Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Call for Literary and Art works for Caribbean Writer Magazine - Deadline Submission: December 30, 2014 — Virgin Islands, West Indies

The Caribbean Writer Magazine http://www.thecaribbeanwriter.org/
Call for Literary and Art works for Caribbean Writer Magazine - Deadline Submission: December 30, 2014 — Virgin Islands, West Indies
Request Description: “’The Caribbean Writer’, an international, literary anthology with a Caribbean focus, published by the University of the Virgin Islands, is announcing a submission call for literary and art work for its 29th edition. Issues unique to the Caribbean should be central to the work, or the work should reflect a Caribbean heritage, experience, or perspective ... Besides the usual poetry, short fiction and essays, Volume 29 will highlight contradictions and ambiguities in the Caribbean space; therefore, interviews, personal narratives, one act plays highlighting this theme are welcome. The Caribbean Writer is also soliciting colourful, eye-catching, Caribbean artwork for the cover of the upcoming issue. Email literary submissions to submit@thecaribbeanwriter.org as attached Word or RTF files OR submit via the “Submissions” page at www.thecaribbeanwriter.org. Submissions may also be mailed to: The Caribbean Writer, University of the Virgin Islands, RR 1, Box 10,000, Kingshill St Croix, VI 00850-9781. Include SASE for response. For art submissions, artists should submit electronic files in vertical format as TIF or JPEG files with a resolution of 300 dpi or greater. Black and white art (line drawings, sketches, block prints, etc.) is also needed for use inside the 300-page publication. Vertical format also preferred for these submissions, in TIF or JPEG format with resolution of 300 dpi or greater. Please include all necessary contact information and a brief biographical note with art submissions and email to submit@thecaribbeanwriter.org.”Read more: Bahamian Art & Culture Magazine https://madmimi.com/p/111c05?fe=1&pact=23788522316
For more information, email info@thecaribbeanwriter.org or visit http://www.thecaribbeanwriter.org/, http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Caribbean-Writer/108508372515682 and https://madmimi.com/p/111c05?fe=1&pact=23788522316.

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Event: “Last Sundays: December 28, 2014, featuring the Jamaica Biennial and Nexus" 11am - 4pm at NGJ — Jamaica, WI

“Last Sundays: Dec 28, 2014 featuring the Jamaica Biennial and Nexus”
at NGJ http://nationalgalleryofjamaica.wordpress.com/
Event: “Last Sundays: December 28, 2014, featuring the Jamaica Biennial and Nexus” 11am - 4pm at NGJ — Jamaica, West Indies; Event Details – Where: National Gallery of Jamaica; Location: 12 Ocean Blvd, Block C, Kingston, Jamaica (Entrance is on Orange Street); Telephone: 1-876-922-1561, 1-876-618-0654; Fax: 1-876-922-8544; E-mail: info@natgalja.org.jm; Opening hours: Tues-Thurs: 10am to 4:30pm; Fri: 10am-4pm; Sat: 10am-3pm; Last Sundays: the NGJ is open every last Sunday of the month, 11am-4pm
Event Description: “The National Gallery of Jamaica’s Last Sunday programme for December 2014 is scheduled for Sunday, December 28, 2014, from 11 am to 4 pm. Visitors will have the opportunity to view the main exhibition of the recently opened Jamaica Biennial 2014, which comprises work by nearly 100 artists including, for the first time and in addition to the Jamaica-based and Jamaica diaspora artists who entered as invited or juried artists, six specially invited international artists: Renee Cox (Jamaica/USA), Sheena Rose (Barbados), Gilles Elie-dit-Cosaque (Martinique/France), Richard Mark Rawlins (Trinidad), James Cooper (Bermuda) and Blue Curry (Bahamas/UK). The juried artists were, also for the first time, selected by two international curators, Diana Nawi of the Perez Art Museum in Miami and Sara Hermann from the Dominican Republic. The resulting Jamaica Biennial 2014 features a dynamic mix of styles, themes and media, with strong a representation of new media, particularly video, but also of representational and abstract painting. Young and emerging artists are particularly well represented and this includes the co-winners of the inaugural Dawn Scott Memorial Award, Camille Chedda and Kimani Beckford. The other sections of the Jamaica Biennial 2014 can be seen at Devon House, where work by Greg Bailey, Laura Facey, James Cooper (Bermuda), Cosmo Whyte, Oneika Russell and Aaron Matalon Award winner Ebony G. Patterson are exhibited, and at National Gallery West, which features the work of RenĂ©e Cox. One Biennial project, by Blue Curry, can be seen at various locations on the streets of Downtown Kingston. The featured performance at the National Gallery of Jamaica on Sunday, December 28 will be a by award-winning Nexus Performing Arts Company and will start at 1:30 pm. The Nexus Performing Arts Company was formed in 2001 by Hugh Douse, Artistic Director, voice tutor, singer, actor, conductor, songwriter, and a former Director of Culture in Education. The group has a broad musical repertoire that draws on Gospel, Negro Spirituals, Semi-classical, Popular music including Reggae and Showtunes, African and Classical music of the European and African traditions.”Read more: http://nationalgalleryofjamaica.wordpress.com/
For further information: http://nationalgalleryofjamaica.wordpress.com/, http://natgalja.org.jm/ioj_wp/ and https://twitter.com/natgalleryja

