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Artists work to be exhibited

Artists work to be exhibited

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The work of artists in St. Vincent will be highlighted this carnival, as the Art N Action committee will host a month long art exhibition.{{more}}

The exhibition, which is the first for the recently formed committee, will be held from June 19 to July 9, 2011 at the National Public Library.

Speaking during a press conference on the exhibition, Kingsley Roberts, member of the Art N Action committee stated that the exhibition will act a medium to give many artists in St. Vincent exposure. According to Roberts, the committee approached the Carnival Development Corporation (CDC) to have the event incorporated into the carnival celebrations. He added that by next year, they intend to have the exhibition added to the calendar of carnival activities.

Roberts added that they are also asking the CDC to consider having a ‘craft village’ where persons, especially regional and international visitors, can purchase pieces to take back home.

Drexel Dougan, an art student and member of Art N Action, stated that the exhibition is the ‘start of something new’. Dougan recalled that two years ago, Chairman of the CDC Dennis Ambrose stated that artists should become more involved in carnival in terms of teaming up with costume designers and builders or even create paintings to showcase during the season. He expressed hopes to see the initiative progress and increase in the involvement of other artists.

Dougan added that there is a misconception that artists are meant to create works for interior decoration; he however added that artists can be involved in carnival or in theatre and can assist costume builders, or in the setting up for Mas productions.

Also commenting on the involvement of artists in Carnival, Roberts noted that as a photographer, often times, the lighting at events may not be set appropriately for suitable pictures. He added that persons in the art industry should be placed on committees in order to instruct persons on such things.

Cultural Officer in the Ministry responsible for Culture, Anthony Theobalds urged the public to support the artists, adding that pieces on the exhibition will also be on sale. Cuban Ambassador Pablo Rogriguez who showcased three paintings at the press conference, donated of the pieces to the Art N Action committee which will be on sale at the exhibition. The exhibition will be held under the theme “Art Expressions of Vincy Culture 2011.”(OS)

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