Monday, September 30, 2013

Exhibition: “New Roots: 10 Emerging Artists” ENDS Monday, September 30, 2013 at the National Gallery — Jamaica, West Indies

Olivia McGilchrist, "Native Girl"
Exhibition: “New Roots: 10 Emerging Artists”
ENDS Monday, September 30, 2013
at the National Gallery — Jamaica, West Indies
The NGJ’s [current] exhibition, “New Roots: 10 Emerging Artists”, open[ed] on July 28 and features work by Deborah Anzinger, Varun Baker, Camille Chedda, Gisele Gardner, The Girl and the Magpie, Matthew McCarthy, Olivia McGilchrist, Astro Saulter, Nile Saulter and Ikem Smith. Some of these artists already have an exhibition history, in Jamaica or elsewhere, while others are fresh out of art school but all are relatively new to the local art world and all are under 40 years old. The exhibition is designed to identify and encourage new directions in the Jamaican art world. It features are in conventional and new media – painting in various media and on various surfaces, digital photography, video and animation, and jewelry – and a variety of genres and styles, from the documentary to the fantastic. There are no deliberate common themes in the exhibition but the title New Roots was chosen, with a certain amount of ironic intent, to signal how the work reflects the current cultural moment, a moment of undeniable crisis, globally and locally, in which the older, postcolonial search for cultural affirmation – and “roots” – has been replaced by a new willingness to acknowledge and embrace uncertainty and instability, at the personal and the collective level. While the works in the exhibition ask at times uncomfortable and unsettling questions, there is however no overwhelming sense of dystopia and if anything, the exhibition reflects a new willingness on the part of the artists to intervene actively into the social environment, in a way that reflects genuine social responsibility, empathy and respect for others, and a notable sense of humour. Read more: For further information:,, and

Attention Emerging Writers: Hollick Prize Submissions CLOSE Monday, September 30, 2013 — Trinidad & Tobago Newsday

The 2014 Hollick Arvon Caribbean Writers Prize/Bocas Lit Fest Deadline is
Monday, September 30, 2013
Attention Emerging Writers: Hollick Prize Submissions
CLOSE Monday, September 30, 2013 — Trinidad & Tobago Newsday
Thursday, September 26 2013
The region’s only prize which seeks to open doors for budding writers will close for submissions on Monday (September 30). The 2014 Hollick Arvon Caribbean Writers Prize will be awarded to an emerging writer of literary non-fiction, which includes biography, memoir, travel writing, history, current affairs, and non-academic essays on diverse subjects. The Prize, administered by The Bocas Lit Fest and worth a total of US$15,000, will give the winning Caribbean-based writer time to advance a work in progress. It includes a year’s mentoring by an established author and travel to the United Kingdom to attend a one-week intensive creative writing course of their choice at Arvon. The winning writer will also have three days in London to network with literary professionals, hosted by the UK’s leading creative writing organisation, Arvon, in association with Free Word Centre and agents Rogers, Coleridge and White, and receive a cash award of 3,000GBP or US$4,500.
“’The deadline is imminent but there is still a little time to get entries in,’ says Bocas Lit Fest founder Marina Salandy-Brown. ‘To qualify writers must simply be of Caribbean birth or citizenship, aged over 18, living in the region, and not yet published a non-fiction work. We require just 2000 words of the work in progress and to see another previously published piece of the same length and genre, but full details are on the website’T&T Newsday,184167.html
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Group Exhibition: "Heritage, Celebrating Hispanic Heritage" ENDS September 30, 2013 at WBGO Gallery -- Newark NJ, USA

"Babalu-Aye Loves Ochun" by Gerardo Castro on display
at WGBO Gallery
Group Exhibition: "Heritage, Celebrating Hispanic Heritage" ENDS September 30, 2013 at WBGO Gallery -- Newark NJ, USA; Location: WBGO Gallery; Address: 54 Park Place Newark, NJ 07102; Phone: (201) 281-2753; Exhibit Details: In the WBGO Gallery this summer, Heritage, celebrating Hispanic Heritage with a group exhibition curated by the La Ruche Art Consortium, whose mission is to unite artists from multicultural diasporas.
Artists in the group show include:
◦ Cuban born Jose Acosta (winner of French Academy Arts-Sciences-Lettres 2001 Bronze Medal in Art)
◦ Laura Cuevas (Brooklyn native with Puerto Rican and Cuban roots who won a  Geraldine R. Dodge Art Initiative Grant)
◦ Gerardo Castro (exhibiting this Fall at the United Nations)
◦ Alfredo Gomez Jr. and Jose Rodeiro (recipient of NEA's Visual Artist Fellowship in painting and a Fullbright Fellowship Grant)
◦ Irelys Martinez and Isabell Villacis, both of Fundacion Manos A La Ayuda.
If you have questions for the listed artists, please contact Robert Rosado at (201) 281-2753. Accessibility: The WBGO Gallery is free and open to the public. WBGO is a wheelchair accessible facility. You can visit the gallery during regular business hours, Monday through Friday, 9AM to 5PM. For further information about the show: For further information about the artist:

