Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Seeing the ‘Lovers’ uncut -- Trinidad & Tobago Guardian

"Humming Birds" by Che Lovelace www.facebook.com/che.lovelace
Seeing the ‘Lovers’ uncut
Che Lovelace’s new exhibition explores Caribbean body language
Published: Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Anna Walcott-Hardy
“Che is in love, that’s what they say.” That seemed to be the consensus at Lovers, the latest exhibition from the Trinidadian artist, Che Lovelace, which opened on on April 22 at the Y Gallery, 26 Taylor Street in Woodbrook, Port-of-Spain. Lovelace laughs when he hears this.
“I have a love for the craft of language ... he exhibition is a nice coupling between romantic love and love on a wider plane, a love for the layers of life.” -- Artist, Che Lovelace
Lovelace has emphasised that, even though the paintings revolve around the theme and some of the characteristic or typically representative images of lovers are used: “what interests me is not what is obvious or illustrative. Seeing the figures not in fixed unreactive ways, but trying to unlock fresh ways to characterise and imagine them is a priority.” His emphasis is on exploring the use of gesture as a form of communication. Read more: http://www.guardian.co.tt/lifestyle/2013-04-29/seeing-%E2%80%98lovers%E2%80%99-uncut. For further information: http://www.yartgallery.com/che-lovelace/ and https://www.facebook.com/che.lovelace

Monday, April 29, 2013

Visual Arts Society’s Artist of the Season – April 2013: Debbi Truchan — Cayman Islands, West Indies

Watercolor by Debbi Truchan http://www.visualartcayman.com/
Visual Arts Society’s Artist of the Season – April 2013:
Debbi Truchan — Cayman Islands, West Indies
Debbie Truchan resides in Little Cayman. She has been creating from her earliest memory, in one form or another; painting, pottery, cooking , creative writing arts and crafts ,to clowning and puppetry. One year she completed over 250 water colour paintings. She taught pottery for 10 years and moved on to multi-mediums while doing recreation therapy for a 15 year period at an extended care facility with the disabled population. Over the past 17 years while in Cayman she has taught classes on all three Islands focusing on what she refers to as ‘Eco-art’.
Artist Statement: “The beautiful details in the foliage (tropical flowers, etc) or the endless colours and moods of the sea – every day it offers a different palette! … “Each painting teaches me something new and opens my eyes to another idea resulting in a style that is always evolving.”    — Artist, Debbi Truchan
Generally working in acrylics on canvas, Laurél’s style leans towards realistic but she likes to experiment with additional textures. To contact Debbi email: debbit@candw.ky. For further information: http://www.visualartcayman.com/ and http://www.visualartcayman.com/artist-of-the-season-event-march-14-2013/artist-of-the-month

Style Moment with Chino — Jamaica Gleaner

Chino and Freddie McGregor in studio (JG photo) www.jamaica-gleaner.com
Style Moment with Chino — Jamaica Gleaner
Published: Monday | April 29, 2013
If you should ever see dancehall artiste Danielle Chino McGregor on the stage then you would know that he has a unique and trendy sense of style. Also immaculate and most times neatly tailored, the dancehall artiste takes great pride in his appearance and spills a little to Style Moments about his personal style.
"My personal style is somewhat moody, sophisticated yet street. I try not to follow trends for reasons of not wanting to look like everyone else, but at the same time not going to over the top with it or loud." — Danielle Chino McGregor, dancehall artiste
He continues, "Being stylish is important for an entertainer, who has to be appealing to the eyes, especially for me with the majority of my fans being women," he ended. Read more: http://jamaica-gleaner.com/gleaner/20130429/flair/flair2.html. For further information: https://www.facebook.com/ChinoMcGregor

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Exhibition: The National Gallery of Jamaica presents ‘Natural Histories’ opening Sunday, April 28, 2013 through the end of June — Jamaica West Indies

Opening Sunday, April 28, 2013 http://natgalja.org.jm/
Exhibition: The National Gallery of Jamaica presents ‘Natural Histories’ opening Sunday, April 28, 2013 through the end of June — Kingston, Jamaica West Indies

Colin Garland – "In the Beautiful Caribbean", 1974 http://natgalja.org.jm/
The National Gallery of Jamaica is pleased to announce its Natural Histories exhibition, the first in a new series, Explorations, in which various thematic issues relevant to Jamaican art and culture will be explored. Natural Histories will open on Sunday, April 28 and will continue until the end of June. For further information: http://nationalgalleryofjamaica.wordpress.com/ and http://natgalja.org.jm/.  For further information about the artist: http://nationalgalleryofjamaica.wordpress.com/2012/11/03/jamaicas-art-pioneers-colin-garland-1935-2007/

Haitian-American writer gets prestigious Caribbean literature award -- Jamaica Gleaner

Author Edwidge Danticat http://aalbc.com/authors/edwidge.htm 
(Photo Credit: David Shankbone )

Haitian-American writer gets prestigious Caribbean literature award
Published: Sunday | April 28, 2013
The Third Congress of Caribbean Writers came to a climax on the fourth and final day of its activities with the announcement of this year's winner of the 'Association of Caribbean Writers Grand Prize for Literature' to Haitian-born novelist Edwidge Danticat. The grand prize was bestowed on Danticat for her novel: Creating Dangerously - the Immigrant Artist at Work (Princeton University Press, 2010). It is a series of deeply personal memoirs on tumultuous events in her life leading up to her migrating from violence-ravaged Haiti to face new challenges in her adopted United States; then again feeling the suffering of those left behind afflicted by devastation - from earthquakes to political assassinations. Special mention was made on the works of Colombian, Santiago Gamboa and Trinidad and Tobago's Lawrence Scott. Gamboa's novel 1209 Necroplis (translated by François Gaudry, 2010) reveals the details of the death of an evangelical pastor who had recently shared with an audience of a congress his captivating tale of redemption at the hands of a charismatic tattooed messiah from Miami. Scott's novel Light Falling On Bamboo (Tindal Street Press, 2012) explores the life, love and art of Trinidad's finest 19th-century painter, Michel Jean Cazabon (1813-1888). He shows us Trinidad - a land full of prejudice and social injustice in a uniquely complicated time of post emancipation and the interplay of the different races in this small corner on the planet. Read more: http://jamaica-gleaner.com/gleaner/20130428/arts/arts4.html. For further information: https://www.facebook.com/edwidgedanticat and http://aalbc.com/authors/edwidge.htm

Muta's Check It! still relevant today -- Jamaica Observer

Mutabaruka performs at Dis Poem Word Festival in Hope Bay, Portland today (JO Photo)

