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'The Bahamian Collection'

The Bahamian Project, the three-year photography initiative that seeks to capture the spirit of the people of The Bahamas, is preparing to mark the end of its first year with 'The Bahamian Collection', an exhibition of more than 50 photographs of some of the "bright lights and raw gems" of Bahamian society.
The photography project is the brainchild of veteran and award winning photographer Duke Wells, who came up with the idea following the death of Bahamian cultural icon, Jackson Burnside in 2011.
Wells and his wife Lisa, who manages the project, realized after Burnside's death that there was nothing officially preserving the legacy of great Bahamians who had died. "There was nothing that properly said they were part of the country's history and culture," said Lisa. "It didn't seem right."
The project's ultimate goal is to create a collection of portraits that will serve as the foundation of a permanent National Portrait Gallery -- much like those in Washington D.C. and London -- but at the heart of the Bahamian Project is the desire to capture something that is often difficult to put into words, but may be easier to express in pictures.
The subjects of the exhibition, which opens 6:30 p.m. Thursday, July 11 at the National Art Gallery of The Bahamas, include Bahamians and members of the community from all walks of life. What they all must have in common to be chosen is to have made a positive contribution to society and serve as a good role model.
The exhibition features well known faces such as Sir Durward Knowles, Peanuts Taylor, Kendal Hanna and Pamela Burnside, and the less well known, like 'One Hand' Stubbs seen most often at the Main Post Office, who despite suffering a tragedy at 19 -- now in his 70s -- has a positive story to tell. Subjects are chosen by a committee made up of representatives of the project's partners, which include the National Art Gallery of The Bahamas (NAGB) and Popopstudios International Centre for the Visual Arts and Diane Phillips. Nominations can also be put forward by filling out a form online at bahamianproject.com.
To mark the upcoming 40th Anniversary of Independence, 40 of the 50-plus photographs were selected to make up the core of 'The Bahamian Collection' exhibition. Those pieces are printed on canvas, 20" x 30" and framed. The remaining photographs -- 16" x 24" also printed on canvas -- will be displayed on a special centerpiece wall, along with behind-the-scenes photographs taken during photo sessions. Duke said the larger photos were chosen by NAGB director Amanda Coulson and chief curator John Cox, based on aesthetics and to ensure a wide cross section of Bahamian society was represented, not based on personality.
What intrigued Coulson about the project is that it will feature not just well known Bahamians but also ordinary people who encapsulate the Bahamian spirit.
"I think it will reflect where we are today, where we came from, where we're going," said Coulson. "Identity is always an issue for Bahamians and this will give people something to think about.
"It's also important for people to know that an individual can have an impact on society, whether they are a politician or a mechanic. It's important to understand the importance of an individual to society."
While the first year of the project has fallen short of original expectations -- financing has been a major challenge in these tough
economic times -- it has been a very productive year.
One of the highlights of the first year of the project was a photography workshop for children, which was oversubscribed. The idea is to ensure there are future generations of Bahamian photographers who will go on to capture future 'great' Bahamians. The initiative also exposes young Bahamians to dying art of fine art portraiture.
"My goal is to create an army of young photographers to photograph their neighbors, their community," said Duke.
The Bahamian Project was not able to make it to the Family Islands in its first year due to a lack of funds, but it hopes to capture Family Island subjects in the second year of the project. The first islanders to be photographed are from Cat Island, Abaco and Grand Bahama.
Another aspect of the second year of the project is to invite other local photographers to contribute to the project, and eventually create collections within The Bahamian Collection.
Duke hopes that exhibitions will also be staged at the end of the second and third years of the project, but in addition to the exhibitions, more free workshops and seminars will be held to raise awareness of portrait photography and to attract more interest in the project.
Good portraiture photography captures the character and essence of the subject, said Duke. "It doesn't just make a person look good; it captures character."
He said: "Some of the great Bahamians who formed the country's identity are still alive and can be captured in this project."
And for those great Bahamians who have already passed away, it is hoped that a good portrait painter will be commissioned to paint those portraits from a selection of snapshots.
At the end of the project there are plans to produce a coffee table book and a documentary of the process. The entire collection of photographs will be given as a gift to The Bahamas to be housed at an appropriate institution.

o For more information on the Bahamian Project visit bahamianproject.com

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Exhibitions
"Home Sweet Home", an art exhibition featuring watercolor paintings and architectural models by Nastassia Pratt, opened Thursday, June 20, 6-8 p.m. at Popopstudios. For more information, visitwww.popopstudios.com or call 322-7834 or 552-0412.

The Bahamas Sailing Association presents "Sea, Wind, Sail", an art exhibition to aid the Bahamas National Sailing School, on Saturday, June 22, 5-8 p.m. at Palm Cay. Featured artists include Thierry Lamare, Malcolm Ray, Toby Lunn, Jonathon Bethel, John Cox and K. Smith. Tickets are $10. For more information, email bsajrsailing@gmail.com.