'Rex' goes global — Jamaica Observer

The Rex Nettleford Foundation:
'Rex' goes global — Jamaica Observer
Associate Editor -- Auto and Entertainment
Monday, September 30, 2013
THERE are plans for Rex — The Renaissance Man, a documentary about cultural icon Rex Nettleford, to have an overseas run. The 45-minute film, which was part funded by the Rex Nettleford Foundation, premiered at the Carib Theatre in St Andrew last Thursday. Conceptualised and directed by film-maker Lennie Little-White, it will be shown in Montego Bay Thursday at the Palace Multiplex.
"It's going to be shown in Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados, and the Eastern Caribbean as well as London, New York, Washington DC and Toronto," said Elizabeth Buchanan-Hind, executive director of the Rex Nettleford Foundation. She said 'Rex' will eventually make its way to local schools. "It's very important for it to be shown in schools as Professor Nettleford wanted students to know that their humble beginnings need not define their outcomes," Buchanan-Hind said. "It is based on what Professor [Nettleford] wanted and would be shown around the world,"Elizabeth Buchanan-Hind, executive director of the Rex Nettleford Foundation to the Jamaica Observer
Dates will be finalised after the Montego Bay event. Nettleford, who was born in Trelawny in 1933, left a rich legacy in the arts and academia. He co-founded the National Dance Theatre Company (NDTC), which celebrated its 50th anniversary last year and served as vice-chancellor of the University of the West Indies (UWI). He died in February, 2010 while attending a conference in Washington DC. Read more: For further information:,  and Related article: For further information about the Rex Nettleford Foundation:

Images of Yesteryear at the National Gallery draws students of today — runs until Oct. 31, 2013 — Caymanian Compass

“Images of Yesteryear” at the National Gallery through October 31, 2013 (CC Photo)
Images of Yesteryear at the National Gallery draws students of today —
runs until Oct. 31, 2013 — Caymanian Compass
27 September, 2013
Images of Yesteryear, now on exhibit at the National Gallery of the Cayman Islands, is full of fascinating photographs that are stimulating discussions among local students about the history and culture of the Cayman Islands. The exhibition takes students on a visual history lesson of Cayman and the Caribbean, bringing the past to life and reinforcing concepts and ideas students have read in text books or listened to in lectures. Images of Yesteryear, which runs until Oct. 31, features some of the most memorable photographs found in the Cayman Islands National Archives. Brought together by Walkers, the collection chronicles the social and cultural history of the Cayman Islands from 1900 to the 1960s – a time when life moved at a different pace. Photographs have been drawn from several prominent collections, including those of Aarona Kohlman, Ira Thompson, Helen Hirst Gamble, Ivor O. Smith, Marcia Bodden-Bush, Jack Cohen and Robert Maase. The National Gallery invites local schools and youth groups of all ages to take advantage of the exhibition by booking free guided tours led by Gallery educators. Gallery tours aim to help students engage and respond to visual art, enhancing learning in relation to a range of curriculum topics. During the tours, students investigate photographs that illustrate the people, places, industry and nature of the past, providing meaningful context to historical facts. Photographs, discussions and learning activities link closely to topics in social studies and help students to develop a fuller understanding of the history and culture of the Cayman Islands.
“These wonderful images bring Cayman’s past to life,” says Ginny Copley, the gallery’s education manager. “Classes that visit will find out about the people, places, boats, nature and music of Cayman through these images. ... We hope schools will take advantage of this great opportunity and book a tour with us as soon as they can.”Caymanian Compass
Tours of Images of Yesteryear last 45 minutes and can accommodate up to 20 students. Tours must be booked in advance by calling the gallery at 945-8111 or by emailing Source: For further information:

Friday, September 27, 2013

Exhibition: Shakespeare in Paradise Celebrates five years of Poster Art: 2009-2013 on Friday, September 27, 2013, 6:30-9pm at Popopstudios -- Nassau Bahamas, West Indies

Shakespeare in Paradise Poster Art Exhibition
Exhibition: Shakespeare in Paradise Celebrates five years of Poster Art: 2009-2013; Description: Shakespeare in Paradise launches their fifth anniversary festival season with an exhibition of 30 poster art images on t-shirts and in print, as well as photography from the festival over the last 5 years; Date/time: Friday, September 27, 2013, 6:30-9pm; Location: Popopstudios international Center for the Visual Arts, Nassau, The Bahamas
"Shakespeare in Paradise will close their fifth anniversary festival season and exhibition of 30 poster art images and photography with a Poster Art Auction at Popopstudios on Sunday, October 13, 2013, from 1pm to 4pm; Exhibition viewing 1-2. Auction begins at 2pm. All Exhibition contents to be sold." -- Popop Studios
 "Shakespeare in Paradise" from October 4-12, 2013
This year, Shakespeare in Paradise launches its 5th season and celebrates The Bahamas’ 40th year of independence with a poster art exhibition at Popopstudios International Centre for the Visual Arts. To recognize the role played by the visual artists of Young Artists’ Programme in creating the visual brand for the festival, this exhibition and catalogue have been produced. There has been a long tradition of poster art as a medium of promoting ideas, political or peaceful. In the 19th century posters became a medium for promoting not only ideas, but also theatre and cabaret—by such artists as Jules Cheret and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. Twentieth century advertising grew out of this tradition. Fine artists such as Picasso and later other artists such as Andy Warhol uplifted poster art once more to an art form. Shakespeare in Paradise is happy to present this exhibition and hopes to carry on that tradition of promoting theatre through art. Read more:  and for further information: and

Artist’s Call For Entries for NAGB’s “Transforming Spaces 2014” Deadline 5:00 pm on Friday September 27th, 2013 — Nassau Bahamas, WI

