Students' art featured in 'Emerging' exhibit

The works of 16 young artists from St. Ignatius Catholic School are on exhibit at The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman Gallery. 

The “Emerging” exhibition opened Tuesday evening, featuring student artists Daniel Burns, Julian Jervis, Coral Tomascik, Stephanie Gunby, Ebunae McBean, Jacob Whewell, Andrew Christian, Daniela Granados, Halle Manderson, Madison McTaggart, Abigail Narandja, Hayley Wilhelm, Aliyha Nelson, Angelica Dodds, Andre Jennings and Brandon Saunders. 

“It was great to see such a good turnout of people here to view the exhibition,” said Bernadette Devlin, head of art at St. Ignatius. “It is such a beautiful setting and a great opportunity for the students to see their work hung in a professional gallery alongside great artists of our island.  

“The range and standard of work is excellent, I am very proud of all the students. It is such a valuable experience to have such a wide audience view your work and offer encouragement. It is an added bonus that some students actually sold some their work.”  

The students’ artwork is being displayed alongside the works of established local artists, including Christel Ibsen, Al Ebanks, April Bending, Avril Ward, Cathy Church, Chris Christian, Courtney Platt, Gordon Solomon, Laurel Schmid, Randy Chollette, Shane Dready, Yonier Powery, Patrick Broderick, Nasaria Chollette and Renate Seffer. 

Artist John Broad, who also teaches art at the school, is proud of the students. “It is good to give the young people of the school an exhibition for their artwork in this setting. It is fantastic.” 

Student Jacob Whewell, whose inspirations include Californian artist Drew Brophy and Mr. Broad, said, “I enjoy painting because it makes me feel happy, and gives me a sense of fulfillment. I knew the exhibition was going to be a bigger thing, so I pushed myself. I wanted to do my best because I knew the standard was so high.”  

Another student, Andrew Christian, was inspired by the portraits of artist Chuck Close. “For the [GSCE] exam, there is a certain standard, and for the show we had to prepare something on canvas that could show in a gallery. It really made it a project.” 

The exhibition, which runs until March 18, has already garnered interest from hotel guests. 

“A lot of the tourists are asking about the artists, and when we say they are by St. Ignatius students, they are impressed,” said Kylie Vallo of The Ritz-Carlton.  

Chris Christian, artist and curator of the exhibition, said he is planning a similar show in June for students of John Gray High School. 

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Back row from left, gallery curator Chris Christian, Jacob Whewell, Andrew Christian, Daniel Burns, Julian Jervis, Brandon Saunders, Coral Tomascik and Hayley Wilhelm. Front row, from left, Madison McTaggart, Halle Manderson, Angelica Dodds, Bernadette Devlin, head of art at St. Ignatius Catholic School, Stephanie Gunby, Daniela Granados and Abigail Narandja. – PHOTO: JENNY PALMER

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A painting by young artist Julian Jervis.

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St. Ignatius student artists Jacob Whewell, with supporters Joel Clark and Jonathan Corpsman.
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