Muta's Check It! still relevant today
By Howard Campbell Observer senior writer
Sunday, April 28, 2013
IN just over a decade as an in-demand session guitarist, Earl 'Chinna' Smith had worked with some of reggae's top acts including Dennis Brown, Bob Marley and Jimmy Cliff. It was at a concert in Cliff's hometown of Somerton, St James in 1982 that he first met an artiste that was destined for greatness. "Dis bredrin come out wid no shoes an' the first time him open him mouth was the poem, Every Time A Ear De Soun'," Smith recalled. That poet was Mutabaruka. Rastafarian Elder Mortimo Planno was standing next to Smith and was moved by the young poet's opening lines. "Him sey, 'Chinna, yuh haffi record dat," Smith said. Smith agreed and recorded Every Time A Ear The Sound as part of Check It!, Mutabaruka's first album, at the new Tuff Gong studio at Hope Road. In January, it was 30 years since American independent label Alligator Records released Check It!, arguably the most potent spoken word collection comparable to England-based firebrand Linton Kwesi Johnson's Dread Beat And Blood. Broadcaster/musicologist Dermot Hussey says he was 'blown away' when he first heard Check It!
Broadcaster/musicologist Dermot Hussey told the Jamaica Observer: "Everytime a Ear The Soun, Butta Pan Kulcha, Sit Dung Pon The Wall; they all gave such an accurate portrait of the life 'people down below' lived. Muta's authenticity, it was as if he too had lived that life."
Butta Pon Kulcha and Sit Dung Pon The Wall were on Check It!, as well as the provocative Dis Poem and Angola Invasion. Bruce Iglauer, owner of Chicago's Alligator Records, was eager to distribute the album. Read more: http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Muta-s-Check-It--still-relevant-today_14158426.  For further information: http://www.mutabaruka.com/

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Sean Paul, Jay Sean, Shaggy for concert at JP Complex: Saturday, April 27, 2013 -- Trinidad & Tobago Newsday

Sean Paul and Shaggy http://www.allseanpaul.com/
Sean Paul, Jay Sean, Shaggy for concert at JP Complex
on April 27 2013
Tonight all roads lead to the Jean Pierre Complex, Wrightson Road, Port-of-Spain, as three international stars come together for the first major concert event of 2013 featuring Sean Paul/Jay Sean and Shaggy. “Sean Paul/ Jay Sean and Shaggy” is being promoted by International Concert Events Ltd (ICE). Sean Paul is back with a new look and a new sound. This is his first concert performance in almost five years in Trinidad and with two recent albums under his belt since his last visit he is coming to explode in style with his full band of musicians and dancers. The Jamaican dancehall superstar first launched onto the scene in 2002 with his breakout hit, “Gimme The Light,” and the fire has been burning brightly ever since. Hot on the heels of his multi-platinum, Grammy-winning classic album, Dutty Rock, he dropped the 2005 RIAA platinum smash The Trinity. That album led off with the Top 10 single “We Be Burnin’,” followed by the number one hit “Temperature.” Now Sean Paul is stoking the flames once more with his newly released fifth album, Tomahawk Technique. Read more: http://www.newsday.co.tt/features/0,176868.html and http://www.newsday.co.tt/features/0,174968.html. For further information: http://shaggyonline.com/ and http://www.allseanpaul.com/. For concert information: http://www.mytrinilime.com/events/iceshaggyseanpauljaysean/ and ticket information: http://www.internationalconcertevents.com/

Vita’s got the voice -- Barbados NationNews


Vita’s got the voice
By Tony Best | Fri, April 26, 2013
Vita Chambers’ road to musical success has taken her from Barbados to New York and now back to Canada, where she is touring. At 19, Vita Chambers displays immense confidence in her musical ability as an up-and-coming top-shelf pop artiste. And her articulateness belies her teenage years. “I am very confident in my music and very satisfied with the direction my career is taking now,” Vita told the WEEKEND NATION. “I always had a strong vision of what I wanted.” She has every reason to be sure of herself and satisfied to boot. Her single Fix You is now No. 17 on the national airplay chart and No. 20 on the Pop ITunes chart in Canada and is rising. It is closing on becoming a gold single there as well. Just as important, the song garnered a Juno Award nomination, the Canadian equivalent of a Grammy. It was nominated for the Best Dance Recording. Evan Rogers, an American record producer and co-owner of SRP Records, spotted the teenager in a video posting on Vita’s My Space page and flew to Barbados from New York to hear her sing. He immediately signed her to a contract with SRP/Universal Motown.
“I flew to Barbados and had dinner with Vita and her parents, Bob and Joy Chambers. I just felt this girl could be a star and she is absolutely one of the most natural born stars I have been around.”    -- Evan Rogers, SRP/Universal Motown
Rogers declared. Rogers was the producer who heard Rihanna when she was an unknown 15-year-old student at Combermere School, signed her to a contract, brought her to live in his home in Connecticut with his Bajan wife Jackie and launched her career. Rihanna is now a music icon. Read more: http://www.nationnews.com/articles/view/vitas-got-the-voice/. For further information: http://www.myspace.com/vitachambers, https://www.facebook.com/vitachambers and http://vitachambers.com/

Friday, April 26, 2013

New Location a Boon for Gallery — Bermuda Sun

Mike Hind, left, with his father Dusty at the Crisson & Hind Fine Art Gallery.
The store sells stone sculptures from the Shona people of Zimbabwe
http://www.crissonandhind.com/ (BS Photo by Kageaki Smith)
New Location a Boon for Gallery — Bermuda Sun
Don Burgess, Deputy Editor
Friday, April 26, 2013
An improved location is drawing more people through the doors of the Crisson & Hind Fine Art Gallery. The Gallery, which specializes in sculptures from the Shona people of Zimbabwe, moved into the Front Street location vacated by Crisson jewellers when it consolidated into its 55 Front Street store. Owner Dusty Hind told the Bermuda Sun the move has seen “increased traffic”. He said the Gallery had built up its inventory “but then the economic crash came. We had a whole pile of inventory and fewer and fewer customers. The last four years we’ve been hanging in there but now we’re on the ground floor we’ve got more traffic. “Hopefully the economy is recovering and hopefully we will too.” He said besides being on the ground floor, the new space allows the store to display more inventory as well as a wider range of inventory. Mr Hind said on a recent trip to Zimbabwe, he was able to purchase a few big pieces but was also able to obtain about 250 smaller pieces, which will sell from $50 to $500.
“They are absolutely lovely pieces so when folks come in they will be able to wrap them up and take them with them.” — Dusty Hind, Owner - Crisson & Hind Fine Art Gallery
He said around 70 per cent of his customers are overseas visitors. Mr Hind said he decided to open up the gallery after selling his advertising business in 1998. “I got bored playing golf and wanted to do something. I have a degree in sculpture and never really utilized it.” He has a long love affair with Zimbabwean art. Read more: http://www.bermudasun.bm/Content/LIFESTYLE/Arts---Entertainment/Article/New-location-a-boon-for-gallery/9/908/65840. For further information: http://www.crissonandhind.com/