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Exhibition: Featured artist, Neville LeGall, is now on display at Gallery NuEdge — Barbados, WI

Featured Artist Neville LeGall at Gallery NuEdge Barbados http://www.galerienuedge.com
Exhibition: CURRENT SHOW: Featured Artist, Neville LeGall, is now on display at Gallery NuEdge Barbados (part of our current group exhibition “Tropical Insight”) — Barbados, West Indies; Event Details: Gallery NuEdge Fine Arts Ltd. is located in one of the most prestigious developments in Barbados, 1st Floor, Building B, the Limegrove Lifestyle Center, right in the heart of Holetown, St. James, Barbados. Contact Info – Phone: +1 246-621-0067; Email: gallerynuedge@galerienuedge.com
About the Artist: “Since 1984, Neville LeGall has mounted several solo and group exhibitions in Barbados. His work has also been shown in other countries including the U.K., USA, Canada, Germany, and Cuba. A past President of the Barbados Arts Council, the Artist has taught at high school level for several years before pursuing a full time career as a visual artist.” —  Read more: http://www.nevillelegall.com/
About the Venue: “Gallery NuEdge features the most sought out contemporary artists from the local and international market. Exhibits include art in the form of multi-media, sculpture, painting, photography, and art installation.”Visit our website: www.galerienuedge.com and https://www.facebook.com/Gallery.NuEdge
For further information about the gallery: http://www.galerienuedge.com/ and https://www.facebook.com/Gallery.NuEdge.  For further information about the artist: http://www.nevillelegall.com/ and https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Art-of-Neville-LeGall/291443794338600

Friday, December 26, 2014

Event: “MALAIKA BROOKS-SMITH-LOWE at NLS for Art Residency” through December 2014 — Kingston, Jamaica, West Indies

“MALAIKA BROOKS-SMITH-LOWE” in December 2014 at NLS http://www.nlskingston.org/
Image: "Reflections" by Malaika Brooks-Smith-Lowe http://www.pinterest.com/malaikabsl/
Event: “MALAIKA BROOKS-SMITH-LOWE comes to NLS for Art Residency” in December 2014 — Kingston, Jamaica, West Indies; Event Details – Where: NLS; Location: 190 Mountain View Avenue, Kingston, Jamaica Phone: (876) 927-7931 / (876) 927-8647 / (876) 406-9771
Event Description: Congratulations to NLS and Malaika Brooks-Smith-Lowe on hitting their Kickstarter goal for the Malaika Brooks-Smith-Lowe's artist-in-residence!  

Malaika Brooks-Smith-Lowe joins NLS this December to transform the interior space with an installation that uses new and traditional media to portray the societal impact of migration through the intimate lens of her family. Malaika's project tells a story of her Jamaican grandfather's childhood separation from his mother due to migration. She will use this installation to explore the familial impact and wider societal implications of stories like these. Using discarded, broken objects acquired during her time in Jamaica Malaika will create a room with two windows made out of video projections. With audio from her conversations with her grandfather looped and videos edited from footage shot during the residency, she will connect the complexity of emotions within her family’s genealogy to contemporary realities around migration and loss. NLS has launched a Kickstarter for Malaika with a range of gifts for our donors. The Kickstarter aimed to raise $3150 and has surpassed that goal to provide a stipend for travel, room and board and materials. NLS provides studio space, events including a public exhibition and all associated administrative and technical costs.”Read more: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/nlskingston/malaika-brooks-smith-lowe-artist-residency and http://www.nlskingston.org
About NLS: “New Local Space (NLS) is a contemporary visual art initiative and micro-gallery in Kingston, Jamaica that is a subsidiary of Creative Sounds Limited. NLS provides professional support for the work of visual artists committed to breaking new ground in their work, builds and connects new audiences to these artists, and links these artists to the global contemporary art community. We provide the public with a platform for accessing experimental exhibitions, artist residencies, and a meeting place for new ideas and cutting edge approaches to art. NLS’ programming is an open international cultural forum grounded in the spirit of experimentation and collaboration. The organisation operates out of a 200 sq ft garage turned white box and its 1500 sq ft outdoor space, as well as through curatorial initiatives with international art spaces, and through online programming.”Read more: https://www.facebook.com/NLSKingston?ref=stream
For further information: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/nlskingston/malaika-brooks-smith-lowe-artist-residency, http://www.nlskingston.org/ and www.facebook.com/NLSKingston.   For further information about the artist: http://www.pinterest.com/malaikabsl/ and http://www.malaikabsl.com/.

