[email protected] offers competition

[email protected] promises to be bigger and better than ever in 2005.

The event will mark its sixth anniversary Saturday by once again displaying the work of over 100 traditional and contemporary local artists in the gardens of Government House.

In addition to the myriad of art mediums on show (painting, ceramic, sculpture, leatherwork, dance, song, thatch work, quilting, photography and handicrafts) a special art competition has been designed with little hands and young hearts in mind. The “My Best Blue Dragon” competition will provide children with an opportunity to immerse themselves in the creativity of the day, states a press release.

Nancy Barnard, Director of the National Gallery explains, ‘Education is a large part of the mission of the National Gallery. Encouraging children to engage in the creative process is vital to future involvement in the visual arts, not to mention general child development. It is by participating that children learn and the arts become relevant to them.”

Children can sign up to enter the “My Best Blue Dragon” competition from 1pm to 3:30pm on the day of the event. Volunteers from local law firm, Walkers, will be on hand to assist, as the young competitors attempt to create their best rendering of a Blue Iguana. First, second and third prizes will be up for grabs in each of the following four age-group categories: Pre-school (up to age 4), Kindergarten (4-5), young Primary (6-8) and older Primary (9-11). The competition is designed to allow children to express their creativity, while educating them about the environment and raising awareness about an endangered species. The winners of the Blue Iguana competition will be announced on a special edition of Daybreak on Tuesday 1st February.

Walkers, the sole sponsor of [email protected], consider children to be especially important guests at the event. Senior Partner, Grant Stein explains, ‘Art programmes are not only an extremely effective means of building a child’s self-confidence and social skills, but are also believed to have physiological benefits which lead to improved academic performance. The firm is very pleased to be able to bring children closer to the arts.” When Walkers supports an arts event the firm always makes an effort to provide human resources support in addition to monetary support. In keeping with this unique approach to community involvement, the firm has not only provided financial assistance, but has also offered the services of its Marketing Department to assist the National Gallery with the PR necessary to support the event.

[email protected] is a free event and open to the public from 1pm to 4pm. All are welcome to spectate or participate, enjoy live music and learn more about non-profit organizations. Broadway’s Class Act and DJ Downpresser will perform, and all visitors will get a chance to help create a unique group ‘healing’ work of art. Featured artist this year will be Joanna Lawrence. For more information about [email protected], or to sign up as an exhibitor, demonstrator or volunteer, please contact the National Gallery of the Cayman Islands at 945-8111.

[email protected] is a free event and open to the public from 1pm to 4pm.

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