Heritage Arts show at Ritz-Carlton on Friday

Young Heritage Arts program students Kelly Sauntie and Desmon Campbell prepare their artwork for the exhibition.
Young Heritage Arts program students Kelly Sauntie and Desmon Campbell prepare their artwork for the exhibition.

A brand-new art exhibition showcasing the talents of youngsters is opening Friday at The Gallery at The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman, and all are welcome to come and enjoy this special event, which will run from 6-8 p.m.

The artwork has been created by Year 6 students from government schools all over Cayman who have been participating in the Heritage Arts program throughout the school year. Many of the students will be at the opening to present their artwork to visitors to the show.

Featured artwork includes pieces created by talented students from the Lighthouse School and from Red Bay, Bodden Town, Prospect, East End, Edna M. Moyle (North Side), George Town and Sir John A. Cumber primary schools.

Instructors from Cayman Traditional Arts, which created the Heritage Arts program that is now embedded in the Year 6 curriculum, interact with the students on a weekly basis to ensure that Cayman’s heritage, art and culture are instilled in the students for generations to come.

Tonia Harris, a teacher at Edna M. Moyle Primary School, said the Heritage Arts program is a worthy initiative because it exposes students to Caymanian culture in both a theoretical and practical sense.

“The students were very excited about the program and have definitely learned a lot about their heritage as a result,” she said. “The students also enjoyed learning how to do sketches, mix paint and create their own pieces of artwork. It was quite refreshing to see my students working collaboratively … to complete the pieces of artwork that they did. What made it even more interesting was the fact that they were allowed to create images of local scenes. This was quite enriching as it was something they could relate to and it forced them to examine and learn more about their local environment.”

“Due to the myriad benefits, I strongly believe that this program should be continued in schools,” she said.

“I am looking forward to see how my next group of students will benefit.”

Chris Christian, director with Cayman Traditional Arts, says exhibiting at The Gallery at The Ritz-Carlton is the culmination of many months of work on the part of the students.

“The students have incorporated a wide variety of techniques, styles and ideas for subject matter into their artwork and we are very pleased that they have such a prestigious location in which to showcase all their efforts.

“It would be fantastic if as many people as possible could come and show their support for Cayman’s young artists and visit the art exhibition, which runs until Aug. 15,” he said.