Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Amazon's Book Reviews: Caribbean Authors — Afua Cooper

Born in Westmoreland, Jamaica, Afua Cooper grew up in Kingston, Jamaica, and migrated to Toronto in 1980. She holds a Ph.D. in African-Canadian history with specialties in slavery and abolition. Her dissertation, "Doing Battle in Freedom’s Cause", is a biographical study of Henry Bibb, a 19th-century African-American abolitionist who lived and worked in Ontario. She also has expertise in women's history and New France studies. Cooper still lives in Toronto. She is a winner of the Harry Jerome Award for professional excellence. She has published four books of poetry, including Memories Have Tongue (1994), one of the finalists in the 1992 Casa de las Americas literary award. She is the co-author of We're Rooted Here and They Can't Pull Us Up: Essays in African Canadian Women's History (1994), which won the Joseph Brant Award for history. She has also released two albums of her poetry. Read more: http://www.amazon.com/Afua-Cooper/e/B001JS5TQM/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1.

This is a review for The Hanging of Angelique: The Untold Story of Canadian Slavery and the Burning of Old Montreal by Afua Cooper - A case had been built against Marie-Joseph Angelique based on innuendo, insinuation, hearsay and Angelique's bad reputation.Under severe torture, the 29-year-old woman, who previously proclaimed her innocence admitted to setting fire to the home of her owner. This fire consumed 46 buildings in Old Montreal. After the grisly execution Angelique's corpse was left hanging for two hours for all to see, then was burnt. That should have been the end of Angelique but 270 years later she has arisen. Thanks to Afua Cooper. In fact through her thorough research Ms Cooper delves into much of the historical occurences of the time. She puts to rest that myth that there was no slavery in Canada. She opens wide the doors of an unjust justice system. This is not just Black history but Canadian - even world history. It should be required reading for all students of history. Read more: http://www.amazon.com/The-Hanging-Angelique-Canadian-1700-1900/product-reviews/0820329401/ref=dp_top_cm_cr_acr_txt?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=1

This is a review for My Name Is Phillis Wheatley: A Story of Slavery and Freedom by Afua Cooper - This autobiography of Penda Wane (Phyllis Wheatley) is so well written that she is able to tell her story in these few pages and still the reader can feel the full impact of an entire lifetime. I loved this book. It is profound and clearly addresses the misconceptions inherent in racial prejudice and the enslavement of the African American peoples. Katie M., Ahoskie, NC Read more: http://www.amazon.com/product-reviews/1553378121/ref=dp_top_cm_cr_acr_txt?showViewpoints=1   Book Description: This is the remarkable story of Phillis Wheatley, who is born into an African family of griots, or storytellers, but captured by slave raiders and forced aboard a slave ship, where appalling conditions spell death for many of her companions. Numerous sharks follow the ship, feeding on the corpses of slaves thrown overboard. Weakened by the voyage and near death in a Boston slave market, Wheatley is bought by a kind family who nurses her back to health and teaches her to read and write. Soon her mistress recognizes that the girl is a quick learner and talented. At the age of 12, a torrent of poetry begins to flow out of Wheatley. Proud of her achievements, her mistress organizes readings in Boston's finest parlors and drawing rooms, and Wheatley's fame spreads. But even when many in Boston are calling her a prodigy and a genius, some remain unsure that a slave should be able to write, much less write poetry. When Phillis travels to London she is a media sensation, feted by the cream of English society. A book of her poems is published, and she finally gains her freedom. This amazing story, wide in scope, is based on fact and told convincingly from young Wheatley's point of view. Read more: http://www.amazon.com/My-Name-Phillis-Wheatley-Slavery/dp/1553378121

This is a review for Copper Woman: And Other Poems by Afua Cooper - Book Description: Copper Woman and Other Poems is a collection of poems that announces a humanistic vision, dealing with such themes as rebirth (physical and symbolic), mythology, memory, bondage, blood, family, identities in flux, migration, politics and flights of fancy. The contents move back and forth between the past and the present, and project into the future, envisioning a new world/a new creation. The message that we are our brothers and our sisters keepers and that the earth is our home -- a home that we must protect and keep safe if we are to survive -- resonates throughout. Copper Woman is a call to arms against apathy and all forms of tyranny. It is liberatory dub poetics that say equality and equity are possible and within reach. It invites its readers to cast off their chains and shackles and proclaim their freedom. It invites us all to grasp a greater vision of our world. Read more: http://www.amazon.com/Copper-Woman-And-Other-Poems/dp/1897045093


Afua Cooper "My Name is Phillis Wheatley"
video by afuacooper

Monday, June 29, 2015

Event: “Editing Art Seminar by Clayton” on Monday, June 29, 2015 @ 7:00-9:00pm at ASTT — Trinidad & Tobago, West Indies

