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Mixed Media Blog

The Blank Canvas: Thierry Lamare

Natalie Willis

Regular host Amanda Coulson is back from a hiatus to discuss the exhibition “Love, Loss, Life,” a retrospective of the artist Thierry Lamare who is her guest in the studio. The show gathers together artworks from over a 20 year period and allows the visitor to follow the arc of his progression, from seascapes to architecture, from watercolours on paper to his use of both canvas and wooden supports.

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Reporting from our Junkanoo Inspired Faberge Egg Workshop and Easter Egg Hunt

Holly Bynoe

On Saturday, April 15, at 10:00 am, over 70 excited children arrived at NAGB prepared to decorate their very own oversized Junkanoo eggs and search for the many candy-filled ones that were hidden all over the gallery’s property. Crepe paper, glitter, beads and miniature mirrors abounded and of course the grand finale, the Easter egg hunt, saw the NAGB’s yard filled with running, laughing children eagerly collecting as many eggs as could be found.

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Third Wood Turners’ Show Opens April 8th at Doongalik

NAGB

The third annual wood turners’ show will open on the 8th April, 2017 at Doongalik Studios Art Gallery, #20 Village Road, from 3pmto 7pm.This year’s show entitled “Branching Out” demonstrates these artists’ ability to explore new techniques, forms and functions of their preferred medium: wood.  David McGorrin, Robin Hardy and Jeremy Delancy have over forty years’ experience in woodworking, and are well known for producing artworks that are timeless.

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Mixed Media Art Summer Camp is here. Sign up today!!!

Holly Bynoe

The National Art Gallery of The Bahamas (NAGB) is pleased to announce the return of its annual summer camp, Mixed Media Art Summer Camp. This year, kids, 5 to 18, will be divided into age appropriate groups and spend their time discovering visual arts techniques, exploring their personal creativity, and developing a healthy knowledge of Bahamian art and culture.

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NE8 Artist Talk at Hillside House: On Belonging

Holly Bynoe

On Friday, February 24th, the NAGB in collaboration with Hillside House staged a closing event to mark the end of the National Exhibition 8 OFFsite exhibition. The event featured an artists’ talk with participating artists Del Foxton, Keisha Oliver, Alicia Wallace, and Natalie Willis.  The discussion focused on the projects developed for the NE8, which speak to practices that give attention to subjectivities. These include the rise of the woman’s voice in the local creative community and the plight for gender equality in The Bahamas. 

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Bahamas Artist Movement presents Danny Glover

Holly Bynoe

The Dream Project: A Celebrity Actor Master Class Workshop Series, hosted in the beautiful islands of the Bahamas, each year. Over 100 children will interact with the best in the business of TV, Film and Stage. Three students will be selected for a FULL Scholarship to Relativity School of Performing Arts, Los Angeles. 

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MAXAMOS: NAGB Travelling Exhibition to open in Hope Town, Abaco

Holly Bynoe

Family Island access to the National Collection is of immense importance to the National Art Gallery of The Bahamas (NAGB). Our country, an archipelago, vast in its length and breadth presents a challenge to facilitating such a critical component of our mission. To answer the call of sharing Bahamian art with every citizen possible, the NAGB developed a travelling exhibition using the works of two iconic Bahamian masters: Max Taylor and Amos Ferguson. 

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The Blank Canvas: Patricia Leigh-Wood and Adrian D'Aguilar, March 8

Holly Bynoe


Leaving the visual arts aside for a week, the “Blank Canvas” turns to musical arts and focuses on the festival “Eleuthera All That Jazz.” The Founder and Chairwoman, Patricia Leigh-Wood, comes on the show to speak about how the event was founded and its goal: to expose more Bahamian children to world-class music and to give them the opportunity to learn about different instruments. Also joining us is musician and “Jazz Cat” Adrian D’Aguilar, who has participated in all the editions of the festival for the last six years.

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'The Bahamian Project' Names Advisory Board

Natalie Willis

The Bahamian Project is pleased to announce the formation of an Advisory Board to help steer and manage the ongoing initiative. The Bahamian Project was created by Duke and Lisa Wells in 2012 in collaboration with Popopstudios and the National Art Gallery of The Bahamas. The community inspired art/history/culture project is capturing the character and preserving the legacy of those people whose lives have helped shape the heart and soul of our nation.

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'21st-Century Needs': The cultural task to survive and thrive

NAGB

During the United Nations Small Islands Developing States symposium held at the Meliá Cable Beach, we saw firsthand the importance of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), once referred to as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), but since the end of the first decade of the 21st-Century now called the SDGs.  We also understand the need for our participation in disparate events and groups such as the World Fair, Expo 2020, Creative Nassau, Sustainable Nassau and Sustainable Exuma along with Bimini Blue, Save The Bays and other organizations that seek to move us out of the unsustainable downward spiral we are currently on.  As has been noted by international and local experts, our culture is fragile, and we cannot survive and thrive, nor can we adapt without understanding where we are and where we would like to go from here.  Cultural sustainability, then, relies on environmental sustainability and good policy to promote national longevity.  

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‘Slam-Bam’ Sands: 'The hastily hand-coloured colonial postcards of James “Doc” Sands.'

Natalie Willis

We are very much accustomed to seeing our islands in various forms of media, anything that can spread the image of our too-blue-to-be-true water. And it is true, we do have some of the most beautiful water on the planet (along with a number of other countries though, we mustn’t forget), and we are – according to certain NASA astronauts “the most beautiful place from space”. However, despite the natural beauty of our landscape, for almost 200 years we have been packaged up and sold as this pristine image that seems to be as clear-cut as our crystal waters.

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'Picture Nassau': Capturing and Redefining the Cultural Landscape

NAGB

Visual art and its experiences are no longer confined to classrooms, studios, or the walls of galleries. Thanks to the digital age and an increasing demand for "interactivity" the arts have considered new ways to pique the public’s interest.  In The Bahamas, we have seen alternative approaches by gallerists, curators, and artists to engage audiences by creating a bridge between the traditional and contemporary through installations and public art experiences. With last year’s opening of The National Art Gallery of The Bahamas’ (NAGB) sculpture garden and the rapid growth of live art events, we exist in an exciting period of creative expression for our country.

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The Blank Canvas- March 1st with Cynthia Rahming, Natalie Willis and Alicia Wallace

Holly Bynoe

This year's National Exhibition (NE8) has extended beyond the walls of the NAGB to include another art space: Hillside House on Cumberland Street. Three of the artists from the NE8 OFFsite join the “Blank Canvas” to speak about their interventions, all of which deal with the issue of being a woman in general and in The Bahamas, specifically, post-referendum. This week we welcome, Cynthia Rahming, Natalie Willis and Alicia Wallace.

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