Artfully created weekend festival open to public

Framed batik 'Blue Tones' by Shirley Scott

Over the past five years, the Cayman Arts Festival and the Visual Arts Society have brought artistic talents together, creating a one-of-a-kind event highlighting art and music.

This year, the two nonprofit organizations will host a free reception on Monday at Pedro St. James with performances by the Youth Choir, directed by Ems Melland with piano accompanist David Forbes; soloist Sarah Pierson accompanied by guitarist Michael Douglas; and Caribbean-inspired music by international steel pan soloist, Olujimi La Pierre.

'The Music Inside' - acrylic on canvas by Avril Ward
‘The Music Inside’ – acrylic on canvas by Avril Ward

Art exhibit

Curator Mary McCallum said the event will also feature an art exhibit with more than 40 pieces on sale by 17 local artists, including original paintings by Avril Ward, Janice Brown and Debbie van der Bol; handcrafted jewelry by Gale Tibbetts; ceramics by Aimee Randolph, Geetha Alagirisamy and Cecilia Urdaneta; batiks by Bob McKendrick, Pat Nic and Shirley Scott; and fine art photography by Sharon Davis and Mary McCallum, just to name a few. The exhibit will also display art students’ work from St. Ignatius School.

The exhibit opens on Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. at the VAS Watler House Studio on the grounds of Pedro St. James. At the same time, the Tourism Attraction Board will be hosting Coco Fest with many exciting kids’ activities. Food, music, plus a screening of the film “Bright Spot” will be offered, and the society will have art tables set up selling arts and crafts. The Visual Arts Society exhibit will also be open on Sunday from noon to 4 p.m.

Ms. McCallum emphasized how grateful she is for all of the submissions for the exhibit. Local artists have really stepped up, along with the students’ work from St. Ignatius, organized through art teacher Bernadette Devlin. Ms. Devlin said the artwork is a range of students’ work from those studying for an external examination. The pieces represent a wide range of interests from students who are encouraged to explore and experiment with different media and approaches in order to establish their own particular style.


Soloist Sarah Pierson is a young Caymanian vocalist and an aspiring singer/songwriter who has been performing since age 6. She will be performing on Monday. Even though she has a proclivity for older rock and “folksy/bluesy” music, she also performs classical, multi-lingual, theatrical, punk rock and pop music.


The event on Monday, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., is free.

Ms. McCallum thanked sponsors Jacques Scott and AI Rentals. “As a nonprofit organization, we could not offer this to the community otherwise,” she said. “The Visual Art Society Members and board of directors are thrilled to be part of the Cayman Arts Festival again this year.”

The Visual Arts Society promotes art appreciation, enhancement and learning, and relies on volunteers and the support of its membership. Those interested in getting involved can contact [email protected]