"Editing Art Seminar by Clayton" on Monday, June 29, 2015
at ASTT http://artsocietytt.org/
Event:  “Editing Art Seminar by Clayton” on Monday, June 29 @ 7-9pm at ASTT -- Trinidad & Tobago, West Indies; Event Details - Location: The Art Society of Trinidad and Tobago; Cor. Jamaica Blvd & St Vincent Ave; Federation Park, Port of Spain; Trinidad and Tobago, W.I.; Tel: (868) 622-9827 or (868) 738-8273; Email: exhibitions@artsocietytt.org or admin@artsocietytt.org;  Hours: 10am-6pm daily.
Event Description: “Editing Art Seminar by Clayton on Monday, June 29, 2015 @ 7:00-9:00pm at ASTT -- Trinidad & Tobago.”Read more: http://artsocietytt.org/
About Clayton: “Clayton de Freitas is a self taught artist who grew up in Belmont, Trinidad. He also has lived in the islands of St Maarten and Saba, Caribbean, exhibiting his work in a collaborative effort with artists from the USA and the Netherlands Antilles. Over the years he has taught art in small groups as well as at elementary level. His passion has always been his art, from painting acrylics to water colours, to drawings in pen and ink, to work in fabric paints. He has painted miniatures to very large pieces. As a realist in the area of art, he seeks to bring to life the beauty that our islands (Trinidad and Tobago) and other islands within the Caribbean hold. It is amazing how the artist has worked to produce detail in nearly all his paintings, having limited eyesight in one eye and blind in the other. He paints without the aid of his glasses and is always working on commissions: old ginger bread houses of many who seek him out to capture their family residences or offices of old. Clayton's art work has been bought by overseas collectors of Caribbean art, finding its way in the Netherlands Antilles, England, Toronto, Montreal, Egypt, New Mexico and various Caribbean islands like Barbados and the Grenadines.”Read more: http://artsocietytt.org/directory/artists/mr-clayton-de-freitas/#post_info
About ASTT: “Before the Trinidad Art Society was born, a small group of painters, poets and writers including Amy Leong Pang and Hugh Stollmeyer among others – dubbed the “Society of Trinidad Independents”, taking their cue from the modernist movements in Europe- pointed the country into the headwinds of contemporary art. They revelled in Gauguin, Modigliani and the growing fascination with African art; their metaphysical leanings found a ready response in Shango – Baptist beliefs with strong echoes of Orisha in Benin. The group ran afoul of a fundamentalist press whose vitriolic attacks were partially responsible for the disintegration of the body (after nine years) in 1938. Their pioneering visual work, however, was to have a profound influence on the development of art in Trinidad and Tobago.”Read more: http://artsocietytt.org/about/
For further information: http://artsocietytt.org/ and https://www.facebook.com/artsocietyTT.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Event: “Last Sundays, June 28, 2015: featuring Explorations 3: Seven Women Artists” and “The Way Home” by Millicent A. A. Graham @ 11am - 4pm at NGJ — Jamaica, West Indies

“Last Sundays: June 28, 2015: featuring Explorations 3: Seven Women Artists” & “The Way Home”
at NGJ http://nationalgalleryofjamaica.wordpress.com/

Event: “Last Sundays, June 28, 2015: featuring Explorations 3: Seven Women Artists” and “The Way Home” by Millicent A. A. Graham @ 11am - 4pm@ 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 Sundays programme for June 28, 2015, is staged in association with the 2015 Kingston on the Edge (KOTE) urban art festival. The programme will feature special tours of the Explorations 3: Seven Women Artists exhibition and the launch of the poetry collection The Way Home by Millicent A.A. Graham. Explorations 3: Seven Women Artists, which opened on May 31 and continues until August 8, is the third edition of a series of exhibitions that explore the big themes and issues in Jamaican art. It asks whether any concept of women’s art is relevant in Jamaica today and features work by Kereina Chang Fatt, Miriam Hinds-Smith, Berette Macaulay, Amy Laskin, Prudence Lovell, Judith Salmon, and Jasmine Thomas-Girvan. Explorations 3 was curated by National Gallery Senior Curator O”Neil Lawrence … Admission and guided tours on Sunday, June 28, 2015 are free but donations are gratefully accepted. The doors will be open from 11 am to 4 pm but the book launch will start at 1:30 pm. The National Gallery gift and coffee shop will be open.”Read more: http://nationalgalleryofjamaica.wordpress.com/
For further information: http://nationalgalleryofjamaica.wordpress.com/, http://natgalja.org.jm/ioj_wp/ and https://twitter.com/natgalleryja

