|Art lovers in Freeport come in record numbers to Valentine Art Exhibition opening|
|Saturday, 11 February 2012 07:48|
In his opening remarks to the many art patrons and art enthusiasts in attendance, president of the Grand Bahama Artists Association, Sheldon Saint said it is not just that February is the month of love that we have a Valentine Art Exhibition because the members of the GBAA have been exhibiting their love of art and making their presence felt in Freeport community since 1996.
He said that this year members were even showing more love and he invited guests view the eclectic body of work from the twenty five artists on display and to meet the many artists in attendance, some whom are the original founding member artists and some who are new and emerging artists exhibiting their work for the first time.
From wood carvings, oil, watercolours, and acrylics to wool and sequin tapestries and handmade wall hangings, guests had the opportunity to experience an extensive variety of subjects and mediums in the Glory Banks Art Gallery of the Bahamas National Trust’s Rand Nature Centre.
Director of Public Relations for the GBAA, Del Foxton, noted that there is definitely a buzz in Freeport with a recent increase in the number of cultural events in the visual and performing arts. She says that they as an association they see a growing awareness of the importance of art culture in our society by the number of invitations the association receives to join in community and business events.
"We believe," she says, "that it is a win-win situation as the community can experience art and the talent that is here on the island and the artists are motivated to continue on their creative path to meet the requests in the community.
"It is our mission as an association not only assists the memberships’ development as artists but also to assist in establishing an appreciation of the arts on Grand Bahama Island."
Photo 1: Artist Leslie Duncombe and friends enjoy the opening of the Valentine Art Exhibition.
Photo 2: Guests admiring the work of Del Foxton.
Photo 3: The opening of the Valentine Art Exhibition was well attended by local art lovers.
A sample of the magnificent work of our talented artists below:
Ishbel MacDonald Watercolours
Jo Morasco Hand Woven Tapestries
June Pelecanos Acrylic on Canvas
Ken Heslop Acrylic on Canvas
Leslie Duncombe Acrylic on Canvas
Portia Colebrooke Wood Carving
Sheldon Saint Oil on Canvas
Steve Stubbs Acrylic on Canvas
Terry Rolle Acrylic on Canvas
For interested art lovers who were not able to attend the opening reception the Valentine Art Exhibition continues in the Glory Banks Art Gallery until the end of February. For more information call (242) 353 4333 or 727 4333.
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