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January 13, 2012
Albert Ivan Shorty Humes, 85

Funeral service for Mr. Albert Ivan "Shorty" Humes, 85 yrs., a resident of Baldwin Avenue, & formerly of Ramsey, Exuma, who died on 7th January, 2012, will be held at The Salem Union Baptist Church, Taylor Street, on Saturday at 11:00 a.m. Officiating will be Rev. Dr. C.W. Saunders. Interment follows in Old Trail Cemetery, Old Trail Road.
Left to cherish his memories are his children: Edward Humes, Melinda Pratt, Keva & Bridgette Humes & Marva Humes-Scavella; grandchildren: Rovan & Marisha Humes, O'Glenn & Edreisa Johnson, Tamika, Edward & Edvardo Humes, Christopher & Cleopatra Deal, Christian Pratt, Jathorne Cox, Antonelle & Cordell Humes, Edisel Jr. & Evana Scavella; great-grandchildren: Rovan II & Keyanna Humes, Kyleo, Gabrielle & Geneal Johnson, Eden, Lauren & Christopher Deal, Abria Humes & Hayden Pratt; daughter-in-law: Dorsie Mae Humes; son-in-law: Edisel Scavella Sr.; sisters-in-law: Vivian Humes & Ivy Humes; nephews: James, Dwight, Rodney, Ricardo, Larry, George, Anthony, Brinton, Norman, David, Jeffery, Colin & Huden; nieces: Lorraine, Janet, Shranda, Clarice, Polly, Valleria, Janice, Jacqueline, Melinda & Jennifer; godchild: Joseph Dames; numerous relatives & friends including: Virginia Sturrup & family, Helen & Warren Rolle & family, Les Rolle & family, Harcourt Rolle & family, Nehemiah Rolle & family, Overseer Orthneil Humes & family, Paul & Anita Cooper & family, Ena Rolle & family, McQuay family, Susan & Maria Marshall & family, Sheila Johnson, Norma Adderley, Paula Theophilus, Sybil Glass & family, Agatha Delancy & family, the Mount Thompson & Ramsey family, the Baldwin Avenue family, Deacon McPhee & the Men's Fellowship of Salem Union Baptist Church, Rev. Dr. C.W. Saunders & the entire Salem Union Baptist Church.
Special thanks to Dr. Butch Bartlett.
Friends may pay their last respects at Demeritte's Funeral Home, Market Street, from 10-6:00 p.m. on Friday & on Saturday at the church from 10:00 a.m. until service time.

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September 06, 2014
Master artist Maxwell Taylor completes murals for Grand Hyatt

in the hospitality industry, first impressions mean everything, forming the basis for a dynamic and meaningful guest experience that will make The Bahamas a standout global destination.
To that end, Baha Mar's art team, The Current, is coordinating thousands of art moments across the $3.5 billion development to ensure that guests will be inundated with Bahamian culture from the moment they arrive at the luxury destination resort in spring 2015.
One of the first major projects to near completion is a series of four large murals by Bahamian master artist Max Taylor, which will greet guests in The Grand Hyatt lobby with rich depictions of Bahamian life.
A painter, printmaker and ceramicist, Taylor has rightfully earned his place as a master visual artist in Bahamian art history. Utilizing a variety of creative techniques and styles, he addresses a range of subject matter in his creative practice, making him one of the most versatile artists practicing in The Bahamas today.
Over the past few months, Taylor has been steadily painting the murals in The Current art studio, bringing together abstracted figures, geometric shapes and hand-applied linoleum patterns in myriad colors to form breathtaking tributes to Bahamian people, history and culture.
"It looks at different types of history in The Bahamas--of culture, in performance, in music, of art itself--and sets a festive tone for The Bahamian Riviera," said Baha Mar Creative Artistic Director John Cox. "It's powerful and proud. But mostly it's a large expansion of decades of experience that this master artist has shared with us."
Taylor worked with loose themes of festivity and Bahamian life to craft a dynamic narrative. Letting the particular details come to him in the moment and inspired by the range of colors at his disposal, Taylor steadily crafted the masterpieces layer by rich layer.
Taylor's murals are just one of the thousands of opportunities for Baha Mar's guests from all around the world to learn about Bahamian visual art, culture and way of life.
"One thing I think about Bahamian artists, most of them have the ability to do anything, any project," said Taylor. "A Bahamian artist does not always get this opportunity, especially on such a broad scale, so I think Baha Mar is a fantastic opportunity. I'd really like to say thanks for choosing me as one of the artists to be part of this global platform."
The Current is the unifying force behind the collective art moments across Baha Mar, from the reproductions and site-specific commissions informing the guest experience to the rotating exhibitions and artist residencies in three gallery spaces within the development. Visit facebook.com/thecurrentart to find out more, or email art@bahamar.com.

