Count down to [email protected]

This year’s eagerly awaited [email protected] will be held on Saturday, 27 January, 1pm to 5pm, in the grounds of Government House, a press release said.

Organized by the National Gallery with funding from Walkers, and hosted by the Governor Stuart Jack and his wife Mariko, this annual art festival offers residents and visitors a chance to view the work of over 100 local artists and craftspeople.

Starting from an attendance of several hundred visitors in 2000 to over 3,000 visitors in 2006, the event has been rapidly increasing in popularity.

‘The festival was created by the National Gallery to help raise awareness for the arts on the island and to enable the public to interact with the country’s artists first hand,’ National Gallery director Nancy Barnard said.

‘Visitors to the event have a chance to meet all of the artists, and to query their art processes as well as to observe the making of or participate in creating a work of art themselves.

[email protected] is truly becoming a not to miss experience.’

Artists will demonstrate and exhibit all aspects of fine art from paintings, ceramics, and sculpture to thatch work, quilts, photography and handicrafts.

Along with the huge variety of artwork by popular artists such as April Bending, Lorna Reid, Avril Ward, Nasaria Suckoo-Chollette, Randy Chollette and John Broad, [email protected] also offers a large selection of arts related entertainment.

As in past years there will be live art demonstrations, performances by the Barnes Dance Academy Limited, the Upkeepers of Rastafari drummers, Dance Unlimited, the George Hicks Campus schools swing band, catboat racing, music, and two special children’s art activity tents.

Traditional Caymanian heritage and craft also takes a primary place at the festival featuring silver thatch demonstrations by well known crafts people such as Carmen Conolly and Rosemary Ebanks, among others, as well as works by artists organised by Cayman Traditional Arts .

Some of Grand Cayman’s most talented young artists will be demonstrating their talent – the members of the National Gallery’s Walkers Art Club. There will also be a non-profit area – a section dedicated to Cayman’s numerous non-profit organizations, several of which will be on hand to impart knowledge to visitors of their area of work.

While all of the public is invited to attend the event school children are particularly encouraged to participate. “The National Gallery is at its core an educational institution,’ Mrs. Barnard said.

“Letters have gone out to every school child from the Governor and his wife inviting them to bring their families to look at art demonstrations, participate in art projects and to bring and display their artwork with pegs on clotheslines strung throughout the gardens. This event is an excellent way to encourage enjoyment and participation of art in the school system.”

Grant Stein, global managing partner of Walkers said: “Walkers is delighted to continue its sponsorship of [email protected]

‘As always the firm provides human resources support in addition to financial assistance and will be hosting a children’s activity on the day of the event. Indeed, we are pleased to be able to work with the National Gallery to bring children closer to the arts.”

Scones with jam and cream will be served at the event, compliments of Government House.