Amazon's Book Reviews: Caribbean Authors - Marlon James & Ezekel Alan

This is a review for The Book of Night Women by Marlon James - I've waited two weeks after reading this book before I decided to write a review. I waited so long partly because I needed time to process what I had read and partly because the characters kept haunting me. The imagery of this book is so expertly written that at times I found myself mentally gasping for air. I could literally smell the "mint and lemongrass" of Homer and I could feel the physical and mental pain associated with purposely stifling rage and fury as a means of survival. I felt anger and symphathy for lilith simultaneously and I winced in empathethic pain as the characters were beaten, whipped, tortured and brutalized. The chapter describing the construction of the gibbet, the housing and subsequent hoisting of the men and women into the trees is what prompted the title of this review (I hope this sentence piques your interest into purchasing the book to find out what a gibbet is and why it was pivotal to my description). Read more: http://www.amazon.com/Book-Night-Women-Marlon-James/product-reviews/1594484368/ref=dp_top_cm_cr_acr_txt?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=1

This is a review for John Crow's Devil by Marlon James - If you are Jamaican, you will love this book, if you're not, this is a really good introduction to Jamaica. Though the story is fictional the characters are everywhere in this island. From the Pastor to the Apostle to Backra to the Obeyah woman, the characters were so well developed in the book that as a Jamaican I laughed at all the connections to real people I could make. All the little things that are authentically Jamaican will seem so true to one from the island, like the fact that a pastor is seen as a higher authority than everyone else and that he really can rule the place. As I read this book, I had those moments where I giggled to myself and moments where I laughed till tears came out of my eyes. Then there were the moments where I was just holding my breath and moments where I got truly vexed. For that, I enjoyed John Crow's Devil. What made me really love it though, is that it uses Proper English spelling with Patois grammer which made it an easy flow in my Jamaican brain but for those who don't speak Patois, you will understand it just as well. That little tiny thing, for me just says, as much as I know that non-Jamaicans will be reading it, I'm not abandoning home. Much Ratings on this project. I am just waiting to read the next one. Read more: http://www.amazon.com/John-Crows-Devil-Marlon-James/product-reviews/1936070103/ref=dp_top_cm_cr_acr_txt?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=1

This is a review for Disposable People: Inspired by true events by Ezekel Alan - As a Caribbean native I can fully appreciate and understand the author's desire to chronicle his early experiences living on the fringe of society. This poignant, hilarious and candid memoir rings true and hits home hard, and unlike some others in the genre, never comes over as derogatory or offensive. Indeed the language is raw, and the creolese may be befuddling to non-Caribbean readers, but the meaning and sentiment is always conveyed with complete honesty and clarity. To his immense credit, the author does not try to tie his observances together with a flimsy attempt at a plot, and does not promote his thoughts and experiences as being applicable to all people living on the island. This is the Jamaica that you won't see from your Ocho Rios beach chair. Told as a series of short stories with intermittent poetry, the author covers not only daily life back in the day in the Third World Caribbean, but folklore, promiscuity, family relations, celebrations and politics, among others. To be honest, I read it in one sitting as I didn't want to put it down. Highly recommended for those seeking a true West Indian experience.   Read more: http://www.amazon.com/Disposable-People-Inspired-true-events/product-reviews/1467922730/ref=dp_top_cm_cr_acr_txt?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=1

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Bocas Lit Fest 2013: April 25 - April 28, 2013 — Trinidad & Tobago Newsday

April 25 - April 28, 2013 http://www.bocaslitfest.com/
Bocas Lit Fest 2013
April 25 - April 28, 2013
By Leiselle Maraj
Four days of written and spoken word will be enjoyed by lovers of literature in April when the third annual National Gas Company(NGC) Boca Lit Fest takes place at the National Library Port- of-Spain. The literature festival was launched last Wednesday at the library where Festival Director/Founder Marina Salandy-Brown, Director of the Kentucky Fried Chicken(KFC) Children’s Bocas Lit Fest Danielle Delon and representatives from the various companies sponsoring the event gave media and stakeholders a rundown of the festival, taking place between April 25 and April 28, including new additions to the 2013 edition. Three new awards will honour up and coming writers, writers of literature for young adults as well as those who have proven to be critical in the development of Caribbean writers. The inaugural Henry Swanzy Award for Distinguished Service to Caribbean Literature will be awarded posthumously to John La Rose who, with his wife, Sarah White, created New Beacon Books in London that supported Caribbean writers and intellectuals. Read more: http://www.newsday.co.tt/features/0,175340.html. For further information: http://www.bocaslitfest.com/

Roffey's writing journey: ‘Plenty of potential for Caribbean writers’ — Trinidad & Tobago Guardian

Author, Monique Roffey http://www.moniqueroffey.co.uk/ (T&T Guardian Photo)

Roffey's writing journey: ‘Plenty of potential for Caribbean writers’ — Trinidad & Tobago Guardian
Published: Thursday, April 25, 2013
Gillian Moore

Monique Roffey can’t think of a time when she wasn’t writing. Monique Roffey’s latest work, Archipelago, has been shortlisted for the 2013 OCM Bocas Prize. As long as she’s known herself, Monique Roffey has been a writer. The author of Sun Dog and The White Woman on the Green Bicycle (a runner-up for the Orange Prize 2010), has been shortlisted for the 2013 OCM Bocas Prize for her latest work, Archipelago, published last year. Her journey as a writer started in T&T, where she was born, and has led her to a literary life in London. Now, it’s brought her right back home.
“I don’t think I’ve ever not written. My earliest memory was writing on everything around me. I used to write on the walls at home. I remember drawing all over the bed and the furniture.” — Author, Monique Roffey
In fact she says she’s thought of herself as a writer, on such a fundamental level, and for so long, that it’s become a bit of a problem. Life as a successful published author has inevitably made her a target for criticism. “I get read,” she says, “and some of the feedback is negative. That can be incredibly destabilising. She’s had to create space between the two identities. “I’ve had to develop a split, so that the writer and the ‘me’ are separate.” … She studied the requisite Shakespeare and classics at high school in England, where, as a student of the “B” class, she shook up the status quo by winning a prize for writing. Read more: http://www.guardian.co.tt/lifestyle/2013-04-24/roffeys-writing-journey. For further information about the author: http://www.moniqueroffey.co.uk/

