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Fash|Art 2012 visual art award winner Attila Feszt opened "Life on my island", original patterns and paintings inspired by life in the islands, to warm reviews in an intimate showing Thursday evening at Doongalik Studios Art Gallery on Village Road.
Though he has been an avid illustrator all his life, Feszt just recently - within the last six years - got back into his art work, which includes various forms of media, including pen and ink illustration, painting, screen printing and graphic design work. He also is a huge fan of comic book art, which marries well with his passion for pattern designs.
Feszt, who has a Bachelor of Arts in History of Art and Design from Manchester Metropolitan University, said he was tentative for a while before taking the plunge into showing his artwork.
"In a way, I wasn't sure what I wanted to show," Feszt told Guardian Arts&Culture. "So starting, doing the patterns and working with paintings inspired by that, I started to figure it out a little bit more [and realized that] the meaning will come. The main thing is to just do it.
"Actually, I remember a few years ago talking to A.J. Watson (I spoke to him when I first started doing my printed stuff and had very much liked that graffiti stencil art style)... He said, 'Mate you just gotta do it. You just have to get it out there and do it'.
"For me, being a part of things and getting the exposure and being able to talk to people and knowing that people like what you're doing is a huge motivator and also winning this award and having this show was huge.
"It was pivotal for me, [and] some of the worry of whether people like it, it kind of stopped because I realized what I'm doing people like and people see something in it. So at that point, it's just about doing it without any of the questioning. You have the freedom to just do what you've been doing all along and to just focus on that without wondering what's gonna happen."
The name of the exhibition, "Life on my island", is also the name of his first pattern design, which features a manta ray and shells. Since that design, he has created a cohesive collection of artwork, as well as business cards and a website, which all incorporate his screen printing designs.
Feszt, who works as a designer at a screen printing company in Hope Town, Abaco, won the Fash|Art 2012 Jackson Burnside III Visual Artist Award in November.
"It's actually a big thing as well, having an award named after Jackson Burnside. So that was very special," Feszt says.
"[The show is] getting me thinking about other work I want to do. It's getting me thinking about what I'm trying to do with it, and I want it to lead me to other places, other styles of art or design or using other media.
"And for me it's not just about doing the work and becoming a success. I mean that would be nice, or will be nice, but it's about using it as a vehicle to explore new things and refine what I'm doing, the type of work I'm doing and get better at what I'm doing and that's what it's all about."
He is also looking forward to participating in more events in New Providence and is planning to come out with a line of clothing and bags with his screen prints on them, using his Maeter Design brand.
Doongalik Studios owner and Jackson's widow Pam Burnside expressed how important the studio's link with Fash|Art has been and the impact the visual arts award has had on the late artist's legacy.
"Being involved with Fash|Art is good because it's another way of extending Jackson's legacy through this award," Burnside told Guardian Arts&Culture.
"Jackson was very conscious of the next generation. He was always teaching, and he always wanted to be able to encourage the younger artists to move forward. There are just so many opportunities now as opposed to when he was an [emerging] artist that he was very giving and very enthusiastic to help and to get on.
"So this is our way of giving to the next generation and keeping up with the times... It's such an organic field, you have to open up your mind and be willing to talk to the students. And that's why he enjoyed talking to [College of The Bahamas] students because he was able to see how they were thinking and then be able to move with them.
"[Feszt] is the second winner who will be showing at Doogalik, and we are very excited about it."
o "Life on my island", original patterns and paintings by Fash|Art 2012 Jackson Burnside III Visual Artist Competition Winner Attila Feszt, can be viewed at Doongalik Studios Art Gallery. For more information, visit http://www.doongalik.com/.
Bahamian artist Jon Murray answers this week's 20 Questions from Guardian Arts&Culture.
1. What's been your most inspirational moment in the last five years?
There have been many amazing moments in the past five years that have changed my life forever. However, I don't believe inspiration comes in a single overwhelming moment, not for me at least. It diffuses slowly from the universe through many small moments.
2. What's your least favorite piece of artwork?
I believe art objects are tangible souvenirs of an intangible experience. I'm not fond of work that overpasses the experience and shortcuts directly to the object. It lacks meaning and value.
3. What's your favorite period of art history?
Easy. The period we're currently in. It's new, exciting and is ours.
4. What are your top 5 movies of all time?
I couldn't think of five by the time I submitted my answers, but I have four. Interestingly, three of the four films have amazing soundtracks.
o The Sound of Music
o 2001: A Space Odyssey
o Requiem for a Dream
o Hocus Pocus (My childhood favorite)
5. Coffee or tea?
I enjoy both, but tea wins over coffee.
6. What book are you reading now?
Since I began university, my reading habits have changed, including during my personal time, and I tend to read more academic scholarly works instead of novels or poetry. Currently, I'm reading essays in "Latin American & Caribbean Art: MoMa at El Museo" and re-reading "Caribbean Art" by Veerle Poupeye.