Malaika Brooks-Smith-Lowe Art Residency - video by NLS Kingston

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Event: “Christmas All Wrapped Up” through Wednesday, December 24, 2014 at the National Gallery — Cayman Islands, West Indies

“Christmas All Wrapped Up” through Wednesday, December 24, 2014
at National Gallery Cayman  https://www.nationalgallery.org.ky/
Event: “Christmas All Wrapped Up” through Wednesday, December 24, 2014 at National Gallery — Cayman Islands, West Indies; Event Details - Where: National Gallery of the Cayman Islands; Location: Esterley Tibbetts Highway, Grand Cayman; Telephone: 345-945-8111; email: info@nationalgallery.org.ky and education@nationalgallery.org.ky
Event Description: “The National Gallery has Christmas all wrapped up.  Members save 15% now through December 24, 2014 at the NGCI Gift Shop.”Read more: https://www.facebook.com/NatGalCayman
For further information: https://www.nationalgallery.org.ky/, https://twitter.com/NatGalCayman and https://www.facebook.com/NatGalCayman.

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Exhibition: David Inglefield's "Wings" - An exhibition of bird carvings through Sunday, December 21, 2014 at 101 Art Gallery — Trinidad & Tobago, West Indies

 “Wings” Dec 18-21, 2014 at 101 Art Gallery http://101artgallery.com/
Exhibition: David Inglefield's “Wings” - An exhibition of bird carvings - on Thursday, December 18, 2014 through Sunday, December 21, 2014  at 101 Art Gallery — Trinidad & Tobago, West Indies; Event Details - Location: 84 Woodford Street, Newtown, Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago, W.I.; Tel: (868) 628-4081; Email: marknpereira@gmail.com
About the Artist: “It was the endangered species in the Caribbean such as the St. Vincent parrot that drew David into wildfowl carving ... As a second generation native of the Caribbean island of Trinidad, David knew immediately that this was something he had to do. Not only for his own fulfillment but also as an expression of his concern of the destruction of the Caribbean island rain forest and the threat to the hundreds of unique species of birds and animals that it supports. As one of two wildfowl carvers in the Caribbean and the only one in Trinidad, the past years have seen him create many carvings including birds of prey. He names Floyd Scholz as one of his biggest influences, having taken seminars at Scholz's Vermont Raptor Academy. David says "The way Floyd structures his classes and his bold approach to carving really appeals to me." He also identifies Pat Godin, Larry Barth Todd Wohlt, Bob Guge, Ernie Muehlmatt, John Sharp as well as some of the younger carvers, as those whose work provides him with tremendous inspiration.”Read more: http://caribbeanwings.net/profile.html
About the Gallery: “Over the years the 101 Art Gallery has developed a reputation in dealing in an area of art in Trinidad that is specialized – we represent a number of Private and Corporate Collectors who have works dating from Cazabon (1813-1888) to Chang, Atteck, Codallo, Greenidge, Stollmeyer, Hingwan, Boodhoo et al. We are able to source works by these Trinidad Masters and hold sales of works, called “Precious Paintings from Private Collections” – a means of the Collectors to capitalize on their investments, and a chance for new Collectors to acquire valuable investment quality paintings.” Read more: http://101artgallery.com/aboutus.html
For further information: http://101artgallery.com/ and https://www.facebook.com/101art. For further information about the artist: http://caribbeanwings.net/profile.html and http://caribbeanwings.net/

Friday, December 19, 2014

NE7 Artists’ Talk: The Seventh National Exhibition: “Nu // Voices” on Friday, December 19, 2014 at 6-8:00pm; show runs through Sunday, May 10, 2015 at NAGB — The Bahamas, West Indies

“NE7 Artists’ Talk: Nu // Voices” Dec 19, 2014 @ NAGB http://www.nagb.org.bs/
NE7 Artists’ Talk: “Nu // Voices” on Friday, December 19, 2014 at 6-8:00pm; show runs through Sunday, May 10, 2015 at NAGB — The Bahamas, West Indies; Event Details: Place: National Art Gallery Of The Bahamas; Location: West St. & West Hill St., Nassau, New Providence; Phone: (242) 328-5800; Email: info@nagb.org.bs; Website: http://www.nagb.org.bs/
Event Description: “The final panel discussion of the series will be held on Friday, December 19 from 6-8 p.m. The NE7 Artists’ Talk: Nu // Voices will feature artists Dominique Knowles, Anina Major, Jeffrey Meris, Jodi Minnis and Piaget Moss. NE7 Co-curator Michael Edwards and artist and activist Dr. Angelique V. Nixon will moderate the discussion centered on emerging art practices and how young artists are braving new creative environs to inform the development of their work and social practices.”Read more: NAGB: https://www.facebook.com/TheNAGB
About NAGB: “Housed in the historic Villa Doyle, built in the 1860s and lovingly restored in the 1990s, the NAGB preserves the National Collection of Bahamian Art, part of which is on permanent display on the ground floor. Upper galleries engage the history of Bahamian Art and Visual culture and support contemporary movements and experimental contemporary art practice through temporary exhibitions. The NAGB also has an extensive public program schedule, community and regional projects and partnerships, arts education workshops, and a free public art library.”Read more: NAGB: http://www.nagb.org.bs/
For further information: http://www.nagb.org.bs/ and https://www.facebook.com/TheNAGB

