Trio of artists at Full of Beans

Full of Beans restaurant is exhibiting the works of not one, but three, local artists during the month of October.

Canadian born artist Sue Howe will be sharing wall space with her daughter, 14-year-old Hannah Howe, and 14-year-old Tom Blake.

The three share a passion for photography and around Easter this year took to driving around Grand Cayman looking for interesting places to take photos, Sue says. They called these ventures the Easter Sessions.

It was during the Easter Sessions they decided to hold a joint exhibition.

Sue has lived in the Cayman Islands for 20 years and it is here that she has grown and developed her artistic talents. Not only a painter and photographer, Sue is also a performer.

Over the years, she has experimented in acrylic, oil and chalk pastel, batik, charcoal, graphite pencil and photography, but says that to date, her favourite medium is oil paint.

This is Sue’s third show at Full of Beans. She will be showing both photography and a mixture of oil paintings, acrylics on canvas and some pieces incorporating plaster. Sue is excited to be showing her own work alongside that of her daughter, Hannah.

Following in her mother’s footsteps, Hannah Howe may be a familiar face to many, having been cast in various Cayman Drama Society productions in the past. A long time student of piano, dance and singing, she became interested in photography about four years ago.

“I started taking pictures with my mom’s camera,” she says. “I then got my own camera. I was able to do a show with my mom at Full of Beans last September. That went very well, and I was able to use what I earned to purchase my Nikon V1, which has been great”.

Joining her for the first public showing of his work is Tom Blake. Tom started taking photos two years ago and says his passion is capturing the spontaneity of nature. “I really enjoy taking pictures because it allows me to see things in different ways wherever I am. I love taking shots of nature, and always try to capture an interesting or different perspective on everyday objects,” he says.

Opportunity is the hardest part, say the young photographers, because you can’t always get that perfect shot you want.

Both Hannah and Tom are self-taught photographers and have learned through trial and error. They will be exhibiting photos of wildlife, industry, and sea, sand and sky, both in colour and black and white.

The opening of the Artist of the Month exhibition at Full of Beans takes place on Tuesday, 2 October from 5.30 to 7.30pm. The exhibition runs until 5 November.

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