Exhibition: “57th Annual Fulton Art Fair: On the Fence” - ENDS on Sunday, June 28, 2015 — Brooklyn, NY USA

2015 Fulton Art Fair https://www.facebook.com/FultonArtFair.net
Exhibition: “57th Annual Fulton Art Fair: On the Fence” - DATES: Saturdays and Sundays from June 13th-14th, June 20th-21st and June 27th-28th, 2015 — Brooklyn, NY USA; Event Details - Location: Fulton Art Fair at Fulton Park, Brooklyn, New York on Fulton Street/Harriet Ross Tubman Avenue (between Stuyvesant & Lewis Avenues); When: Saturdays and Sundays from June 13th-14th, June 20th-21st and June 27th-28th, 2015; Exhibition Hours: Saturdays–12:00pm to 8:00pm and Sundays-12:00pm to 6:00 pm; Email: FultonArtFair.Inc@gmail.com; Telephone: 1-718-635-1987

2015 Fulton Art Fair
https://www.facebook.com/FultonArtFair.net
Event Description: “FULTON ART FAIR INC. PRESENTS THE 57TH ANNUAL 'ON THE FENCE' JURIED ART EXHIBITION, Brooklyn, NY. The Fulton Art Fair celebrates its 57th year at Robert Fulton Park in Bedford-Stuyvesant. The 'On the Fence' Juried Art Exhibition is a six-day event designed to assemble visual artists who are seeking new ways to promote their art work. Exhibiting artists include the renowned Otto Neals, Violet Chandler, and Emmett Wigglesworth who have collectively exhibited at this event since 1958. They will be joined by Karl A. McIntosh, Brenda Mattingly, Izell S. Glover, Joseph Bell-Bey, and Haywood Williams. Emerging artists include Tomas Hull, Scharalet Kee, Diane Grazette-Collins, Wilma Ward, Willie Harley, Gerald Jones, Benito Morales and many others. For these six days, the DJ sounds of Josif Clark. Live performances: June 20th - Right Direction (r&b); June 21st - Rodney Stone aka Lil Rodney C (spoken word); June 27th - Jeff King Band (jazz), and June 28th - Patsy Grant Quartet (jazz/blues). This event is free and open to the public; Exhibition Hours: Saturdays–12:00pm to 8:00pm and Sundays-12:00pm to 6:00 pm.”Read more: http://www.fultonartfair.net/ and https://www.facebook.com/FultonArtFair.net
About the Fulton Art Fair: “Fulton Art Fair was formed in 1958 for the exhibition, promotion and publication of the fine and performing arts in the City & State of New York, primarily of African Americans; the stimulation and encouragement of community interest in the field of fine and performing arts, the development and achievement of creativity as an expression of the community’s status and heritage. Some of the people who pooled their strengths with founder Shirley Hawkins to bring Fulton Art Fair onto the scene were: Justice Thomas Russell Jones (Retired); author, John O. Killens; Reverend Milton Galamison; Attorney Courtenay L. Wiltshire; former Weeksville Society Director, Joan Bacchus Maynard; Olga Maryschuk Kandel; Ernest Crichlow; Jacob Lawrence; Evelyn S. Cohen; W. E. B. Seay; Maurice and Stella Golden, of Boro Hall Mimeo and Others. Their pleasure was doubled as they rubbed shoulders with Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee, Max Roach, Abby Lincoln, Harold Cumberbatch, Cecil Payne, and other celebrities who walked around Fulton Park admiring the work displayed on the park fencing. . . The annual major exhibit is held outdoors in Fulton Park. The park is centrally located in Bedford Stuyvesant and is part of Stuyvesant Heights, a designated landmark section of Brooklyn, easily accessible by all modes of public transport. It lends itself well to the presentation of Graphic and performing arts in a comfortable, complementary blend of art and nature; a signature gallery in Bedford Stuyvesant which also announces its own presence ... Fulton Art Fair continues to promote visual, musical and performing arts that is created and inspired by African, African-American, Caribbean, Central and South American culture.”Read more: http://www.fultonartfair.net/
For further information: https://www.facebook.com/FultonArtFair.net and http://www.fultonartfair.net/.