Artist’s Call For Entries for NAGB’s “Transforming Spaces 2014”
Deadline 5:00 pm on Friday September 27th, 2013
Artist’s Call For Entries for NAGB’s “Transforming Spaces 2014” Deadline 5:00 pm on Friday September 27th, 2013 — Nassau Bahamas, West Indies; Exhibition: “Transforming Spaces 2014” on Thursday, 3rd April through Sunday, 6th April, 2014
Official Announcement Re: Artist’s Call - Transforming Spaces is an annual art tour that takes place in Nassau, The Bahamas two weeks prior to Easter. The event has become widely acclaimed as one of the more significant cultural events in the archipelago. Patrons are carried via bus to several galleries throughout the island of New Providence accompanied by a knowledgeable tour guide who explains the history of each space and previews what the audience will view there. Each gallery (or ‘transformed space’) displays a different exhibition and collection of artists every year and is represented by an authoritative docent who elucidates the show in greater detail to the visiting groups. For the first time in 2012 the large, multi-faceted exhibition adopted a themed approach which acted as the all-encompassing link between the sites which was extremely successful. It was decided to repeat this process for 2014 using the theme “WATER”. Read more:
Event Description: “To celebrate its 10th Anniversary, Transforming Spaces 2014 will expand to become a four-day affair consisting of an evening VIP Gala Opening, a Talk Series, Film and Video night, as well as other events to complement the themed exhibitions that will include all forms of media showcasing the art explosion that has taken place in The Bahamas in recent years. The art spaces will premiere their shows on the evening of Wednesday, April 2nd and will be open to the public for 4 full days from Thursday, April 3rd through to Sunday, April 6th, 2014. In addition, the Transforming Spaces team has invited a group of local and international curators to select the works of participating artists and to personally organize the exhibitions at each of the locations.”National Art Gallery of The Bahamas (NAGB)
We would like to invite you to participate in this milestone event, which is open to all artists residing in The Bahamas, Bahamians practicing abroad, or artists working, particularly, in other Caribbean countries. In order to be eligible, artists are asked to complete the initial Open Call application by the deadline – 5:00 pm on Friday September 27th, 2013. Please contact us at  if you have any questions and we look forward to your participation! For further information:

Moves like Tessanne -- Jamaica Observer

Tessanne Chin

Moves like Tessanne -- Jamaica Observer
senior reporter
Friday, September 27, 2013
'TWAS Tessanne Tuesday. The throaty singer wowed judges and a television audience of millions during her blind audition on The Voice which airs on NBC. After a battle royale among the four celebrity judges — Adam Levine, CeeLo Green, Christina Aguilera and Blake Shelton — Chin decided on Levine as her coach to guide her through the competition. Chin told Splash that it was a similarity in their musical styles which gave Levine, the front man for rock group Maroon 5, the edge. In his pitch, Levine remarked: "You could easily win The Voice this year, I have no doubt in my mind." The Moves Like Jagger singer is no stranger to Jamaica and reggae. Maroon 5 performed at the Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival in 2011 to great reception and on Tuesday night noted that reggae is his favourite music. Last year, Maroon 5 recorded a reggae track, One More Night, which topped the Billboard Hot 100 charts, spending nine weeks at number one. Could this be the kind of support Chin needs to put her in good stead going into the competition? Former Digicel Rising Stars judge Clyde McKenzie weighs in:
"He (Levine) has clearly seen a great prospect and went all out to secure her. I do believe Maroon 5 comes closest, musically, to what Tessanne Chin wants to represent internationally...the other judges are slightly different from her," McKenzie says. "It's the best synergy and should serve her well during the show and perhaps even beyond." -- Clyde McKenzie, Former Digicel Rising Stars judge to Jamaica Observer
The backing of a respected judge has helped contestants in high-profile talent shows. Simon Cowell's famous jaw-dropping expression said it all for Susan Boyle on Britain's Got Talent in April 2009. She became an overnight international sensation. Randy Jackson gave eventual winner Ruben Stoddard the thumbs-up from early on in the second season of American Idol. Chin's performance has been picked up by entertainment heavyweights such as People magazine and MTV. Read more: Related articles:,,20738740,00.html,,, and For further information:,  and

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Exhibition: "Feel The Rhythm" New works by Nadine Seymour-Munroe on Thursday, September 26th at 6pm at Hillside House Gallery -- Bahamas, West Indies

"Feel The Rhythm" on Thursday, September 26th, 2013
at Hillside House Gallery
Exhibition: "Feel The Rhythm" New works by Nadine Seymour-Munroe on Thursday, September 26th at 6pm at Hillside House Gallery -- Bahamas, West IndiesNew works by Nadine Seymour-Munroe; When: Thursday, September 26th at 6pm; Where: Hillside House Gallery, 25 Cumberland Street,Nassau Bahamas; Ph: (242) 322-7678; About the Artist: Nadine Seymour-Munroe (born 1975, Nassau, Bahamas) received her Associate in Arts from The College of The Bahamas and Bachelors of Fine Arts in Painting / Printmaking from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1997. At RISD she was awarded the Florence Leif Award for most outstanding graduate in painting. She further achieved her Masters degree in Education and conferred with honors. She is a recipient of awards from the Lyford Cay Scholars Association, Chris Blackwell, RISD Scholarship Award and the Central Bank of The Bahamas Grand Prize in 1994 and Scholarship. She was also selected to represent The Bahamas in Paris for Latin American and Caribbean Artist International Exhibition 1999.

