The Barbados Arts Council (BAC) has been in existence for the past 59 years. Next year we will celebrate 60 years as an organization. We have made a valuable contribution to the arts in Barbados.
As part of our Independence Celebration,we are hosting an Independence Exhibition "Barbados at 50". It show-cases BAC artists of the past, present and future.
The event opened on October 30th, 2016, with a gathering of artists, members and invited guests. It was well attended.
The red wall and the white wall, highlights of the exhibition, pay tribute to the work of pioneer members of the BAC, such as Goldie White, Karl Broodhagen, Maurice Drakes, Norma Talma, Aileen Hamilton, Maurice Drakes and others.
First on the red wall is 'Trace of Life' is by Norma Talma (mother and two children).
Lower left (in black and white) is 'Mother & Child' by Aileen Hamilton.
Upper right, is Oscar Walke's 'Fruit Seller'.
Lower right is 'Nina' by Karl Broodhagen. Karl Broodhagen was a master sculptor, painter, ceramic artist, teacher. He designed the Emancipation Statute, known to Barbadians as 'The Bussa Statue'.
Moving on ...
At the top on the white wall is 'Excursion' by Maurice Drakes.
In the middle is "Newton Mill" by Kathleen Hamilton.
Below that is Oliver Barnelle's "Fontabelle". It is a historical record of Fontablle as there is no longer a beach there. That beach land was reclaimed and is now part of Bridgetown.
Other walls ...
One of the main walls at the exhibition features artwork by BAC members with over 20 years in the group, including Fielding Babb, Joyce Daniel and others. Another wall displays the work of artists who have been with the BAC for under 20 years.
The show will run until December 3rd, 2016.
|Sir Henry Fraser - Feature Speaker|
|Sir Henry Fraser and Neville Legall (Master of Ceremonies)|
|Neville Legall, Sir Henry Fraser and Kathy Yearwood (Guest Curator)|
|Sir Henry Fraser, Neville Legall and Sylvester Clarke (BAC President)|
|Sylvester Clarke and guest|
|Patricia Browne (in middle) and friends|
|Alison Chapman-Andrews (artist and former teacher) and Julie Seymour|
|Kathy Yearwood and Rosemary Pilgrim (foreground)|
|Jareed Burton, next to his painting - from the Barbados Community College|
Background partial, Alex Daniel - Radio host & Councillor
|BAC President, Sylvester Clarke and Dr. Raymond P. Maughan|
|Artists: Larrie Belgrave, Virgil Broodhagen (son of late Karl Broodhagen) |
and Glenroy Jordon
|Glenroy Jordon, Neville, Legall, Shade Payne, and National Cultural Foundation CEO & artist Rodney Ifill (in white) ... Enjoying refreshments!|
|Arts community supporters|
|Maria Stanford and Audrey Bryan (Audrey B.)|
Dr. Raymond P. Maughan and Audrey Bryan (Audrey B.) for generously sharing their photo albums. Though some names might not have been mentioned, appreciation goes out to many others who contributed to the success of the BAC's Independence Exhibition 'Barbados at 50'!
TrailSpots( T-Spots!) feels honored to have been invited to share in the celebrations within the Arts community and with Barbados!