A new take on Cayman heritage

The public is being invited to
experience a new exhibit at the National Gallery that provides a fresh take on
traditional artistry

The 21st Century Cayman exhibit,
which opened 26 February and is sponsored by Butterfield Bank (Cayman) Limited,
is an artistic expression of Cayman’s heritage in never-before-seen displays.

They include catboat sails designed
with vibrant colours, hand carved and painted gigs, thatch baskets plaited and
embellished with bold recycled materials, and larger installation pieces using
traditional weaving patterns.

The brainstorm of the National
Gallery Director Natalie Urquhart and supported by the Cayman Islands
Traditional Arts Council, the exhibition features works by Bendel Hydes, John
Broad, Nasaria Suckoo-Chollette, Gordon Solomon, Deal Ebanks and Wray Banker. It
also features time-honoured crafters such as Rosemay Ebanks, Lizzie Powell,
Dianne Scott and Carmen Connolly.  

“We feel some of the most
meaningful work we do in the community revolves around celebrating Cayman’s
culture and heritage. We are proud of the accomplishments of our local
artists,” said Butterfield Assistant Manger of Marketing and
Communications Rhonda Serrano.

“Artistic expression and cultural
celebration are an integral part of the Caymanian community and we are pleased
to support the National Gallery of the Cayman Islands in creating this
tremendous exhibit.”