Cayman Arts Festival offers music and art

Fans of music and art have been soaking up several days of events at the Cayman Arts Festival.

Organized by artistic directors Glen Inanga and Jennifer Micallef, the arts festival opened on March 17 with a reception at the Governor’s House and continued the next day with workshops at St. Ignatius School.

On March 19, a cappella group The Singrays performed at the fringe event, “Visual Music and Art Exhibit by the Sea” at the Visual Arts Society’s Watler House Studio at Pedro’s Castle.

Ivan Burges, chairman of the Visual Arts Society, introduced the performers at this opening gala of the Society’s annual art exhibit. The exhibition continues until Saturday, March 29, when there will be a family fun day from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Pieces include jewelry by Gale Tibbetts, batik work by Bob McKendrick, photographs by Mary McCallum and paintings by Lynn Husemann, Christine Benbow, Olivia Sutton, Janice Brown, Amanda Nicholson, Chloe Goodfellow, Deborah Richey, Melody Protacio and Natalie Marineau.

“One of the joys about working in collaboration with the Cayman Arts Festival for the past four years, is being part of the new and fresh artwork and musicians that seem to come out of their shell,” said the Visual Arts Society’s marketing coordinator and curator, Mary McCallum.

“The theme of music is so inspirational, and when you combine that with the artists’ creations, the outcome is so refreshing,” she said. “The Visual Arts Society very much supports Art for Everyone,’ and we welcome those who want to support the art community.”

Also on Thursday, cellist Ingrid Schoenlaub and pianist Sodi Braide, with narrator Quincy Brown, performed pieces by Debussy, Franck and Messiaen at the First Baptist Church on Crewe Road. The recital commemorated the centenary of World War 1 and the 75th anniversary of the declaration of World War II.

On Friday, the festival continued with a fringe event at the National Gallery, where quintet Cool School performed, concluding with a recital at the First Baptist Church of chamber music by Schubert and piano works by Chopin and Debussy performed by Mr. Braide, Mr. Inanga, Reid McNeal, Seb Poznansky, Lauren Knuckey, Charlotte Osman and Kazia Smith.


Visual Arts Society board members Gale Tibbetts, Mary McCallum and Aimee Volderding enjoy an evening of music and art. – Photo: Jenny Palmer

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