Artist Nadine Seymour-Munroe at work
Artist's Statement: “Despite our divergences as a people, I feel that art is what we all have in common. I think the matter of art is the matter of life. It is about being a creator. Every world culture celebrates its uniqueness in artistic expressions and it has been my intent to express my personal experiences about my culture in my work." -- Nadine Seymour-Munroe
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Ambassador Bolt ... Star cricketer Gayle hails sprinter's impact — Jamaica Gleaner

Usain Bolt and Chris Gayle (AP Photo)
Ambassador Bolt ... Star cricketer Gayle hails sprinter's impact — Jamaica Gleaner
Published: Thursday | September 26, 2013
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, (CMC):
Chris Gayle, arguably the world's leading T20 batsman, has described countryman Usain Bolt as Jamaica's biggest ambassador on the global stage. "Words cannot explain what he (Bolt) has done for Jamaica and the world," said Gayle during an interview with yesterday. "He has rewritten history." The fastest man on the planet has established himself as [a] legend by becoming the first male sprinter to retain the Olympic 100m and 200m gold medals, achieved in London last year. Bolt also boasts the highest tally of sprint medals at the World Championships, surpassing American Carl Lewis in quality. The big Jamaican also took the sprint double at the IAAF World Championships in Moscow in August and is the holder of 100m (9.58 seconds) and 200m (19.19 seconds) world records.
"'I am really happy for him. I have heard him speaking about how he trains etc, and hope youngsters can take a leaf out of his book,' said Gayle.  'I hope he can go on to do bigger things. Everywhere you go, you hear people say Usain Bolt, Usain Bolt now. He has done wonders for Jamaica,' Gayle added" — Jamaica Gleaner
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Amazon's Book Reviews: Caribbean Authors — C.L.R. James

Cyril Lionel Robert James (4 January 1901 – 19 May 1989), best known as C. L. R. James, who sometimes wrote under the pen-name J. R. Johnson, was an Afro-Trinidadian historian, journalist, socialist theorist and essayist. His works are influential in various theoretical, social, and historiographical contexts. His work is a staple of subaltern studies, and he figures as a pioneering and influential voice in postcolonial literature. His work is often associated with Caribbean and Afro-nationalism, though James himself contended that the "either-or" was a false dichotomy, and that Caribbean peoples were indebted to European as much as African cultural traditions. A tireless political activist, James's writing on the Communist International stirred debate in Trotskyist circles, and his history of the Haitian Revolution, The Black Jacobins, is a seminal text in the literature of the African Diaspora. Characterized by one literary critic as an "anti-Stalinist dialectician", James was known for his autodidactism, for his occasional playwriting and fiction, and as an avid sportsman. He is also famed as a writer on cricket. Read more:

This is a review for The Black Jacobins: Toussaint L'Ouverture and the San Domingo Revolution by C.L.R. James - First, James shows the utterly heartbreaking treatment the slaves of Saint-Domingue (now Haiti) were subject to. Then he demonstrates the contradictions in Western Revolutionary thought which used emancipatory language but refused to address the issue of colonial slavery. Then the leaders of the slave revolution emerge in his story as true sans-culottes, Jacobins and patriots in their own right; men and women who refuse to let Napoleon reenslave them and forge a nation. Their act of "rebellion", the creation of the first black republic in the Americas and the only successful slave revolt in history, would strike fear into the hearts of slaveowners everywhere. They would pay for taking the heady egalitarian language of the 18th century seriously-in both the 19th century and the 20th and beyond, they would be subject to pay enormous indemnities to Europe for having "taken" the plantations of the whites, be subject to embargos, be forcibly invaded on several occasions, have dictators foisted upon them, and much more. Read more:

This is a review for Beyond A Boundary by C.L.R. James - Beyond a Boundary reached number 3 in the UK Observer Sport Monthly's poll of the best fifty sports books of all time. It is burdened with enormous praise; amongst the quotes included on the cover are: `To say "the best cricket book ever written" is pifflingly inadequate praise' and `Great claims have been made for [Beyond a Boundary] since its first appearance in 1963: that it is the greatest sports book ever written; that it brings the outsider a privileged insight into West Indian culture; that it is a severe examination of the colonial condition. All are true. The praise is justified. The only way that this is not the best cricket book ever written is if you do not consider it as a cricket book. It is beautifully crafted, transcending the genre: an engaging combination of cricket book, personal memoir and political and cultural commentary. There are other very good books about cricket but this is something more than that. It is a cricket book, a history book, a sociology book and more. Read more:

This is a review forMinty Alley by C.L.R. James - Minty alley is one of the first books C.L.R. James wrote, before he found his niche as a historian and cricket writer. But This isn't because of any lack of talent in fiction writing. The characters of Minty Alley are real and rounded and tell us something about ourselves as well as the people of Trinidad. The vast class differences in colonial societies even among the colonised peoples is thrown into stark relief by James's caricatures. You might be shocked at the poverty or amused by the dialogue. Read more:

