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Blank Canvas: November 29th, Lauren Holowesko and Natascha Vasquez

Mixed Media Blog

Blank Canvas: November 29th, Lauren Holowesko and Natascha Vasquez

Katrina Cartwright

It’s an all-female cast in the “Blank Canvas” studio this week. Joining your regular host, NAGB Director Amanda Coulson, are Lauren Holowesko, Director of The Island House boutique hotel on the West End of New Providence (left), and Natascha Vasquez (right), the Creative Arts Programming Manager at The Current, studio and gallery at Bahamar. Natascha is also a painter who is having her first solo show at home in The Bahamas at The Island House this Friday, December 1st.


Lauren comes from a family that has had an impact on the arts in The Bahamas for several decades—her aunt Diane Holowesko envisioned the BNT’s Wine and Art event—and she continues a family tradition of arts support in her vision for The Island House, which aims to be a cultural experience as much as a restful haven for holiday makers and locals alike. Lauren speaks to the wide variety of programming scheduled at the Island House, including a film series—curated by Bahamian filmmaker Kareem Mortimer—regular music nights and, of course, the visual arts.

Natascha is one of the lucky artists to be showcased in a temporary exhibition at The Island House and she shares her experience of coming home to be a practicing artist and also her work at The Current. Both guests speak to their desire to expand the notion of what is “Bahamian” through their unique lens.

Don’t miss Natascha’s show at The Island House this Friday December 1st at 6 p.m. The “Blank Canvas," airs every Wednesday at 6:30 p.m, on Guardian talk radio 96.9 FM.