Sunday, June 30, 2013

Exhibition: “Plein Air” show to open in Dockyard on Sunday, June 30, 2013 from 5:30p, – 7:30pm — Bermuda Sun

“Plein Air” show to open in Dockyard
Exhibition: “Plein Air” show to open in Dockyard on
Sunday, June 30 5:30p, – 7:30pm — Bermuda Sun
Sarah Lagan, Sub-editor/Writer
Friday, June 28, 2013
Some of the island’s best Plein Air artists have collaborated in a group show. The show, which opens at the Arts Centre at Dockyard, promises to be full of life and colour. The group, which has been painting Bermuda for 11 years now, includes Christopher Marson, Rhona Emmerson, Vivienne Gardener, Molly Godet, Marlene Jantzen, Vaughan Evans, Charles Knights, Heidi Cowen and Christopher Grimes.
Water scene - An entry by local artist Vaughan Evans
The group was started in Jonah Jones’ backyard in Somerset about ten years ago and since that time the group has had seven annual shows. The Plein Air show opens this Sunday, June 30 5:30p, – 7:30pm. It remains open until July 26. The Arts Centre is open every day from 10am to 5pm. Source: For further information:  and For further information about the artist:  and

Exhibition: National Gallery of Jamaica to Host KOTE for its Last Sundays Programme on June 30, 2013 — Kingston, Jamaica WI
Exhibition: National Gallery of Jamaica to Host KOTE
for its Last Sundays Programme on June 30, 2013 — Kingston, Jamaica WI
The National Gallery is partnering with the Kingston on the Edge urban arts festival in presenting its Last Sundays programme on June 30, 2013.  As has now become customary every last Sunday of the month, the Gallery will be open to the public from 11 am to 4 pm, with free admission and free tours and children’s activities. The special programming on June 30 will have two special features: a dance performance by Neila Ebanks titled Becoming: The Body Remembers and Breaks the Silence, which starts at 1:30 pm, followed by the Jamaican feature film Countryman (1982), which starts at 2 pm. June 30 is also the closing day of the current Natural Histories exhibition, which explores natural history themes and tropes in Jamaican art from the 17th century to the present. The dance performance Becoming: The Body Remembers and Breaks the Silence is the product of the collaboration between Oniel Pryce, who choreographed the piece, and dance performer Neila Ebanks. Becoming premiered earlier this year at the Tobago Contemporary Dance Festival and charts a challenging journey from brokenness to wholeness, placing focus on one’s ability to “put oneself back together again” after collapse. Ebanks and Pryce are highly acclaimed and innovative Jamaican dancers and choreographers and both lecture at the Edna Manley College, School of Dance. For further information: and

Exhibition: The Butler Institute of American Art presents its “77th National Midyear Show” on Sunday, June 30, 2013 from 1pm to 3pm — Youngstown, Ohio USA

Butler Institute of American Art “77th National Midyear Show”
Exhibition: The Butler Institute of American Art presents its “77th National Midyear Show” on Sunday, June 30, 2013 from 1pm to 3pm — Youngstown, Ohio USA; Event Details: Time: June 30, 2013 from 1pm to 3pm; Location: Butler Institute of American Art; Street: 524 Wick Avenue; City/Town: Youngstown, Ohio 44502; Phone: (512) 672-9259; Event Type: national, midyear, art, show, (meet, the, artist); Organized By: Butler Institute of American Art;
Event Description - Annual National Juried Show: 77th National Midyear Exhibition (Youngstown): This annual juried exhibition is open to artists over 18 years of age who reside within the United States and/or its territories. This year the exhibition will be judged by gallery owner Jerald Melberg and painter Thomas McNickle. This year's entry process is complete. To obtain an entry download the form for the 2014 show, call 330.743.1107, ext. 210.
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New home for Kingston Pon Di River - Third staging at Hope Gardens on June 30, 2013 — Jamaica Gleaner

2013 Kingston Pon Di River
New home for Kingston Pon Di River - Third staging at Hope Gardens
on June 30, 2013 — Jamaica Gleaner
A host of literary artists and musicians who have found success as part of a revitalised underground cultural movement will be on show at the 2013 Kingston Pon Di River Literary Arts and Music Festival. It will be held on Sunday, June 30, at Hope Gardens, St Andrew, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The festival, now in its third year, aims to help reposition Kingston as the cultural hub of the Caribbean and bring attention to Jamaica's most talented literary artists, while creating a niche market complementing Kingston's unique offerings. The launch was held on Monday at the Spanish Court Hotel, New Kingston. Endorsing the festival, while acknowledging it's potential in repositioning Kingston as the cultural centre of the Caribbean, chairman of the Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB), Dennis Morrison, said "this event is much more than an attraction to tourists". Like reggae music, which the world has embraced, Morrison wants to see 'Kingston Pon Di River' become such a renowned event that Jamaicans and people from across the globe will gravitate to it… Predicting that this staging of Kingston Pon Di River will be one for the history books. Millicent Lynch, managing partner of Dynamic Event Services, organisers of the event, told those gathered for the launch that:
“Since we started in 2011 the event has grown stronger each year, with a hearty serving of holistic cultural entertainment that was missing from the cultural hub of the Caribbean.” — Millicent Lynch, Dynamic Event Services
Kingston Pon Di River 2013 presents a line-up featuring renowned dub poets Mutabaruka and Cherry Natural, with readings from Poetess Denise, authors Ann-Margaret Lim and The Gleaner's own Robert 'Roving With' Lalah and Mel Cooke. Tribe Sankofa will deliver a fusion of poetry and song. Read more: For further information:

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Cardboard Workshop With Master Artist, John Beadle on Saturday, June 29, 2013 from 10:00am – 1:00pm at NAGB — Bahamas, West Indies