"Life on my island", original patterns and paintings by Fash|Art 2012 Jackson Burnside III Visual Artist Competition Winner Attila Feszt, continues at Doongalik Studios Art Gallery. For more information, visit http://www.doongalik.com/.

"Design", new works by Lemero Wright, continues at The Ladder Gallery, New Providence Community Centre, Blake Road. For more information, visit http://www.facebook.com/TheLadderGallery or telephone 327-1660. This exhibition will be open until June 28.

"Beg, Borrow, Steal", new work by Bahama Woodstarr, continues at Liquid Courage Gallery in Palmdale.

"Form Versus Function: Contemporary Art Quilts", featuring five artists and quilters, opened Monday, May 20 at The National Art Gallery of The Bahamas. This exhibition closes on Tuesday, June 25. For more information, visit www.nagb.org.bs, email info@nagb.org.bs or call 328-5800/1.

"Artisan", featuring work by Jan Elliott, Jenny Guy and Muck Guy, continues at the Central Bank of The Bahamas Art Gallery. Admission is free.

"The John Beadle Project", new work by John Beadle, continues at The National Art Gallery of The Bahamas. For more information, visit www.nagb.org.bs, email info@nagb.org.bs or call 328-5800/1.

"Master Artists of The Bahamas" continues at The National Art Gallery of The Bahamas. Featured Artists are John Beadle, Jackson Burnside, Stan Burnside, John Cox, Amos Ferguson, Kendal Hanna, Brent Malone, Eddie Minnis, Antonius Roberts, Dave Smith and Max Taylor. For more information, visit www.nagb.org.bs, email info@nagb.org.bs or call 328-5800/1.

"SINGLESEX", an all-female portrait show depicting only female subjects, continues at The National Art Gallery of The Bahamas. NAGB Curator John Cox says it is meant to stand in dialogue with the "Master Artists of The Bahamas" exhibition (later this year), which has no female representation. For more information, visit www.nagb.org.bs, email info@nagb.org.bs or call 328-5800/1.

The Permanent Exhibition of the National Art Gallery of The Bahamas, displaying pieces under the theme "The Bahamian Landscape", continues this week at the National Art Gallery of The Bahamas. Gallery hours: Tue. - Sat. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Sun. noon - 4 p.m. Admission $5 adults; $3 students/seniors; children under 12 are free. For more information, visit www.nagb.org.bs, email info@nagb.org.bs or call 328-5800/1.

Music
The Meah Foundation's Music Festival takes place Saturday, June 22, 7-11 p.m. at Van Breugel's Restaurant on Charlotte Street. The event is expected to feature the bands Quartz, John Christie and the Floating Boats and the Rum Dums. The event is also in support of the Down Syndrome Association of The Bahamas and the Bahamas Humane Society. Tickets available at Van Breugel's, The Meridian School, Windermere, Traditions, New Providence Community Center and Liquid Nutrition. For more information, visit www.themeahfoundation.org.

Workshops and Summer Camps "Remembering Ourselves: Healing Our Colonial Legacy", a Gaulin Project retreat presented by Helen Klonaris, takes place Saturday, June 29 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Participants can expect creative writing to explore their cultural and personal stories about our shared colonial legacy; silent contemplation to tap into challenging feelings; active imagining to touch into their wisdom; a safe and compassionate space in which to explore issues of race, colonization and community and sacred witness. To register, write to thegaulinproject@gmail.com. The suggested retreat fee is $75; however, no one will be turned away for lack of funds. The retreat will take place in Nassau at a location to be announced shortly!

Bahamas Music Conservatory will hold its Summer Music Camp from July 1 to July 26 at the Duke Errol Strachan Music Centre on Village Road. The camp is geared toward young musicians ages eight to 18 and offered instruments are piccolo, flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, trumpet, trombone, tuba, viola, cello and double bass. The cost of the workshop is $600. For more information, visitwww.bahamasmusicconservatory.com.

Film
Bahamas FilmInvest International will host the 5th Travelling Caribbean Film Showcase from Monday, June 3 to Tuesday, June 25 at Galleria Cinemas. This year's showcase will feature 29 feature films, documentaries, animations and children's films, with a special tribute being paid to the 40th anniversary of Bahamian independence.

Tours
Islandz, having acquired Downtown Art Tours, offers its Islandz Gallery Hop tours, examining art spaces downtown on Saturdays. Tickets are $20 per person for the two-hour tour. For more information or to book tickets, call 601-7592 or visit Islandz online at www.islandzmarket.com.

