Art of Stamps, unexpected treat

An ‘unexpected treat’ is how just one guest has described their visit to the Art of Stamps exhibition currently on show at the National Gallery.

The exhibition, which runs to the end of the month, has according to co-curator and stamp enthusiast Ivan Burgess, been a huge success attracting both residents and tourists alike.

Co-curated by David Bridgeman, The Art of Stamps is an informative look at original artwork created for the Post Office by local artists and illustrators and includes photographs, first-day covers and historical equipment related to the field. The exhibition endeavours to illustrate how a stamp concept is developed from an initial idea to the finished product.

Artists who have work exhibited include, Gladwyn K. Bush, known affectionately as ‘Miss Lassie’, Debbie Chase Van Der Bol, Carole Mayer, Natasha Kozaily, John Doak and Joanne Sibley, amongst others.

The exhibition is laid out in such a way to enable the viewer to easily see the process from artist sketches to the finished product, with additional information laid out next to each display. Artwork varies in size from Miss Lassie’s four foot piece of plywood to pieces not much larger than the stamp itself.

‘Many people have been fascinated by seeing the artist’s sketches, some of which start out as mere doodles, to then seeing the finished product,’ Mr. Burgess said.

The stamps encompass a wide variety of subject matter, from plants, culture and historical topics, many of which are related to the Cayman Islands such as the 50th Anniversary of aviation.

‘The exhibition has a very universal appeal which has helped it to become very popular,’ Jennifer Woodford, manager of volunteer services said.

‘With previous exhibitions often tourists wander in and then wander out. With The Art of Stamps people have actually stayed and asked questions and taken their time to enjoy the exhibit. Many people have asked where they can buy the stamps from. It has attracted a lot of attention because it’s not a typical type of art show.’

On hand is a free brochure which provides information on the stamp process and the artists. For those who would like to acquire a more in-depth knowledge on the exhibition, free lunchtime lectures are being run.

The final lecture relating to the exhibition will be held on Wednesday, 29 March at 12.15, led by Sorbonne trained Emerentienne Paschalides. The lecture, which includes refreshments, will look at Miss Lassie’s work in conjunction with The Art of Stamps.

Entry to the exhibition is free. The National Gallery, located on the ground floor of Harbour Place on South Church Street, is open Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm and Saturdays 11am to 4pm. Please RSVP the gallery on 945-8111 if you would like to attend the lunchtime lecture.

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