Inspired art fest

[email protected] combines traditional, contemporary

Traditional and modern arts and artists combine to make [email protected] one of the highlights of the winter calendar.

This year is no exception as

Governor Duncan Taylor and his family — together with the National Gallery of the Cayman Islands, Butterfield, and Governors Square — host the event on Saturday, 5 February on the lawn of the government house and Governors Square. On display will be the works of more than 100 artists, who will demonstrate their art forms in full view of the public.

Visitors to [email protected] will be shown a number of visual art forms from paintings, ceramics, sculpture and leather work to thatch work, body painting, jewellery, quilts, photography and handicrafts.

Attendees will have a chance to meet seasoned and emerging artists one-on-one, to query their art processes, and to participate in creating a work of art themselves.

The event also provides the opportunity to view the differences and similarities between the traditional heritage craft and the contemporary arts of the islands, and the ways in which one has inspired the other.

This year, the art fest will feature more artists and exhibits than ever before.

Art demonstrations, displays and activities will be going on between both areas, and Governors Square will again host commercial sales.

All the popular activities are back — the Arts Creation Station, Walkers Art Tent, The Governor’s Cup, catboat rides, face painting, storytelling and the nonprofit corridor. New to this year’s event is the Butterfield Emerging Artists section.

This year’s theme — Building the Future of the Arts — provides the inspiration for the numerous art activities, including the creation of a giant community mural that will wrap the construction site of the new National Gallery building.

Artists interested in registering for this event can log on to www.nationalgallery.org.ky to download the application form, or call or email Latrese at 945-8111 or [email protected] before Friday, 28 January.

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