Tru Bahamian food tours offers a "Bites of Nassau" food tasting and cultural walking tour to connect people with authentic local food items, stories and traditions behind the foods and the Bahamians that prepare and preserve them, through a hands-on, interactive, educational tour and culinary adventure. Tickets are $69 per person, $49 for children under 12. Tours are everyday from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., starting at the British Colonial Hilton and ending at Tortuga Rum Cake Company. For more information, visit www.trubahamianfoodtours.com.

Call for works
Scotiabank invites all amateur photographers to participate in its Everything Bahamian Calendar Photo Contest. They are looking for candid representations of "Everything Bahamian" - outstanding and captivating, original digital images depicting the diversity, distinction and beauty of The Bahama Islands, its natural resources and the traditions, lifestyle and culture of its people. Images may be taken anywhere in The Bahamas. The official contest rules and entry forms are available at all Scotiabank locations or may be downloaded from www.bahamas.scotiabank.com/photocontest. Entry deadline is Friday, July 19.

The 10th Annual Bahamas International Film Festival invites filmmakers from around the worls to submit their narratives, documentaries, worls cinema, short films, animation and family films. This year's festival takes place December 5-13 on New Providence and Eleuthera. The deadline is July 17. For more information, visit http://bintlfilmfest.com.

The 30th Annual Central Bank of The Bahamas Art Competition and Exhibition invites entries for its Open Category under the theme "The Independents", in commemoration of the 40th anniversary of Bahamian independence, which is being celebrated this year. The objectives of the competition are to identify, recognize and encourage Bahamian visual artists. To qualify, participants must be citizens of The Bahamas, aged 18 or older (as of October 1, 2013) and not registered in secondary school. The Open/Senior Category Competition and Exhibition component will be held from Tuesday, October 1 to Friday, November 1. Artists under 30 years are especially encouraged to embrace this opportunity of the theme of "The Independents" as a challenge in terms of material and/or the role and responsibilities of independent thinking in art in The Bahamas, as well as, thinking of the larger political symbolism of independence of the country.

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Exhibitions
"Art for Hope", a silent auction and cocktail reception in aid of the Bahamas AIDS Foundation, will be held Sunday, June 2, 4-7 p.m. at the National Art Gallery of The Bahamas. Featured artists include Bernard Petit, Yvette Rolle, Jessica Colebrook, Clifford Fernander, Allan Pachino Wallace, Alistair Stevenson, Kishan Munroe, Dawnita Fry, Trevor Tucker, Dion Lewis, Fabian Fountain, Toby Lunn, Paul Hennis, Makario Gibson, Neko Meicholas, Lemero Wright, William Munroe, Abby Smith and Cydne. Tickets are $30. For more information, call 325-9326 and email bafevents@gmail.com.

"Design", new works by Lemero Wright, opens Thursday, June 6 at 5:30 p.m. at The Ladder Gallery, New Providence Community Centre, Blake Road. For more information, visit http://www.facebook.com/TheLadderGallery or telephone 327-1660. This exhibition will be open until June 28.

"The Bahamian Project Preview and Silent Auction" takes place Thursday, June 6, 5-8 p.m. at Balduccino Fine Foods. "The Bahamian Project" is a three-year fine art photography project, documenting the character and preserving the legacy of Bahamians from all walks of life. The event, at a donation of $25, will also feature door prizes, fine wine and gourmet hors d'oeuvres. The exhibition officially opens Thursday, July 11. For more information, visit www.bahamianproject.com.

"Beg, Borrow, Steal", new work by Bahama Woodstarr, opened Friday, May 31 at 5 p.m. at Liquid Courage Gallery in Palmdale.

"life on my island", original patterns and paintings by Fash|Art 2012 Jackson Burnside III Visual Artist Competition Winner Attila Feszt, opens Thursday, June 13 at Doongalik Studios Art Gallery. For more information, visit http://www.doongalik.com/.

"Surfaces", new work by Jonathan Bethel, opened Friday, May 24 at 7 p.m. at the Windsor Room of the British Colonial Hilton hotel. To R.S.V.P., call 324-6213 or email jonotiger1@gmail.com.

"Form Versus Function: Contemporary Art Quilts", featuring five artists and quilters, opened Monday, May 20 at The National Art Gallery of The Bahamas. This exhibition closes on Tuesday, June 25. For more information, visit www.nagb.org.bs, email info@nagb.org.bs or call 328-5800/1.

"Artisan", featuring work by Jan Elliott, Jenny Guy and Muck Guy, continues at the Central Bank of The Bahamas Art Gallery. Admission is free.

"Disrobed", currently on display at the D'Aguilar Foundation, showcases work exploring the beauty of the unclothed human form. This exhibition closes on Tuesday, June 11. The gallery is open Tuesdays and Thursdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, telephone 322-2323 or 357-9263 or email sds.bahamas@yahoo.com.

