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It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas, and nothing kicks off the holiday season better than the Bahamas National Trust's (BNT) Annual Christmas Jollification.
Jollification with a Caribbean flair takes place November 18-20 at The Retreat on Village Road, with Friday a special evening for members only, and Saturday and Sunday open to the public. More than 100 vendors offering the best in artisanal crafts, designer jewelry, plants and food from around the world will be on display.
It's the event that's perfect to find unusual and unique gifts for Christmas. Pippa Cole will display wonderful needlecraft. Nadine's Garden will provide handpainted glassware and unique wind chimes for the discerning shopper. And Island Flava, with their Junkanoo designed tableware can insure that your holiday celebrations will not only taste good, but will get everyone ready for that Boxing Day beat.
For the women that love bling, Jollification offers many choices of unique and wonderful jeweled creations with elegant pieces to accent holiday attire. Pirates and Pearls will also have the perfect pair of earrings or bracelets. If beads are your thing, the Karike offerings will make it almost impossible for you to make a decision. And Marlee Mason of Abaco Seaglass will provide beautiful silver and seaglass creations that will be perfect for the holiday party on the beach.
Jolly Market continues to grow and has become one of the liveliest areas at the Jollification. The area features beautiful straw work, homemade jams and jellies, delicious pastries, and creative and delicate shell work. Monika Zeilder, of For Heaven's Cakes will be on hand with her delicious cheesecakes, scones and artisanal breads.
And once again Jim Whitehead from the Nassau Florist will create the mood with his decorations under the pavilion and around the garden.
Jollification has also become popular with local artists and Dion Lewis, Jennifer Marbury and Tiffany Barrett will display Bahamian scenes in oils, watercolors and silk paintings respectively.
For the "green thumbs" the Jollification plant area will certainly be the place to browse. Tanya Nunez of the Potting Shed always has something new and different, and Flamingo Nurseries with their exotic orchids is always a favorite. Edem Nursery offers native fruit trees among other garden specialties.
And then there are the people who come to the Jollification just for the food. This year, they will not be disappointed. Back again by popular demand is the Greek Annunciation Church and Filipino Delights. Hands For Hunger will offer healthy soups and Inner Wheel of East Nassau will offer a sumptuous variety of sweet and savory treats. The Batter Girls will be in attendance with their conch fritters. The conch corner will also offer conch chowder, conch salad and grilled conch. Sands beer will feature their new Bush Crack beer.
The Jolly Book Stall will have for sale many bestsellers at great prices. A quilt by the Stepping Stone Quilters will be raffled off.
Bristol Wines & Spirits will have a number of holiday spirits on display for guests to sample, such as Jacknogg, as well as two new Bacardi flavors -- Torched Cherry and Oak Heart Spiced Rum. Also featured will be the Alpenglow non-alcoholic ciders. A variety of holiday cocktails and liqueurs will be available for sampling, to give you options for your upcoming holiday gatherings.
Just for the kids will be Jolly Land where children will be able to create a Christmas Craft, have their face painted and take an animal balloon by Desi Cuevas.
When: Saturday, November 19
Time: 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
When: Sunday, November 20
Time: 12 noon - 5 p.m.
Admission: $10 general admission, $5 BNT members, $2 children under 12.
By JEFFARAH GIBSON
Tribune Features Writer
NOT every piece of jewelry had a predetermined finish. Sometimes she sketches a design and other times she lets her imagination take control.
However Nadia Campbell's discipline in the craft allows her to put her vision of each trinket on a piece of paper. Afterwards she translates this same vision onto a bead board, where she matches semi-precious stones with conch shells, and coral.
The outcome of each piece of jewelry after this process sometimes loosely reflect the current fashion season, a particular mood, or feel.
"I try to focus on a feel. I then think of what materials I am attracted to. And then I draw a sketch of what it is I want. ...
Nadia Campbell - the sole designer and motivating force behind the Bahamian brand Nadia Campbell Jewellery - is known for her statement-making pieces through her use of innovative shapes and materials.
Now, after spending a year in Italy, she returns with a new collection of work which will be on display at the exhibition "Stones. Leather. Metal. Wood." this Wednesday, December 21, from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Harry's Haven (Queen Street, past the U.S. Embassy).
Though she says her work aesthetic hasn't been totally influenced by Italy, she has noticed a shift in her motivation to strengthen her business and product aesthetic.
"With my time here, I realized I'm really a resort designer," says Campbell. "For me, Nadia Campbell Jewellery is lifestyle jewelry - and the lifestyle I identified most with is The Bahamas. It's the thing I know most intimately, so I always design with that in mind, with what feels appropriate within that climate and context."
Indeed, the pieces remain true to her innovative eye, with the materials - as the title suggests - taking center-stage in a well-rounded product offering of necklaces, earrings and bracelets. Yet in the variety of new materials she offers in sometimes unexpected combinations, Campbell still pays tribute to Bahamian materials.
