Vibrant art scene very rewarding


More than 70 local artists showcased their creative talents at the Ogier Art Awards and exhibition last weekend at Camana Bay. 

The exhibition and competition, organised by the National Gallery and Ogier, encouraged new and established artists to submit any 2-D or 3-D pieces of art in any medium, providing they were original works completed in the past two years. The breadth and variety of submissions were testament to the thriving art scene in the Cayman Islands that this event aims to encourage and celebrate.  

The exhibition included photographs, multi-media pieces, wood carvings, pencil drawings, oil and acrylic paintings and more.  

More than 100 pieces were selected to be displayed at Cassia Court, Camana Bay, for two weeks. At the conclusion of this exhibition, Peter Cockhill, managing partner at Ogier, and Mona Lisa Tatum from the National Gallery, presented prizes for the top two entries, as well as a prize for the new “emerging artist” category. Special mention was made for Scott Swing, Debbie Chase van der Bol and Chris Duty, all of whom were shortlisted.  

The prize for best emerging talent went to 19-year old Breanne Carle, for Cayman Creature. Second prize was awarded to John Bird, for Stingrays from Above, a wood carving, and first prize went to Hannah Cook for her huge and detailed canvas of a rooster.  

The winning pieces will be permanently on display at Ogier’s offices in Camana Bay.  


Multi-media entries combined photography and computer generated images. – PHOTOS: NATASHA WERE


The exhibition brought the works of a diverse group of artists together in one place.


Randy Chollette entered three pieces in his distinctive style.


John Bird’s Stingrays from Above.


From left, Breanne Carle, John Bird and Hannah Cook.


Breanne Carle displays her prize in front of her winning piece of art.


Chris Duty, standing next to two of his entries, was shortlisted for the emerging artist award.

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