"A New Direction: Mother & Child III", new work by Jessica and Erin Colebrook, continues at Hillside House. This exhibition ends Friday, May 31. For more information, visit http://www.antoniusroberts.com.

"JAB: A look at Trinidad's Traditional Carnival", paintings by Maria Govan and photos and video installation by Maria Govan and Abigail Hadeed, continues at Popopstudios International Center for the Visual Arts. This project and exhibition is supported by The D'Aguilar Foundation. For more information, call 322-7834 or visit www.popopstudios.com.

"The John Beadle Project", new work by John Beadle, continues at The National Art Gallery of The Bahamas. For more information, visit www.nagb.org.bs, email info@nagb.org.bs or call 328-5800/1.

"Master Artists of The Bahamas" continues at The National Art Gallery of The Bahamas. Featured Artists are John Beadle, Jackson Burnside, Stan Burnside, John Cox, Amos Ferguson, Kendal Hanna, Brent Malone, Eddie Minnis, Antonius Roberts, Dave Smith and Max Taylor. For more information, visit www.nagb.org.bs, email info@nagb.org.bs or call 328-5800/1.

"SINGLESEX", an all-female portrait show depicting only female subjects, continues at The National Art Gallery of The Bahamas. NAGB Curator John Cox says it is meant to stand in dialogue with the "Master Artists of The Bahamas" exhibition (later this year), which has no female representation. For more information, visit www.nagb.org.bs, email info@nagb.org.bs or call 328-5800/1.

The Permanent Exhibition of the National Art Gallery of The Bahamas, displaying pieces under the theme "The Bahamian Landscape", continues this week at the National Art Gallery of The Bahamas. Gallery hours: Tue. - Sat. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Sun. noon - 4 p.m. Admission $5 adults; $3 students/seniors; children under 12 are free. For more information, visit www.nagb.org.bs, email info@nagb.org.bs or call 328-5800/1.

Lectures and Readings
The National Art Gallery of The Bahamas (NAGB) presents "Remembering our Master Artists: Jackson Burnside", a panel discussion with Pamela Burnside, Darren Bastian and Saskia D'Aguilar, on Tuesday, June 4, 6-7 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.nagb.org.bs, email info@nagb.org.bs or call 328-5800/1.

Music
The Meah Foundation's Music Festival has been postponed. The even is expected to feature the bands Quartz, John Christie and the Floating Boats and the Rum Dums. The event is also in support of the Down Syndrome Association of The Bahamas and the Bahamas Humane Society. Tickets available at Van Breugel's, The Meridian School, Windermere, Traditions, New Providence Community Center and Liquid Nutrition. For more information, visit www.themeahfoundation.org.

"A Celebration of Bahamian Composers", a concert by JoAnn Callendar, takes place Saturday, June 15 at 8 p.m. at Christ Church Cathedral. Featured composers include Cleophas Adderley, E. Clement Bethel, Eric Cash, Meta Davis-Cumberbatch, Kayla Edwards and Keysha Edwards-Taylor, Timothy Gibson, Franz Hepburn, K. Quincy Parker and Audrey Dean-Wright. Tickets are $35 and can be purchased at Custom Computers, Logos Bookstore and Commonwealth Fabrics. For more information, email joann@joanncallendar.com or telephone 364-8186 or 463-5242.

"Jazz in Bloom" with Anuschka Wright takes place Sunday, June 16 at 7 p.m. in the Governor's Ballroom of the British Colonial Hilton Hotel. Tickets are $60 to $150 and can be purchased online (www.quictick.com) or at Custom Computers, 100% Bible Bookstore and Fine Threads. For more information, email jazzinbloom@gmail.com or call 468-6986 or 466-4411.

Workshops
The National Art Gallery of The Bahamas (NAGB) presents "Bahamian Project Kids Photography Workshop" on Wednesday, June 19 and Thursday, June 20 at 10 a.m. daily. Bahamian Project photographer Duke Wells will teach the basics of photography and camera handling as well as training in the creative eye. The project will The workshop is free, so participants are asked to RSVP (328-5800) by Tuesday, June 18 at 4 p.m. due to limited space.

New online workshops from the Gaulin Project began in May. "A Light Through My Window: Writing the Spiritual Memoir" and "When My Body Speaks" will run from May 6 to June 30. Registration for each workshop is $450. For more information, visit http://helenklonaris.com/the-gaulin-project-upcoming-workshops/ or email Helen Klonaris at helenklonaris@gmail.com.

Bahamas Music Conservatory will hold its Summer Music Camp from July 1 to July 26 at the Duke Errol Strachan Music Centre on Village Road. The camp is geared toward young musicians ages eight to 18 and offered instruments are piccolo, flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, trumpet, trombone, tuba, viola, cello and double bass. The cost of the workshop is $600. For more information, visit www.bahamasmusicconservatory.com.