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July 13, 2013
'40 Years Later'

Many conversations have been sparked in the midst of the country's celebration of 40 years as an independent nation this year, and a new exhibition at Hillside House Gallery is using art to start its own dialogue.
In "40 Years Later", artists John Beadle, John Cox, Antonius Roberts and Heino Schmid each address individual issues from their unique perspectives, using their work to encourage viewers to engage in a larger conversation.
The idea for the exhibition came out of one of the regular coffee sessions at Roberts' Hillside House Gallery, where artists and others gather weekly to network and exchange ideas.
Roberts' contribution to the conversation is two-fold. It addresses how we treat our national symbols and the common social issues faced by Bahamian women, such as equal rights, standards of beauty and objectification.
"I still have a serious concern about the way we react to and deal with our national symbols," Roberts told Guardian Arts&Culture. "They should be respected, celebrated."
Roberts' sculpture are carved out of a lignum vitae tree -- the national tree of The Bahamas -- that was removed and replanted to make way for the Princess Margaret Hospital extension. The tree, which Roberts believes was originally planted to mark the country's independence, died after it was replanted so Roberts intervened and repurposed the tree, creating the powerful sculpture he has become so well known for.
"I couldn't understand how the government, the architects could bring themselves to move this tree," he said.
Out of the tree, Roberts has made a crucifix, which will eventually be re-gifted to the hospital's chapel, and two more pieces - "Lignum" and "Alpha".
"Alpha" is an untouched section of the tree's root system that twists upon itself, beautiful in its simplicity. "Lignum", a limb that holds the carving of a "lost and lonely" male figure.
"It is a way that the tree could serve its original purpose," said Roberts of giving the works back to the hospital.
His contribution also includes four paintings, of women, each speaking to a different social issue.
Beadle's contribution is a continuation of the themes seen in his "The John Beadle Project" at the National Art Gallery of The Bahamas.
Beadle's work is already well known for its keen observation of social issues, and in "The John Beadle Project" he addresses issues of fear and security.
In "40 Years Later" Beadle is exhibiting the sculpture "So High I'll Fly Over It" from "The John Beadle Project" and two new paintings created specifically for the exhibition, based on the same overarching theme.
"I wanted to continue the body of work beyond the exhibition to see how far it would take me," he said.
Beadle's contribution to the conversation is a very personal one. It's a conversation about what is going on in his environment, but it is also about how he fits into that space.
Schmid's work focuses on domestic rituals, using traditional symbols, such as the church, a broom, a mop and boxing tape.
There are three mixed media on paper pieces and a small assemblage.
"The work is reflective of how living in a society that is celebrating this monumental event (independence) and how that translates into an individual environment," Schmid explained.
Schmid said that as the youngest in the group he does not have a memory of that early independence and what that represented. He said the biggest challenge for him was to identify with the history.
"I could comment on the here and now, but it was interesting to try and channel that excitement," he added.
Schmid noted that when designing the invitation for the show, he used an image of the crowd responding to the first time the Bahamian flag was raised that night on Clifford Park. "It's said that I can't identify with that excitement but I am trying, vicariously, to bring the work back to that point, of excitement and curiosity, that anything is possible."
For Cox, his contribution -- a large painting and two-part sculpture -- to the conversation focuses on creative community building.
"I wanted the works to map the development of visual culture over the 40 years (since independence)," Cox explained.
The execution is not illustrative in nature -- Cox's work is not typically illustrative -- but the spirit of the work embodies diminishing boundaries and strengthening the foundation.
Cox uses excavation as a metaphor to explain the 12ft x 7ft painting.
"It's excavating to reveal past developments, digging into surfaces, digging in to lay the foundation for new works," he explained.
Cox's sculpture -- two elevated chairs -- acts as a "contemplative space".
It's a reference to his 2008 "Contemplation and Action" installation that incorporated a bicycle and chair.
"In this sculpture, I am extending the thinking, using the chair as an icon of contemplation but elevating it as a mark of the critical evolution of the visual arts in the country," said Cox.
"We (artists) are so much more self aware and engaged and provocative in the works as a community. The chair mimics a high chair that a child would sit it. The high chair represents humility. We are evolving but still have a long way to go."