Fulton Art Fair Promo

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Exhibition: “Growth” - show runs through Saturday, June 27, 2015 at the Caribbean Museum Center for the Arts — St Croix, US Virgin Islands

“Growth” May 29-Jun 27, 2015 at CMCArts http://cmcarts.org/
Exhibition: “Growth” Opening on Friday, May 29, 2015 @ 5-8pm; show runs through Saturday, June 27, 2015 at the Caribbean Museum Center for the Arts — St Croix, US Virgin Islands; Where: 10 Strand Street & 62 King Street, Frederiksted, VI 00840; Phone: (340) 772-2622; Email: cmcarts@gmail.com.  For further information: http://cmcarts.org/
Event Description: “'Growth' is the second exhibition presented by Thru Contemporary Arts. It opens at the Caribbean Museum Center for the Arts in St. Croix and follows a recent, inaugural exhibition in Cologne, Germany. Growth is intended to expand conversation about the nature and boundaries of art in the Caribbean by exposing the public to a variety of approaches to creating contemporary art. It features a specially selected collection of contemporary art by present-day artists from countries around the world. From mixed media art to photography, embroidery, and digital works of art – all are represented in this exhibition, which is part of Thru Contemporary Arts’ permanent public collection.”Read more: http://cmcarts.org/

About the Venue: “Welcome to the Caribbean Museum Center for the Arts, serving and promoting the art and artists of the Caribbean. Located in Frederiksted on the island of St Croix, US Virgin Islands, our center offers opportunities for learning, introspection, and connection with the cultures of the Caribbean.”Read more: http://cmcarts.org/

General Information: “CMCArts, Inc.was founded in 1994 by Candia Atwater, with the annual publication of the "Island Art & Soul" calendar of Caribbean art. In 2003, CMCArts moved into and began restoration of a wonderful, historic building on the waterfront in Frederiksted. Over the last four years, CMCArts has grown into an epicenter of activity, where residents and visitors of all ages have benefited from CMCArts' innovative arts and cultural programming. Now is an exciting and important time to be involved. Today, the transformation of our property into a full-service facility was completed in 2008 with a Gala Opening. CMCArts is now positioned to broaden our programs and deepen our commitment to the community we serve. The beautiful Caribbean Sea and historic Danish property offer a perfect setting for CMCArts' spacious exhibition galleries, visiting artist in residence apartments, working art studios and classrooms, a fully equipped pottery studio, gift shop, offices and protected courtyard for performances and events.” Read more: https://www.facebook.com/cmcavi
Additional Information: Museum hours:  Thursday-Saturday, 10:00am–5:00pm; All cruise ship days & Sunset Jazz until 6:30pm; All other days by appointment (call (340) 513-2925).  For further information: http://cmcarts.org/ and https://www.facebook.com/cmcavi.

Exhibition: Garfield Morgan's “The Tarp Project” - Opening on Saturday, June 27, 2015 @ 4:00pm to 7:00pm at NLS — Kingston, Jamaica, West Indies

“The Tarp Project” Opening on June 27, 2015 at NLS http://www.nlskingston.org/
Exhibition: Garfield Morgan's “The Tarp Project” - Opening on Saturday, June 27, 2015 @ 4:00pm to 7:00pm at NLS — Kingston, Jamaica, West Indies; Event Details – Where: NLS; Location: 190 Mountain View Ave, Kingston, JA;  Phone: (876) 927-7931/(876) 927-8647/(876) 406-9771; Email: info@NLSkingston.org.
Event Description: “NLS is pleased to present 'The Tarp Project' featuring works by Garfield Morgan. In the most recent project of current studio artist Garfield Morgan, he uses tarp as a ground in two-dimensional and three-dimensional investigations with other non-traditional media such as plaster of Paris, mesh wire, grated coal and tar to explore themes of degradation, decay, regeneration and triumph. 'The Tarp Project' opens with an event for the KOTE Festival on Saturday, June 27 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. For more information email: info@NLSkingston.org.”Read more: 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: http://www.nlskingston.org/ and www.facebook.com/NLSKingston.

Exhibition: “UNDER THE MEXICAN SKY: Gabriel Figueroa — Art and Film” - show runs through Saturday, June 27, 2015 at El Museo del Barrio — Harlem, NY USA

“UNDER THE MEXICAN SKY” thru June 27, 2015 at El Museo http://www.elmuseo.org/
Exhibition: “UNDER THE MEXICAN SKY: Gabriel Figueroa — Art and Film” - show runs through Saturday, June 27, 2015 at at El Museo del Barrio — Harlem, NY USA; Event Details - Location:  El Museo del Barrio, 1230 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10029 | Phone: (212) 831-7272 | Open Wed–Sat from 11am-6pm | Email: info@elmuseo.org
Event Description: “From the early 1930s through the early 1980s, the Mexican cinematographer Gabriel Figueroa (1907–1997) helped forge an evocative and enduring image of Mexico. Among the most important cinematographers of the so-called Golden Age of Mexican Cinema, Figueroa worked with leading directors from Mexico, the United States and Europe, traversing a wide range of genres while maintaining his distinctive and vivid visual style. In the 1930s, Figueroa was part of a vibrant community of artists in many media, including Diego Rivera, Jose Clemente Orozco, Edward Weston and Manuel Alvarez Bravo, who sought to convey the country’s transformation following the trauma of the Mexican Revolution. Later, he adapted his approach to the very different sensibilities of directors Luis Buñuel and John Huston, among others. Figueroa spoke of creating una imágen mexicana, a Mexican image. His films are an essential part of the network of appropriations, exchanges and reinterpretations that formed Mexican visual identity and visual culture in the mid-twentieth century and beyond. The exhibition features film clips, paintings by Diego Rivera, Jose Clemente Orozco, Manuel Rodriguez Lozano and José Chavez Morado, photographs, prints, posters and documents, many of which are drawn from Figueroa’s archive, the Televisa Foundation collection, the collections of the Museo de la Estampa and the Museo Nacional in Mexico.”Read more: http://www.elmuseo.org/event/under-the-mexican-sky/ and https://www.facebook.com/elmuseo
For further information: http://www.elmuseo.org/, https://www.facebook.com/elmuseo  and https://twitter.com/elmuseo.