Film
Bahamas FilmInvest International will host the 5th Travelling Caribbean Film Showcase from Monday, June 3 to Tuesday, June 25 at Galleria Cinemas. This year's showcase will feature 29 feature films, documentaries, animations and children's films, with a special tribute being paid to the 40th anniversary of Bahamian independence.

Tours
Islandz, having acquired Downtown Art Tours, offers its Islandz Gallery Hop tours, examining art spaces downtown on Saturdays. Tickets are $20 per person for the two-hour tour. For more information or to book tickets, call 601-7592 or visit Islandz online at www.islandzmarket.com.

Tru Bahamian food tours offers a "Bites of Nassau" food tasting and cultural walking tour to connect people with authentic local food items, stories and traditions behind the foods and the Bahamians that prepare and preserve them, through a hands-on, interactive, educational tour and culinary adventure. Tickets are $69 per person, $49 for children under 12. Tours are everyday from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., starting at the British Colonial Hilton and ending at Tortuga Rum Cake Company. For more information, visit www.trubahamianfoodtours.com.

Call for works
Family Guardian's annual Calendar Photo Contest is open to all Bahamian photographers, under the theme "A Celebration of Bahamian Pastimes". The deadline for entries is July 12. For more information, visit http://www.familyguardian.com.

The 10th Annual Bahamas International Film Festival invites filmmakers from around the worls to submit their narratives, documentaries, worls cinema, short films, animation and family films. This year's festival takes place December 5-13 on New Providence and Eleuthera. The deadline is July 17. For more information, visit http://bintlfilmfest.com.

The 30th Annual Central Bank of The Bahamas Art Competition and Exhibition invites entries for its Open Category under the theme "The Independents", in commemoration of the 40th anniversary of Bahamian independence, which is being celebrated this year. The objectives of the competition are to identify, recognize and encourage Bahamian visual artists. To qualify, participants must be citizens of The Bahamas, aged 18 or older (as of October 1, 2013) and not registered in secondary school. The Open/Senior Category Competition and Exhibition component will be held from Tuesday, October 1 to Friday, November 1. Artists under 30 years are especially encouraged to embrace this opportunity of the theme of "The Independents" as a challenge in terms of material and/or the role and responsibilities of independent thinking in art in The Bahamas, as well as, thinking of the larger political symbolism of independence of the country.

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Bahamian artist donates work to Cuba hospitals

A Bahamian delegation headed by master artist Antonius Roberts left for Camaguey, Cuba earlier this week to take part in a special presentation.
Some of Roberts' work, which highlights the wonders of The Bahamas, its nature and people, will be donated to the Oncological Hospital and to the Pediatric Hospital of the City of Camaguey.
The pieces were selected from a Bahamian/Cuban art exhibition at the Art Gallery "Larios" in Camaguey, Cuba, which also featured the works of Heino Schmid and John Cox.
The event is part of a cultural interchange that began last October with the celebration of Cuba's Day of Culture in Nassau, and continued with the joint exhibition in February 2013.
"The exchange is intended to strengthen and develop the socio-cultural links between The Bahamas and Cuba, something that will definitely contribute to enrich, not only the cultural arena, but also the people to people ties between our two nations," according to a press release to announce the donation.
Roberts' delegation includes a group of prominent Bahamian citizens, among them Sir Durward Knowles.

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Exhibitions
"A New Direction: Mother & Child III", new work by Jessica and Erin Colebrook, opens today at 10 a.m. at Hillside House. This exhibition ends Friday, May 31. For more information, visithttp://www.antoniusroberts.com.

"Interkosmos", new work by British artists Rory and Ella McCartney, opened Thursday, May 2 at Liquid Courage Galley in Palmdale. The exhibition closes on Thursday, May 30. For more information, visithttps://www.facebook.com/LiquidCourageGallery.

"JAB: A look at Trinidad's Traditional Carnival", paintings by Maria Govan and photos and video installation by Maria Govan and Abigail Hadeed, opened Tuesday, April 30 at Popopstudios International Center for the Visual Arts. This project and exhibition is supported by The D'Aguilar Foundation. For more information, call 322-7834 or visit www.popopstudios.com.

"The John Beadle Project", new work by John Beadle, continues at The National Art Gallery of The Bahamas. For more information, visit www.nagb.org.bs, email info@nagb.org.bs or call 328-5800/1.

"Master Artists of The Bahamas" opened Thursday, April 25 at The National Art Gallery of The Bahamas. Featured Artists are John Beadle, Jackson Burnside, Stan Burnside, John Cox, Amos Ferguson, Kendal Hanna, Brent Malone, Eddie Minnis, Antonius Roberts, Dave Smith and Max Taylor. For more information, visit www.nagb.org.bs, email info@nagb.org.bs or call 328-5800/1.