"I didn't gravitate towards one color palette but I did find things grouping themselves," she says. "As always I have big love for the conch shell - there's something about that creaminess that feels really good to me in jewelry and the feel of it against the skin, so I have a group of pieces with that."
It's obvious, however, that her craftsmanship has been affected after just one year of her two year program abroad - which is exactly what the designer wanted when she set her eyes upon Italy. Coming from a place of casual, mostly self-taught study base, Campbell decided to do something more formal in her passion, embarking on a two-year study in Goldsmithing at Le Arti Orafe, a jewelry school and academy in Florence, Italy.
"I wanted to inform the jewelry with a different language and different set of
influences," she says. "I wanted to make myself grow the most that I could and I thought the best way I could do that was to put myself in the least comfortable situation that I could."
"Florence has such a rich history of craftsmanship and design work, so I felt I really could get rigorous training here. I thought my design would probably get a rich set of influences here too."
But Campbell had another motivation--she wanted to get serious about her business, Nadia Campbell Jewellery, and expand her knowledge in order to expand her design offerings.
She admits she's always had trouble balancing creativity with professionalism, but if there's anything her time in Italy has taught her so far, it's that there is power in being able to wear many hats as a self-employed artist--not only personally, but for the growth of The Bahamas as well. It's really the motivating force behind choosing to travel so far away in order to grow.
"I feel like we should be trying to grow the country and the best way to do that is to grow ourselves," she says. "Our only resource outside of sun, sand and sea--which is already being changed by pollution and development--is ourselves, so if we're going to be stronger we need to grow ourselves."
"So I wanted to get closer to become a stronger lifestyle brand, [with a] final goal of being more well-rounded as a designer."
With her already more clear professional voice and fresh perspective, Campbell's offerings are diversifying, maybe even soon trending into the accessories range in her next year of study.
But in everything she does, Campbell wants to stay true to her aesthetic and voice which always takes inspiration from her home and its people. Though she's loving her time in Italy, she continues to refine her practice towards that goal of Bahamian lifestyle--exactly where she feels Nadia Campbell Jewellery belongs.
"I feel like my jewelry has a definite personality," she says. "My dream customer is somebody with a definite sense of themselves and a sense of strength about them--whether they're quiet and they wear something delicate or whether they're loud and they wear something in-your-face."
"For me that is completely what our island lifestyle is about for me--Caribbean people at their best are a group of confident and self-satisfied people, and we really enjoy living, so if somebody could buy some jewelry and add to that living, I'm happy with that," she continues.
"I just want my jewelry to be the accessory that people wear when they're dressing up for the business of living their life."
New work by Nadia Campbell Jewellery will be on sale during the show "Stones. Leather. Metal. Wood." this Wednesday, December 21, from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Harry's Haven (Queen Street, past the U.S. Embassy).
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Tickets can be purchased at Gizmos and Gadgets, Expression and Musik Lakay.VALENTINE EXHIBITION: Grand Bahama Artists Association's Annual Valentine Art Exhibition takes place February 6-28. Local and international artists gather in the Glory Banks Art Gallery to present their latest eclectic collection of still life, abstracts, island life, sea and landscape works in a variety of mediums. For more information telephone 353-4333 or 352-5438.AbacoFOOD, FOLKS AND FUN: Green Turtle Cay, Abaco, will play host to the first Devour! The Beach festival. It will take place, March 26-29 with culinary events led by international celebrity chefs from Chicago, Las Vegas, Cleveland, Dallas, Ottawa and Halifax. Food and wine lovers will also enjoy sessions hosted by a master of wine from the United Kingdom. Two nights will feature themed gala dinners from classic French cuisine to the pan-American cooking. The days will have various activities for the culinary and wine enthusiast, from fishing and diving, to chef beach cookouts, to wine and culinary demonstrations.LOVE RUSH WEEKEND: The two-day competitive event to be held February 21-22 evokes excitement and passion amongst Bahamians and visitors through the traditional music, costumes and dance that are displayed and paraded by local junior and senior Junkanoo groups. It will begin with the school groups and end with the community groups that are all competing for supremacy on this uniquely Bahamian stage in downtown Marsh Harbour.Acklins HOMECOMING: Salina Point Homecoming celebrations, February 24-27 is an annual reunion for former residents of Salina Point. The event features four days of daytime and nighttime activities, beginning with a float parade from the Spring Point Airport to the settlement of Salina Point. There will be live entertainment, dancing, a fashion show, plus Little Miss and Big Miss Salina Point Beauty Pageants. 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There's swimming, music and dancing. Native Bahamian and American dishes are served to satisfy the appetite.Rum CayFESTIVAL: The Rum Cay Day Festival takes place February 21-23 in Port Nelson's historic Milo Butler Heritage Park. The all-day festival is the signature event for Rum Cay. It features a church service, cultural entertainment, Rake and Scrape bands, games, local craft and food and drinks. For more information telephone 331-2828.o To have your event listed in The Hook Up, email your information to firstname.lastname@example.org.