President Obama Delivers a Statement on Cuba -- Whitehouse.gov

US President Barack Obama greets public (Facebook https://www.facebook.com/WhiteHouse)
President Obama Delivers a Statement on Cuba -- Whitehouse.gov
Published: December 17, 2014
"We are separated by 90 miles of water, but are brought together through shared relationships and the desire to promote a democratic, prosperous, and stable Cuba. President Obama is taking action to cut loose the anchor of failed policies of the past, and to chart a new course in U.S. relations with Cuba that will engage and empower the Cuban people ..."  -- Read more:  http://www.whitehouse.gov/issues/foreign-policy/cuba
Next Steps, New Course: "Since the President took office in 2009, he has taken steps to support the ability of the Cuban people to gain greater control over their own lives and determine their country’s future. Now, the President is taking the next steps to renew our leadership in the Americas, end our outdated approach on Cuba, and promote more effective change that supports the Cuban people and our national security interests. Here’s what the President’s new approach will do:

Re-establish diplomatic relations - Our diplomatic relations with Cuba were severed in January of 1961. The President is immediately reopening discussions with Cuba and working to re-establish an embassy in Havana in the next coming months. The U.S. will work with Cuba on matters of mutual concern that advance U.S. national interests, such as migration, counternarcotics, environmental protection, and trafficking in persons, among other issues.

More effectively empower the Cuban people by adjusting regulations - The President is taking steps to improve travel and remittance policies that will further increase people-to-people contact, support civil society in Cuba, and enhance the free flow of information to, from, and among the Cuban people.

Facilitate an expansion of travel to Cuba - With expanded travel, Americans will be able to help support the growth of civil society in Cuba more easily, and provide business training for private Cuban businesses and small farmers. Americans will also be able to provide other support for the growth of Cuba’s nascent private sector."  -- Read more:  http://www.whitehouse.gov/issues/foreign-policy/cuba
For further information: http://www.whitehouse.gov/issues/foreign-policy/cuba, https://twitter.com/WhiteHouse/status/545268614656323584 and https://www.facebook.com/WhiteHouse

President Obama Delivers a Statement on Cuba - video by Whitehouse.gov

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Exhibition: Featured artist, Dermot Punnett, is now on display at Gallery NuEdge — Barbados, WI

Featured Artist Dermot Punnett at Gallery NuEdge Barbados http://www.galerienuedge.com
Exhibition: CURRENT SHOW: Featured Artist, Dermot Punnett, is now on display at Gallery NuEdge Barbados (part of our current group exhibition “Tropical Insight”) — Barbados, West Indies; Event Details: Gallery NuEdge Fine Arts Ltd. is located in one of the most prestigious developments in Barbados, 1st Floor, Building B, the Limegrove Lifestyle Center, right in the heart of Holetown, St. James, Barbados. Contact Info – Phone: +1 246-621-0067; Email: gallerynuedge@galerienuedge.com
Artist's Statement: “My work oscillates between painting as image and painting as a material process. I'm concerned with the tension that exists between the illusion and the surface. Working from personal photography and found images, I utilise the effects of reproduction and pixilation on a painterly aesthetic. I start by painting the image in a representational manner, then apply dragging techniques, pushing and pulling the paint and causing ruptures in the image. Within this I use geometrical abstractions, playing on a sense of entropy and order; the impermanence of form, but also the crystalline nature of its emergence. Through this process I try to understand and internalise perception and experience, whilst reflecting on a sense of modern day anxiety.”Read more: http://www.axisweb.org/p/dermotpunnett/
About the Venue: “Gallery NuEdge features the most sought out contemporary artists from the local and international market. Exhibits include art in the form of multi-media, sculpture, painting, photography, and art installation.”Visit our website: www.galerienuedge.com and https://www.facebook.com/Gallery.NuEdge
For further information about the gallery: http://www.galerienuedge.com/ and https://www.facebook.com/Gallery.NuEdge.  For further information about the artist: http://www.axisweb.org/p/dermotpunnett/ and http://www.dermotpunnett.com/

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Exhibition: "2014 JAMAICA BIENNIAL" at NGJ - Opening Reception on Sunday, December 14, 2014 with formalities starting at 1:30 pm — Jamaica, West Indies