Detail from the John Beadle Exhibit at NAGB
Cardboard Workshop With Master Artist, John Beadle on Saturday, June 29, 2013 from 10:00am – 1:00pm at NAGB — Bahamas West Indies - Place The National Art Gallery of The Bahamas; Date: Saturday, June 29th, 2013; Time: 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.; Age: 18 +; NAGB Members: $10; Non-Members: $15
Event Description: Master Artist, John Beadle will be instructing a workshop that will develop the understanding of two sections: cardboard mask and cardboard etching.
Cardboard mask from template - Participants will be able to cut out basic template (provided) bend, staple or glue overlapping edges to form a wearable object, a mask. The participants will be able to find and/or salvage additional objects to decorate the form.
Cardboard Etching - Participants will create an image directly onto the cardboard as the initial design, cut into the layers of the cardboard, removing surface layers, using the structure of the material as a design element to delineate and give depth to the earlier line drawing.
Please call the Gallery at 328-5800/1 to reserve your spot as spaces are limited. For further information:

Republic Bank Crop Over Opening Gala FREE on Saturday, June 29, 2013 at 12 Noon — Barbados, West Indies

Crop Over Opening Gala FREE  on  June 29th
at 12 Noon — Barbados, WI
The Republic Bank (Barbados) Limited Crop Over Opening Gala and Ceremonial Delivery of the Last Canes signals the official start of the festival and is filled with all the pomp and circumstance of our island’s rich cultural heritage. Every year the historic Queen’s Park is transformed to ‘Culture Central’ where veterans share the stage with many students and graduates of the NCF’s Cultural Development Programmes in areas of music, dance, theatre and traditional cultural expressions. For further information:

'Best batsman in the world' -- Jamaica Gleaner

Gayle scores six-wicket win against Sri Lanka (Photo: AFP)
'Best batsman in the world'
Published: Saturday | June 29, 2013
Ryon Jones, Staff Reporter
West Indies one-day captain, Dwayne Bravo, has hailed Chris Gayle as the best batsman in the world and the regional team's top player following his Man of the Match knock yesterday to set up a comfortable six-wicket win over Sir Lanka in the opening match of the Celkon Mobile Tri-Nation One-Day International series played at Sabina Park. Gayle's 109 with seven sixes and nine fours was his first one-day international (ODI) ton in almost a year with the previous coming against New Zealand in July 2012, also at Sabina Park. Gayle was dismissed in the 31st over with the score at 181 for two as the West Indies went on to finish on 209 for four (37.5 overs) in response to the Sri Lankans total of 208 all out.
"Chris is the best batter in the world and is our best player, and we are always happy to see him getting runs." -- Dwayne Bravo, WI Captain
"We know it has been a while (since Gayle has made a century); he has been getting starts, but we know ... he is good enough to know that when he gets a start on a wicket like this he has to cash in. Read more:  Related article:  For further information:

Seattle's Harlem Renaissance Gala - "Meet Me at the Savoy" on June 29, 2013 from 6pm to 10pm -- Seattle, WA USA

"Meet Me at the Savoy" on June 29, 2013
Seattle's Harlem Renaissance Gala - "Meet Me at the Savoy"; Time: June 29, 2013 from 6pm to 10pm; Location: The Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute; Street: 104 17th Ave S; City/Town: Seattle, WA 98144; Phone: (206) 684-4758; Event Type: fundraiser, gala - Event Description: Saturday, June 29th is Seattle's 2nd annual Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute (LHPAI) Harlem Renaissance GALA and we want you to join the fun! Purchase a ticket for one or a table for 8 and be part of our circle of friends. Not only will it be a night to remember, but your GALA ticket will also help ensure a bright future for our youth artists! Mix with Maya Angelou, Ella Fitzgerald, Nat King Cole and Billie Holiday. Jackie “Moms” Mabley will be our celebrated HOSTESS and of course Langston Hughes will also be in attendance. We will hear from our young artists, have a great meal and adjourn to the theater for ‘star studded’ performances! The success of the GALA Fundraiser helps young people create and own their artistic histories. Show your support for LHPAI’s Youth Performing Arts Academy and the Teen Summer Musical by registering today. PLEASE JOIN US! We need you at the GALA to celebrate our heritages and to continue building a bright future for youth in the performing arts.
Event Details: "Meet Me at the Savoy"
Date: Saturday, June 29, 2013
Time: 6-9:30 PM
Location: Langston Hughes Performing Arts institute
Honoree: Ms. Grace Holden
GALA Co-Chairs: Honorable Charles Z. Smith & Mrs. Eleanor M. Smith
Tickets: $100 per person; Purchase at:; Info :

Exhibition: "Kaleidoscope lll" through June 2013 -- presented by Public Treasury Art Program (PTAP) Bahamas, West Indies

PTAP's Kaleidoscope lll through June 2013
The Public Treasury Art Program (PTAP) is pleased to host The Bahamas Art Educators Association third Art Exhibition entitled "Kaleidoscope lll" which showcases work by teachers in both the private and public sector from across the islands of The Bahamas. The exhibition runs until June 2013 and is open to the public. Please email to arrange group tours. For further information: and

Friday, June 28, 2013

All in place for Rudder 6.0 at QPS tomorrow — Trinidad & Tobago Newsday

Watch David Rudder 6.0 Live at
All in place for Rudder 6.0 at QPS tomorrow — Trinidad & Tobago Newsday
By Joan Rampersad Friday, June 28 2013
It’s all systems go for the highly publicised Rudder 6.0 concert that takes place tomorrow at the Queen’s Park Savannah from 8 pm. This concert is in celebration of the 60th birthday of internationally acclaimed TT entertainer King David Michael Rudder. It is also the first concert for the singer in 10 years. Rudder, who arrived in Trinidad on Sunday has been busy making the rounds promoting the event, as well as in rigorous rehearsals at the Hotel Normandie, both with his band leader Wayne Bruno and the Rapid Response, and Pelham Goddard who was a part of his early career, to get everything right on the night.
“Last week, Rudder promised ‘shock, awe and the familiar,’ and fans will no doubt be looking forward to just that, given that he will be on stage for quite a while. He told the media while having lunch with them on Tuesday that he has the Savannah venue up to 2 am. When asked, ‘So, will you be on stage till 2 am?’ ‘Yuh never know,’ was his response with a cheeky smile.” — T&T Newsday
Rudder has still kept his opening and surprise acts secret, but promised that patrons will be pleasantly surprised. And though he laments that the present day calypsonians don’t readily bring news, local and foreign, in song to their listeners as had been done in the past with greats such Kitchener, Pretender, Roaring Lion, Atilla the Hun, Terror, Spoiler, Duke, Sparrow and he himself, fans can expect to hear some of his own tidbits, in his own style, as well as hits from yesteryear. Among them, fans will be looking forward to hearing songs such as Calabash”, “Bahia Girl” … Read more:,179858.html. For further information:, and

