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Attendees showed up more than two hours before start time

The [email protected] festival on Saturday was a wild success, according to the event’s participants.

Thousands of people showed up to browse artisan booths and purchase the creative artworks by more than 100 local artists from all three Cayman Islands.

“(It’s) a massive visual arts festival hosted by the Governor,” said Natalie Urquhart, director of National Gallery, adding that the family event hosted traditional heritage games as well.

Art demonstrations and displays were on both the lawn of the Government House and in Governors Square.

Guests enjoyed the Arts Creation Station, the Walkers Art Activity Tent, and The Governor’s Cup Competition exhibition.

Guests were so excited to be part of the festivities that they showed up more than two hours before the 12.30pm start time, said Mona Watler, communications manager with the National Gallery.

“We were here setting up at 6 in the morning, and people started to arrive at 10am,” she said.

In support of the National Gallery’s building project, this year’s theme was Building the Future of the Arts.

The theme provided the inspiration for the many art activities offered at the event, including the creation of a community mural.

People participated in the painting of the mural, which will enclose the construction site of the new National Gallery and Education Centre off the Esterly Tibbetts bypass until the building’s opening early next year.

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A local artist sells hand-made jewellery, crafted from conch shells and other Cayman-inspired items.
Photo: Brian Wright