7. What project are you working on now?
In addition to planning the 3rd Small Art Auction House, I've been learning HTML and CSS and developing a user-friendly website that will allow me a venue for some multinational curatorial experiments.
8. What's the last show that surprised you?
Cameron Gray's "Birth of a Legend" at Mike Weiss Gallery in Chelsea, NYC.
9. Saxons, One Family, Valley Boys or Roots?
None. My only allegiance is to the art form itself. Although I often find myself surrounded by characters from One Family.
10. If you had to be stranded on one Family Island which one would it be?
Eleuthera. I believe that magic still exists there.
11. What's the most memorable artwork you've ever seen?
The Dom Bosco Sanctuary in Brasilia, Brazil, designed by Claudio Naves. To this day, I have goosebumps when I think about standing in its interior. In fact, I have them right now.
12. Which artist do you have a secret crush on?
Whichever artist is giving me a piece of work.
13. If you could have lunch with anyone who would it be?
A person who's offering me my ideal job with my ideal compensation.
14. Who do you think is the most important Bahamian in the country's history?
I will answer that question when I feel confident that all aspects of our history have been written.
15. Who is your favorite living artist?
I don't really start to like them until they're dead.
16. Sunrise or Sunset?
Definitely sunrise. It's the birth of a new day, when anything is possible.
17. What role does the artist have in society?
I see artists as the forerunners of society. They are producers of innovative and meaningful experiences and objects that create possibilities and new ways of seeing and living.
18. What's your most embarrassing moment?
I've had way too many embarrassing moments. Thankfully to the power of alcohol, I only remember a handful of the really bad ones. The one that's truly embarrassing I will abstain from mentioning, as it isn't appropriate for these pages, and I have no desire to be wrapped up in an obscenity lawsuit.
19. What wouldn't you do without?
We're completely dependent beings. I couldn't do with about a million different nouns.
20. What's your definition of beauty?
Sexual harassment, taken literally, is harassment or unwanted attention of a sexual nature. It includes a range of behavior from mild annoyances to serious abuse, which can even involve forced sexual activity. Sexual harassment is considered to be illegal in many countries and is a form of abuse. It is also considered to be a form of bullying.
Jerry was the new office worker. He worked in the sales department. He was married with two children. His employer introduced him to all the employees and showed him where his desk was and allowed him to get to work. After two months of working on the job, Jerry went to his immediate supervisor to report to that two of his co-workers were making him uncomfortable on the job. The supervisor, a man named Bill, asked Jerry what he was talking about. Jerry explained how both a male and female employee would constantly pass his desk and touch his hair when they were saying good morning. Jerry had asked both of them to stop, but they continued to do it. Bill after hearing Jerry's story told him that they were just being friendly and to ignore it.
Sexual harassment can occur in any environment. Sexual harassment does not only occur in the workplace but also happens at social gatherings, in public areas such as at bus stops, in the street and in clubs, in schools and colleges. Sexual harassment happens to men as well as women.
The offense occurs when a person assaults another in a manner which grossly offends public morality -- e.g. touching breasts or other parts of the body, unwelcome kissing, etc. Actual touching may not be involved. Rude or suggestive language can also be considered sexual harassment.
Sexual harassment in the work place happens to men as well as women. It is a criminal offense for an employer to seek any form of sexual favor as a condition for hiring a person. It is also an offense to threaten dismissal if the sexual favor is not granted. The law works both ways - it is an offense to offer sexual inducement in return for benefit at work. Sexual harassment also occurs in schools and colleges.
Everyone has a right to feel safe and comfortable in the workplace, at school or in whatever environment they are.
Who is the harasser?
o The harasser can be anyone -- boss, supervisor, client, co-worker, teacher, student, friend or stranger.
o The victim can be male or female. The harasser can be male or female (The harasser does not have to be of the opposite sex).
o The harasser may be completely unaware that his or her behavior is offensive or constitutes sexual harassment or that his or her actions could be illegal.
How sexual harassment affects the victim
Psychological and health effects that can occur in someone who has been sexually harassed include anxiety and/or depression, sleeplessness, shame and guilt, difficulty concentrating, headaches, lack of motivation, lack of appetite or comfort eating (weight loss or gain), feeling let down or violated, feeling angry or violent towards the perpetrator, feeling powerless or out of control, loss of confidence and self-esteem, withdrawal and loss of trust in people and colleagues and even suicidal thoughts or suicide attempts.
Why people do not report sexual harassment
Many incidents of sexual harassment occur in the workplace and some victims are afraid they will lose their jobs if they report the matter. They also feel that others might place the blame on them if they make a report, or that they will be accused of coming on to the perpetrator. They may also feel that nothing will be done about the harassment.
