Traveling exhibition to bring 'hope'

Hope is the theme of a unique exhibit organized by artist Avril Ward to bring change to people around the island, and hope and encouragement to those who are in need of it. 

The traveling exhibition, called “What does HOPE look like,” will be set up in public and private venues throughout Cayman over the next five to six months.  

“Visual art, like music or dance, when created from the heart of the artist, has the power to move people and affect how they perceive or view things,” said Ward. “It can affect your emotions and I believe actually change the spiritual atmosphere.” 

Ward plans to take the exhibition to hospitals, rehabilitation institutions, hotels, offices, libraries and the prison.  

The juried exhibition will open in December, with the venue to be announced. A closing exhibition will be held at The National Gallery’s Dart Auditorium Community Gallery next spring. 

In order to help artists prepare in the run-up to the exhibition, there will be a free, weekend workshop for all artists who would like to submit work for selection. 

The workshop, which has limited space available, begins Oct. 2 with a session at The Dart Auditorium from 6–8 p.m. 

“I encourage all artists who want to take part [in the exhibition] to attend the workshop, which will address the exhibition’s subject and the hows and whys of the theme and give them an idea of what the jurors are looking for, thereby giving them a better chance of selection for the show,” Ward said. 

Motivational speaker Charissa Crowder will address the session and talk about hope. International artist Kathy Brusnighan, creator of “How do you paint courage,” a traveling exhibition in North Carolina, will also participate in the discussion. 

On Oct. 3, the workshop will become more hands-on, with Kathy Brusnighan at Dart Park in South Sound from 9.30 a.m. to 1.30 p.m. 

In conjunction with the exhibition, a coffee table book, curated from the best artwork submitted to the exhibition, will be available, as well as greeting cards and T-shirts featuring the exhibition’s artwork. These will be on sale at the Camana Bay Farmers and Artisans Market from late December to March. 

To book the exhibition for display in your venue or to sign up for the workshops, contact Ward at [email protected] or visit the “What does HOPE look like” Facebook page. The exhibition is open to all artists in Cayman over the age of 18. 

Artist and exhibition organizer Avril Ward