Art for the Heart gala, auction

Artists from the Art for the Heart show will auction their work at the Red Dress Valentine’s Gala at the Westin Casuarina Resort on Friday, 11 February, with proceeds going to the Cayman Heart Fund.

“I do believe that all artists have a duty to give to the community,” said Villence Buchanan, one of the artists in the show. “When one is given talent, it can only be truly pleasurable when shared with others.”

Ms Buchanan was born in Jamaica and moved to London at a young age where she lived most of her life before returning to the Caribbean.

Her favourite medium to work in is oil, but she used acrylics (because they dry faster), watercolour, pastels and pencil.

“Art is an important way of expressing and preserving the interesting things I see around me,” she said. “The fact that every living thing around us is transient and changes so quickly encourages me to preserve the moment.”

She said she gets great pleasure from her art — it acts as an outlet to unwind and de-stress.

“I would hope that when others look at my artwork, they are able to appreciate the beauty of everyday scenery,” she said. “I would hope that the viewer is able to study the detail of my work and appreciate the subject matter and, hopefully, they will notice something that they were unaware of and appreciate my dedication to detail.”

Gordon Solomon is another one of the unique artists donating his work. He uses the cubist and spots of light styles in his artwork.

“The cubist style for a more playful vibe. It allows my imagination to be free whereas spots of light is for more traditional Caymanian subjects. As of late, I have been combining these styles,” he said.

He has been a supporter of the Cayman Heart Fund for many years.

“It is important to me because I appreciate all matters of the heart,” he said. “One of my favourite quotes is ‘the heart of the matter is a matter of the heart.’”

He, too, agrees that giving back to the community is essential for artists.

“The artist is always involved with his or her community, so giving is very natural to me as an artist, and so the Cayman Heart Fund has received my support annually,” he said.

The Cayman Heart Fund and its chairman (and fellow artist) Suzy Soto said she is thrilled about the event.

“It is going to be a very exciting and fun evening. The art for auction is wonderful. And we’ll have amazing work by the artists,” she said. “A donation to the Heart Fund from all the fabulous artists, with lovely art for the heart… plus the great jazz, calypso, blues by the versatile Sea and B. Mark, and Bugs to get you up dancing, and Max Hillier as the lively MC…”

And there will be a silent auction.

“Dress is red dress. Men, be comfy and be smart. We want you to enjoy yourselves,” Ms Soto said. “And enjoy the wonderful food chosen especially for us by chef Llyod Cremer.”

For tickets, call 325-2243 or email [email protected]

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