Exhibition: “The Price of Freedom is Death; Black Aesthetic Art Show 2013” June 28, 2013 at 6:30pm to June 29, 2013 at 6pm — Rochester, NY USA

The Price of Freedom is Death; Black Aesthetic Art Show 2013” June 28, 2013
Exhibition: “The Price of Freedom is Death; Black Aesthetic Art Show 2013” June 28, 2013 at 6:30pm to June 29, 2013 at 6pm — Rochester, NY USA
Event Details: Time: June 28, 2013 at 6:30pm to June 29, 2013 at 6pm; Location: The Frederick Douglass Resource Center; Street: 36 King Street; City/Town: Rochester; Event Type: art, show, exhibition, panel, discussion, documentary; Organized By: Dominique Thomas
Event Description: Cultural Programming. Open to the public and community! Weekend passes include admission for 2-day programs which are available for $15. Art catalogue for the exhibition will be available also! We hope that you will join us in the closing ceremonies of the Price of Freedom is Death: Black Aesthetic Art Show 2013. For more information please contact 585-497-6139 or email Thank you for your support!
Friday June 28th @ 6:30 P.M. The Frederick Douglass Resource Center presents Flimstress Nicholle La Vann in her viewing of 110 Morning Side. Bringing conscious back! Ms. La Vann brings the Black Aesthetic alive through her works of documenting the legacy of Poet Abiodun Oyelwole member of the Last Poets for one night only here in the city of Rochester New York. $10
Saturday June 29th @ 6:00 P.M. Special guestAbiodun Oyelwole of the Last Poets will join The Rochester Black Arts Council in an in-depth panel discussion: The Black Aesthetic: The Search for self in the 21st Century. Walking in the steps of the Black Arts Movement of the 1960's. The council will discuss self-determination and empowerment in the city of Rochester. $10. For further information: and

Govt to relieve artists -- Barbados NationNews

Artwork of Bajan Artist Corrie Scott

Govt to relieve artists
Fri, June 28, 2013
Government is taking steps to stop the “window-shopping” local artists had been forced to do in order to source funding. Minister of Culture Stephen Lashley said the Cultural Industries Development Bill would go a long way in this regard as well as to help transform the cultural industry in Barbados. Lashley said artists should have a systematic process to access funding and the bill would help to retool the thinking of how creative people were treated as well as permanently change Government systems in this regard. Source:
“For too long artists in Barbados have had to do some window-shopping all across Government looking for funding and assistance. I think the time has come where not only a significant amount of respect is due but that window-shopping must come to an end so this industry can emerge as an acceptable industry just like trade, tourism and all the rest and this bill is designed to make a first step in that regard.” -- Stephen Lashley, Barbados Minister of Culture
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Reggae across the globe — Jamaica Observer

King Mas

Reggae across the globe — Jamaica Observer
Catch the Riddim
BY KEVIN JACKSON Observer Writer
Friday, June 28, 2013
AIMA Moses and Sol X-Ray are from different parts of the world but have the same vision -- to make reggae music. Moses, from Dominica, and Sol X-Ray, who is from the West African country Togo, recently recorded the song Beat Dem, produced by Jamaican Adrian Hanson.
Moses explains how the song came about. "Adrian Hanson and Sol X-Ray's team wanted both of us to collaborate. Two artistes in different parts of the world with one vision," he said. "It was necessary to utilise the drums and live instruments in this recording because of the vibration of the song. The words without these instruments would never be complete," Moses added. Moses has worked with artistes from different countries including United Kingdom-based Ras Bruno, French dancehall artiste Kaso, and Jamaican artiste Cario. His upcoming album features Jamaican artistes.
King Mas drops EP in July — Singer/songwriter King Mas will release an EP next month through Nature's Way Entertainment. The artiste, whose real name is Glenford Prospere, has already issued Rasta Evolution/Ocean of Emotion, an old-school 45 which serves as a teaser for the eight-track EP. The tracks were produced by Nature's Way principal Garfield Cowan. King Mas was born and raised in Boston, Massachusetts. His father, Supreme, is a former Calypso Monarch from Montseratt while his Jamaican mother is from Clarendon.” — Jamaica Observer
He started his career with a local church band that performed gospel songs mainly on reggae and calypso beats. Later, he released a number of songs, the most popular being One Wish. Read more: For further information: and

Thursday, June 27, 2013

2013 Gantt Symposium Featuring Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr. & Kinsey Collection Preview Reception on June 27, 2013 from 6:30pm to 8pm -- Charlotte NC, USA

2013 Gantt Symposium Featuring Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr. & Kinsey Collection Preview Reception; Time: June 27, 2013 from 6:30pm to 8pm; Location: Knight Theater; Street: 430 S Tryon St; City/Town: Charlotte NC; Website or Map:; Phone: (704) 547-3700; Event Type: symposium; Event Description: With Wells Fargo’s generous support, the Harvey B. Gantt Center will welcome Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr. to Charlotte as the inaugural speaker for the 2013 Gantt Symposium. Dr. Gates’ “Finding Your Roots,” is a lively discussion about individual lineage and American history. He will address research and DNA analysis and will also share poignant family stories. This lecture is an annual event hosted by the Center and its institution’s namesake, Harvey Bernard Gantt, to engage all Charlotte citizens in a conversation about important topics that are relevant to the community-at-large, moving us toward the city’s goal of building a better Charlotte. Dr. Gates’ presentation will be followed by a Q&A session facilitated by Harvey Gantt.
"Following the symposium, guests are invited to attend a special opening preview of The Kinsey Collection: Shared Treasures of Bernard and Shirley Kinsey during a reception with the Kinsey family at the Gantt Center. This is a special opportunity for symposium guests to view the collection with Bernard and Shirley Kinsey before it opens to the public on Saturday, June 29." -- Brandon Nixon,
For further information: Get inspired with the Kinsey Collection introduction video. This remarkable exhibition celebrates Bernard and Shirley Kinsey's passion for collecting objects of extraordinary historical significance, illuminating the often untold story of African-American achievement and contribution:

