Artist, poet and photographer Derrylee Martin-Rankin is looking forward to her debut exhibition at Heritage House.
One Day, One Time, One Now: Expressions of Discovery opens Monday, 1 August, at 7pm and runs until 26 August at the Cayman Brac Heritage House. The butterflies are already starting, she tells us.
“I am very nervous as I have never shown my art and poems ever. Even this morning I thought to myself, ‘Do I really want to go through with this?’ Still wondering if folks are going to show up and have a big laugh on my expense.
“However, I feel that I’ve reached a stage in my life where I want to share my expressions and experiences with other people and this show will allow me a forum not only to accomplish that, but also help me grow personally and as an artist,” says Derrylee.
Inspired by memories, thoughts, experiences and best friends, she says that at this stage she does not think of herself as an artist: ‘it’s such a huge word,’ she says modestly.
“An artist is at the very top; I’m not there yet.”
Weekender believes that everyone is an artist; Derrylee’s skill in a number of media plus her courage in opening out her soul make her an artist with courage.
Take the opening night as an example: In addition to live music from The Martin Family and light refreshments, there is also a very special moment.
“I will for the first time exhibit a poem that I wrote for my late mother, I consider this as the most cherished piece of art I’ve done.
“I also have some water colours and lots of photos, two pieces of which were prize winners at the 2011 Cayman National Cultural Foundation photo contest.
“My family are a jovial bunch of musicians, they will be providing some good local music. My best friends and I will also be serving some delicious bites and homemade tropical fruit punch.”