Art Column: Blenner’s bucolic work suggests tranquility — Bermuda Sun

"Souvenir of Belterre" by Carle John Blenner www.bermudamasterworks.com
Art Column: Blenner’s bucolic work suggests tranquility — Bermuda Sun
Walia Ming
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
[Carle John] Blenner was born in Richmond Virginia and received his formal training in Paris at the Academie Julian and amongst the many awards he received a medal at the Buffalo Exposition of 1901, the venue where Winslow Homer first exhibited his iconic Bermuda watercolours. We think he visited Bermuda at the turn of the last century, perhaps escaping the frigid winter he would have experienced in his New York studio, which he maintained for 50 years. His work, Souvenir of Belterre, translated means “memory of a beautiful land”. It was this landscape that he and many other artists found to be of inspiration. Belterre was at that time a guesthouse and restaurant which I believe to be “Cave House” on Harbour Road in Warwick today. It was painted from the Belmont Hotel property looking northwest. Belterre was typical of the many guesthouses dotted around the island at that time. This bucolic work suggests tranquillity-the land around Belterre having been stripped of its indigenous cedar. When the work was returned to Bermuda it was thought by some not to be of local subject matter due to its title. It took very little persuasion to have the skeptics see that Belterre is all about Bermuda!   —  Tom Butterfield is founder of the Masterworks Museum of Bermuda Art. tbmworks@logic.bm.  For further information about the gallery:  www.bermudamasterworks.com. Source: http://www.bermudasun.bm/Content/LIFESTYLE/Arts---Entertainment/Article/Art-Column--Blenner-s-bucolic-work-suggests-tranquillity/9/908/65760

Ninjaman takes fans down memory lane — Jamaica Observer

Ninjaman performing www.yardraveent.com
Ninjaman takes fans down memory lane — Jamaica Observer
Simone Morgan
Thursday, April 25, 2013
THERE is no doubting Ninjaman's standing as one of the most entertaining and controversial figures in dancehall/reggae. On Tuesday at Usain Bolt's Tracks and Records in St Andrew, the deejay lived up to his reputation. Looking dapper in a black and silver outfit, Ninjaman had his fans' undivided attention in the latest Behind The Screens series. An introduction from host Foota Hype was all it took to get the modest gathering in a frenzy. Their screams got even louder when the self-proclaimed 'Don Gorgon' took the stage, spitting the lyrics to Real Ninjaman. Halfway through the song, there was a technical glitch to which he responded: "I am transforming into a new person. Dem want mi get terrible in ya but mi dey roun' society people right now so mi a go mek mi decency tek over mi piggish mentality." Ninjaman continued his set with Border Clash, Cover Me, Save The Last Dance, Real Tight and More Reality. He also hit out in song at members of the entertainment industry.
"Usain Bolt is a great individual and when mi see how Usain step up to the plate and uplift the country mi shame a miself and others in the music industry. We as artiste should be doing more to build our nation instead of singing 'bout gun and violence everyday." — Dancehall Star, Ninjaman
Ninjaman went into Free Food Ticket and Donkey Length before inviting his Downsound Records colleagues Harry Toddler, IShawna, Nazir, Specialist and Nature to join him. Read more: http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Ninjaman-takes-fans-down-memory-lane_14143697. For further information: http://www.myspace.com/ninjamandongorgan and http://www.facebook.com/pages/THE-REAL-DON-GARGON-NINJA-MAN/369659983440

Novelist James to talk ‘national literature’ at Bocas Lit Fest -- Trinidad & Tobago Guardian

2013 Bocas Lit Fest https://www.facebook.com/bocaslitfest

Novelist James to talk ‘national literature’ at Bocas Lit Fest
Published: Sunday, April 21, 2013
Shivanee Ramlochan
Does Marlon James believe in the notion of a national literature? For the Jamaica-born, Minnesota-based novelist, the question of existence only begins to skim the surface, and it’s a question with which he’s been in the process of contemplation for much of his writerly life. James will deliver a keynote speech on this topic at an Edinburgh World Writers’ Conference panel, scheduled to take place during the third annual NGC Bocas Lit Fest. The concept of nationalism in literature will be further discussed amongst James and a board of panelists that includes writers Vahni Capildeo, Hannah Lowe and the veteran Scottish author, Irvine Welsh. Welsh, James explained in a voice chat interview, has long been one of his literary idols, because of the tremendous work that the former’s fiction has done in localising not just a generational voice but a distinct manner of seeing the world clearly through fiction that is at once singular and global.
“Even before I’ve been a writer speaking about literature is something I’ve always been concerned about.” -- Novelist, Marlon James
For this reason among others, his impending participation in the Edinburgh World Writers’ Conference signals both a source of inspiration and excitement. James expressed his keen interest in delving into “the nuanced nature of a very nuanced topic,” particularly with regard to “confronting the negatives surrounding nationalistic writing.” James is no stranger to the NGC Bocas Lit Fest: he was on its inaugural programme as a featured author in 2011. His opinion of the value of literary festivals, notably those taking place within the region, is unstintingly optimistic. Read more: http://www.guardian.co.tt/arts/2013-04-20/novelist-james-talk-%E2%80%98national-literature%E2%80%99-bocas-lit-fest.  For further information: http://www.bocaslitfest.com/ and https://www.facebook.com/bocaslitfest

'Now and Then' exhibition ENDS 25 April, 2013 -- Caymanian Compass

Past and present merge again through the magic of technology at the
“Now and Then” exhibit through 25 April, 2013-National Gallery
'Now and Then' exhibit ENDS 25 April, 2013
By: Natasha Were | natasha.were@cfp.ky
Those who missed the highly acclaimed “Now and Then” exhibition at the National Gallery the first time around have another opportunity to see this collection of photographs that, through technologically advanced digital manipulation, blend past and present. Due to overwhelming demand, the National Gallery of the Cayman Islands will be exhibiting Now and Then once again, for a short, one-month run, beginning 18 March. The collection of images is a stark reminder of the dramatic changes the ‘islands that time forgot’ have undergone in a few short decades. Working with archival photographs from the Cayman Islands National Archives and the Cayman Free Press Steinmetz Collection, photographer Courtney Platt has created what he calls “a wormhole in time” by merging photos of the present day with those from several decades ago. Viewed as a whole, the images reveal how life in Cayman has changed over the years. The effect can be haunting - and not only for the viewers.
“I felt shivers down my spine at times,” says photographer Courtney Platt. “There was a moment when I was doing a shot at Hog Sty Bay, with the image of Joseph Steinmetz photographing the Commissioner coming ashore. I suddenly had this profound sensation to be standing looking at the exact spot that this man, who was no longer alive, had stood so many years before.”
It was the director of the National Gallery, Natalie Urquhart, who approached him with the idea of blending old and new photographs. Courtney, who has more than 30 years experience as a photographer, including having shot eight assignments for National Geographic, had seen similar work before. He understood the technique that was used and was happy to take on the challenge. Not only was it technically ambitious, but he had a little over three months in which to complete the project from start to finish. Read more: http://www.compasscayman.com/caycompass/2013/03/15/-Now-and-Then--exhibit,-again/. For further information: https://www.nationalgallery.org.ky/