o "40 Years Later" exhibition and discussion starts Wednesday, July 17, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. at Hillside House Studio and Gallery, Cumberland Street. The conversation continues on Saturday, July 20, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Call 322-7678 for more information.

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July 06, 2013
Arts Calendar

Exhibitions
"The Independence Exhibition", featuring work from the Central Bank Art Gallery collection, opens Tuesday, July 9 at 6 p.m. at the Central Bank of The Bahamas Art Gallery. The exhibition runs through to Wednesday, July 31.

"40 Years of Bahamian Art" opens Thursday, July 11 at the National Art Gallery of The Bahamas (NAGB) at 6:30 p.m. The opening is free and open to the public. For more information, visitwww.nagb.org.bs, email info@nagb.org.bs or call 328-5800/1.

"The Bahamian collection", photographs by Duke Wells, opens Thursday, July 11 at the National Art Gallery of The Bahamas (NAGB) at 6:30 p.m. The opening 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.

"Material and Sculpture", new work by John Cox and Heino Schmid, opens Friday, July 12 at 5:30 p.m. at Liquid Courage Gallery in Palmdale. For more information, visitwww.facebook.com/LiquidCourageGallery.

"Home Sweet Home", an art exhibition featuring watercolor paintings and architectural models by Nastassia Pratt, continues at Popopstudios. For more information, visit www.popopstudios.comor call 322-7834 or 552-0412.

"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/.

"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.

Theater
James Catalyn and Friends (JCF) presents "A Weddin' Tale", written by Catalyn and directed by JCF veterans Chigozie Ijeoma and Dwain Wallace. "A Weddin' Tale" shows tonight at 8 p.m. at The Dundas Centre for the Performing Arts. Tickets are $25 general admission and $30 reserved. For more information, visit jamescatalynfriends.com or email jamescatalynfriends@yahoo.com. The Dundas Box office (393-3728 & 394-7179) is open Monday to Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Shakespeare in Paradise Theatre Festival is looking for new plays to be read at the festival's customary Play Reading Series. All submissions are to be sent to scripts@shakespeareinparadise.org, Dr. Nicolette Bethel, festival director, (242) 677-8900. The submission deadline is Saturday, August 31. For additional information on Shakespeare in Paradise, visitwww.shakespeareinparadise.org.

Workshops and Summer Camps

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.

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
All artists interested in participating in the third biennial All Ceramics Exhibition, under the theme "My Beautiful Teacup and Bowl", can contact Jessica Colebrooke at telephone (242) 324-3533 or at email: jessicastileworks@gmail.com.

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 fromwww.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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December 08, 2011
Alexander Laverne Curry, 22

Funeral service for Alexander Laverne Curry, 22, of Fort Fincastle, who died on 19th November, 2011, will be held at Zion Baptist Church, East & Shirley Streets, on Saturday at 10:30 a.m. Officiating will be Rev. Anthony Sampson, assisted by Deacon Yelverton Cox, other Associate Minister, Deacons & Evangelist. Interment follows in Lakeview Memorial Gardens, JFK Drive.