If it is a friend of the family or relative, there may be a fear that the victim will not be believed.
Many times because behaviors that are practiced or accepted as social behavior, individuals may not always understand that their behavior is offensive and a form of sexual harassment.
Examples of sexual harassment
o Spreading sexual rumors.
o Repeatedly asking out someone who has said no.
o Questioning or commenting on someone's sexuality.
o Telling sexually offensive jokes.
o Displaying sexual pictures.
o Making comments about someone's clothing or body.
o Making rude gestures or noises.
o Touching or rubbing against a person;
o Pressuring someone for a date.
o Giving suggestive looks.
Anyone experiencing sexual harassment can:
o Firmly tell the harasser that the behavior is not acceptable.
o Report the incident to someone in authority.
o Report the matter to the police.
Remember, sexual harassment is not acceptable and you should not have to endure unwanted advances from anyone.
We are one people created equal by God and for the purpose of loving and being loved. Let us work together to heal ourselves, families, communities, nation and world.
o If you would like to talk to someone about sexual harassment, please call 328-0922 or for more information, check out our website at www.bahamascrisiscentre.org.
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
- I Cor. 13:4-7
A woman had two boys. They were most problematic. Almost every week, she was at the court house with a lawyer seeking to get them released from police custody. They were career criminals. Yet she continued to support and defend them.
This mother was blinded to the fact that her boys were a menace to society. She saw good which only she could see and no one else could fathom. Her love for these boys caused her to see only good when she should be seeing the evil they do.
When I observe mothers and see what they endure for their children, I can only conclude that mothers are a blessing from God. They love when there is really no reason to love. During my lifetime, I have witnessed mothers loving the most heinous criminals.
During the past months and weeks we have all seen and heard many mothers cry over their children who have been cut down in the prime of their lives. We have heard these mothers talk about their dear sons who they only knew as obedient, kind and loving.
Many of us in the community have stood on the sideline and belittled, ridiculed and scorned these mothers who dare to love the unlovable. To us these loving sons were pariahs. During their lifetime, they terrorized our neighborhoods, instilled fear and caused us pain.
I have had my turn in criticizing such mothers for lamenting the loss of these sons. In my eyes, I saw them as a menace to society. Then I searched deep within myself and had a change of heart. I do sympathize with these mothers. Someone wrote, "But, there's really nothing more painful than losing a child." Therefore, I will not judge because I have never lost a child in death.
Mothers have a way of seeing the best in their children. Even though they might have contributed somewhat towards their children's deviant behavior, they still love them. This is something innate of mothers. They love when everyone chooses to hate.
God loves like this. He is forgiving and compassionate. Even when we are quick to condemn and write off an individual who has wronged us, God in his infinite love, still loves and forgives. Even though we are rebellious, his loving arms are always open and ready to receive us.
He never writes off anyone. God does not condemn us. He wants to see all of us come to saving grace. That is why he sent his one and only son into the world to redeem us. Scripture tells us in Romans 5:8, "But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us."
Therefore, when you see a mother on television crying over the loss of a son, even though that boy might have been feared as one fears piranhas, don't wrong her. She bore that child and will always love him.
Think about your children if you have any. Then think about God's love for us. In the sight of God, "... All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus" (Romans 3:23). Maybe you should share a tear with her.
This Sunday as we celebrate Mother's Day, if you have a mother or a person who has been like a mother to you, spend some quality time with her. Then, say thanks to a loving God who gave us loving mothers, particularly those who have guided us in the way of the Lord. Mothers are God's angels in our lives. Amen.
o Rev. Samuel M. Boodle, pastor at The Lutheran Church of Nassau, can be reached at P.O. Box N 4794, Nassau, Bahamas or telephone: 323-4107; E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, Website: www.Nassaulutheranchurch.org.
By AVA TURNQUEST
Tribune Staff Repoter
THE Free National Movement is determined to continue with the nomination of Central and South Eleuthera candidate Howard Johnson despite a possible constitutional challenge, the Tribune has learned.
According to well-placed sources on the FNM council, the party was concerned that Mr Johnson would not be eligible to sit in the House of Assembly on the grounds of residency.
Mr Johnson was employed at NOVA Southeastern University as an associate lecturer, and it is understood that he did not resign from the post until December last year.
According to the FNM's website, Mr Johnson is currently on a sabbatical from the Florida-b ...
Boutique resorts are, it seems, one of the latest trends being touted by the government.
The most recent being announced just this week is Mahogany Hill, a $30 million venture in Lyford Cay. The prime minister lauded the development, particularly because it is Bahamian owned...
It's not your regular gym workout, in fact, it's not even a gym. Dabox is the newest training facility in New Providence, that comes with a different twist.