Captain T&T superhero story with a twist -- Trinidad & Tobago Guardian

Christopher Guinness on set of his  film, Captain T&T
Captain T&T superhero story with a twist
Published: Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Zahra Gordon
It has been a little over a year since the award-winning short film Pothound was released by husband and wife production duo Christopher and Leizelle Guinness. Already, the owners and operators of Bepperton Entertainment have released another project likely to achieve similar success. Their short film Captain T&T, launched online on May 29, tells the story of a boy who aspires to be a superhero. The film’s stars include Kden Hee Chung (Thin Foot), Blair Cameron, Sherwin Marcelle and Christopher’s grandmother Lucille Poon Kwong, who also appeared in Pothound. Most importantly, the film also stars one of the couple’s beloved mongrels, Runty Magic. The star of Pothound was another beloved mongrel named Bubbercin. In an interview last week, Christopher said the inspiration for the film came from “childhood memories, daily situations and the social and political climate of present day T&T. “It’s all packed into a coming of age story with a superhero twist. Like most of my work, it has autobiographical elements by default,” he said. The film was written, directed and produced by Christopher and Leizelle. Captain T&T has already been selected as a Staff Pick on the video sharing Web site Vimeo and is scheduled to screen at the Aruba Film Festival and the travelling festival, Caribbean Film Corner. However, Christopher’s plans for the film are simple.
“(My plans for the film are) for it to be seen by as many people as possible, especially Trinbagonians. The messages are most applicable to us, the nuances more significant.” -- Christopher Guinness
The tools used to create the film were also simple according to Chistopher, with a lot of improvising being employed. “Instead of a crane, a ladder would do. Where water hosing was needed, Ziplock bags did just fine. Every little thing adds up.” Read more: For further information: and

CAPTAIN T&T (2013) - A Short Film from Christopher Guinness on Vimeo.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Lecture: BNG & CURB Collaboration: Jews in Bermuda on Wednesday, June 26, 2013 at 12:30 pm — 01:30 pm — Bermuda National Gallery, Bermuda West Indies
Lecture: BNG & CURB Collaboration: Jews in Bermuda on Wednesday, June 26, 2013 at 12:30 pm — 01:30 pm — Bermuda National Gallery, Bermuda West Indies
Title: JEWS IN BERMUDA; Date: Wednesday, June 26, 2013; Time: 12:30 pm — 01:30 pm ; Status: ONGOING; Category: Lectures & Art Talks; Location: Bermuda National Gallery; Price: FREE ; Contact: 295-9428 - DETAILS: Citizens Uprooting Racism in Bermuda in collaboration with Bermuda National Gallery present a series of weekly, social justice lunchtime lectures during the BNG's Art & Social Change Exhibition entitled "Eyes on the World". The February presentations are listed below and we look forward to welcoming you to these enriching learning opportunities. Presenter: Fiona Elkinson; Location: Bermuda National Gallery, City Hall, 2nd floor. For further information:

Protoje grateful for "Music from My Heart" tour — Jamaica Gleaner

Protoje performing
Protoje grateful for "Music from My Heart" tour — Jamaica Gleaner
Published: Wednesday | June 26, 2013
Protoje & the Indiggnation kicked off its Music From My Heart tour with a performance at The Sierra Nevada World Music Festival, in California on June 22. Presenting a blend of roots rock and dub reggae, the group left an indelible mark on the stage with a freshness of style, combined with old school '80s reggae, holding the large crowd's interest from start to finish. It was the first time they were performing as a group in California, and it was indeed a fantastic start to a US tour which ends June 29. A seven-week European tour follows. The group, which comprises Donald Dennis, ace bassist popularly known as Danny Bassie; the very accomplished Jason Worton, whose style of playing is likened to Jimi Hendrix; the young genius, Paris Dennis, on keyboards; Peter 'Kongz' Samaru, drummer extraordinaire; and band leader, Kevin 'Zuggu' Patterson providing guitar skills, and exceptional vocals to complement those of the vivacious background vocalists Kerri-Ann Lewis and Shenae Wright, whose dancing prowess was a main attraction. They all dished up a performance worthy of praise. Looking ahead, Protoje has expressed gratitude for being able to have the opportunity to perform with his band at 23 shows across nine European countries; Spain, The Netherlands, Belgium, France, Sweden, Switzerland, Poland, Slovakia and Germany. Read more: . For further information:, and

BNG East Exhibition: James Cooper “Contemporary Conversation” through November 23, 2013 — Bermuda, West Indies
BNG East Exhibition: James Cooper “Contemporary Conversation” through November 23, 2013 — Bermuda, West Indies - Title: James Cooper: "Contemporary Conversation"; Date: June 15, 2013 — November 23, 2013; Status: ONGOING ; Category: Exhibition; Location: BNG East “Bridge House” 1 Bridge Street, St. George’s; Price: Free; Contact: 297-9428
Artist's Profile:  "Bermudian James Cooper is an artist who often explores the common in most unusual ways. This interest is historically connected to the movements of Surrealism and Dadaism, characterized by exaggeration, ambiguity, and wry humour imbedded with serious considerations and concepts, with the intention of disrupting the status quo. Cooper repositions objects and our relationship to them in order to alter our perceptions. His juxtapositions, which create aesthetic and provocative experiences, encourage a fresh perspective on what might be considered familiar." — Bermuda National Gallery
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Exhibition: Masterworks Museum of Bermuda Art presents Artist-in-Residence Joseph Sweeney ENDS June 26, 2013 — Bermuda, West Indies

