The National Gallery of the Cayman Islands combined with Seven Fathoms Rum to offer a special holiday Late Night at the Gallery event last Wednesday.
The Gallery’s Late Night events are usually held on the last Wednesday of every other month, but last week’s event was a special holiday season viewing, said the Gallery’s Communications and Marketing Manager Mona Tatum-Watler
‘We really wanted to introduce our sponsor for Late Night,’ she said, explaining that Seven Fathoms had agreed to provide its unique Cayman-made rum for the Late Night events for an indefinite period going forward.
The idea of the Late Night at the Gallery events is to allow members of the public to visit the Gallery in the evenings. The Gallery normally closes at 5pm, but is kept open until 9pm on evenings when there are Late Night events.
Last week’s event featured the UP and OUT exhibition that runs through February.
In addition to getting a chance to view the current exhibition and enjoy refreshments, Late Night at the Gallery features entertainment or other activities such as meditation, which begin at 7:30 pm.
At last week’s event, DJ Dacari was on hand to provide music. Past entertainment has included singers, readings by poets, and an activity called ‘art expereice’. Mrs. Tatum-Walter encouraged others to suggest an interesting entertainment or activity for future events.
‘If anyone on the Island has as a talent or activity they’d like to share, they should talk to us,’ she said.
Seven Fathoms co-founder Walker Romanica said Late Night at the Gallery was a good fit for his company.
‘Although what we do is not considered an art, it does take a degree of skill and creativity to craft a spirit,’ he said. ‘We have an earnest respect for all of Cayman’s local artists and want to do what we can to support the community.’
In addition to providing drinks, including the holiday favourite of rum and eggnog, Seven Fathoms provided two raffle prizes, including a gift basket of Cayman-made products, including Seven Fathoms rum.
The Late Night at the Gallery events are free for members. There is usually a $5 admission fee for non-members, but in keeping with the holiday spirit, there was no admission for last week’s event.
Late Night at the Gallery started this past May. Mrs. Tatum-Walter hopes the community continues to support the events.
‘If it becomes more popular, we will have them every month,’ she said.
The next Late Night at the Gallery will take place on 27 January.
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For more information or to sign up as entertainment contact Mona on [email protected] or call the Gallery on 945-8111.
‘If anyone on the Island has as a talent or activity they’d like to share, they should talk to us.’ – Mona Tatum-Watler, National Gallery communications and marketing manager.