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

The dream to make films: Steven Taylor, Director — Trinidad & Tobago Guardian

Steven Taylor, Director
The dream to make films: Steven Taylor, Director — Trinidad & Tobago Guardian
Published: Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Zahra Gordon
One of Steven Taylor’s many dreams is to live, work, and most importantly, create in T&T. As the young filmmaker put it during a telephone interview with the T&T Guardian, “My dream is to be here.” Although Taylor, 24, does not want to have to live abroad to find work as a director and filmmaker, he does want to have the opportunity to study abroad. Another of his dreams is to contribute to the development of the T&T film industry. Part of his plan to do so is attending one of the most prestigious film schools in the US—University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts—and he’s very close to making that dream a reality. Taylor, who graduated from the University of the West Indies, St Augustine, last year with a first degree in film production and film studies, was accepted to USC to pursue post-graduate studies in cinematic arts, film and television production.   Read more: http://www.guardian.co.tt/entertainment/2013-04-23/dream-make-films.  To find out more information about Taylor and his fundraising efforts, contact 494-3588 or find him on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/steventt. Also, visit his company’s Facebook fan page (Dream Reality / Makeup Artist: https://www.facebook.com/DreamRealityTT.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Fine Art Auction: Tuesday, April 23, 2013 at 6:30 p.m - Auction of William Artis sculpture — California & American Fine Art Auction Catalogue Now Available!

California & American Fine Art Auction catalog
now available at http://www.johnmoran.com/ 
Fine Art Auction: Tuesday, April 23, 2013 at 6:30 p.m - Auction of William Artis sculpture — California & American Fine Art Auction Catalogue Now Available! Time: Tuesday, April 23, 2013 from 6:30pm to 10pm; Location: Pasadena Convention Center, Pasadena, CA; Street: 300 E. Green St. (Lower level • East Side • Euclid St.); City/Town: Pasadena, CA; Phone: 626-793-1833; Organized By: John Moran Auctioneers; Event Type: auction; Event Description - There will be an auction on April 23rd, 2013 at the Pasadena Convention Center, starting at 6:30 PM. For more information on this important sale or for consignment inquiries, please call the offices of John Moran Auctioneers at (626) 793-1833 or e-mail info@johnmoran.com or visit: http://www.johnmoran.com/.

William E. Artis, sculptor-NARA 559177 http://www.archives.gov/
The auction will be including a sculpture by William Artis (1914 - 1977). Mr. Artis was associated with Augusta Savage and the NYC black artistic community during the time known as the Harlem Renaissance. The sculpture going up for auction is a bust of an African woman and is considered to be one of Artis' best work. For more information on this important sale or for consignment inquiries, please call the offices of John Moran Auctioneers at (626) 793-1833, e-mail info@johnmoran.com or visit: http://www.johnmoran.com/. For further information about Sculptor, William Artis: http://www.africanamerica.org/displayForumTopic/content/128788938051241861, http://www.askart.com/AskART/artists/biography.aspx?searchtype=BIO&artist=80917 and http://www.archives.gov/

Luise Kimme changed my life -- Trinidad & Tobago Guardian

Luise Kimme leaves a brilliant legacy of unique work
for T&T and the world. PHOTOS: STEFAN FALKE
Luise Kimme changed my life-- Trinidad & Tobago Guardian
Published: Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Stefan Falke
Artist Luise Kimme, renowned for her larger-than-life wooden sculptures, died on Friday at 74, after a brief illness. German-born Kimme had lived in Tobago since 1979 and established the Sculpture Museum, which was locally known as The Castle, overlooking Mt Irvine Golf Course. Her work was inspirational to many artists around the world, including German photographer Stefan Falke, her longtime friend, photographer and collaborator. Falke has kindly agreed to write a short tribute to Kimme and share some photographs of her work with the T&T Guardian. I met Luise Kimme by pure luck in Tobago in 1986, when I was just passing through. Someone in Scarborough told me about a German artist up in Bethel and I went to find her. Luise was sitting on a tree trunk in front of a shed, putting on make-up and applying bright red lipstick without using a mirror. There were half-finished wooden sculptures all around her. She was not nice or inviting because she was about to work rather than talk to a stranger. I was intrigued. To make a long story short, we became friends. Over the years, we kept meeting sporadically in New York (where I live) or in Germany (were we are both from) or in Trinidad (for Carnival) and one day in the mid-90s she said to me, “You are my photographer now.” Read more: http://www.guardian.co.tt/lifestyle/2013-04-22/luise-kimme-changed-my-life. For further information: http://www.luisekimme.com/

A home for the Caribs... Plans for Amerindian Village in Arima — Trinidad & Tobago Express

President of Santa Rosa First Peoples (Carib) Community Ricardo Bharath-Hernandez
with artist’s rendering of planned Amerindian Village (T&TE Photo-CURTIS CHASE)