Artist In Residence Joe Sweeney ENDS June 26, 2013
Exhibition: Masterworks Museum of Bermuda Art presents Artist-in-Residence Joseph Sweeney ENDS June 26, 2013 — Bermuda, West Indies; Event Description: Plein Air Painter Joseph Sweeney will be having a one-man show at the Masterworks Museum in Bermuda ENDS June 26, 2013 . This show will consist of work done in Bermuda during the artist’s three-month residency here on the island. Visiting Masterworks Museum in Bermuda: Hours: Monday - Saturday 10am until 4pm, Sunday 11am until 4:30pm; Closed most public holidays, check website:
"Red Buoy" by Joe Sweeney Oil / Museum Board
Artist’s Statement: “…At nineteen I was a navigator on a destroyer escort in the North Atlantic. Sea duty for me was an existence in a world of gray; gray sky, gray sea, gray ships. Out of sight of land most of the time, we were cold, wet, and exhausted. I still like the sea what I didn’t like was “sea duty.” As a result of my Navy experience, I decided to stay ashore and become an artist, more specifically a landscape painter. But a painter who is never too far from the shore. Since then, I have painted coastline in order to deal with the boundary between land and water, the artist and the environment, and to express the sublime nature of the world surrounds us. And to convey the reality that this Earth is our home and the only one we will ever have…” — Artist Joe Sweeney (excerpted from
The Museum is accessible with ramps and an elevator. Location & Directions: We are located in the Bermuda Botanical Gardens, 183 South Rd, Paget, Bermuda Bus routes 1,2 & 7. Signage in the Gardens will direct you to the museum. Our postal address is: P.O. Box HM 1929, Hamilton HM HX, Bermuda; Contact: (441) 299 4000. For further information about the artist: Contact Joe Sweeney at: or visit For further information about the exhibit:  and

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Exhibition: The John Beadle Project ENDS on June 25, 2013 and the conversation BEGINS at 6pm with an Issues Forum titled ‘Material Worth’ at NAGB — Nassau, Bahamas WI

"The John Beadle Project" ENDS on June 25, 2013
Exhibition: The John Beadle Project ENDS on June 25, 2013 with an issues Forum titled ‘Material Worth’ at NAGB — Nassau, Bahamas WI; Venue: National Art Gallery of the Bahamas; Address: West Hill Street; Nassau, Bahamas; Event Description: The National Art Gallery of the Bahamas (NAGB) invites the public to an Issues Forum titled ‘Material Worth’ which will present a conversation with John Beadle around the currency of materials in building narratives in contemporary visual art. Senior curator of the NAGB, John cox will moderate the evening. Art students, emerging and practicing artists are invited to attend. The conversation will take place on June 25th, 2013, from 6pm at the NAGB. For further information:

The conversation begins with an Issues Forum titled ‘Material Worth’
on June 25, 2013 at 6pm
Artist's Profile: "John Beadle (born 1964, Nassau, The Bahamas) is one of the major Bahamian artists of the post-Independence generation. Born on the Island of New Providence in 1964, one of his earliest memories is of watching one of his grandfather’s landscape paintings, waiting for someone to walk into view. He went to the College of the Bahamas and studied under Stan Burnside, going on to the Rhode Island School of Design where he obtained a BFA in Painting. He studied in Rome, Italy and received his MFA from The Tyler School of Art, Temple University. In 1991 he was named Emerging Artist of Latin America and the Caribbean in Nagoya, Japan." --
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Kingston on show -- Jamaica Observer

Kingston on the Edge
Kingston on show
Richard Johnson
Monday, June 24, 2013
THIS year marks the sixth staging of the Kingston on the Edge (KOTE) arts festival staged in the Corporate Area. The event, which began last Friday, will run until next Sunday. It is scheduled to see approximately 25 events covering all areas of the arts including music, poetry, fine arts and dance. Omar Francis, member of the organising team, told the Jamaica Observer this year's theme is Renewal and, as such, a number of the events have this as part of their sub text. He said the festival continues its thrust of unearthing and exposing some of the artistic jewels which exist in Kingston.
"Generally speaking, we just want to shed light on what happens in the city artisticaly. It is the largest of its kind in the English-speaking Caribbean and we just want to show that some amazing things are happening which the general public and even artists themselves are not aware of." -- Omar Francis, Kingston on the Edge (KOTE)
Shying away from fingering a must-see event, Francis said there is something for everyone in the schedule of events. Yesterday continued with a number of events including an exhibition featuring members of the Potters' Association of Jamaica inside the lobby of the Bank of Jamaica in downtown Kingston. Among the potters showing were David Pinto, Margaret McGhie and Phillip Supersad. Today, the events shift to the Liguanea Club in New Kingston for a short film festival where film enthusiast David Morrison will curate a night of 'shorts' highlighting the Jamaican film scene. The monthly meeting of the Poetry Society of Jamaica is one of the events for June 25. This will be held at the Edna Manley College. On Wednesday, it's an informal forum based on photography at the Alhambra Inn. Music comes to the fore on Thursday as one of the events on this date is an open Jam session at Tony's Bar on Chelsea Avenue which promises to feature the avant garde of the Kingston music scene. Musican Susan Couch and her big band will entertain on Friday, June 28, at the Redbones Blues Café. Art is the feature of the penultimate day of the festival — Saturday, June 29. Artist Charl Baker leads an interactive mural painting at the School of Hope. Kenyan artist Mazola opens his studio allowing visitors to learn about his work and at the Grosvenor Gallery performance and art will co-mingle. Read more:  For further information:

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Arts Column: Georgia O’Keefe paved the way for Masterworks -- Bermuda Sun

