A group of local artists, along with a few imports, will give KAABOO attendees something to look at besides rock ‘n’ roll stars when the festival rolls around in February.
Organizers announced the lineup this week for the artwork element of the two-day concert event.
Tansy Maki is among the muralists and installation artists who will be creating art on the spot. Ms. Maki, who has been painting murals in Cayman for the past 18 years, said she will be collaborating with another artist on a mural. The subject, she said, will not be revealed until the festival.
Ms. Maki said she thinks the festival could be an important moment for the participating artists.
“I think it’s a great opportunity for artists to meet [one another] and for the community to meet some local artists,” Ms. Maki said. “Hopefully, it will bring the Cayman art community together.”
Ms. Maki will be joined by Amandalynn, a San Francisco-based artist who has done several island murals for KAABOO this year, and other off-island muralists and installation artists, including Elle Streetart, Lauren YS, Paola Delfin, Jason Botkin, Push and Lady Mags.
Along with them will be local artists Al Ebanks, Avril Ward, Carlos V. Garcia, Cera-Tan, David K. Ebanks, Dready, Dubadah Boldeau, Gordon J. Solomon, Ian Ross, Isy Obi, Jessica Mittelman, John Broad, John Ha, Kaitlyn Elphinstone, Kelly Reineking, Lisa Lounders, Marcia Codner, Nasaria Suckoo-Chollette, Outlandish Cayman, Randy Chollette, Rasitha Sanjeewa, Ren Seffer, Shilpa Tagalpallewar, Simon J. Tatum, Sniptease, STOAKD and 3 Girls and a Kiln.
KAABOO officials said the idea is to bring a combination of fine art and street art to the festival. The artists will set up in “custom-designed shipping containers,” according to a news release.
“With over 85 percent of the KAABOO Cayman exhibition comprised of local artists, we are extremely excited to unveil what we believe will quickly become the largest showcase of contemporary art in the Caribbean,” said Jason Felts, chief brand officer, in the release.
Ms. Elphinstone is the only artist among the group who has participated in a KAABOO event. She was among those exhibiting work at the Del Mar festival near San Diego, California, in September. When she inquired about the Cayman festival, shortly after its announcement in February, she said, she was invited to the California event.
“It was an inspiring atmosphere,” she said. “What I was really focused on was getting my name out there.”
Ms. Elphinstone said she would advise the other artists participating in KAABOO to take advantage of the opportunity.
“Really network,” she said, “not with just the members of the public, but with other artists. Everyone is real supportive.”
While there are plenty of veteran artists involved in the festival, some are new to the game.
Ms. Lounders said this is her first time exhibiting at such an event.
“I’m kind of a newbie,” said the mixed-media painter who works as a framer at Kennedy Gallery. “I’m very excited.”
A native of Miami, Ms. Lounders said she is looking forward to hearing music by “all my favorite bands,” which will be among such acts as Duran Duran, the Chainsmokers, Blondie and Counting Crows. But instead of pushing her way to the front of the stage, she’ll likely be working on a painting in her booth. She expects most of the other artists will be doing the same.
“It’s neat, because people can see how the piece is created,” she said.
It also adds another layer to the performance aspect of KAABOO. Ms. Maki said she would like to see more such events take place.
“Cayman needs more art festivals and more art-related events that are focused on highlighting local artists,” she said. “There is such an array of amazing artistic talent on this island, and maybe this is going to be like a door opening for more resident artists.”
Works by the artists will be on sale at the event and afterward. For more information on the individual artists, visit www.kaaboocayman.com. Following the festival, all of the large-scale murals seen and created on-site will be available for purchase, along with works from previous KAABOO mural artists at https://kaabooartwork.com.