Gabriel Figueroa The man who created the Mexican sky
 - video by world news

Friday, June 26, 2015

Event: “EOG Birds of Trinidad and Tobago Amateur Photography Competition 2015” DEADLINE is on Friday, June 26, 2015 -- Trinidad & Tobago, WI

"EOG Birds of Trinidad and Tobago Amateur Photography 
Competition 2015" Deadline is June 26, 2015
Event:  “EOG Birds of Trinidad and Tobago Amateur Photography Competition 2015” DEADLINE is on Friday, June 26, 2015 -- Trinidad & Tobago, West Indies; Contact Information - Location: EOG Resources Trinidad Limited, Briar Place, 10 – 12 Sweet Briar Road, St Clair, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, W.I.; Mail Box:  P.O. Box 5183, Tragarete Road, Port of Spain, Trinidad, W.I.; Tel: (868) 822-5650 or (868) 822-5652; Email: birdsoftrinidadandtobago@gmail.com.
Event Description: “Deadline for submission of entries is June 26th, 2015. This competition is open to amateur/hobbyist photographers only. (Amateur – a person who engages in a particular activity on an unpaid basis; a non-professional). Persons who violate this rule will be immediately disqualifed from this competition and indefnitely disqualifed from all future EOG Resources Trinidad Limited’s Birds of Trinidad and Tobago Amateur Photography Competitions. There is no age restriction for entering this competition. Employees of Mango Media Caribbean, competition judges and their immediate family members of both are prohibited from entering this competition.”Read more: http://artsocietytt.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/Competition-Flyer.pdf
Please Note: “EOG Annual Amateur Photography Competition. Note that once entered, your images become the property of EOG. Only open to those who do not get paid for their photography!”Read more: Trinidad & Tobago Photographic Society - https://www.facebook.com/TTPhotosoc
For further information: http://artsocietytt.org/eog-birds-of-trinidad-and-tobago-amateur-photography-competition-2015%e2%80%8f/, http://artsocietytt.org/, https://www.facebook.com/TTPhotosoc and https://www.facebook.com/artsocietyTT.

Event: “Movie Night - Mas Man : The Creative Genius of Peter Minshall” on Friday, June 26, 2015 @ 7:00-9:00pm at ASTT -- Trinidad & Tobago, WI

"Mas Man: The Creative Genius of Peter Minshall"
on Friday, June 26, 2015 at ASTT http://artsocietytt.org/
Event:  “Movie Night - Mas Man: The Creative Genius of Peter Minshall” on Friday, June 26, 2015 @ 7-9pm at ASTT -- Trinidad & Tobago, West Indies; Event Details - Location: The Art Society of Trinidad and Tobago; Cor. Jamaica Blvd & St Vincent Ave; Federation Park, Port of Spain; Trinidad and Tobago, W.I.; Tel: (868) 622-9827 or (868) 738-8273; Email: exhibitions@artsocietytt.org or admin@artsocietytt.org;  Hours: 10am-6pm daily.
Event Description: “Movie Night: 'Mas Man: The Creative Genius of Peter Minshall' on Friday, June 26, 2015 @ 7:00-9:00pm at ASTT. One Night Only. Free Admission to All. A movie about the beautiful work and life of this extraordinary artist.”Read more: http://artsocietytt.org/
About ASTT: “Before the Trinidad Art Society was born, a small group of painters, poets and writers including Amy Leong Pang and Hugh Stollmeyer among others – dubbed the “Society of Trinidad Independents”, taking their cue from the modernist movements in Europe- pointed the country into the headwinds of contemporary art. They revelled in Gauguin, Modigliani and the growing fascination with African art; their metaphysical leanings found a ready response in Shango – Baptist beliefs with strong echoes of Orisha in Benin. The group ran afoul of a fundamentalist press whose vitriolic attacks were partially responsible for the disintegration of the body (after nine years) in 1938. Their pioneering visual work, however, was to have a profound influence on the development of art in Trinidad and Tobago.”Read more: http://artsocietytt.org/about/
For further information: http://artsocietytt.org/ and https://www.facebook.com/artsocietyTT.