"life on my island", original patterns and paintings by Fash|Art 2012 Jackson Burnside III Visual Artist Competition Winner Attila Feszt, opens Thursday, June 13 at Doongalik Studios Art Gallery. For more information, visit http://www.doongalik.com/.

"Responsible Faith" continues at The Ladder Gallery, New Providence Community Centre, Blake Road. Artists will paint on 55-gallon metal drums, which will be exhibited and then donated to community parks. The drum covers will be used to create wall art for a permanent collection at The Ladder Gallery. Some will also be sold to benefit ACE Diabetes.

All-star Amateur Artist (AAA) Artwork: "NE6: Kingdom Come" Edition continues at the The National Art Gallery of The Bahamas. Amateur artists were asked to create works that relate to the distinct sections, Identity, Spirituality & Balance, Justice, Transformation and Survival.

"SINGLESEX", an all-female portrait show depicting only female subjects, continues at The National Art Gallery of The Bahamas. NAGB Curator John Cox says it is meant to stand in dialogue with the "Master Artists of The Bahamas" exhibition (later this year), which has no female representation. For more information, visit www.nagb.org.bs, email info@nagb.org.bs or call 328-5800/1.

The Permanent Exhibition of the National Art Gallery of The Bahamas, displaying pieces under the theme "The Bahamian Landscape", continues this week at the National Art Gallery of The Bahamas. Gallery hours: Tue. - Sat. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Sun. noon - 4 p.m. Admission $5 adults; $3 students/seniors; children under 12 are free. For more information, visit www.nagb.org.bs, email info@nagb.org.bs or call 328-5800/1.

Workshops
New online workshops from the Gaulin Project will begin in May. "A Light Through My Window: Writing the Spiritual Memoir" and "When My Body Speaks" will run from May 6 to June 30. Registration for each workshop is $450. For more information, visit http://helenklonaris.com/the-gaulin-project-upcoming-workshops/ or email Helen Klonaris at helenklonaris@gmail.com.

Bahamas Music Conservatory will hold its Summer Music Camp from July 1 to July 26 at the Duke Errol Strachan Music Centre on Village Road. The camp is geared toward young musicians ages eight to 18 and offered instruments are piccolo, flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, trumpet, trombone, tuba, viola, cello and double bass. The cost of the workshop is $600. For more information, visitwww.bahamasmusicconservatory.com.

Film
Bahamas FilmInvest International will host the 5th Travelling Caribbean Film Showcase in June at Galleria Cinemas. This year's showcase will feature 29 feature films, documentaries, animations and children's films, with a special tribute being paid to the 40th anniversary of Bahamian independence.

Tours
Islandz, having acquired Downtown Art Tours, offers its Islandz Gallery Hop tours, examining art spaces downtown on Saturdays. Tickets are $20 per person for the two-hour tour. For more information or to book tickets, call 601-7592 or visit Islandz online at www.islandzmarket.com.

Tru Bahamian food tours offers a "Bites of Nassau" food tasting and cultural walking tour to connect people with authentic local food items, stories and traditions behind the foods and the Bahamians that prepare and preserve them, through a hands-on, interactive, educational tour and culinary adventure. Tickets are $69 per person, $49 for children under 12. Tours are everyday from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., starting at the British Colonial Hilton and ending at Tortuga Rum Cake Company. For more information, visit www.trubahamianfoodtours.com.

Call for works
Family Guardian's annual Calendar Photo Contest is open to all Bahamian photographers, under the theme "A Celebration of Bahamian Pastimes". The deadline for entries is July 12. For more information, visithttp://www.familyguardian.com.

The 10th Annual Bahamas International Film Festival invites filmmakers from around the worls to submit their narratives, documentaries, worls cinema, short films, animation and family films. This year's festival takes place December 5-13 on New Providence and Eleuthera. The deadline is July 17. For more information, visit http://bintlfilmfest.com.

The 30th Annual Central Bank of The Bahamas Art Competition and Exhibition invites entries for its Open Category under the theme "The Independents", in commemoration of the 40th anniversary of Bahamian independence, which is being celebrated this year. The objectives of the competition are to identify, recognize and encourage Bahamian visual artists. To qualify, participants must be citizens of The Bahamas, aged 18 or older (as of October 1, 2013) and not registered in secondary school. The Open/Senior Category Competition and Exhibition component will be held from Tuesday, October 1 to Friday, November 1. Artists under 30 years are especially encouraged to embrace this opportunity of the theme of "The Independents" as a challenge in terms of material and/or the role and responsibilities of independent thinking in art in The Bahamas, as well as, thinking of the larger political symbolism of independence of the country.