A home for the Caribs — Trinidad & Tobago Express
Plans for Amerindian Village in Arima
By Irene Medina: Associate Editor
Story Created: Apr 22, 2013
DNA (Deoxyribo Nucleic Acid) testing on descendants of the indigenous peoples in Arima has confirmed very strong ancestral links to Africa and to Native American Indians. This was the finding of a National Geographic Genographic Project which was conducted on some 25 members of the 600-strong Santa Rosa First Peoples (Carib) Community sometime in July 2012. With the results just in, president of the community Ricardo Bharath-Hernandez believes it is good for the community’s identity which is sometimes questioned, as to whether it is the real thing. As he puts it:
“We never claimed to be a pure indigenous community, we know we are of mixed descent, but at the same time we are very conscious of where we came from. We can trace our ancenstry.”    — Ricardo Bharath-Hernandez, President of Santa Rosa First Peoples (Carib) Community
The results come at a time when pottery artefacts and bone fragments believed to be of Amerindian heritage dating back to AD 0-350 were discovered by workers doing restoration works at the Red House in Port of Spain about three weeks ago. The fragments are strongly believed to date back to the Amerindian era and Chief Bharath-Hernandez has already visited the site, which formerly housed the Office of the Parliament, and stands ready to perform the necessary ancestral rituals once it is confirmed that the fragments are indeed Amerindian. He explained that the community was excited to participate further in the Genographic Project in an effort to trace the paternal and maternal lineages of all of its 600 members. Read more: http://www.trinidadexpress.com/featured-news/A-home-for-the-Caribs-204197581.html.  For further information: http://indigenousreview.blogspot.com/2011/07/santa-rosa-carib-community-of-arima.html

Monday, April 22, 2013

Exhibition: Art lover - Lovelace explores human figure in movement - OPENING Monday, April 22, 2013 at Y Art Gallery — Trinidad & Tobago Guardian

Exhibition: Che Lovelace opens TODAY at Y Art Gallery (TTG Photo)
Exhibition: Art lover - Lovelace explores human figure in movement OPENING Monday, April 22, 2013 at Y Art Gallery — Trinidad & Tobago Guardian
Published: Sunday, April 21, 2013
Marsha Pearce
"Lovers" opens April 22, 2013 from 7 pm at Y Art Framing and Gallery, 26 Taylor Street, Woodbrook, and continues until April 29. Gallery hours: Monday–Friday 9 am–5 pm; Sat 9 am–2 pm. More info: http://www.yartgallery.com/che-lovelace/; call 628-4165 or e-mail: yartgallerytt@gmail.com
“'Lovers' came about via a more broad reflection related to a kinship or ‘love’ that I have maintained with painting… “That painting can remain so relevant and purposeful as a creative endeavour makes me a ‘Lover’ of the form. I wanted a theme that would echo this intense and revered feeling I have towards art so I coupled my excitement and fervour for painting with a subject that lends itself to emotion and immersion,” said Che Lovelace, whose exhibition of recent work 'Lovers' opens this week at Y Art Framing and Gallery.
The artist has sustained a relationship with painting for over 20 years. He has exhibited his work in solo and group shows in the Caribbean, South and Central America, New York, Houston, London and Spain. He now teaches drawing at the Department of Creative and Festival Arts at the UWI, St Augustine campus With this new exhibition, Lovelace continues his exploration of the human figure in movement, presenting viewers not only with forms that vibrate at different speeds of passion and bodies configured in various amorous interactions. He also expresses in visual terms his own love affair with art making. Read more: http://www.guardian.co.tt/lifestyle/2013-04-20/art-lover-lovelace-explores-human-figure-movement. For further information: http://www.yartgallery.com/che-lovelace/ and https://www.facebook.com/che.lovelace

Creative space for artists: free exhibition ENDS April 22 , 2013-- Jamaica Observer

Taking its name from the local word used to describe a fruit ready to be picked,
FIT is a series of conversations with artists talking about their works in progress
Creative space for artists
Free exhibition ends April 22 , 2013
By Jarmila Jackson Observer writer
DEBORAH Anzinger says there has always been a need to support artists who are willing to be bold. With that in mind, NLS (New Local Space) was created in April last year. Its aim is to provide a platform for artists to create and show their work.
"Our goal is to develop both a contemporary Jamaican art scene and a tight-knit community that maintains a connection with what is happening globally. We want to create a dialogue between local and international contemporary artists," Anzinger told The Jamaica Observer.
NLS is located at 190 Mountain View Avenue in St Andrew. Yesterday, it hosted photographer Marlon James' first solo exhibition, dubbed Intimate Encounters. Anzinger said attendees can expect to see photographs that challenge the perceptions of what is deemed appropriate subjects for art, during the free exhibition which ends April 22. "I recognised that there was not only need for a space with optimal conditions for artists to create their best work but also for a place where the public could engage with contemporary art and contemporary artists in a welcoming atmosphere, and that is what NLS provides," she said. So far, the venue has hosted a screening of Films 4 Peace in collaboration with Creative Sounds and the National Gallery of Jamaica; a conversation with visual artist Leasho Johnson; an open studio with painter Michael 'Flynn' Elliott and photographer Varun Baker; and a two-day residency with DJ Afifa and Trinidadian artist Rodell Warner. Source: http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Creative-space-for-artists_13918447. For further information: http://www.nlskingston.org/, http://artjamaica.blogspot.com/2012/04/nls-new-local-space.html and http://en.wordpress.com/tag/marcus-bird-designs-2/

Earth Week activities -- Caymanian Compass

Earth Day Network http://www.earthday.org/
Earth Week activities
22 April, 2013
Green container - In celebration of Earth Month, KFC in the Cayman Islands is replacing its small single-use polystyrene container with a new polypropylene reusable container and lid. The polypropylene container first introduced in the USA in 2010, is now at KFC locations island wide and offers the consumer the control to either reuse the container or dispose of it after purchase. Statistics show that 60 per cent of consumers keep a reusable container for at least six weeks and use it multiple times for multiple things. The reusable sides container at KFC Cayman is given when consumers purchase sides such as mashed potatoes with gravy, a side of gravy, coleslaw or baked beans. Family Fun Day - The highlight of this month’s Earth Week activities is the National Trust Great Outdoors Family Fun Day, happening Sunday, 28 April, from 3-5pm at Dart Park, South Sound. Kids, parents and kids-at-heart are all invited to the Trust’s official Earth Day event for 2013 featuring lots of family-friendly activities, games and prizes! Read more: http://www.compasscayman.com/caycompass/2013/04/22/Earth-Week-activities/. For further information: http://www.doe.ky/earth-day/ and http://www.earthday.org/