Colin Garland – "Kore" (Aaron and Marjorie Matalon Collection, NGJ)
http://nationalgalleryofjamaica.wordpress.com/
Exhibition: "2014 JAMAICA BIENNIAL" at NGJ: Open to Public: Sunday, December 7, 2014; Opening Reception on Sunday, December 14, 2014 — Jamaica, West Indies; Event Details – Where: National Gallery of Jamaica; Location: 12 Ocean Blvd, Block C, Kingston, Jamaica (Entrance is on Orange Street); Telephone: 1-876-922-1561, 1-876-618-0654; Fax: 1-876-922-8544; E-mail: info@natgalja.org.jm; Opening hours: Tues-Thurs: 10am to 4:30pm; Fri: 10am-4pm; Sat: 10am-3pm; Last Sundays: the NGJ is open every last Sunday of the month, 11am-4pm
Jamaica Biennial 2014 to Open with Week of Events: “The National Gallery of Jamaica’s Jamaica Biennial 2014 will open with a week of events from December 7 to 14, 2014, and continue for three months, until March 15, 2015.  The Jamaica Biennial 2014, which has been rebranded and expanded as part of the National Gallery’s 40th anniversary programme, builds on the National Biennial exhibitions that were held at the Gallery since 2002 and its predecessor, the Annual National exhibitions. One major change is that the Biennial now includes an international component, with six special projects by international artists, namely: Renee Cox (Jamaica/USA), James Cooper (Bermuda), Blue Curry (Bahamas/UK), Gilles Elie-dit-Cosaque (Martinique), Richard Mark Rawlins (Trinidad), and Sheena Rose (Barbados). Another development is that the juried section was selected by two international judges, Diana Nawi, Associate Curator at the Perez Art Museum in Miami, and Sara Hermann, a curator and art historian from the Dominican Republic. In all, the Jamaica Biennial 2014 consists of more than 120 works by 97 artists, including well-established artists as well as many young and emerging ones. A wide range of artistic media and approaches is represented, from representational and abstract painting to video and performance art, with a particularly strong representation of digital photography and video art. In another first, the Biennial will also be shown at more than one location: in addition to the National Gallery, parts of the exhibition will be shown at Devon House and at National Gallery West. For Devon House, we selected six interventions by artists whose work resonates with the history and context of Devon House – Greg Bailey, Laura Facey, James Cooper, Ebony G. Patterson, Oneika Russell, and Cosmo Whyte – and their work will be integrated into the interior of the great house and, in the case of Facey, on the lawn. Devon House was the National Gallery’s original home when it opened in 1974 and the partnership on the 2014 Biennial, at the time of the Gallery’s 40th anniversary, is therefore particularly appropriate. At National Gallery West, the National Gallery’s new branch at the Montego Bay Cultural Centre on Sam Sharpe Square, we will feature selection from a new body of photographic and video by Renee Cox titled Sacred Geometry. One other project, by Blue Curry, will be shown in various locations on the streets of Downtown Kingston. All other exhibits will be at the National Gallery of Jamaica. Key events for the opening week of the Jamaica Biennial 2014 are as follows:

Sunday, December 7: Soft opening of the exhibitions at the National Gallery of Jamaica, Devon House and National Gallery West; at the National Gallery of Jamaica, there will also be a screening of the film Zetwal (Twinkle) by the Martiniquan film director and artist Gilles Elie-dit-Cosaque, starts at 1:30 pm
Tuesday, December 9: Opening reception at Devon House (by invitation).
Friday, December 12: Opening reception at National Gallery West, Montego Bay, from 6:30 to 8:30 om.
Sunday, December 14: Main opening reception at the National Gallery of Jamaica, with formalities starting at 1:30 pm

During the opening week, from December 7 to 14, all exhibitions (National Gallery of Jamaica, Devon House and National Gallery West) will be open every day with extended opening hours until 6 pm.”Read more: http://nationalgalleryofjamaica.wordpress.com/
For further information: http://nationalgalleryofjamaica.wordpress.com/

National Gallery Of Jamaica Biennial 2012 - 2013 Exhibition
video by MBartleyStudios

Event: “Gifts from the ‘Art': New Christmas Cards and Posters” through Sunday, December 14, 2014 with extended hours until 6pm in the NGJ Giftshop — Jamaica, West Indies