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Shaggy's 'Out of Many, One Music' hits the world — Jamaica Gleaner
Shaggy's 'Out of Many, One Music' hits the world — Jamaica Gleaner
Published: Wednesday | September 25, 2013
Ranch Entertainment announced the release of Shaggy's 12th album yesterday. The album, titled Out of Many, One Music, produced by legendary Jamaican duo Sly & Robbie and Sting International, co-produced by Lenky Marsden, became available on iTunes and in music stores in the Caribbean. Shaggy, who appeared yesterday morning on one of New York's popular news morning shows, Pix 11, is set for a jam-packed week of promotions. Shaggy will be hard-pressed to top achievements of the past - the artiste having two multiplatinum albums, eight No. 1 hits, 12 top-10 singles worldwide, a diamond-selling album and a Grammy for best reggae album. However, reviews from elite members of the press and media have indicated that Out of Many, One Music is special. The album, according to those who have heard it early, puts Shaggy in a class of his own and shows the authenticity and creativity he is well known for. The vibe of the album was inspired by the deep grooves of pioneering roots reggae band Black Uhuru, to which Shaggy added his flavour. Shaggy was to have celebrated the release of the album last night with friends, members of the press and media and to a sold-out crowd at the beautiful and trendy Milk River in Brooklyn, New York. Shaggy will continue promotions on the east coast as he heads to Hartford, Fox CT and several morning shows before coming to Jamaica for his album release party on Sunday.
"I've been criticised for years for not being authentic because of my pop success ... People say I'm not this ... I'm not that ... Now I'm doing a reggae album with the masters, and people are saying it's a game-changer. The first two singles have already proven that to some extent," said Shaggy to the Jamaica Gleaner
Shaggy's 'Out of Many, One Music' hits the world. Read more: For further information:  and

Exhibition: “The Aesthetics of the Mundane: An Art Exhibition by Candice Sobers” ENDS Wednesday, September 25, 2013 at the Art Society — Trinidad & Tobago, West Indies

"Single Parent" by Candice Sobers
Exhibition: “The Aesthetics of the Mundane: An Art Exhibition by Candice Sobers” Ends Wednesday, September 25, 2013 at the Art Society — Trinidad & Tobago, West Indies; Where: The Art Society of Trinidad and Tobago; When: Tuesday, September 17, 2013; Ends Wednesday, September 25, 2013; Time: 6:00 PM; Location: Corner Jamaica Blvd. and St. Vincent Avenue, Federation Park, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, W.I.; Tel: (868 ) 622-9827; email:

For Gallery info:
Event Description: The Aesthetics of the ‘Mundane’: Techniques of Resourcefulness and Survival among Working Class Trinidadians. This exhibition is the practical component of my Cultural Studies MPhil.; Opening 17th September, 6pm-9pm; Exhibition continues from 18th-25th September.
About the Artist: Mrs. Candice Sobers is a conceptual artist with an emphasis on contemporary Art practice. She currently holds a BA in Visual Arts with first class honors, and she is currently completing an MPhil in Cultural Studies at the University of the West Indies. Her work has been exhibited in joint exhibitions at the National Museum, Rainy days Ellersie Plaza, In2Art and at the Art Society of Trinidad and Tobago. She currently is conducting a practice based research thesis on “Techniques of resourcefulness and Survival Among working class Trinidadians”.
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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Art Review by Anne Hilton: Annual ‘Precious Paintings’ at 101 — Trinidad & Tobago Newsday

“Abstract” by Pat Chu Foon 1(931-1998)
acrylic c. 1990 48 x 48” at 101 Art Gallery
Art Review by Anne Hilton:
Annual ‘Precious Paintings’ at 101 — Trinidad & Tobago Newsday
By Anne Hilton Friday, September 20 2013
There are all sorts of objets d’art, paintings, drawings, woodcarvings sculpture and curios to be found in 101 An Art Gallery @ Holder’s Studio in the annual “Precious Paintings” exhibition that open(s) on Tuesday. Of the (literally) hundreds of exhibits we only have space in Newsday for nine pieces beginning (in this review) with the woodcut “C Vincent & Co” dated 1897 – a conversation piece if ever there was one, of the ornate ironwork of this store on Frederick Street with customers in period dress.The Louison “Folklore” is reminiscent of the work of Alf Codallo – and enough to give the nervous child nightmares. On the other hand, the painting “Towards Point Radix” by Edwin Hingwan is idyllic, making one long to be on that beach hearing only the sound of the waves, the cries of seagulls, the whispering of the breeze through the palm trees. “Studs” is a curio piece dated 1999 commemorating the Olympic games in Winnipeg; next we have the rather dark “At the Corner” by M P Alladin and “Portrait of a Girl” by Sybil Atteck – no comment is needed on the work of these respected artists – or the enigmatic “Abstract” by Pat Chu Foon – all three now passed away. Read more:,183935.html. For further information about the gallery: For further information about the artist:  and

Monday, September 23, 2013

Exhibition: Artist in Residence Joseph LaMorte ENDS September 23, 2013 at Masterworks — Bermuda, West Indies

Artist in Residence Joseph LaMorte at Masterworks Museum
Exhibition: Artist in Residence Joseph LaMorte through September 23, 2013 at Masterworks — Bermuda, West Indies: About the Artist - Joseph LaMorte, a career artist, has long been involved in advertising as both illustrator and art director. His national award-winning work has appeared in newspapers and magazines. Currently teaching watercolor painting, he also has extensive experience painting in oils. Having trained at Cooper Union, The New School at NYC, and at Silvermine College in CT, he has exhibited in galleries throughout Westchester and Fairfield Counties. The National Endowment for the Arts has funded purchase of his work for public space. He is a resident of Darien, CT. For further information: and For further information about the artist:

