafrela.com/HAWT


Exhibition: “International Reggae Poster Exhibition (IRPC)” to Washington D.C. Embassy of Jamaica on Thursday, November 14, 2013 — Washington, D.C. - USA

IRPC on Thursday, November 14, 2013 http://www.reggaepostercontest.com
Exhibition: “International Reggae Poster Exhibition (IRPC)” to Washington D.C. Embassy of Jamaica on Thursday, November 14, 2013 — Washington, D.C. - USA
Event Description: Live Unchained takes International Reggae Poster Exhibition to Embassy of Jamaica, Washington D.C. | November 14, 2013: The 2nd International Reggae Poster Contest (RPC) began in December 27, 2012 with the goal of discovering fresh Reggae Poster designs from around the world. Interest in the contest grew significantly over the 4-month run with a total of 1,100 submissions from 78 countries. The contest winners were chosen from 363 finalists by a distinguished panel of judges known for their creativity and commitment to design.
"Thoroughly impressed with the outcome of the competition, the RPC organizers are excited to announce the 2013 winners and 100 best posters. The winners from the 2nd Intl. Reggae Poster Contest, 2013, are:
1st Place: Balazs Pakozdi, of United Kingdom
2nd Place: Andrew Cachia, of Malta
3rd Place: Lenin Baru Vásquez Felipe, of Mexico
"
International Reggae Poster Contest http://www.reggaepostercontest.com
Read more: http://www.reggaepostercontest.com/. For further information: https://www.facebook.com/InternationalReggaePosterContest and http://www.liveunchained.com/live-unchained-brings-cradle-of-reggae-to-washington-dc-exhibition/


Amazon's Book Reviews: Caribbean Authors — Myriam Warner-Vieyra

Myriam Warner-Vieyra was born in Guadeloupe, but has spent a large part of her life living in Senegal, where she has settled and raised her children. She works at the University of Dakar as medical librarian in the Pediatrics Institute. Her Caribbean-African experience has giving her valuable insights into the problems encountered in bridging the cultural differences of these two regions. Read more: http://www.heinemann.com/authors/820.aspx  

This is a review for Juletane (Caribbean Writers Series) by Myriam Warner-Vieyra - I originally had to read this book for a class and approached it as "required reading". However, as soon as I began reading it, I couldn't put it down- I read it in one sitting! This was the first book that made me cry. I felt compassion for the characters Juletane and Helene. Vierya-Warner made the reader feel the isolation and despair that linked their stories together. This is one of my favorite books. Read more: http://www.amazon.com/Juletane-Caribbean-Writers-Series-Warner-Vieyra/product-reviews/0435989782/ref=dp_top_cm_cr_acr_txt?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=1

Monday, November 11, 2013

'Better Mus Come' debuts on Netflix today -- Jamaica Gleaner

'Better Mus Come' www.facebook.com/BetterMusCome
'Better Mus Come' debuts on Netflix today -- Jamaica Gleaner
Published: Monday | November 11, 2013
On the heels of its successful, workmanlike theatrical run, AFFRM's new multi-platform label ARRAY Releasing has announced that Storm Saulter's acclaimed romantic drama, Better Mus' Come, will be released on Netflix's streaming service today.  The debut feature from writer/director Saulter tells the tale of a collision of passion, politics and poverty, against a tumultuous 1970s Jamaica backdrop, as rival gangs enlisted by warring political factions disrupt the democratic process.  Better Mus' Come stars Sheldon Shepherd, Nicole Grey, Ricardo Orgill, Everaldo Creary, and Roger Guenveur Smith.  AFFRM's first pickup of 2013 counts, among its accolades, Best Feature Award winner at the Trinidad & Tobago Film Festival, as well as The Bahamas Int'l Film Festival.   Read more: http://jamaica-gleaner.com/gleaner/20131111/ent/ent1.html. For further information: https://www.facebook.com/BetterMusCome and http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1517621/. Related article: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/15/movies/better-mus-come-directed-by-storm-saulter.html?_r=0


Sunday, November 10, 2013

Celebrity chefs to clash at Publix Cook-off on Sunday, November 10, 2013 — Jamaica Gleaner

Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival Sunday, Nov 10, 2013
For further information visit: http://www.jerkfestival.com
Celebrity chefs to clash at Publix Cook-off — Jamaica Gleaner
Published: Thursday | October 31, 2013
As the Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival gets bigger and better with 'Jerk Week', some top chefs will be cooking up some spicy dishes with bold flavours for the highly anticipated Publix Jerk Cook-off and Celebrity Quick Fire Challenge at the 12th annual event on Sunday, November 10, at Markham Park in Sunrise, Florida. As part of the Gleaner's Food Month activities, The Gleaner team has extended their reach into the diaspora to bring you coverage highlights from the jerk festival, courtesy of Grace Remittance Services in association with Digicel.
“Cook-off organiser June Minto is psyched up about this year's event, which will be moderated by the versatile and colourful Chef Irie Spice. According to Minto, ‘the pressure is building. The competitions will be fierce. These chefs are all masters of their craft and will be participating with total abandonment.’ Defending Cook-off champion and celebrity chef, Lawrence Males, will duke it out on the grill with out-of-towner and last year's second-place winner, Jimmie Jackson from Atlanta. Three others will flavour the pot with their culinary skills, to vie for the coveted Dutch Pot Trophy and cash prizes.”Jamaica Gleaner http://jamaica-gleaner.com/gleaner/20131031/cook/cook1.html
All eyes will be set on Males to see if he will be able to retain his title. Males has cooked for United States President Barack Obama at both a private dinner and fundraising event in the past. When he's not cooking for the president, he is busy getting NFL Washington Redskins' all-star starting tackle Trent Williams to meet his dietary goals in the off season in South Florida. Read more: http://jamaica-gleaner.com/gleaner/20131031/cook/cook1.html. For further information: http://www.jerkfestival.com/, https://www.facebook.com/pages/Grace-Jamaican-Jerk-Festival-VIP-VIBE/149522405144262 and https://www.facebook.com/JamaicanJerkFestivalFLA. Related articles: http://caribbeanriddims.com/jamaican-jerk-festival-usa-inc-rolls-out-week-of-activities/ and http://www.whyiparty.com/grace-jamaican-jerk-festival-0