"Banyan Tree" by Georgia O’Keefe at Masterworks

Arts Column: Georgia O’Keefe paved the way for Masterworks
Georgia O’Keefe (American 1887 to 1986)
Elise Outerbridge, Masterworks curator
Friday, June 21, 2013
In 1987 my colleague Tom Butterfield persuaded Hirschl and Adler Galleries Inc. in New York to loan the Georgia O’Keeffe pencil drawing to him for the Community and Cultural Affairs exhibition entitled Interiors. The work attracted literally thousands of visitors and paved the way for the creation of the Masterworks Museum of Bermuda Art. The work was eventually acquired by Masterworks in 1992 through the efforts of Tom running the London Marathon and a generous donation in memory of the untimely death of our friend Wendy Wilkinson. Depression - O’Keeffe visited Bermuda twice — the first time in March 1933 to recuperate from severe depression. She stayed at “Torwood” adjacent to Cambridge Beaches with her friend Marjorie Content (whose lovely photograph of Banana Flower is currently on exhibit in the Drawing with Light show) but did little more than rest. She returned again the following March 1934, and stayed at “The Parapet” in Somerset with Marie Garland the owner at the time. It was here that she began work again. As Laurie Lisle says in Portrait of an Artist: A Biography of Georgia O’Keeffe, “From the high four poster bed in her room she was able to glimpse the sea ..."
“Although she had packed tubes of paint, she only got to the point of doing some pencil and charcoal sketches of the reddish-purple banana blossoms on the grounds of the beautiful villa and some palms and twisted banyan trees. Still it was a start.” -- Elise Outerbridge, Curator - Masterworks Museum of Bermuda Art
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Art unites India and T&T -- Trinidad & Tobago Guardian

"Sea Lots" by Tessa Alexander
Art unites India and T&T
Published: Friday, June 21, 2013
The High Commission of the Republic of T&T, in collaboration with the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), hosted an art exhibition entitled MILAP at the Azad Bhavan Art Gallery, New Delhi, India, from May 31 to June 5. The event was jointly sponsored by the Ministry of Tourism, Ministry of Planning and Sustainability, Government of T&T and ICCR, Government of India. The exhibition featured four artists—Tessa Alexander Sloane-Seale, who was invited to attend from Trinidad, Anita Chandradath Singh, BK Guru and Pankaj Guru who are resident in Delhi. This was the initiative of T&T High Commissioner to India Chandradath Singh, who is an advocate of public diplomacy and the use of soft power through culture, art and music in international affairs, and was one in a series of major cultural programmes organised by the High Commission over the past two years. The main theme of the event was to celebrate the deep cultural ties between T&T and India and also T&T’s Indian Arrival Day. Smt Chandresh Kumari Katoch, Minister of Culture, Government of India, blessed the event as the chief guest at the preview and Indian Arrival Day celebrations at the Grand Hotel, Vasant Kunj, New Delhi, and Alexander gave her a gift of one of her watercolours. As the featured artist, Alexander’s display of her brilliant Caribbean colours through water colours and oil paintings reflected lifestyles and landscapes of T&T and was very well received by the large audience that was intrigued by the representations of T&T's culture. Read more: For further information: and For further information about the artist: and

Friday, June 21, 2013

Exhibition: Glean Chase ‘Trinidad as Art’ ENDS June 22, 2013 at Art Society - Review by Anne Hilton

'Oblivion' by Glean Chase
‘Trinidad as Art’ at Art Society
ENDS June 22, 2013
By Anne Hilton
I could not even attempt to comment on the philosophy of Glean Chase as he expounds his theories translated into art in the information posted at the start of this exhibition; instead I leave those who visit “Trinidad as Art” – now on show in the Art Society building in Federation Park (but for how much longer as developers, so I am given to understand, threaten to foreclose on the one bastion of graphic art in the nation?) – to read how the artist views what he sees around him on pavements and walls in this country and how he translates this into art and philosophy.  Instead I can only report my impressions of the infinitely detailed pen-and-ink representations of what the artists sees in photographs of the walls and pavements of Trinidad. The pieces have no titles; I have numbered them to help Newsday’s paginators identify the pieces. Read more:,179295.html
About the Artist: Oswald Glean Chase - "Born in Trinidad in 1930, Chase studied architecture (in which field he holds a degree) in England, in Paris and also at the Bauhaus in Germany. He has travelled and lived in Europe and the United States. He has done experimental work in architecture and in painting and has created designs for exhibitions of various types-art, industry, etc. He has been the recipient of prizes for architectural and other designs. His paintings and drawings have been exhibited in Trinidad, Europe and the United States. He works in the non-objective idiom and is interested in the effects achieved by a variety of materials and media." -- Art Society of Trinidad & Tobago
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Thursday, June 20, 2013

“URBAN DREAMZ” – An Art Exhibition on Thursday, June 20, 2013 from 5:30pm to 8pm — New York, NY USA

“URBAN DREAMZ” – An Art Exhibition on Thursday, June 20, 2013 from 5:30pm to 8pm — New York, NY USA; Time: June 20, 2013 from 5:30pm to 8pm; Location: The Bernie Wohl Center; Street: 647 Columbus Avenue (btwn 91st and 92nd); City/Town: NYC 10024; Event Type: art, exhibition; Organized By: Ka-Son Reeves.
Event Description: “Goddard Riverside Community Center is proud to present URBAN DREAMZ - An art exhibition that interprets the perception of those two words using a variety of artistic approaches and mediums. Featuring the work of: Ka-Son Reeves, Crespo and Karen Weintraub; ARTIST RECEPTION THURSDAY, JUNE 20th, 5:30PM – 8PM; LIGHT REFRESHMENTS WILL BE SERVED, LIVE PERFORMANCES; ARTWORK WILL BE FOR SALE at The Bernie Wohl Center, 647 Columbus Avenue (btwn 91st and 92nd), NYC 10024; EXHIBITION HOURS - NOON-5PM, MONDAY-FRIDAY; 11AM-2PM, Saturday; all other times by appointment only; Exhibition is FREE and open to the public ; For further information, contact: Susan Macaluso, Curator at 212.799.9400, ext. 205,” — Goddard Riverside Community Center  
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Exhibition: Micro-Gardens in Woodbrook on exhibit through June 22, 2013 at Art Society of T&T — Trinidad & Tobago Guardian