'Mas Man' Trailer - video by masmanmovie

Exhibition: BACD’s "Art of Craft" - show runs through Friday, June 26, 2015 — Bermuda, West Indies

"Art of Craft" May 31 – June 26 2015 http://www.artbermuda.com
Exhibition: BACD’s "Art of Craft" from Sunday, May 31, 2015 @ 5:30-7:30pm; show runs through Friday, June 26, 2015 — Bermuda, West Indies; Event Details – Where: Bermuda Arts Centre at Dockyard; Location: Maritime Ln, , MA 01; General Hours: Tue-Fri 11:00am-4:00pm, Sat-Sun 10:00am-5:00pm; Public Transit: Bus #7 or #8 to Dockyard, Ferry from Hamilton to Dockyard; Telephone: 441-234-2809; Fax: 441-234-0540; Website: http://www.artbermuda.com
Event Description: “Heritage Month  – We support local crafters ... Our sixth annual juried group show of fine crafts: jewellery, fabrics, ceramics, glass, wood carvings, baskets opening on Sunday, May 31st at 5:30-7:30pm; show remains open until June 26th. ”Read more: www.artbermuda.com
About the Gallery: “There's always something new and different to see at The Bermuda Arts Centre at Dockyard. Exhibits of original artwork by local artists change every 6 weeks and reflect the diverse creativity of the art community in Bermuda which the Arts Centre seeks to nurture. The historic character of the building set in the destination of Dockyard at the far western tip of Bermuda belies the contemporary art housed within. "Themed" shows encourage local artists to expand their knowledge with different subject matter and a variety of media resulting in an eclectic range of artwork. From experimental textile wall hangings to traditional scenes in watercolour, something is bound to capture your interest and imagination.”Read more: www.artbermuda.com
For further information: http://www.artbermuda.com/ and https://www.facebook.com/pages/Bermuda-Arts-Centre-at-Dockyard/103929956318465

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Exhibition: Featured artist, Dustin Harewood, is now on display at Gallery NuEdge — Barbados, WI

Featured Artist Dustin Harewood at Gallery NuEdge Barbados www.galerienuedge.com
Exhibition: CURRENT SHOW: Featured Artist, Dustin Harewood, 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: “Dustin Harewood was born and raised in New York City in the 1980’s. In the early 90’s his family moved to Barbados, where he spent his high school years. He moved back to the U.S to get his first degree in art at North Carolina Central University. He later attended the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where he received his M.F.A in painting and drawing. After graduating, he moved to Jacksonville, where he is currently co-running the Art Program at FSCJ’s Kent Campus.”Read more: http://blog.cummermuseum.org/2012/10/folio-weekly-exhibition-artist-highlight-dustin-harewood/
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://blog.cummermuseum.org/2012/10/folio-weekly-exhibition-artist-highlight-dustin-harewood/ and http://www.dustinharewood.com/Dustins_Site/home.html

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Amazon's Book Reviews: Caribbean Authors — V.S. Naipaul

Sir Vidiadhar Surajprasad "V. S." Naipaul, TC (born 17 August 1932) is a Trinidadian-British writer of Indo-Trinidadian heritage of Bhumihar Brahmin known for his novels focusing on the legacy of the British Empire's colonialism. He has also written works of non-fiction, such as travel writing and essays. In 2001, Naipaul was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature. He has been awarded numerous other literary prizes, including the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize (1958), the Somerset Maugham Award (1960), the Hawthornden Prize (1964), the WH Smith Literary Award (1968), the Booker Prize (1971), the Jerusalem Prize (1983) and the David Cohen Prize for a lifetime's achievement in British Literature (1993). J. M. Coetzee, writing in The New York Review of Books in 2001, described Naipaul as "a master of modern English prose". In 2008, The Times ranked Naipaul seventh on their list of "the 50 greatest British writers since 1945". http://www.amazon.com/V.-S.-Naipaul/e/B000APSPJ8/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1372546037&sr=1-2-ent 
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This is a review for A House for Mr. Biswas by V. S. Naipaul - A House for Mr. Biswas opens with the announcement of the death of our hero, and then traces his past though his youth, marriage, career, and the achievement of his lifelong dream-the acquisition of his own home. Mr. Biswas is representative of everyone who has struggled to identify themselves as an individual in a crowd. Having lived his life under the ostensible control of others, it is only in this final achievement of possessing a home that he truly becomes free. Naipaul's often acclaimed prose is readily evident in this fond portrayal of his father, and his often declaimed pessimism is nowhere to be found by this reader. Although Mr. Biswas' trials and tribulations may seem inordinately difficult and despairing, particularly to readers privileged to live in more affluent economies, he, and the sympathetic reader, never lose hope; and both, I believe, gain a measure of satisfaction. Naipaul's villain is stupidity, and he illustrates it in many guises, but the gentle humor with which he has invested the book can only be missed by the most callous of readers. Read more: http://www.amazon.com/House-Mr-Biswas-V-S-Naipaul/product-reviews/0375707166/ref=dp_top_cm_cr_acr_txt?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=1

