Local artist gives back

Conceptual artist Hannah Cook’s
latest creation not only looks good, but will also help a good cause. Her floor
mosaic holds pride of place in The Cabana store, Camana Bay, which sells Lily
Pulitzer clothing and accessories and was inspired by the line’s vibrant
colours and prints.

To help others through art, the
store is holding a competition challenging residents and visitors alike to
guess how many tiles make up the newly commissioned floor art. The contest,
which runs through 17 December, will raise money for Stay Focused, a non-profit
organisation that teaches disabled people from Cayman and overseas how to scuba
dive, an activity that  gives them a real
sense of achievement.

The idea was ‘cooked up’ by the
decorative artist when she discussed the commission of the floor with the
store’s owner earlier this year. “Having my baby Holly Mae almost nine months
ago has made me want to broaden the impact of my art to help raise awareness
for causes that touch ordinary people’s lives,” the artist said.

Leslie Bergstrom, the store’s
owner, is a long-time supporter of Stay Focused, “so we decided to join forces
and use the mosaic to educate people about the work the charity does and the
impact it’s continuing to make to the lives of disabled people,” said Ms Cook.

There is no limit on competition
entries; each entry is $5. The winner will receive an original custom-framed
painting donated by the artist, and a prize from The Cabana. The grand prize is
on display in The Cabana.

Ms Cook will also have an exhibit
at Paperman’s Coffee House in the Strand from 29 October to 28 November, with a
percentage of proceeds also donated to Stay Focused. Roger Muller, president of
Stay Focused, will fly from New York to attend the invitation-only opening on
28 October. The exhibit, sponsored by Paperman’s, will include original
mosaics, acrylics on canvas, paintings on wood and painting on bamboo matting.
John Bird from Martlet design, who framed all the exhibit artwork, will provide
options for any prints.

Ms Cook said her work for the
exhibit “is a collection of art that draws attention to our surrounding here in
Cayman. The everyday small understated things we take for granted in life. The
colour of a flower, the contrasts in green foliage, the pattern and flash of a
shoal of swimming fish to the turquoise, blues and oranges in a cockerels

Mr. Muller said, “I am delighted
Hannah and Leslie have embraced our mission and are being very generous in
supporting our programmes.

“While Stay Focused is essentially
a scuba diving programme, it has expanded its mission to include lifting
awareness in Cayman for the potential of all persons with disabilities.
Hannah’s offer to display her paintings and donate a portion of the proceeds to
support our programmes in Cayman is both unique and gratifying.”


For further information on the
competition and the aims and objectives of Stay Focused, visit www.thecabana.ky

and www.stay-focused.org