Award winning Grand Bahama artists –Sheldon Saint and Chantal E. Y. Bethel – are combining their talents in a new show which traveled from the Grand Gallery in Freeport to Hillside House Studio and Gallery in Nassau. Saint and Bethel celebrate 20 years of working as artists, respectively, careers that have established them firmly as important artists in The Bahamas.
20/20 – a celebration of the people and nature of The Bahamas – offers us a chance to reflect on the diversity, complexity, history, relationships and simplicity of The Bahamas as seen through the eyes of these talented artists.
Colina Insurance Limited has partnered with the Bahamas Embassy in Beijing to exhibit, at the Embassy and the ambassador’s residence, the artwork of 13 contemporary Bahamian artists featured in Colina’s 2013 calendar “Celebrating 40 years of Bahamian Independence and Expression”.
The 2013 Colina calendar celebrates Bahamian culture by taking the viewers on a colourful year-long journey through the country’s most popular idiomatic expressions interpreted and illustrated by artists affiliated with the National Art Gallery of the Bahamas. The artists are: Chantal Bethel, Steven Schmid, Atilla Feszt, Sue Katz-Lightbourn, Keisha Oliver, Holly Parotti, Chistina Darville, Kachalle Knowles, Dylan Rapillard, Heino Schmid, Giovanna Swaby, Veronica Dorsett, and John Cox .
The “EXPRESSIONS” exhibition was launched during the National Day reception in Beijing on July 17th as Bahamian citizens living or studying in China celebrated the season of The Bahamas’ 40th anniversary of independence.
“We were pleased to have had the opportunity to work with so many talented artists on a project that celebrates our language as a key aspect of culture,” says Colina’s Corporate Communications Officer Melanie Hutcheson. “
"Is the slender flamingo (National Bird of the Bahamas)
conversing or competing with our confident Gussie Mae?"
Acrylic/rice paper on canvas
The “Expressions” exhibition in Beijing was inaugurated by Attorney General Sen. Hon. Allyson Maynard Gibson,
who emphasized the role contemporary art plays in creating cross-cultural environments
that foster dialogue and understanding between nations.
Painting by Bahamian artist Chantal Bethel
This painting and many others are featured in "SingleSex" –
a new exhibition opening this weekend at the NAGB
during Transforming Spaces 2013 Art Tour.
"SingleSex" ,an exhibition of portraits of women by over 20 female artists of The Bahamas can be viewed at the National Art Gallery of the Bahamas. Examining feminine identity and representation, the exhibition alternates between nostalgic feminine ideals and realities that challenge these to portray the complex range of what it means to be a woman.
As the Permanent Exhibition Space exists to contextualize Temporary Exhibitions, SingleSex prepares viewers for the April exhibition "Master Artists of The Bahamas". A successful traveling exhibition based on the documentary film by Karen Arthur and Thomas Neuwirth, it nonetheless raised concerns at home about an all-male focus in Bahamian art history.
"Lots of people criticized that exhibition for no major consideration given to female artists," explains Cox. "There's been a huge spike in female visual representation in the country and we should think about what they are saying and doing now in the country."