Artist Oswald Glean Chase discusses his work with patrons at his recent exhibition
Exhibition: Micro-Gardens in Woodbrook on exhibit through June 22, 2013 at Art Society of T&T — Trinidad & Tobago Guardian
ENDS June 22, 2013
Tremaine Soca Warner
On Monday, the Art Society of T&T hosted the opening of a new exhibition by Oswald Glean Chase titled Trinidad As Art: Micro-Gardens in Woodbrook. While the exhibition’s name may trigger thoughts of urban gardening techniques and small backyard garden beds, Chase’s pieces present encounters with missed and dismissed works of art on the streets of Woodbrook. Piles of fallen leaves, weeds growing from wall crevices and vegetation sprouting from sidewalk cracks are some of the subjects of his pictures. Speaking at the Art Society in Federation Park, Port-of-Spain, Chase said he took the photographs within an area of Woodbrook between French and Colville Streets and between Tragarete Rd and Wrightson Rd.
“The exhibit is primarily of pavements and micro-gardens that develop in cracks and crevices. These images are really intended for your interpretation, for your own name-giving. I thought if I gave them a name, it would just be colonising your mind for what I think is your right to arrive at your own impressions.” — Oswald Glean Chase, Artist
The New York-based photographer and artist in Woodbrook before leaving T&T to study architecture in parts of England, France and Germany. Throughout his career he has completed experimental projects in architecture and in art, designing and hosting exhibitions in T&T, Europe and the US. He is currently a professor of architectural history and design theory at Howard University in Washington DC. He said the pieces in his latest exhibition showed perplexing images of vegetation that grows in confined spaces and aimed to provide visual information that goes beyond where aesthetics may want to direct people’s perceptions. He also explained why he chose not to give each piece a title or to provide a catalogue for the exhibition… He urged artists and photographers to “pay more attention to the ordinary” and not to avoid the cracks of life’s footscape. Chase’s exhibition ends on June 22 and gallery hours are between 10am and 6pm. For more information, call the Art Society of T&T at 622-9827 of visit Read more:

National Gallery shares its art with local students -- Caymanian Compass

Art Education for young Caymanians at Cayman National Gallery
National Gallery shares its art with local students
20 June, 2013
Works of art from the National Art Collection are being used to develop and nurture key learning skills in early childhood, primary, secondary and higher education levels. The National Gallery of the Cayman Islands has developed an education programme specifically for schools. The programme was developed in conjunction with Ministry of Education policy advisers and teachers from local schools to ensure it is directly linked with the national curriculum. The interactive programme is free. Sessions are designed to be age appropriate and to complement and enhance students’ learning. Through these sessions, children examine and explore artwork and become familiar with the cultural heritage of the Cayman Islands, while engaging in activities that develop social skills, literacy, vocabulary and numeracy. Pilot sessions took place with several schools generating feedback from teachers and students. Read more: For further information: Related article:

Arts Column: Black was described as one of the best -- Bermuda Sun

'Buttrerfield Gates' by Norman I. Black
Arts Column: Black was described as one of the best
Norman I. Black (American 1883 - 1949)
Wednesday, June 19, 2013
In the early twentieth century, it seemed that North American artists were drawn to Bermuda to paint “plein air” and unlike their modern day counterparts, didn’t require work permits to sell their artwork and stayed for much longer periods of time. Many of them rented or bought Bermuda homes, and at the end of their stay (which tended to be during the winter months) would mount exhibitions at either the Hamilton or Princess Hotels where they would sell their work to an appreciative public. Norman Irving Black and his wife M E (for some reason, we cannot identify her real name) were typical of this trend.
"They had homes in Cliff Island Maine and in Florida, but in the autumn, from 1910 until the 1930s were ensconced in their winter home, Trelone in Paget. Later, they purchased Porter’s Lodge on Langton Hill, which they renovated into an art studio although we do not know if they ever lived there. It was here they produced a large body of Bermuda inspired paintings, but they were both very social and The Royal Gazette observed on February 18, 1924 'Mr Norman Black is one of the best known of the artistic brotherhood in Bermuda.'" -- Elise Outerbridge, Curator - Masterworks Museum of Bermuda Art
He belonged to the Calabash Club and the Bermuda Art Association with other members such as Toby Darrell and the architect Samuel Andrews. We assume he would have had an acquaintance with Prosper Senat, another American artist who also spent many winters painting on the island and selling his work locally. Read more: Elise Outerbridge is curator at Masterworks Museum of Bermuda Art

Flo Rida is Sumfest's latest addition -- Jamaica Gleaner

Flo Rida to perform at Sumfest
(JG Photo
Flo Rida is Sumfest's latest addition
Published: Thursday | June 20, 2013
Summerfest Productions, organiser of Reggae Sumfest has announced the addition of international hip-hop mogul Flo Rida to the line-up for International Night 1 on Friday, July 26, at Catherine Hall, Montego Bay. Johnny Gourzong, executive director of Summerfest Productions, said he is impressed by Flo Rida's catalogue of hits.
"Flo Rida is a great complement to this year's show, he has done very well over the past few years with a lot of internationally recognised hits. We are really glad to have him on the show, he will be bringing the full experience to the festival, full band, dancers and everything, so it's a big, full show on International Night 1." -- Johnny Gourzong, Summerfest Productions
Nominated for six Billboard Awards in 2013; and with hits such as Whistle, and I Cry from his fourth studio album Wild Ones, Flo Rida is expected to attract droves of patrons to the Second City for the 21st staging of the festival. Wild Ones (originally titled Only One Rida (Part 2)), was released in July 2012, with four singles from the album debuting on the Billboard top 10. The track Whistle, held the No. 1 spot in 20 countries, including the United States. Read more: For further information: and