This is a review for A Bend in the River by V. S. Naipaul - V.S. Naipaul is one of the most talented modern authors we have. It is a shame that his reputation is often tarnished by those who sense something less than sympathy in his depictions of the postcolonial communities and realities he describes. He can be funny but in the same way any novelist can be funny in describing human situations, if there is satire it is a sympathetic satire as he himself was born into the situation he describes. Naipaul's work describes the often absurd situations that arise when a people no longer have a solid societal structure to rely on, he describes situations where identity and reality are split between two or more cultures. In his early sixties books he does this in a profound and comic way. House for Mr. Biswas is his classic from this period. In the 1970's the realities Naipaul describes no longer are presented comically, rather they reflect the tragedy of the very real conflicts in the world at the time. A Bend in the River is his classic from this period. Guerrillas(1975) is also good though. A Bend in the River(1979) gets a lot of attention because it has so often been compared to Conrad and there is some reason for this most notably being the fact that Naipaul writes in a very clear prose that recalls that lucid minded Englishman who also saw into the heart of the reality of the African situation. This book is very bleak but beautifully written. You will be haunted by some of the images such as the white moths fluttering, symbols of the insecure condition of all life. Naipaul deserves to be appreciated by a wider audience. This book should be on every individuals syllabus who wishes to be aware of the great authors not just of the past but of the present. Read more: http://www.amazon.com/A-Bend-River-V-S-Naipaul/product-reviews/0679722025/ref=dp_top_cm_cr_acr_txt?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=1

This is a review for An Area of Darkness by V. S. Naipaul - This book details the experiences of author V.S. Naipaul in India between February 1962 and February 1964, of his travails there with the locals, his discoveries about the people of India, and his coming to terms of what is India and what it means to be Indian. I found him an excellent writer, many of his personal stories reading like fiction, and have since found that Naipaul has a loyal following of readers. I may indeed try to find more of his works in the future. Naipaul is of Indian heritage, but was not born there but rather on the Caribbean island of Trinidad. Some of the first part of the book detailed his growing up there, of his internal resolution as a child between his Indian household and the often very non-Indian islanders, a very diverse group that included a great many of African descent. Much of the rest of the book at least to me seemed to be the author trying to learn more about the country he ultimately hailed from, about what India is really like. Read more: http://www.amazon.com/An-Area-Darkness-V-S-Naipaul/product-reviews/0375708359/ref=dp_top_cm_cr_acr_txt?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=1

Sir VS Naipaul at THiNK 2011 - video by tehelkatv

Event: “NYC PARKS & EL MUSEO DEL BARRIO PRESENT: Pop-Up Arte + Storytelling” on Wednesday, June 24, 2015 @ 3:00pm-4:30pm | FREE at NYC’s Mae Grant Playground — Harlem, NY USA

“Pop-Up Arte + Storytelling” 
June 24, 2015 by NYC Parks &  El Museo http://www.elmuseo.org/
Event: “NYC PARKS & EL MUSEO DEL BARRIO PRESENT: Pop-Up Arte + Storytelling” on Wednesday, June 24, 2015 @ 3:00pm-4:30pm | FREE at NYC’s Mae Grant Playground — Harlem, NY USA; Event Details - Contact:  El Museo del Barrio, 1230 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10029 | Phone: (212) 831-7272 | Open Wed–Sat from 11am-6pm | Email: info@elmuseo.org
Event Description: “Families! Kids! Join us on Wednesday, June 24, for fun-filled sessions of art and storytelling at NYC’s Mae Grant Playground. El Museo del Barrio will be offering art-making workshops and storytelling at this location, E 104th St, bet. Madison and Park Ave., New York, NY 10029. All ages are welcomed.”Read more: http://www.elmuseo.org/event/pop-up-arte-storytelling-june-24-2015/ and https://www.facebook.com/elmuseo
For further information: http://www.elmuseo.org/, https://www.facebook.com/elmuseo  and https://twitter.com/elmuseo. For info on this and upcoming NYC Parks events: http://www.nycgovparks.org/parks/mae-grant-playground/events/2015/06/25/nyc-parks-and-el-museo-del-barrio-present-popup-arte-storytelling