Left to cherish his memories are his brother: Ricardo Culmer; sisters: Keva Culmer, Bernadette Johnson, Shakiera Thompson; adopted parents: Jeffery & Vanessa McCoy; adopted brother: Jevan McCoy; adopted sister: Jeva McCoy; 2 aunts: Leonie Neely & Elizabeth Whylly; 1 grand aunt: Mary Johnson; 1 uncle: Sydney C ...

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June 22, 2013
Arts Calendar

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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August 06, 2010
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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Movie
Imagine That
  • Genre : Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
  • Rating : A - All ages admitted

A financial executive (Murphy) who can't stop his career downspiral is invited into his daughter's imaginary world, where solutions to his problems await...


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May 25, 2013
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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May 25, 2013
Looking at people as a design

Spirituality and art often go hand in hand. The result of which can be amazingly emotional as well as tranquil.
For artist Lemero Wright, looking at people as a design of God inspired his upcoming exhibition at The Ladder Gallery.
"I was trying to find [a theme] where it could be a little bit simple," Wright told Guardian Arts&Culture. "I tried to stick to one theme; I didn't just name it 'Design'. I was looking at it like we are designs. How God made us, He made us a design before we even came into existence. That's why I named the show that."
Gaining inspiration from life in general and just getting up every morning and being alive, Wright is driven every day to pick up a paintbrush and let his imagination run wild. Oftentimes, he admits, his work could be inspired from something as simple as a dream.
"My style is basically urban pop art, where you have figures being distorted in a fun way," he explained. "But now my new approach for this show 'Design', I want to go back to basics with the basic fundamentals of the shapes, but make the images stand out. Like painting a design in a design.
"There is a piece I've done that's called 'Andros', where when I started it, I didn't really want the object to look like a conch shell, but it just turned out to be one. So when people look at it, I want them to not just look at it and say it's basically just the shape of a conch shell, but look inside of it and say what they see."
"I am more a person where my painting with design is more stylized, very tight and very neat. I said let me just hold up the urban design for this year and just fully master the design part."
Wright, who's been painting since the age of 14 and an established artist since 18, has done numerous shows, including a solo exhibition at The Central Bank Art Gallery; group exhibitions with artists like Jackson Petit, Lavar Munroe and Bernard Petit at The Ladder Gallery, Central Bank and Lyford Manor and six or seven showcases at the annual Wine & Art Festival at the Bahamas National Trust.
Wright's history with The Ladder Gallery at New Providence Community Centre began with a group exhibition organized by then gallery curator Gillian Watson.
"When she saw the work we did, she had an idea that we were like the new emerging artists," said Wright. "So that's when some of the young artists right now came into existence. She helped us to get a taste of it and get a feel. That's how we came about."
As for the current show, Wright had been working on those pieces, using his new approach, for some time before showcasing at last year's Wine & Art Festival. Many interested patrons asked him when he would have a solo exhibition, so it seemed natural Wright should do something small to please his audience. After looking at various venues, he settled on The Ladder Gallery, which was available at just the right time.
Wright is currently studying art education at The College of The Bahamas (COB) and has learned from some of the most celebrated Bahamian artists, including Max Taylor, Antonius Roberts, John Cox and Sue Bennett-Williams. He attributed much of his drive to what he learned at COB, as well as the FINCO Art Workshop.
"By them instilling in me to 'just make sure you get out there and do you', 'try get yourself established as a young artist' and through that, I just took their advice and got out there on the art scene," he said.
Wright is very excited about his upcoming show and hopes that viewers expect the extraordinary.
"[I want the audience to] open their minds, let their imaginations flow. Be more creative when viewing the work," he said.
In addition to "Design", Wright's work will be featured in the upcoming Art for Hope Silent Auction & Cocktail Reception at the National Art Gallery of The Bahamas on Friday, May 31, benefiting the Bahamas AIDS Foundation.

o "Design", new works by Lemero Wright, opens Friday, May 31 at 6 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.

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