Summer 101: A celebration

The Ritz-Carlton Gallery’s latest
show, presented by Cayman Traditional Arts, is Summer 101 and showcases 101
pieces that capture the essense of summer.

The exhibition features 27 artists;
many the public will have heard of as well as few, as well many they haven’t.
The show is the gallery’s third this year and represents what its curator,
Chris Christian of Cayman Traditional Arts, described as, “some of the best and
brightest in the local arts field”.

The artwork is grouped in terms of
genre, which range from fine art paintings to photography.

“The photographers in particular
were very excited when invited to submit images for the show,” the curator

“It’s often harder for them to
secure a venue to display and sell their images, and 101 Summer presented an
ideal opportunity for them to do both.”

The group exhibition is the first
major show for Bethany Tomkins, a Caymanian photographer. She has four pieces

“I’d seen her images before on
calendars and other media,” said Mr. Christian. “Her work represents one of the
many emerging artists that are making their presence known, locally”.

Another first-time exhibiter in a
major show is Kerwin Ebanks. The Caymanian painter is an art teacher in the
government school system and paints when the opportunity allows. The show will
probably attract a number of his students to the exhibition, and Mr. Christian
hopes: “will give all the newer artists an invaluable experience”.

In Mr. Christian’s opinion, the
strong point of the gallery’s exhibitions is that they are on public display 24
hours a day, seven days a week. “This is the kind of exposure artists only usually
dream about and this added to the clientele staying at the Ritz-Carlton means
that the space enjoys a lot of exposure to art lovers,” he added.