Monday, June 22, 2015

Artist Talk: “Introduction to Fine Art Printing, Reproduction and Photography” by Robert Ramkissoon on Monday, June 22, 2015 ASTT -- Trinidad & Tobago, West Indies

“Introduction to Fine Art Printing, Reproduction and Photography”
on June 22, 2015 at ASTT http://artsocietytt.org/
Artist Talk:  “Introduction to Fine Art Printing, Reproduction and Photography” by Robert Ramkissoon on Monday, June 22, 2015 at ASTT -- Trinidad & Tobago, West Indies; Event Details - Location: The Art Society of Trinidad and Tobago; Cor. Jamaica Blvd & St Vincent Ave; Federation Park, Port of Spain; Trinidad and Tobago, W.I.; Tel: (868) 622-9827 or (868) 738-8273; Email: exhibitions@artsocietytt.org or admin@artsocietytt.org;  Hours: 10am-6pm daily.
About ASTT: “Before the Trinidad Art Society was born, a small group of painters, poets and writers including Amy Leong Pang and Hugh Stollmeyer among others – dubbed the “Society of Trinidad Independents”, taking their cue from the modernist movements in Europe- pointed the country into the headwinds of contemporary art. They revelled in Gauguin, Modigliani and the growing fascination with African art; their metaphysical leanings found a ready response in Shango – Baptist beliefs with strong echoes of Orisha in Benin. The group ran afoul of a fundamentalist press whose vitriolic attacks were partially responsible for the disintegration of the body (after nine years) in 1938. Their pioneering visual work, however, was to have a profound influence on the development of art in Trinidad and Tobago.”Read more: http://artsocietytt.org/about/
For further information about the gallery: http://artsocietytt.org/ and https://www.facebook.com/artsocietyTT. For further information about Canvas Caribbean: http://www.canvascaribbeantt.com/history.html and http://www.canvascaribbeantt.com/.

Exhibition: 12th Havana Biennial – “Between the Idea and Experience” through June 22, 2015 — Havana, Cuba

“12th Havana Biennial” through June 22, 2015
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Exhibition: 12th Havana Biennial – “Between the Idea and Experience” through June 22, 2015 — Havana, Cuba; Contact Information: Centro de Arte Contemporáneo Wifredo Lam, San Ignacio 22, esquina a Empedrado, Plaza de la Catedral, La Habana Vieja, Cuba; Website: www.bienalhabana.cult.cu and http://www.biennialfoundation.org/biennials/havana-biennale/; E-mail: contactobienal@wlam.cult.cu
Event Description: “The Havana Biennial was established in 1984 and its first edition was dedicated to artists of Latin America and the Caribbean. Since the second Biennial of 1986, also artists from Africa, Asia and the Middle East have taken part. This tradition, which has remained during each of the subsequent editions, turned Havana into an important venue for the gathering and exhibition of ‘non-Western’ art. The Havana Biennial has focused its attention on the artists from the South whose works represent concerns and conflicts – many times of universal scope – that are common to their regions.”

“Issues like the existing tensions between tradition and contemporariness, the challenge to the historical colonization processes, relations between art and society, the individual and his/her memory, human communication in the face of technological development and the dynamics of urban culture have been topics of particular interest in the Biennial, without distinction among the multiple forms of visuality that operate in culture as a system.”

“During its development the Havana Biennial has acknowledged the geopolitical reconfiguration that has occurred and consequently the increase in the number of countries that approach the conditions of the so-called South and those that, in precarious positions of development, aim at inserting themselves in the economic blocks of more favored countries.”

“Now, the Havana Biennial takes place within an allegedly globalized world that appears with many faces, complexities and conflicts, particularly when the discourse referred to it tends to arrange in order of importance the economic hegemony, the dependence and the control of information, ignoring the different stages of development and the socio- political orientations that coexist in the planet.”

“The Havana Biennial is organized on the basis of a research and curatorial process, and all participants are selected according to certain parameters such as the thematic-conceptual subjection to the theme of reflection. In this process the curatorial team of the biennial, from the Wifredo Lam Contemporary Art Center in Havana receives the support of colleagues from other countries who contribute with their suggestions and become the necessary links in the dialogue with the creators.”
Read more: http://www.biennialfoundation.org/biennials/havana-biennale/
For further information: www.bienalhabana.cult.cu and http://www.biennialfoundation.org/biennials/havana-biennale/. Related article: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/30/arts/design/the-havana-biennial-is-running-at-full-throttle.html

Havana Biennial 2015 - Preview - video by HavanaCultura