There's no need to worry about struggling while doing bench presses because there are no benches, cardio machines, exercise bikes or stairmasters to climb in Dabox. Trainer Charles Johnson is promising a pleasant surprise with fast results for those walking into the cubical training facility, located in the Airport Industrial Park. Johnson, who is also a trainer with G-Fit Performance, said Dabox is a broad based fitness workout.
"Anyone can do it, but it is based on your level of intensity, scaled to fit the person," said Johnson. "I went away about two years ago and got certified for cross fit, what they call a "crave" of fitness. It has blown up worldwide and caught on in the Caribbean. We have the first box in the Eastern Caribbean. They call the workout areas boxes and not gyms. There are other boxes, but they are in the Latin part of the Caribbean.
"I am a certified level one coach. There are two certified Bahamian cross fit coaches, so far, myself and Tiffany Forbes, who was my first client in the box. We started out really small and now we are up to over 150 members. It is functional training, which means there are no machines. The average gym has machines and all their fancy equipment, but there's none in the box. We train functional in there, which mimics the way the body should move, things that you use daily.
"We train daily at a high intensity. A lot of people are coming in now and are getting into this new training. We have three phases of the workout: cardio, gymnastics and weight lifting. When we blend those three together we get a broad based fitness program, like no other. That's what makes it so popular."
Every individual must complete an online registration form before you can step into Dabox. This allows the member to track their progress as well as view available class schedules. Small group classes, led by Johnson, the certified RxCoach, are designed to challenge each member physically and mentally. Johnson promises that no member will be blinded. In fact, six pre-sessions are held before the member is fully enlisted into the program. The monthly fee for the program is $75.
Johnson added: "When you take part in cross fit, you are talking about losing three different body fats a week. It is a high intensity workout. Once you get in what we call 'Dabox', you don't come into the environment to do your own work out or own thing. Everything is prescribed. I write the work out and program the work out. Every day, the workout is different. You can't call a person and ask them what we are going to do because with cross fit, the workouts are programmed differently everyday. Not one person can say that they had the same exact workout on a daily basis because there are thousands of different workouts. It keeps the body guessing, so thrill of not knowing keeps them coming back. It is a big fan fair."
Classes are held Monday to Sunday, at various times. Since class sizes are limited and in high demand, participants are asked to book their workout sessions a week in advance. The website for interested persons is gfitperformance.rxgymsoftware.com.
THIS picture revealed on a social media website apparently showing a man's whipped back is authentic and was submitted to the government as evidence of Cuban detainee abuse, The Tribune understands.
Attorney Wayne Munroe, who represents a group of web shop operators, claims that his clients' gaming operations, which consist of the 'Pick 3' and 'Pick 4' games, are not covered by the Lotteries and Gaming Act.
Munroe filed his clients' statement of claim in the Supreme Court recently.
"Insofar as persons access sites outside of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas to place a wager on the outcome of the 'Pick 3' or 'Pick 4' games in the various states of the United States of America these games are not caught by the definition of lottery as set out in section 2 of the act," the court document states.
"Placing a wager on the 'Pick 3' or 'Pick 4' games in the various states of the United States of America is not and has never been the game called and known as 'numbers' as described in the definition of lottery as set out in section 2 of the act.
"There is no provision in the act that prohibits or criminalizes participants in such games when done over the Internet."
Munroe argues that his clients' operations are not illegal.
He represents Percy Web Cafe, Island Luck, FML Group of Companies, Asue Draw, Whatfall and Chances.
The court documents say the six web shops "assist members of the public with accessing and using websites domiciled both outside and within the Commonwealth of The Bahamas".
Munroe argues that his clients had a legitimate expectation that their businesses would have been regulated by the previous administration.
"In late 2010, the Office of the Attorney General was instructed to draft the 'Computer Wagering Licensing Regulations', which required pertinent information concerning the business," according to the document.
"The relevant plaintiffs supplied the government with any and all necessary information required to assist with the drafting of the regulations.
"The plaintiffs revealed every detail concerning the web shop industry to the minister of finance and relevant bodies.
"The plaintiffs will rely on the draft 'Computer Wagering Licensing Regulations' for their proposed effect at trail."
The Court of Appeal on April 17 rejected a bid by attorney Alfred Sears and Munroe to stay a ruling delivered by Chief Justice Sir Michael Barnett.
Sir Michael lifted a conservatory order that prevented web shops from being subjected to police interference.
The lawyers secured the conservatory order on January 30, two days after a gambling referendum failed.
Following the referendum, Prime Minister Perry Christie ordered that all web shop gaming cease.
Sears and Munroe argue that Sir Michael erred in his judgment.
The substantive case is expected to be heard on May 24.
Munroe said his clients want to operate their businesses "either unmolested by officials" or ask the court to "direct the executive to regulate the business".