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Bahamas student honored at STEP Caribbean Awards

Lisa Wilcox of Scotiatrust, Bahamas, was named Caribbean Student of the Year at the STEP Caribbean awards held at the Marriott Resort, St. Kitts on 5 May. She had registered the highest overall grade of her peer group for the STEP Diploma in International Trust Management in an award kindly sponsored by CLT International.
Trust and law firms scooped the other competitive awards and Bermuda-based Meritus Trust was lauded as Caribbean Trust Company of the Year, while law firm Mourant Ozannes received the accolade of Caribbean Legal Team of the Year. Bahamas-based Higgs & Johnson was named a finalist in the legal category.
Tim Prudhoe, chair of the judging panel, said: "These awards demonstrate the vitality of the Caribbean as a center of excellence in wealth structuring. I congratulate the winners and they should be doubly proud as the standard of competition was very high."
The award winners were announced at the STEP Caribbean Conference gala dinner on Sunday, May 5, part of the STEP Caribbean Conference being held in St. Kitts, May 6-8, 2013 at the Marriott Resort.

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Edward Patrick Johnson, 66

Funeral Service for Edward Patrick Johnson, 66 of Washington Street will be held on Friday, August 6, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. Graveside, Old Trail Cemetery, Abundant Life Road. Officiating: Bro. Kemuel Cox & Other Ministers of the Gospel.

Left to cherish his profound memories are his 2 Children: Gena & Edward Johnson, Jr.; 2 Stepsons: Cecil Carey and Owen Woodside; 3 Stepdaughters: Roella, Anika & Tiffany Woodside; 1 Brother, Wellington Johnson of Chicago, Illinois; 3 Grandchildren: Diorshea Johnson, Lutera Moss and Kayjah Ferguson; 6 Nieces: Maria Johnson, Lynese Beneby, Michelle Sweeting, Gail Bonamy, Portia Henfield and Andrea Sweeting; 4 Nephews: Wellington Johnson, Jr. of Chicago, Paul & ...

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Imagine That
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New exhibitions at NAGB raise issues of gender, security

Issues surrounding fear and security and gender are explored in three new exhibitions at the National Art Gallery of The Bahamas (NAGB).
Two of the exhibitions - "The John Beadle Project" and "Master Artists of The Bahamas" - are set to open next week, and the third, "SINGLESEX", opened last month.
"The John Beadle Project" features a series of new works by Bahamian artist John Beadle, who is known as an accomplished painter but in recent years has broadened his range to include sculpture and large-scale installation.
"As an artist who is finely attuned to the issues of our society, he is known for works that quietly yet deeply observe and raise unsettling questions about our human condition and how we see and treat each other," says NAGB director Amanda Coulson.
"Born to a Bahamian mother and Jamaican father, Beadle has himself felt the sting of xenophobia and many of his pieces judiciously critique our relationship to our own émigré community and delves into issues - personal, psychological and societal - that are a result of both migration and immigration.
"Immigration is an act of the outside coming in, though this 'outside' is usually somewhere distant, somewhere perhaps unfamiliar or scary."
Coulson notes however that in his new body of work, Beadle turns his gaze closer to home, further inward, and addresses issues of fear and
security within our homeland, treating the "outside" as that perceived through the car or house window.
A myriad of figures - not dissimilar to those that appear on the paper shooting targets - are arranged in the Grand Ballroom of Villa Doyle, each one wrought out of some kind of screen or security measure.
These ominous human silhouettes are constructed from colonial-style metal curlicue gates, mosquito netting, or chain link. The result is unsettling: are the figures looming outside of our window or are they, in another scenario, our own reflection...the person hiding behind the bars?
"The installation raises the issue of gating in our communities: What message does this send to our neighbors? What does it do to our own psyches, to lock ourselves behind bars every night in order to sleep?
"Some of the silhouetted figures appear in the patterns of metal grating but are, in fact, made out of cardboard - a much flimsier material - which suggests that we lull ourselves into this false sense of security, that perhaps these gates are only figments that give us psychological peace, but not the real issue," says Coulson.
"This, in turn, asks us to consider the other mental barriers: those we construct between 'us' and 'them' - do these lead to a more human understanding of one another, to a society where we could, in fact, live without bars or do they, rather, escalate the problems we currently face?"

