National Gallery events serve up holiday cheer for all ages

Cayman Brac-based author Martin Keeley tells stories inside an inflatable shark at the family fun day.

The National Gallery kicked off the festive season with the annual Christmas party for members and supporters last weekend, followed by a family fun day and artisan fair.

At the party held on Friday, Dec. 9, nearly 200 guests were treated to mulled wine, minced pies and festive cheer, and previewed the creations of some of Cayman’s top artisans, as well as gifts from the gallery store.

The following day, the artisan fair and family fun day saw more than 200 visitors turn out for the event, which featured a ceramic ornament painting workshop, a Christmas card station, storytime inside an inflatable shark with Cayman Brac’s Martin Keeley, and hot chocolate and s’mores stations.

The artisan fair showcased a wide variety of locally made items, including bespoke jewelry by Bee Line Designs, wood carvings by Len Layman, traditional thatch crafts by Lizzie Powell, local art prints and photographs, and the gallery’s new book, “The Art of the Cayman Islands.”

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