“Gifts from the Art” Dec 7-14, 2014
at NGJ http://nationalgalleryofjamaica.wordpress.com/
Event: “Gifts from the ‘Art': New Christmas Cards and Posters” from Sunday, December 7, 2014 to Sunday, December 14, 2014 with extended hours until 6pm in the NGJ Giftshop — Jamaica, West Indies; Event Details – Where: National Gallery of Jamaica; Location: 12 Ocean Blvd, Block C, Kingston, Jamaica (Entrance is on Orange Street); Telephone: 1-876-922-1561, 1-876-618-0654; Fax: 1-876-922-8544; E-mail: info@natgalja.org.jm; Opening hours: Tues-Thurs: 10am to 4:30pm; Fri: 10am-4pm; Sat: 10am-3pm; Last Sundays: the NGJ is open every last Sunday of the month, 11am-4pm
Event Description: “Make the National Gallery of Jamaica Gift Shop your destination this season for all your holiday needs. As is now customary, we have selected a number of popular Jamaican art works from our collection to offer as Christmas Cards. The new cards feature work by Samere Tansley, Osmond Watson, Mallica 'Kapo' Reynolds, J.B. Kidd and Karl Parboosingh, and are available with pre-printed holiday greetings and blank. 'We are also pleased to launch our latest selection of art prints inspired by the National Gallery’s fortieth anniversary,' said Michka McCreath, Gift Shop Manager. In 1990, the National Gallery received major works from one of the most important private collection of the 1960s and 1970s, from well-known art patron A.D Scott. From this collection, we selected Barrington Watson’s 'Athlete’s Nightmare II (1966),' Carl Abrahams’ 'Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah (c.1965),' and Karl Parboosingh’s 'Young Mothers (c.1965),' as the perfect prints to send warm wishes to everyone on your shopping list. In addition, the new collection also features Renee Cox’s 'Red Coat (2006)' and Osmond Watson’s 'City Life (1968),' from the NGJ collection. Another favourite, Colin Garland’s 'Kore (1996)' from the Aaron and Marjorie Matalon Collection, another major donation to the NGJ, is also available. The NGJ Gift Shop offers a wide range of other fine gift items suitable for all budgets. As part of the opening week of activities for the Jamaica Biennial 2014, the NGJ Gift Shop will be open every day from December 7 to 14 with extended hours until 6pm. The Gift Shop plays an important role in supporting the education and exhibition programmes of the National Gallery and your patronage is very much appreciated.”Read more at NGJ: http://nationalgalleryofjamaica.wordpress.com/
For further information: http://nationalgalleryofjamaica.wordpress.com/, http://natgalja.org.jm/ioj_wp/ and https://twitter.com/natgalleryja.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Exhibition: “DECAY” By Nicholas Emery EXTENDED until Saturday, December 13, 2014 at Medulla Art Gallery — Trinidad & Tobago, West Indies

“DECAY” By Nicholas Emery from Nov 13-Dec 13, 2014 at
Medulla https://www.facebook.com/pages/Medulla-Art-Gallery/310678552276044
Exhibition: “DECAY” By Nicholas Emery - EXTENDED until Saturday, December 13, 2014 at Medulla Art Gallery — Trinidad & Tobago, West Indies; Event Details - Where: Medulla Gallery; Location: #37 Fitt Street, Woodbrook, Port-of-Spain; RSVP: Tel: (868) 740 7597 / Email: medullaartgallery@gmail.com
Artist's Statement: "'I am creating something that is disappointing and yet has great hopes – a cycle of positive and negative energy that is in a constant state of renewal.' This is not me speaking, but Hang Xiaotao, a well known Chinese artist, on his absorption with decay. See other interesting examples of decay in a short article entitled “Art from Decay: 11 Masters of Trash, Rust & Rot.” Here is the link, http://webecoist.momtastic.com/2010/08/23/art-from-decay-12-masters-of-trash-rust-rot/. We can see from this article, and our own observations, the universality of decay in our world, and thus the significance to the artist of representing it. By considering decay we also learn of the importance and symbiosis it plays in the regenerative processes and life forms. “Cut a chrysalis open and you will find a rotting caterpillar…as such the process of transformation consists almost entirely of decay” (the author Rebecca Solnit). So, this and other ideas about decay in Trinidad will be open for discussion at my artist talk on Wednesday 10th December 2014 at 6:30pm and I encourage anyone who wants to attend to do so. In addition, please kindly note that my show at Medulla Gallery has been extended beyond Thursday December 4th, until Saturday 13th December 2014. To view the work the gallery is open between the hours of 10am to 6pm Monday – Friday, or 11am to 2pm on Saturday. Private viewings are also possible by contacting Martin Mouttet at 740-7597 at Medulla Gallery, which is located at #37 Fitt Street, Woodbrook, Port of Spain. If you don’t know where Fitt Street is, it’s off Ariapita Ave between Cornelio and Murray Streets (Ring the bell that is next to the gate for Medulla gallery)."Read more: http://nicholasemeryart.com/blog
Event Description and Artist's Statement: “MEDULLA is pleased to invite you to: “DECAY” By Nicholas Emery - OPENING RECEPTION: Thursday, November 13, 2014 from 7pm-9:30pm; EXHIBITION CLOSES: Thursday 4th December 2014:  ' Decay is a phenomenon that occurs naturally in the Caribbean, albeit at an accelerated rate. In vital ways this accelerative feature separates or distinguishes itself from other parts of the world, where geologic time scales seem firmly entrenched and decay expresses itself at a snail’s pace. However, in Trinidad we are able to witness decomposition daily, such that it has become part of our way of life here, and thus it is not uncommon to watch a fresh coat of paint wear, or a concrete wall crack, and then begin to collapse under pressure from wind, rain, and sun. In many ways our response to these phenomena directly impacts our collective behavior, and impacts our ideas about society and even the organization of society. How do we feel about the abandoned house next door where trees have taken root and are growing through the roof, the overgrown lot with 6ft grass, junked out old cars, sunken ships, and so much more – this, in terms of our new modern and global society?' -- Nicholas EmeryRead more: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Medulla-Art-Gallery/310678552276044
About the Artist: “Nicholas Emery is an American painter born in the West Indies. Emery returned to Trinidad, the country of his birth, in 2005, where he lives and works as an artist. Emery largely uses self-examination as the driving force for the thematic narrative of his work. As a result, some of the major themes to emerge substantially influencing Emery’s work are Nature and urban architecture. These themes were reflected, among other works, in his Pattern language pieces exhibited at his first one-man show at Soft Box Gallery, entitled Urban Introspective, in 2009 in Trinidad. In the fall of 2011 Emery attended an international artist residency and began his first figurative series of work using his experience and knowledge of Caribbean people to formulate and communicate his ideas about body, place, and color. This work eventually culminated in his second one-man show at Soft Box Gallery entitled Glimpse, in the spring of 2012 in Trinidad.”Read more: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Medulla-Art-Gallery/310678552276044
About the Gallery: “Medulla Art Gallery has been established to carry on and develop the traditions of Aquarela Galleries. Medulla, as the name implies, will provide a core space for art education with public participation through exhibitions, forums and workshops. Geoffrey MacLean, Martin Mouttet and Isabel Brash hope to use Medulla to demonstrate art, not only as a social expression, but also as a medium for therapy and growth. Medulla seeks to produce and promote exhibitions and ancillary events of established and emerging artists.”Read more: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Medulla-Art-Gallery/310678552276044
For further information: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Medulla-Art-Gallery/310678552276044.  For further information about the artist: http://nicholasemeryart.com/blog.  Related article: http://webecoist.momtastic.com/2010/08/23/art-from-decay-12-masters-of-trash-rust-rot/