'Master Artists of The Bahamas'
On its final leg, the traveling exhibition "Master Artists of The Bahamas" - which has been shown at the Waterloo Center for the Arts in Iowa and the Museum of Fine Arts in Tallahassee, Florida - comes home to The National Art Gallery of The Bahamas.
Instigated by the Waterloo Center for the Arts (WCA) and filmmaker Karen Arthur - whose many films include "Brent Malone: Father of Bahamian Art" and "Amos Ferguson: Match Me if You Can", among others - this project was initially conceived to raise the profile of Bahamian art in the United States and bring the work of Bahamian artists to new audiences.
Filmmaker Arthur, with her partner Thomas Neuwirth, had finished the Island Films production "Artists of The Bahamas" and this inspired the Iowan curators - Cammie Scully and Kent Shankle - to stage the show, focusing on the artists featured in the film.
Alongside the WCA's own stunning collection of over 65 Amos Fergusons, the beginning of their fascination with Bahamian art, they gathered work by the other artists - John Beadle, Jackson Burnside, Stan Burnside, John Cox, Kendal Hanna, Brent Malone, Eddie Minnis, Antonius Roberts, Dave Smith and Max Taylor - to form a stellar show, which has been re-curated here in Nassau to include some entirely new works.
"Tailored for the local audience, while still appealing to international visitors, the show is re-installed in such a way as to extrapolate new meanings and connections between the works and is an outstanding testament to our Bahamian art and culture," says Coulson.
On view, among other works, will be the last ever paintings of the beloved Jackson Burnside, as well as new works from his brother Stan Burnside's most recent show, which opened on Valentine's Day, (Jackson's birthday), works that grapple with issues of love and loss.
During the run of show, all of Island Films' library will be screened, free of charge, including the latest in the series "Jackson Burnside III: Native Son" on Saturday, April 27 at 6 p.m. in the presence of the film's director.

'SINGLESEX'
As a response to this show and the original film "Artists of The Bahamas" - which at its opening caused some controversy for its lack of female participants - the NAGB has also installed a powerful show in the ground floor galleries entitled "SINGLESEX" in an effort to reclaim art history, including women into the discourse.
At the NAGB's inaugural show - the INE in 2003 - female artists represented only 24 percent of the roster; at the recent NE6 the ratio was strict 50/50. Now the NAGB presents a show that is 100 percent women, a show that holds its own with work by Chantal Bethel, Dionne Benjamin-Smith, Dede Brown, Jessica Colebrook, June Collie, Christina Darville, Erica Moiah James, Sue Katz, Shan Kelly, Sabrina Lightbourn, Candis Marshall, Jessica Miller, Nadine Munroe, Holly Parotti, Barbara Pearless, Leanne Russell, Tamara Russell, Nora Smith, Giovanni Swaby and Elyse Wasile.
"The cultural expectations of femininity are being deconstructed and in many works, reconstructed," says Coulson. "'SINGLESEX' broaches the questions: how do females project female identity in their work and how does one define a feminine artwork rather than a masculine artwork? Has there been a transformation in the visibility and practice of female artists in our nation? What does this mean for the landscape of Bahamian art? Even further, what do these numbers mean for the growing and strengthening community of female Bahamian artists?"
Seen as pendants to one another, the two shows "Master Artists of The Bahamas" and "SINGLESEX" show the vast range of contemporary practice in our country by a myriad of talents in a stunning variety of media and materials.

o 'The John Beadle Project' and 'Master Artists of The Bahamas' open on Thursday, April 25, 7-9 p.m. at the National Art Gallery of The Bahamas, West Hill Street. For more information, visit www.nagb.org.bs.

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Popopstudios presents 'Tropical Alchemy', artwork by Tyler Johnston

Popopstudios International Center for the Visual Arts will host a reception for the opening of Tyler Johnston's show, "Tropical Alchemy", including a special performance by Bahama Woodstarr.
"Tropical Alchemy" focuses on three inter-related bodies of work: maps of inheritance, power objects and transmutational icons. Johnston has painted and assembled simple objects that he has found, allowing them to be transformed into something complex and simple simultaneously. Rich in texture and color, the work is meant to emanate a very potent and visceral energy, which is also reflected in the performance piece.
The Bahama Woodstarr performance is a dance/theater piece in the form of a ceremonial blessing by Bahama Woodstarr and several dancers. Woodstarr, a Bahamian shaman known for bringing good luck, is the love child of a pirate and a mermaid.
Though he has exhibited internationally and throughout The Bahamas, this is Johnston's first solo exhibition in Nassau. Tyler Johnston, the grandson of the late Randolph Wardell Johnston, has worked extensively with his family's traditional bronze casting studio - the only one in The Bahamas. His current body of work represents a departure from the traditional sculptural history of his lineage. "Tropical Alchemy" is a very modern, very Bahamian and very personal series of work.
Working out of Popopstudios since the fall of 2012, Johnston has worked with fellow artist John Cox on a series of murals for the Baha Mar resort, holds regular dance, theater and martial arts workshops, and recently acted in the television drama "Mystery In Paradise", shot this winter in Nassau. Johnston is also an award-winning filmmaker and started the Bahamas Institute for Motion Pictures, which holds a monthly social networking event called "Creative Connect" with the Bahamas Film Makers and Actors Guild. Tyler studied filmmaking and theater at Maine Media workshops and the University of Southern Maine. He holds a BFA from the Maine College of Art and studied Urban Design at the Harvard Graduate School of Design.

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