Celebration of Art this Saturday

The National Gallery’s Celebration of Art event this Saturday at Pageant Beach from 10am to 6pm, is expected to be a day jam-packed with lots of art and entertainment for all ages, tastes and artistic sensibilities, a press release from organisers said.

Visitors to this free event will have the opportunity to experience art in various forms, sample great local food and music and maybe even discover their inner artist.

Two stages will be erected on Pageant Beach and from 11am, there will be non-stop entertainment taking place starting with local band In Transit followed by a rope making demonstration.

All girl group Paradise, Barnes Dance Academy, Heat, Dance Unlimited, Impulz, Chuck & Barrie, Trade Winds, North Side Kitchen Band, Coco Red, Salsa Dancing demonstration and Gone Country are all slated for half hour performances throughout the day.

The Heritage Art area will be informative and entertaining as Cayman Traditional Arts and other artists from the Cayman Craft Market showcase their arts and craft and demonstrate such traditional Cayman rituals as basket weaving, thatching, kite making and gig spinning.

The Funky Art area is expected to be a huge hit with everyone, teens in particular. In this section, people can get henna tattoos, have their bodies airbrushed or their hair braided, do some tie-dying, purchase and/or learn how to make jewellery and buy painted shirts. There will also be a giant paint wall on which to make a splash.

Lil’ Creationz, a Junior Achievement company, will be selling CDs, while One345 Fashions will be selling its products which promote Cayman culture through popular Caymanian words and phrases captured on clothing. In addition, kids and teens will be able to create their own One345 t-shirts at the event.

The Gift Art area will be stocked with a variety of items for sale including fabric handbags, key rings, painted cigar boxes, magnets, needlework, woodwork, ceramics, pottery, candles, soaps and jigsaw puzzles, all made or manufactured locally.

The Cayman Taffy Company and Cayman Sea Salt will also have their products on sale and Island Glassblowing Studio will be doing demonstrations. Visitors to this area can learn about how some of these items are made while kids can also make some gifts of their own such as Valentine’s Day cards and jewellery.

The Fine Art area will feature the work of Cayman’s local painters, sculptors, jewellers, photographers and other artisans such as April Bending, Avril Ward, Franklyn Manderson, Charles Long, Kerwin Ebanks, Lennon Christian, Al Ebanks and Luelan Bodden. The Nelson, Morgan and Pure Art Galleries will also be exhibiting pieces. All art will be available for purchase by the public.

Culinary art enthusiasts will enjoy the quaint Culinary Art area which will feature cake decorating and sugar art. There will also be an ice sculpting demonstration at 4pm in the area and food carving demonstrations from members of the Cayman Culinary Society.

Kids will be entertained in the fully staffed Kids Zone which will have finger painting, giant paint by numbers, face painting and various arts and craft activities in addition to the traditional bouncing castle.

Sand sculpting competitions will be held throughout the day to further keep kids entertained. In addition, babysitting services will be offered for children six months to eight-years-old in a comfortable Moroccan-style sleeping area.

Food will be on sale courtesy of Tony’s Jerk Food, Seymour’s Jerk Chicken, Island Taste Restaurant and The Wharf Restaurant. Alcohol can be purchased with food only.

Complimentary bus transportation will be provided to and from all district throughout the day.