[email protected] 2010 on Saturday

Cayman’s largest visual arts fest opens tomorrow

This
year’s [email protected] 2010 is on tomorrow (Saturday, 30).
From early morning artists will flock to the grounds of Government House and Governors
Square to set up hundreds of works of art and later demonstrate
and exhibit paintings, ceramics, sculpture and leatherwork to thatch work, body
paintings, quilts, photography and handicrafts.

The festival, which was created by
the National Gallery to help raise awareness for visual arts in our islands, offers visitors a chance to interact with the country’s artists, and observe and participate in creating art themselves.

Many of the islands most popular
artists will be present including Randy Chollette, Gordon Solomon, John Broad, David Bridgeman, Lorna
Reid, Avril Ward, Nasaria Suckoo-Chollette, to name a
few.

 Ceramicist Danswell Davidson returns with his
clay wheel and world renowned
artist Wyland (wyland.com), this year’s International Scuba
Diving Hall of Fame inductee, will be on hand to talk about his work as our
2010 ‘Featured Artist’. Traditional Caymanian heritage
and craft also takes a primary place at the festival featuring silver thatch
demonstrations by crafts people such as Carmen Conolly, Josie Solomon and Rosemay
Ebanks, as well as works by the Cayman Islands
Traditional Arts Council.

An improvement to this year’s
festivities is that artists have the option of selling their work at the
Governors Square venue of the festival. Some items for sale include waurie boards, paintings,
jewellery, quilts and thatch crafts.

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Governors T-shirts have become collectors’ items over the years and for the
first time, a limited number will be available for purchase on the day.  The Gallery will also be selling its
children’s book, “This is Paradise, Dis is Cayman” written and illustrated by
the mother and son duo Emerentienne and Hector Paschalides. Both items are
available at the National Gallery booths at both locations.

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also offers a large selection of arts related entertainment. DJ Craig from
Oneworld Entertainment will MC the event sharing airspace with Pandemonium
Steel Jamm who will be creating a festive atmosphere with their upbeat steel
pan music. Children can also listen to Caymanian tales written and told by
Bodden Town storyteller Twyla Vargas and enjoy face painting by students from Cayman
International School.

Be
sure to visit the art-related non-profit organisations, such as the long
running Visual Arts Society, which is offering a packed schedule of arts
classes.

 The National Gallery Tent will have a full
schedule of Gallery events and art classes on display, along with art career
advice, information about collecting artwork and news on the Cayman art scene.
Staff can help answer all your questions relating to the ‘who, why, where’ of
Cayman Islands art.

While all of the public is invited
to attend the event, school children are particularly encouraged to come to and
participate.  “The National Gallery
is essentially an educational institution that aim to promote art as an
integral component of the educational experience,” explains Mrs.
Urquhart,   “Invitations have gone
out to every school in the Cayman Islands inviting students to bring their
families to look at art demonstrations, participate in art projects and to
display his or her artwork with pegs on clotheslines strung throughout the
gardens. Students can see the huge diversity of art that is created here on the
island and actually witness artists in the process of creation.”

Organised
by the National Gallery of the Cayman Islands, and hosted by Governor Mr. Duncan Taylor and family, and Governors Square, this annual art festival offers
residents and visitors a chance to view the work of over
100 local artists and craftsmen. Refreshments are kindly being laid on my
Government House along with Tortuga Rum Company which has donated their world famous
rum cake to this year’s line-up Additional refreshments will be able at the Governors
Square site.

This year’s festival will be held
at Governors House and Governor’s Square, parking is across the road at Regatta
and traffic police will be on hand to guide visitors safely across the West Bay
Road. [email protected] 2010 opens to the public from 1pm to 5pm and entry to the
event is free.

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