Exhibition: "Artwork by Anil Bridgelal" through Saturday, December 13, 2014 at Horizons Art Gallery -- Trinidad & Tobago, West Indies

"Artwork by Anil Bridgelal" Dec 2-13, 2014
at Horizons  http://horizonsartgallery.com/
Exhibition: "Artwork by Anil Bridgelal" Opening Reception on Tuesday, December 2, 2014 from 7-8:30pm; show runs through Saturday, December 13, 2014 at Horizons Art Gallery -- Trinidad & Tobago, West Indies; Event Details - Where: Horizons Art Gallery; Location: 37 Mucurapo Road, St. James, Trinidad, WI; Telephone: (868) 628-9769 and (868) 297-5105; Email: info@horizonsartgallery.com; Opening Hours: Mon-Fri: 9:00am-5:30pm; Sat: 9:00am-1:00pm
About the Artist: “Born in 1978, Anil Bridgelal attended Barrackpore Senior Comprehensive where he studied the sciences. Unfortunately, art was not an option in the schools science programme and were it not for the dedication of an art teacher, who recognized his talent and took the time during lunch-break to teach and guide him, the budding artist may have stopped painting. With the encouragement of this teacher and the support from those who saw his work, Bridgelal has continued to develop and hone his craft over the years.”Read more: The Gallery at Fine Art http://fineartcaribbean.com/
For further information about the artist: http://fineartcaribbean.com/index.php/v/original-art/anilbridgelal/?q=gallery, http://artsocietytt.org/bridgelalA.html and http://www.zoominfo.com/p/Anil-Bridgelal/1574960505.  For further information about the gallery: http://horizonsartgallery.com/ and https://www.facebook.com/pages/Horizons-Framing-Decor-Limited/386610778017916.

Amazon's Book Reviews: Caribbean Authors — Roslyn Carrington

Author's Statement: "Romance readers know me as Simona Taylor. Literary book lovers know me as Roslyn Carrington. Either way, I'm the same person: born and bred in Trinidad, West Indies. I like to think of myself as an ambassador. Through my books I share my islands, and try to make the people, the smells, the food, the colors and the passions, come alive for my readers, so that they can understand a little more about the people that we are."   Read more: http://www.amazon.com/Roslyn-Carrington/e/B000APLNUG, http://www.roslyncarrington.com/ and https://www.facebook.com/roslyn.carrington.7

This is a review for Every Bitter Thing Sweet by Roslyn Carrington - Reading Everything Bitter Thing Sweet was a lot like eating a delicious chocolate mousse. Wanting to savor it's richness, I had to restrain myself from rushing as the fast-paced plot pulled me in. Thank you, Ms. Carrington, for following up on the life of my very favorite character, Rory, from Thirst for Rain. When I finished that book I cared for him like he was my own son and was so happy to see you must have too. He is a wonderfully noble fellow and did not deserve to have one impulsive act of rage ruin his life. In EBTS he becomes everything I knew he was.
Read more: http://www.amazon.com/Every-Bitter-Thing-Roslyn-Carrington/product-reviews/1575668513/ref=dp_top_cm_cr_acr_txt?showViewpoints=1

