“A GRAND Bahamian Vision “which is represented by a pair of sunglasses captures part of the heritage and culture of the Bahamian people. Each artist uses one lens to share her vision with the viewer and the two lenses are connected by the island of Grand Bahama. The Logo “GB” on the sides of the glasses also references Grand Bahama.
The site for the mural is Bolam House located on George Street in downtown Nassau. As you view the mural the lens on the right is by Chantal Bethel and is a tribute to the Bahamas National Youth Choir celebrating life and their 20th anniversary dancing on the beach. The lens on the left is by Claudette Dean and the theme is “WE R 1” which is promoting unity. The scene is a beach with children and people of all colors enjoying themselves, to the far left a young girl and boy, one black one white, are holding hands and walking along the beach.
A community project, the transformation of the grounds of Centreville House, facilitated by Lindroth Development Company and the National Museum of the Bahamas (Antiquities, Monuments & Museums Corporation), was undertaken and designed by Antonius Roberts, Sculptor and Open Space Designer.
The Bench which celebrates the Lucayan Indians, is a Memorial to Bethel’s late father – Agronomist, Dr. S. Roger Victor. Centreville House is now the home of The National Museum of The Bahamas Antiquities, Monuments and Museums Corporation, Nassau, Bahamas.
The project was the brainchild of Chantal Bethel and her friend Laurie Tuchel ,co-founders of the G.B.Heritage Foundation.
The project which began in December, 2008 and was completed in November of 2009 was achieved with the collaboration of Artist in Residence - Teacher and Storyteller – Lauren Austin - AMMC (Antiquities, Monuments and Museums Corporation of the Bahamas) and Mackey Media.
Chantal Bethel and Claudette Dean organized a cultural show and Fine Art Exhibition in Freeport, G.B. in commemoration of this important event in the history here in the Bahamas. Thirteen of the country’s top artists participated and Mr. Antonius Roberts curated the show. The event which included songs, dance, poetry and drama was held under the auspices of The Grand Bahama Heritage Foundation.
The Grand Bahama Heritage Foundation is a non-profit organization Co-founded and Co-chaired by Chantal Bethel and Laurie Tuchel.
GBHF's mission is to research and celebrate the history of the island. In cases where artifacts are few, original artworks reflecting the History of the island will be created through interactive programs between inhabitants and artists in residence.
The project was inspired by a similar project undertaken by renowned Bahamian artist Mr. Antonius Roberts.
Works were created by students and then refined by the artists and signed by both students and artist. Twelve of the artworks were selected and the end result was the “All Things Bright and Beautiful” calendar.
Its publication was sponsored by Miami Children’s Hospital who also hosted a reception and art exhibition of the works under the theme “Children Helping Children”.
The original artworks were auctioned off and the calendar was sold, proceeds went in aid of the early childhood department of Sunland Lutheran School.
In the words of Mrs. Lavender Roberts “The children were creative and learned to work along with others in a fun filled environment,splashing paint and deciding on what to paint. This experiencewas a wonderful success for all involved.”