Walcott film makes world premiere — Trinidad & Tobago Guardian

Derek Walcott on the set of  “Poetry is an Island”
Walcott film makes world premiere — Trinidad & Tobago Guardian
Published: Monday, September 23, 2013
Zahra Gordon
The documentary about Nobel Prize-winning poet Derek Walcott, Poetry is an Island, had its world premiere at the 2013 T&T Film Festival (TTFF) on Saturday. The film, which was directed by Ida Does, focuses on Walcott’s creative process and his dedication to art. Both Walcott and Does were present at the screening and participated in a question- and-answer session. Does, in an e-mail interview, said she was happy the film was premiering at TTFF. “I think it’s great since Walcott has lived in Port-of-Spain for many years and has a history of working in the arts there.” She also said her team was developing a film festival strategy to turn Poetry is an Island into a travelling film. Does is going to have the film subtitled in at least three languages and will be producing a DVD package with extra footage for sale. Post-production of Poetry is an Island was completed through crowd-funding between April and March. Does said the support came from both fans of Walcott and corporate sponsors.
“'On the one hand a lot of people were fans of Walcott, or simply loved the whole idea of a movie being made of our great poet, while he can still participate. On the other hand we have been sponsored by some corporate donors who want to contribute to the arts and to the legacy of Walcott. So that’s a wonderful thing. I like to think of it, as an energy that recognised our own intention, being a labour of love,' she said. Social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter also helped Does promote the film and gauge the response from the Caribbean. While there was support from people all over the world, Does said people in Barbados, T&T and Walcott’s home St Lucia gave the most support."Ida Does, Director of "Poetry is an Island" to T&T Guardian
“People were waiting for this film and kept saying: I can’t wait to see this film. We ourselves couldn’t wait to see it, while we were still in the middle of the whole process of editing, the actual making of the film...It was an interesting experience.” Poetry is an Island was shot on location in St Lucia, where Walcott lives, and in Trinidad, where he lived and worked for many years. The film includes footage of Walcott reading his poetry and painting, interviews with his friends and family, and scenes from the places immortalised in his poetry. Read more: For further information:,   and

Tosh bio released — Jamaica Observer

Reggae artiste Peter Tosh Memorial Oct 19-20, 2013
Tosh bio released — Jamaica Observer
Monday, September 23, 2013
BRITISH author John Masouri's biography on reggae great Peter Tosh has been released. Titled Steppin Razor: The Life of Peter Tosh, the 486-page book is published by Britain's Omnibus Press and has been out since early this month.   According to an article posted on the website, , Masouri spoke about the shortage of biographies for reggae artistes… Masouri pointed to low points as he worked on the project. "I actually did walk away from it for a year after it became clear that the Peter Tosh Estate weren't interested in being involved. I'd had my heart set on writing an authorised biography, and it took time for me to readjust and finish the book without them," he said. There are several comparisons to Bob Marley (Tosh's former colleague in the Wailers) throughout the book.
"'It's not just Peter Tosh. We should be asking why there are no major biographies of other reggae artistes too. In my own experience, publishers are reluctant to venture beyond books on Bob Marley and historical overviews. The majority still don't believe in the power of this music to attract an international fan base, or feel the need to promote the few books that do make it onto the shelves of major retailers,' Masouri observed." — Jamaica Observer
"The question I've been most asked since starting work on the book is 'Why isn't Peter Tosh remembered to the same extent as Bob Marley?' He and Bob's lives were so intertwined for the first 10 years of the Wailers but even after the group split, Peter was constantly having to field questions about Marley and fend off comparisons," Masouri stated. Masouri is also the author of Wailing Blues: The Story of Bob Marley's Wailers and co-author of The Guinness Book of Reggae and The Virgin Encyclopedia of Reggae. Read more: About the author: For further information about Peter Tosh:,,  and For further information about the Peter Tosh Earthstrong Celebration: October 19, 2013 @ 8:00 pm – October 20, 2013 @ 11:00 pm at Peter Tosh Memorial Garden in Belmont Jamaica:

Sunday, September 22, 2013

'I didn't sell out' - Sean Paul speaks about changes in the international market and the need to adapt -- Jamaica Gleaner

Sean Paul
'I didn't sell out' - Sean Paul speaks about changes in the
international market and the need to adapt -- Jamaica Gleaner
Published: Sunday | September 22, 2013
Hasani Walters, Gleaner Writer
"Is a lot of talk about me and what I've done. To me, I know what I've done in life and mi nuh tek back nuh step that I've made," Sean Paul told The Sunday Gleaner. The Grammy-winning entertainer, who has found huge success on the international stage, is adamant that this success did not come as a result of him 'selling out', as the talk in dancehall circles has suggested. Several pop songs from the artiste have led to these talks. He said that many were confused when he started doing pop music, but he was simply doing what was best for his career, while waving the Jamaican flag. He explained that dancehall music was having a good run internationally in 2001 to 2003. "Beyonce was coming here to look for tracks and checking out things, Rihanna get her buss from a dancehall-sounding track, Keyshia Cole did work with me." he said as examples. Fast forward to about 2009, he said, Elephant Man, Cham, Serani and Mavado were some of those who were getting international attention. But none were really hitting the charts. It was then that he upped the game.
"My philosophy was like, try to get into that market in whatever way possible. So I started to do remixes for people, started to do different songs, and that started to get me some traction to keep waving dancehall, reggae, Jamaica's flag, musically. It meant that I had to blend my sound, talking on an international level. It was the first time that I ever had to do that." -- Sean Paul to Jamaica Gleaner
He then tracked back a bit. Sean Paul explained that his albums, such as Stage One (2000), and Dutty Rock (2002), reflected "all the best riddims that were going on in Jamaica". He added that around that time, there were several rhythms which blew up in Jamaica, but didn't make the journey overseas. Read more: For further information:, and

Saturday, September 21, 2013

World Peace Day Screening: “ART: FILMS: PEACE” on Saturday, September 21, 2013 from 7pm - 10pm — NLS Jamaica, West Indies