This is a review for A Thirst For Rain by Roslyn Carrington - Roslyn Carrington paints a vivid picture of life in Trinidad - so vivid that you are transported there to experience it with all of your senses. She has an exceptional ability to view the world through the eyes of her characters. And this is an intriguing, enchanting world which most outsiders never see. An interplay of quiet dramas takes place within a small residential courtyard. The central characters, a mother and daughter, face identical problems, but are unable to share them with each other. The other characters each have their own stories which are woven expertly into the fabric of the central theme. An outstanding reading experience! You will want the story to continue! Read more: http://www.amazon.com/Thirst-For-Rain-Roslyn-Carrington/product-reviews/1575665751/ref=cm_cr_pr_btm_link_next_2?ie=UTF8&pageNumber=2&showViewpoints=0&sortBy=byRankDescending

This is a review for Candy Don't Come In Gray by Roslyn Carrington - Candy Don't Come in Gray was a bright, fun, and insightful read. I picked it up because I enjoyed Carrington's other two books, A Thirst for Rain and Every Bitter Thing Sweet so much. I was half afraid that it wouldn't be anywhere near as good as those two, but I was glad to find that Carrington is really coming into her own. I mean, I think in many ways it's better. It was smart and sexy. There are so many little nuances to the story, and the interplay between all of the characters was so real, they all sounded like people you could actually know. As someone who spent over 7 years living in Trinidad, I liked seeing one of my favorite places brought to life. Glad I picked it up! Read more: http://www.amazon.com/Candy-Dont-Come-In-Gray/product-reviews/1575668521/ref=dp_top_cm_cr_acr_txt?showViewpoints=1

Caribbean Novelist, Roslyn Carrington - video by CaribNation

Friday, December 12, 2014

Exhibition: Jamaica Biennial 2014 at Devon House - "2014 JAMAICA BIENNIAL" at NGJ: Opening Reception on Sunday, December 14, 2014 — Jamaica, West Indies

James Cooper – "Communicating with Nature" (Jamaica Biennial 2014 at Devon House)
http://nationalgalleryofjamaica.wordpress.com/
Exhibition: Jamaica Biennial 2014 at Devon House - "2014 JAMAICA BIENNIAL" at NGJ: Opening Reception on Sunday, December 14, 2014 — Jamaica, West Indies; Event Details – Where: Devon House; Location: Hope Rd, Kingston, Jamaica; Telephone: 1-876-926-0815 and Where: National Gallery of Jamaica; Location: 12 Ocean Blvd, Block C, Kingston, Jamaica (Entrance is on Orange Street); Telephone: 1-876-922-1561, 1-876-618-0654; Fax: 1-876-922-8544; E-mail: info@natgalja.org.jm; Opening hours: Tues-Thurs: 10am to 4:30pm; Fri: 10am-4pm; Sat: 10am-3pm; Last Sundays: the NGJ is open every last Sunday of the month, 11am-4pm
Jamaica Biennial 2014 at Devon House: “One of the most exciting new developments in the Jamaica Biennial 2014 is the collaboration with Devon House, which is hosting Biennial projects by six artists, five from Jamaica and one from Bermuda: Greg Bailey, James Cooper (Bermuda), Laura Facey, Ebony G. Patterson, Oneika Russell, and Cosmo Whyte. Having some of the Biennial exhibits outside of the National Gallery of Jamaica itself helps to give the Biennial greater visibility and encourages greater engagement from a variety of audiences – in addition to Devon House, part of the biennial (the Renee Cox exhibition) is also shown at National Gallery West at the Montego Bay Cultural Centre and one project, by Blue Curry, can be seen on the streets of Downtown Kingston. The collaboration with Devon House is the first of what we hope will be an ongoing programme of shared projects and comes at particularly opportune time. The National Gallery first opened its doors at Devon House on November 14, 1974, forty years ago, and operated there until mid-1982, when the institution was relocated to its present building on the Kingston Waterfront. Showing part of the Jamaica Biennial 2014 at Devon House thus amounts to a home-coming on the occasion of our 40th anniversary. The six artists selected for the Devon House exhibition of the Jamaica Biennial 2014 were selected f because the thematic content and formal qualities of their work have relevance to the context of the House and we opted to make interventions into the space of the House that would make visitors think in new ways about its history and significance. The young painter Greg Bailey is represented with a large formal portrait painting of a black man in a tailored suit seated in an ornate chair, provocatively titled Boasy Slave. It takes the place of the portrait of the 18th century Governor Peter Beckford, in the dining room. This substitution comments ironically on the social and racial dynamics of colonial and postcolonial Jamaica and also makes reference to the history of Devon House itself, as the first plantation style Great House to be built and owned by a black Jamaican – Jamaica’s first black millionaire, George Stiebel – to the distress of the 19th century white elite. Lady Musgrave Road, the story goes, was constructed because Governor Musgrave’s wife did not wish to see Mr Stiebel and family on their verandas when she drove out to go to town.”Read more: http://nationalgalleryofjamaica.wordpress.com/
For further information about NGJ: http://nationalgalleryofjamaica.wordpress.com/.   For further information about Devon House: http://www.devonhousejamaica.com/

Devon House Tour Jamaica - video by CARNIVAL LIVE TV