Beenie's new deal -- Jamaica Observer

Dancehall King Beenie Man on Facebook
Beenie's new deal -- Jamaica Observer
Monday, April 22, 2013
GRAMMY-WINNING deejay Beenie Man and his management have inked a distribution deal with Tommy Boy Entertainment LLC to distribute three of the artiste's songs in the United States. "We have signed a deal with Tommy Boy that will see them distributing the Greatest Gallis song featuring Sean Paul, Soul Mate, a song with Gyptian and one more song produced by Beenie Man's label, MD Entertainment," Rohan 'Blue' Smith, Beenie Man's manager, said in a release. Beenie Man recently completed two weeks of promotional dates in the US where he tested the market for the release of his upcoming EP, King in Control: Dweet Again. He kicked off performances in Jacksonville, Florida, before moving on to Orlando in that state; Minnesota, Tampa and upstate New York. According to Smith, the shows pulled large numbers.
"The first performance in Jacksonville was incredible, but the best feedback was at the Epic Event Center in Minneapolis on April 12. Is not just any and any artiste can play at the Epic which features big hip-hop acts and such, and Beenie Man locked down the show over the weekend." -- Rohan 'Blue' Smith, Beenie Man's manager
Smith added that ff sales of the singles go well, then management will fast-track the EP's release. Read more: http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Beenie-s-new-deal_14124799. For further information: http://www.myspace.com/beenieman, http://www.facebook.com/pages/King-Beenie-Man/68775539715 and http://www.youtube.com/channel/HCP3LDa65O0XE

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Exhibition: Women of a New Tribe opens Sunday, April 21, 2013 at 3pm -- Brownsville, TN USA

Opening Reception April 21, 2013
Exhibition: Women of a New Tribe opens Sunday, April 21, 2013 at 3pm -- Brownsville, TN USA; Time: April 21, 2013 from 3pm to 5pm; Location: 709 East Jefferson St. Brownsville, TN 38012; Event Type: opening, reception; Organized By: Jerry Taliaferro - The opening reception for the Brownsville, TN exhibit is on 21 April 2013 from 3:00 to 5:00 PM. The WOMEN OF A NEW TRIBE project is constantly evolving, new images are always being added. The core exhibition now consists of nearly three hundred images. This is the promotional video featuring some of the Brownsville Women. For further information: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Women-Of-A-New-Tribe-Exhibition/246000805416726 and http://www.blackartphotoart.com/WNTPage2g.htm

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Exhibition: Ends April 20, 2013 at Art Society - Rowley sisters share art -- Trinidad & Tobago Guardian

'Coconuts I' by Tonya Rowley http://artsocietytt.org/rowleyT.html
owley sisters share art
Ends April 20, 2013 at Art Society
Published: Wednesday, April 10, 2013
For sisters Tonya and Sonel Rowley, painting has always been a favourite hobby. Art has provided needed relaxation from their very busy schedules — Tonya, 26, is a lawyer while Sonel, 24, is studying a PhD in educational psychology at Fordham University. The painters have amassed a body of work which, according to Tonya, they “just want to share.” The paintings will be shared at a joint exhibit at the Art Society of T&T from April 12-20. The exhibit will include 34 pieces of acrylic on canvas depicting T&T landscape and culture. In a telephone interview on Friday, Tonya said there would also be pieces in oil and a few abstracts—something new the sisters are experimenting with. This is the second joint exhibit for the Rowleys. The first exhibit was in 2008 at Horizons Art Gallery. Among the paintings in the exhibit will be depictions of Hosay in St James and scenes from Tobago. Tonya said the local landscape was a continuing source of inspiration. Read more: http://www.guardian.co.tt/lifestyle/2013-04-09/rowley-sisters-share-art. For more information email: artfulexpressions2013@yahoo.com. For further information about the gallery: http://artsocietytt.org/index.htm
Artist Profile - Tonya Rowley: "Despite her pursuit of a career in law, Tonya’s passion for art continued to burn beneath the surface and while pursuing her Legal Education Certificate, Tonya would paint in her free time, accumulating a number of works which were then showcased in a successful joint exhibition with her sister, Sonel, at Horizons Art Gallery in 2008. Tonya continues to produce pieces of artwork in a variety of media although acrylics dominate most of her canvasses. Her works are demonstrative of her love for Caribbean culture, seascapes and landscapes." -- Art Society of Trinidad & Tobago
For further information about the artist: www.tonyarowley.com and http://artsocietytt.org/rowleyT.html

Exhibition: ArtFRESH 2013 ends April 20, 2013 - Sweet 15 - Mutual Gallery reveals fresh art, young faces -- Jamaica Gleaner

"Emotional Beginnings" by Lisa Golding - screen print, batik, on cotton  www.mutualgallery.com/lgolding.html
Sweet 15 - Mutual Gallery reveals fresh art, young faces
Exhibit ends April 20, 2013
Ruth Howard, Arts & Education Writer
Who says Jamaican art is dying? Who says creating art as a way of life is losing popularity with young people? The Mutual Gallery and Art Centre Ltd is certainly proving them wrong! With its ArtFRESH 2013 exhibition, the gallery, located at 2 Oxford Road, Kingston 5, has become the temporary home of some of the newest faces in Jamaican art, showcasing the works of a talented, up-and-coming sweet 15. The exhibition, which was launched on March 21, runs until April 20. From the delicate, water-inspired textile designs of 24-year-old Lisa Golding, to the soulfully vivid and striking photography of Amanda Gibson, the breadth and beauty of the works on display are strong evidence of new life and fresh ideas infiltrating the Jamaican art landscape - portending creativity and continuity for a long time to come. At the exhibition launch, Miriam Hinds, assistant visual arts director at the Edna Manley College for the Visual and Performing Arts, hailed the Mutual Gallery as a 'bastion for young artists'. She explained that during the selection process, judges had to consider the artists' discipline and approach to their work, emotions depicted in the pieces, and clarity. Gilou Bauer, the gallery's director and curator, was proud to point out that this year's offerings featured exemplary works of excellence, as well as an unprecedented mix of artists from the corporate and rural areas. Read more: http://jamaica-gleaner.com/gleaner/20130407/arts/arts2.html. For further information: http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10151297954592031.1073741825.355387932030&type=1 and http://www.vpaj.org/events/art-fresh-2013-mutual-gallery. For further information about artist Lisa Golding:  http://mutualgallery.com/lgolding.html, http://lisagolding.carbonmade.com/about and http://jm.linkedin.com/pub/lisa-golding/50/676/88a

Exhibition: The 29th annual National Black Memorabilia, Art, Doll & Collectible Show & Sale April 20-21, 2013 -- Gaithersburg, Maryland USA

