Art for all ages at Governors

Preparation of the 2011 [email protected] festival is in full swing and the event slated for Saturday, 5 February, is sure to be a crowd pleaser with activities catering to all ages.

More than 100 artists are participating.

Art demonstrations, displays and activities will be featured on the lawn of the Government House and at Governors Square, where the public can view demonstrations that include ceramics, stained glass art, traditional thatch plaiting, and carving. There will also be afternoon tea.

Over on the other side of the street at Governors Square, and for the second consecutive year, commercial sales will be held for local artisans.

The enthusiastic collector can view works from all areas of fine art together with traditional crafts, from paintings to jewellery, glass art to quilting and more.

Also, the stores of Governors Square will be offering specials for the entire afternoon.

New additions

Two new additions to this year’s [email protected] are the Butterfield Emerging Artists section – where up-and-coming artists are given the opportunity to display their never before seen works – and the Cayman Airways Sister Islands Corner, which will highlight works of artists from the Brac and Little Cayman.

Along with the new activities, patrons can look forward to such favourites as the Arts Creation Station, the Walkers Art Activity Tent, The Governor’s Cup Competition exhibition, face painting, music by Oneworld Entertainment and the St Ignatius Sax Ensemble; Caymanian stories by Twyla Vargas, free catboat rides courtesy of the Cayman Catboat Club and the Nonprofit Corridor.

In support of the National Gallery’s building project, this year’s theme of Building the Future of the Arts will provide the inspiration for the many art activities offered at the event, including the creation of a community mural.

Interested patrons can participate in the painting of the mural, which will enclose the construction site of the new National Gallery and Education Centre until the building’s anticipated opening early next year.

Visitors will also be given the opportunity to view a short documentary about the building project and to get involved with The Big Arts Give Challenge – the NGCI Building Project Community Awareness Campaign – where a one-to-one matched giving scheme encourages everyone to get involved no matter the size of their donation.

Members and guests are encouraged to stop by the National Gallery booth to find out how to help in funding the new NGCI and Education Centre.

For more information visit www.nationalgallery.org.ky or call 945-8111.

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A young artist and his dad enjoy the NGCI’s Art Creation Station at last year’s [email protected]
Photo: Submitted

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