“ART: FILMS: PEACE” on Sept 21, 2013
World Peace Day Screening: “ART: FILMS: PEACE” on Saturday, September 21, 2013 from 7pm - 10pm; Event Description: NLS partners with Creative Sounds to celebrate World Peace Day, 21st September 2013, with a unique global film project films4peace, sponsored by PUMA. FREE and open to the public. ALL AGES.
Event Details: "You are invited to ART: FILMS: PEACE, a screening on World Peace Day of 11 films by 10 artists and filmmakers that deal with the theme of Peace. With the support of PUMA and the National Gallery of Jamaica, New Local Space partners with Creative Sounds to present this year's films4peace commissions from PUMA by 7 acclaimed international artists, one of which is past NLS resident artist Wilmer Wilson IV, as well as films by 3 exciting Jamaican artists: Nile Saulter, Storm Saulter and Varun Baker."NLS
For further information:,   The films created for films4peace 2011 and 2012 are available to view and embed via the project's Vimeo page:
Media Contacts: NLS : 406-9771; PUMA Print : / 07508 132166 ; PUMA Digital:
/ 07885 910620; General PUMA enquiries:  

Anthony Goicolea is one of six artists who has been commissioned as part of PUMA's films4peace project to make a short film on the subject of peace.  Here he discusses his approach to the project.  Read more about Anthony and his work on the films4peace blog:

Exhibition: The Singh Brothers "Barefoot Journey" ENDS Saturday, September 21, 2013 at Horizons Art Gallery -- Trinidad & Tobago, West indies

"Barefoot Journey" by Parma Singh at Horizons Art Gallery
Exhibition: The Singh Brothers "Barefoot Journey" through Saturday, September 21, 2013 at Horizons Art Gallery -- Trinidad & Tobago, West indies; Location: 37, Mucurapo Road, St. James. The exhibition will continue until September 21st during the hours of 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Mondays to Fridays and 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Saturdays.
Event Description: Prabhu and Parma have been exhibiting since 1986, travelling as far as South America and London to show their works. This year, they present “Barefoot Journey,” a journey through time and space- to events that have occurred within the past and are occurring now. The paintings represent a collection of conscious and subconscious thoughts as the brother’s journey through life’s experiences, reflecting their ancestry and aspects of life related to the culture and customs of the Indo-Trinidadian. With images of cane cutters, tassa drummers and villagers going through their daily lives, this promises to be an exciting exhibition.

"A Time to Celebrate" by Prabhu Singh at Horizons Art Gallery
About the Artists: "PARMA and PRABHU SINGH are self-taught artists from Chaguanas, Trinidad, West Indies, who have been painting since the age of six. They have never followed formal art training except at secondary school. They work in a variety of mediums but concentrate mainly on acrylics, oil and pastels. Apart from art classes at high school, the twins have consistently worked on their own, often on the same painting in a unique, collaborative style. They first exhibited in 1986 at the annual Art Society Exhibition. They have also participated in other group shows – Carifesta ’92 and the Divali Nagar 1993, Pan in Art Show 1994, Art in Stamps Show 1995, Signs and Portents 1996 and many others. They also exhibited their work in the South American Tour of Intuitive Art of Latin America and the Caribbean. Their paintings have also been exhibited in the Commonwealth Institute, London." -- Horizons Art Gallery
For further information: For further information about the artists: Related article - Art Review by Anne Hilton T&T Newsday:,183729.html

Exhibition: The NCF and Fresh Milk in collaboration with Casa Tomada present ‘fresh casa’ - show ENDS on September 21, 2013 — São Paulo, Brazil

Exhibition: ‘fresh casa’ ENDS September 21, 2013 — São Paulo, Brazil
Exhibition: The NCF and Fresh Milk in collaboration with Casa Tomada present
‘fresh casa’ from September 14th – 21st 2013 — São Paulo, Brazil
Posted on September 4, 2013 by freshmilkbarbados
The National Cultural Foundation (NCF) and the Fresh Milk Art Platform Inc., in collaboration with Casa Tomada of São Paulo, Brazil present fresh casa which will take place in São Paulo from September 14th – 21st 2013. The project has three goals. Firstly, two young Barbadian artists, Shanika Grimes and Katherine Kennedy will participate in a mentoring programme hosted by Casa Tomada and focussing on the professionalization of artists, which will see the presentation of their art work as the focus of their one week intensive residency experience. Grimes and Kennedy will be mentored by Brazilian arts professionals including professors, curators and critics, who are regularly engaged with São Paulo based creatives who focus on Performance Art, Sculpture and Installation. In addition, the young Barbadian artists will interact with Brazilian artists currently working out of Casa Tomada. At the end of the week, the Barbadian artists will make an oral presentation about their practice to a local Brazilian audience. For further information:, and For further information about the artists Shanika Grimes and Katherine Kennedy, respectively: and

Exhibition: Christopher Michael Davis “CMBK Art Renaissance” ENDS Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 7:30pm — Port Gibson, Mississippi USA

“CMBK Art Renaissance” ENDS September 21, 2013
Exhibition: Christopher Michael Davis “CMBK Art Renaissance” on Friday, September 20, 2013 at 6:30pm to Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 7:30pm — Port Gibson, Mississippi USA; Event Details - Time: Friday, September 20, 2013 at 6:30pm to Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 7:30pm; Location: Mississippi Cultural Crossroads; Street: 507 Market Street; City/Town: Port Gibson, Mississippi; Event Type: first, art, exhibition.

