Coming up in Bodden Town

Pedro Watler House

Over the next few days, the district will be getting a little greener and artists will have the chance to channel their muses at some of the upcoming events in Bodden Town.

On Earth Day, which this year falls on Friday, April 22, Bodden Town Primary will be joining other schools across the island in doing its bit for the planet, with a tree planting. This years’s global theme for Earth Day is Trees for the Earth, with this year’s Earth Day Network striving to plant 50,000 trees by Earth Day.

“Trees reverse the impacts of land degradation,” the Earth Day Network website states.

“They provide food, energy, and income. Trees help communities achieve long-term economic and environmental sustainability. They filter the air and help stave off the effects of climate change both globally and locally. Cayman’s contribution to Trees for the Earth is a joint initiative by the National Trust, the Sustainable Cayman citizens’ group, and Cayman Growers nursery who have donated indigenous trees including royal palms and mahogany to participating schools. Members of citizens’ group Sustainable Cayman have volunteered to present a little talk at each of the participating schools at the planting, emphasizing the importance of trees to the environment.

The Visual Arts Society has a number of activities coming up at the Watler House Studio on the grounds of Pedro St. James.

On Monday April 25 from 1 – 4:30 p.m., the painting open studio welcomes youth and adults who want to work independently in the Watler House’s inspiring atmosphere. Cost is $10 for members and $15 for non-members. Materials and instruction are not included.

On Tuesday, April 26 the Society will be holding narrative art classes at the Watler House Studio with a qualified instructor from 7 – 9 p.m. Artists of all levels will explore the theory of narrative art, discovering ways to tell stories. The class will enable participants to develop their lateral thinking along with concept building to help them come up with ideas to build into a piece working in different mediums.

There is a discounted rate for 10 sessions and the drop-in rate is $25 per session for members and $35 for non-members. Classes will be held every Tuesday until May 31.

On Wednesday the Society offers a ceramic open studio to adults who want to work independently in an inspiring atmosphere. Hours are from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Cost is $15 for members and $25 for non-members. Clay, materials, glazes and firing facilities are available. For more information on these and other Visual Arts Society activities email [email protected]