Exhibition: The 29th annual National Black Memorabilia, Art, Doll & Collectible Show & Sale April 20-April 21, 2013 -- Gaithersburg, Maryland USA - NATIONAL BLACK MEMORABILIA, ART & DOLL SHOW & SALE; Time: April 20, 2013 at 10am to April 21, 2013 at 5pm; Location: Montgomery County Fairgrounds; Street: 16 Chestnut Street, Gaithersburg, Maryland USA; Website or Map: http://johnsonshows.com; Phone: (301) 649-1915; Event Type: educational - Event Description: The 29th annual National Black Memorabilia, Art, Doll & Collectible Show & Sale will be April 20-21, 2013 at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds, 16 Chestnut Street, in Gaithersburg, Maryland. This is the place to buy and sell fine art in the Greater Washington, DC area. Show hours are Saturday, 10 am - 7 pm, and Sunday, 10 am - 5 pm. Admission is $7. At this show there will be many vendors selling black memorabilia, educational exhibits, celebrity autograph sessions and appraisals. Vendors from across the United States will be selling black memorabilia, art and dolls including historical artifacts and documents, books, stamps, paintings, prints, textiles, autographs, toys, advertisements, photos, political and civil rights memorabilia, kitchen collectibles, coins, movie memorabilia, posters, sports and entertainment memorabilia, postcards and much more. Vendor space is still available. The educational exhibits will include slavery artifacts, Jim Crow era, the Buffalo Soldiers, Negro League Baseball, Marcus Garvey, Black Panther Party, Tuskegee Airmen, Malcolm X, George Washington Carver, Dorothy Dandridge, Madame C. J. Walker and others. There will be autograph sessions with Negro League Baseball Players and other celebrities. There will be onsite verbal black memorabilia appraisals for a fee of $5 per item. The show is indoors and will be held rain or shine. To reach the Montgomery County Fairgrounds in Gaithersburg take I-270 exit 11 and follow the signs. For more information or vendor space reservations, call (301)649-1915 or view the website http://www.johnsonshows.com. For further information: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Black-Memorabilia-Doll-ART-Show-Buyers-and-Sellers/110125299061823 and http://www.blackplanet.com/Blackmemorabilia07/

Friday, April 19, 2013

Sweet day planned for Sugar Minott -- Jamaica Gleaner

Sugar Minott tribute scheduled for May 25, 2013
Sweet day planned for Sugar Minott
Published: Friday | April 19, 2013
Curtis Campbell, Gleaner Writer
Reggae artiste Pashon Minott is gearing up to host the third staging of Sugar Minott's Day Tribute in honour of her late father. It is the second time the event is being hosted in Jamaica and Minott said this year promises to be the biggest yet. Lincoln 'Sugar' Minott died in 2010. He would have been 57 years old this year. Sugar Minott's Day Tribute will be held on the May 25, which is also his birthday. The theme is 'Black People Unite' and Pashon wants the presentation to reflect unity.
"We have the Nyabinghi drummers and they will kick off showtime for us. I wanted them last year, but they weren't available. They are on this year and I am personally looking forward to that. The day commemorates African Liberation Day and I also want to pay homage to that." -- Pashon Minott
Sugar Minott is credited as someone who helped expose a number of celebrated performers through his Youth Man Promotions. Among them are Tristan Palma and the late Tenor Saw and Garnet Silk. The tribute will be held at Youth Man Promotions HQ, 1 Robert Crescent, Kingston 6. TALENT COMPETITION- One of the highly anticipated activities for the day will be a talent competition, which starts at 4 p.m. The winner of the competition will get the opportunity to perform alongside Pashon Minott at an overseas event later this year. Some of the artistes expected to perform at Sugar Minott's Day Tribute are Bounty Killer and his ANG artistes, Sizzla Kalonji, The Mighty Diamonds, Ken Boothe, Queen Ifrica, Iba Mahr, Eddie Fitzroy, Jah 9, Etana, Big Youth, Horace Andy and the Minott second generation of artistes, including Pashon Minott and Lincoln Minott, among others. Read more: http://jamaica-gleaner.com/gleaner/20130419/ent/ent2.html. For further information: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Pashon-Minott/185311458169913 and http://www.myspace.com/lincolnsugarminott

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Exhibition: Tropical Alchemy: Original artworks by Tyler Johnston with a special performance by Bahama Woodstarr on Thursday, April 18, 2013 at Popopstudios — Bahamas, West Indies

 Tropical Alchemy at Popop Studios http://www.popopstudios.com/
Exhibition: Tropical Alchemy: Original artworks by Tyler Johnston with a special performance by Bahama Woodstarr on Thursday, April 18, 2013 at Popopstudios — Bahamas, West Indies; Gallery: Popop Studios; Address: 26 Dunmore Ave., Chippingham; Town: Nassau; Island: Nassau / Paradise Island, Bahamas; Phone: 242-322-7834; Event Description: Popop Studios International Center for Visual Arts will host a reception for the opening of Tyler Johnston’s show, Tropical Alchemy, including a special performance by Bahama Woodstarr. Tropical Alchemy focuses on three inter-related bodies of work: Maps of Inheritance, Power Objects and Transmutational Icons. Johnston has painted and assembled simple objects that he has found, allowing them to be transformed into something complex and simple simultaneously. Rich in texture and color, the work is meant to emanate a very potent and visceral energy, which is also reflected in the performance piece. For further information: http://www.popopstudios.com/tropical-alchemy/ and http://www.popopstudios.com/

New documentary on Walcott in the making — Trinidad & Tobago Guardian

Walcott reads from White Egrets during the filming of Poetry is an Island
(T&T Guardian Photo) https://www.facebook.com/PoetryIsAnIsland

New documentary on Walcott in the making
 — Trinidad & Tobago Guardian
Published: Thursday, April 18, 2013
Zahra Gordon
A new documentary, Poetry is an Island, on St Lucian poet, playwright and Nobel Laureate Derek Walcott is currently in post production and expected to premiere later this year. A fundraising campaign for the project was launched on the Web site Indiegogo.com on April 12 by director Ida Does. In a telephone interview with the T&T Guardian, Does, who is based in Holland, shared that she got the idea for the project in 2007 while working on another film, I Am Not I Trefossa, about the poet Henri de Ziel, in her native Suriname. De Ziel wrote in an esoteric Surinamese creole and Does felt her next film subject needed to have wider appeal. It was during this time that she stumbled upon Walcott’s Nobel lecture. In 1992, Walcott became the first Caribbean-born author to receive the Nobel Prize for literature—a feat which Does believes brought the Caribbean to the world’s attention.
“I had heard of him before, but never dove into his work. When I read his lecture everything came together because he accepted the Nobel Prize on behalf of the people of the supposed broken languages and that drew my attention. It was the way he spoke about my own history.” — Ida Does, Director
Does immediately began reading more of Walcott’s work. “He gets to me on an existential base. His lines and his verses really make you feel like this is part of you and your history. He touches the subconscious in ways that cannot always be explained.” Read more: http://www.guardian.co.tt/entertainment/2013-04-18/new-documentary-walcott-making. For further information: https://www.facebook.com/PoetryIsAnIsland