Artist C. M. Davis at work
Artist's Statement: Come walk among and become inspired by artistic expressions created on canvas by artist Christopher M. Davis!”
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Friday, September 20, 2013

Michel Jean Cazabon: Celebrating T&T’s ‘first artist’ — Trinidad & Tobago Guardian

"Caroni, Trinidad" by Michel Jean Cazabon (1813-1888)
watercolour c. 1860 10" x 14” (sold)
Michel Jean Cazabon: Celebrating T&T’s ‘first artist’ —
Trinidad & Tobago Guardian
Published: Friday, September 20, 2013
Khara Persad
Celebrations to mark the 200th anniversary of the birth of San Fernando-born 19th-century artist Michel Jean Cazabon will take place today at the San Fernando Hill. Organised by the Cazabon Bicentenary Committee, and hosted by the President’s Office, an exhibition of Cazabon’s lithographs and watercolours will be on display at the San Fernando Hill Auditorium, while the committee reveals its logo and several items planned for the year-long commemoration. Andy Jacob, a member of the committee, said Cazabon was an important figure in the history of Trinidad. “He is an important part of our lives, and we have to commemorate our first artist.”
“Conservationist and feature speaker for Friday’s short reception Geoffrey MacLean said it was important to immortalise Cazabon’s work, as his pictures were a testament to T&T’s heritage and legacy. MacLean pioneered the rediscovery of Cazabon’s work and has written extensively about him. ‘The importance of his work is really and truly that he has given us vivid images of a 19th-century Trinidad.’ Cazabon’s work included river scenes, landscapes, seascapes and some portraits, and MacLean said it captured Trinidad in a way that would show us how it was, and still is in many instances. ‘The images of the people in T&T were sensitively drawn and show an elegance, and a racial mix of all the different people.’"Geoffrey MacLean, Conservationist - Cazabon Bicentenary Committee to T&T Guardian
He said it was important to note that Cazabon came from a very interesting and unique background. Born in Corinth, San Fernando in 1813, Cazabon came from a family of free coloured people from Martinique who settled in Trinidad Describing him as “very sophisticated” and one of the “first real Trinidadians,” MacLean said Cazabon attended boarding school in England and studied art in Paris. “He was extremely well-educated and his level of sophistication was enormous.” Read more: For further information about the artist:,  and For further information about the Committee:

Exhibitions: “Island life” and “Natural Treasures” featured in shows at the Bermuda Centre for Arts in Dockyard ENDS Friday, September 20, 2013 — Bermuda Sun

'Bermuda Houses' by Kok Wan Lee at Bermuda Arts
Center in Dockyard
Exhibitions: “Island life” and “Natural Treasures” featured in shows
at the Bermuda Centre for Arts in Dockyard
ENDS Friday, September 20, 2013 — Bermuda Sun
Sarah Lagan, Sub-editor/Writer
Wednesday, September 04, 2013
Everything from Cedar Sculptures to quilting and paintings of all sizes and prices make up the show “I Am An Island” at the Bermuda Centre for Arts in Dockyard.

"I am an Island" Exhibition at Bermuda Arts Center
in Dockyard
Artists that have entered include Kok Wan Lee, Suzanne Sharp, Tricia Walters, Nancy Frith, Susan Thomas, Peter Aldrich, Joan Aspinall, Michele Smith, Jonah Jones, Christopher Grimes, Christopher Marson, Chesley Trott, J. Marc Boden, Rick Marson, Angela Tuzon, Joe Smith. The juried Member’s show that will run until September 20. For further information about the artist Kok Wan Lee:

In addition to “I am an Island” we have a solo opening by Lydia Franks... The title of her show is “Island Perspectives.”

Lydia Franks "Island Perspectives" at Bermuda Arts Center
in Dockyard
Lydia Franks will also open a solo show at the gallery. As avid lover of creation, Franks can be found almost every day somewhere outside snorkelling or walking the beach with a digital camera. She is passionate about her calling to “show God off” and paint His treasures. It may be cows, crabs, children, coral. Lydia has primarily shown her work at Bermuda Art Centre at Dockyard, the Bermuda Society of the Arts and Masterworks galleries. Her works are primarily watercolour but she uses whatever media (pencil, watercolour, watercolor pencil, pastel, gouache, coloured pencil, ink, etc.) it takes to show off the “treasures” she finds. She is not set on one style and is not afraid to try something new. Both shows run until September 20. Read more: For further information:  and

Art Review by Anne Hilton: ‘Aesthetics of the Mundane’ -- Trinidad & Tobago Newsday

"Clutter" by Candice Sober
Art Review by Anne Hilton: ‘Aesthetics of the Mundane’
Trinidad & Tobago Newsday
By Anne Hilton Friday, September 20 2013
“The Aesthetics of the Mundane” may seem a bizarre title for an art exhibition – until one reads in the catalogue that this exhibition is (and I quote), “part of a practice-based M Phil degree in Cultural Studies”, and the heading “University of the West Indies, Humanities and Education, M Phil Cultural Studies” and realise that, like Kwynn Johnson’s exhibition in Soft Box, in Candice Sober’s Exhibition and Book Launch at the Art Society of TT at the private view on Tuesday, we are seeing the work that post-graduate students of UWI are presenting for their examiners. Which explains (at least I hope it does) the enigmatic, yet somehow intriguing painting “Homeostasis” that, according to the Oxford English Dictionary’s definition is: “Homeostasis – esp Biol – the tendency towards a relatively stable equilibrium between interdependent elements especially as maintained by physiological processes – homeostatic”. And I leave Newsday readers to make of that what they will. Read more:,183936.html
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