Freddie calls for more recognition -- Jamaica Observer

Freddie McGregor performing www.freddiemcgregordicaptain.com
Freddie calls for more recognition -- Jamaica Observer
BY SIMONE MORGAN Observer reporter morgans@jamaicaobserver.com
Sunday, November 10, 2013
VETERAN reggae act Freddie McGregor does not feel he has been given his due for his contribution to Jamaica's music. His comments come as he celebrates 50 years in the local music fraternity. "Even after 50 years of musical contributions to my country, I am still not being fully recognised. I can't help but to wonder what is the criteria to be honoured as too often talents are killed because of friendship and payola," he told Sunday Observer. McGregor, who received an Order of Distinction (OD) from the Jamaican Government in 2003 for his contribution to the music industry, said veterans including Ken Boothe and John Holt are among several veterans not given enough credit locally.
"If I was to be given Jamaica's highest honours, I would ask that it be given to a John Holt or Ken Boothe as they have been paving the way years before me," said Freddie McGregor to the Jamaica Observer http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Freddie-calls-for-more-recognition_15408798
Both Holt and Boothe received ODs in 2004 and 2003, respectively. An OD is the sixth highest honour conferred upon Jamaican citizens who have rendered outstanding and important service to the country. Despite the charge of lack of accolades from home, McGregor is being lauded for his work overseas. He was given a Pinnacle Award at this month's Reggae Culture Salute in New York. And come November 22, the singer will be presented with the 2013 Marcus Garvey Lifetime Achievement Award by the Institute of Caribbean Studies (ICS) during the 20th Annual Caribbean American Heritage Awards Gala scehduled for the JW Marriott in Washington DC. The Marcus Garvey Lifetime Achievement Award recognises an individual of Caribbean or Caribbean-American descent who has been instrumental in the development or creation of an essential facet of Caribbean culture. Read more: http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Freddie-calls-for-more-recognition_15408798. For further information: http://www.freddiemcgregordicaptain.com/, http://www.last.fm/music/Freddie+Mcgregor and https://www.facebook.com/BigShipFreddie?filter=2. Related article: http://www.jayblessed.com/2013/11/04/freddie-mcgregor-receives-cprs-2013-pinnacle-award-at-9th-annual-reggae-culture-salute/




Emoting with art -- Jamaica Gleaner

Rafza Nehaul transforms palm tree bark into works of art, her collection
inspired by India and its diversity (JG Photo)
http://jamaica-gleaner.com/gleaner/20131110/arts/arts1.html
Emoting with art -- Jamaica Gleaner
Published: Sunday | November 10, 2013
Amitabh Sharma, Contributor
To walk into the studio of Rafza Nehaul is to walk into a bazaar in the bylanes of India - lively, vibrant. The colours and pungent aroma of the spices can get any olfactory to break into a party on the move ... yet her works stand frozen, capturing those elements. Nehaul's work and media, in some essence, are a confluence of the world's largest democracy. "I was awed with India when I went there," Nehaul, a former science, biology and mathematics teacher, said. This visit commenced a love affair with the country's colours, people and life, and became a series of India-centric pieces - the maharaja (king) in his opulence, and the 'big fat Indian wedding' with the brides in their glittering finery taking the centrestage. Her travels to India were, in essence, the heady mix of spices, ground on stone to release their essential oils and then mixed to tantalise the tastebuds.
"There are so many colours to inspire, and the spirit of the people is awe-inspiring," Nehaul related. "Wherever we went, we were welcomed with warmth." -- Artist Rafza Nehaul to the Jamaica Gleaner http://jamaica-gleaner.com/gleaner/20131110/arts/arts1.html
The self-taught people- and nature-inspired artist, uses organic media to express her creativity. "I use natural fibres, crates, construction leftovers and anything that people might think is garbage." Barks of royal palm lie around her work space - a material she extensively uses, adding a third dimension to her works. "The texture and flexibility (of the royal palm) gives layers to the work that I am creating. I see texture and patterns in organic matter," Nehaul informed. She mixes recycled and organic materials splashed with some usual and other improvised colours - in one of her works, Nehaul used left over nail paint. "This is where my science comes to play," she chuckles, as she turns chemical compositions into works of art. "Any of the material can be used as my canvas. I don't have a set format or pattern in which I build my pieces, they just happen and evolve," she added.
Read more: http://jamaica-gleaner.com/gleaner/20131110/arts/arts1.html. For further information: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/rafza-nehaul/49/29/943 and http://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g147262-d3319963-Reviews-Rafza_Nehaul-Barbados.html. Related article: http://www.caribbeanbelle.com/interviews/rafza-rahaman-nehaul.php