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

June 2013 – Artist of the Month: Nicole Awai, Artist in Residence at Alice Yard — Trinidad & Tobago WI

Nicole Awai:  "Almost Undone"
June 2013 – Artist of the Month: Nicole Awai, Artist in Residence at Alice Yard — Trinidad & Tobago WI: Since the beginning of June, New York based, Trinidadian artist Nicole Awai has been researching and working from Alice Yard on an Art Matters Grant. Her investigations lead her to La Brea and, after all this time, to a puzzling personal story of a childhood school excursion, she recalls, or imagined but actually may have missed.
Artist’s Statement: "...In the last 12 years there has consistently been the presence of an ‘oozing’ materiality in my work. At first it was viscous and lava-like and it manifested itself in the colors red, white and blue. Finally it became a black ooze in the drawing series, Specimens from Local Ephemera. I began to think of it as a site of simultaneous creation and destruction, becoming and ending where time is elastic and non-linear....Now that my black ooze has become such a vital, physical element in my work, I decided to have the real experience of the La Brea Pitch Lake. I am curious about how the mythology of this imagined space germinated in my head...." — Nicole Awai, Artist
About the Artist: Awai was awarded the Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters and Sculptors Grant in 2011. She earned her Master’s Degree in Multimedia Art from the University of South Florida. She lives and works in Brooklyn, New York, and currently serves as a Critic for the Yale School of Art. Her work has been included in several seminal exhibitions, including the first Greater New York: New Art in New York Now, at P.S. 1/MoMA (2000), the Biennale of Ceramic in Contemporary Art (2003) the 2008 Busan Biennale in Korea, Infinite Island: Contemporary Caribbean Art (2007), and Open House: Working in Brooklyn (2004), the latter two held at the Brooklyn Museum. Ms. Awai was a featured artist in the 2005 I.P.O. series at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. Recent exhibitions includes her solo exhibition, Almost Undone at the Vilcek Foundation, Mi Papi, Dream On – Happy Ending… ,Washington Square Windows, 80wse Galleries NYU and the Biennale of the Caribbean in Aruba. Be Inspired! is currently on view at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary. The exhibition features recent acquistions to the museum collection.
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Johnny Osbourne to do Rockhouse acoustic — Jamaica Gleaner

Johnny Osbourne to do Rockhouse acoustic
Johnny Osbourne to do Rockhouse acoustic — Jamaica Gleaner
Published: Wednesday | June 19, 2013
Davina Henry, Gleaner Writer
Upon recognising a niche in the entertainment and resort market, Rockhouse Hotel & Spa and Pushcart Restaurant in Negril, Westmoreland, commenced its monthly outdoor acoustic concert series. The series will showcase each performer in an intimate and elegant acoustic campfire setting on the cliffs overlooking Negril's beautiful Pristine Cove. Each instalment of the series will also feature international deejays or selectors and will be broadcast live on Radio Lily, the online radio station of Rockhouse's sister property in New York, the ultra-popular Miss Lily's restaurant. The acoustic series, which began last month, saw international artiste Mr Vegas performing for a large audience. In the second instalment of the event, Rockhouse will honour Jamaica's rich musical tradition by presenting an important artiste whose music spans many decades and genres of Jamaican popular music, including reggae and dancehall - the legendary Johnny Osbourne. Known as 'The Godfather of Dancehall', Osbourne has turned out hits for virtually every legendary reggae and dancehall producer, including the Studio One classic Truths And Rights, the Winston Riley/Techniques-produced Come Back Darling, Ice Cream Love with Henry 'Junjo' Lawes, the timeless Reasons for Steelie and Cleevie and an arsenal of massive tunes with King Jammy's including Water Pumping, Rock It Tonight and Buddy Bye. Osbourne's classic, Mr Marshall was even sampled within the last year for the Major Lazer hit, Jah No Partial. Osbourne told The Gleaner that, like wine, his voice gets better with time:
"Negril is one of the places in the world that I love so much. I haven't been there in 16 years, so when I got the call to perform there I was very interested. Fans can expect the real McKoy, the 'Dancehall Godfather' with hits from the '60s, '70s, '80, '90s and mi ready for dem again in this millennium." — Roots-reggae icon, Johnny Osbourne
Matt Goias, one of the promoters of the concerts, told The Gleaner organisers wanted to promote a series that was truly Jamaican. Read more: For further information:,, and  For further information about the venue:

Cherine gives back -- Jamaica Observer

Cherine's "Reach One Child" ROC scholarships are open to grade-six students
from the 14 parishes in Jamaica
Cherine gives back
Cecelia Campbell-Livingston
Tuesday, June 18, 2013
SINGER Cherine Anderson has joined the many popular personalities who have established charities with her Reach One Child (ROC) Jamaica. ROC Jamaica is currently fielding applications for high-achieving grade-six students.
"ROC scholarships are open to grade-six students from the 14 parishes in Jamaica. The scholarships provide supplementary support for motivated grade-six students who show potential for academic excellence," she said. According to Anderson, there is not a specific dollar amount per scholarship as each student has different financial needs. However, it is intended to cover part to full tuition and school supplies. Scholarship recipients are notified in the first week of July. The songstress says the foundation, was formed in 2004 initally out of a desire to lend support to victims of Hurricane Ivan.
"At that time, I was a student at Middlebury College in Vermont. I learned that the music room of my alma mater, Excelsior Primary, was damaged by the hurricane. About the same time, my mother was in touch with one of the directors at St Ann's Infirmary who informed her that the residents had to be relocated when the infirmary became flooded." -- Cherine Anderson, Dancehall Artiste
According to Anderson, she wanted to help and organised a benefit concert on her school's campus. "I received enthusiastic support and with the help of many volunteers, we were able to put on a successful concert, which allowed us, in a small way to assist with the recovery efforts of both Excelsior and St Ann's Infirmary," she said. Encouraged by that success, she said her manager Patrick Lindsay and herself decided more could be done and established the foundation later that year. Read more: For further information:,‎ and