Mixed Media Blog
By carving out the center of apples or other appropriate vegetables/fruits and placing tea candles in them creates a fall inspired, natural and native look to room decor, as well as great scents and unique lighting!
By simply placing autumn leaves in lamp shade, we love the silhouette effect created!
Keep your wines on display? Or send them as gifts for season greetings? Simply using hemp to wrap leaves and twigs to bottle creates an elegant and appropriate design for the time of year!
By pasting leaves around outer walls of empty jar and placing candles inside creates a seasonal dim lighting for a room, and brings nature inside!
Love recycling? By using empty clean bottles, you can paint the outside of them with autumn colors and place flowers, twigs, leaves, etc, to create a low cost and eye catching table centerpiece
Tired of an excess of empty chocolate and cookie containers or simply using them for storage after the holidays? Use them for wall decals! By purchasing ones with already appropriate fall outer designs or wrapping with fall inspired paper and by either hanging from a string or on a hook you can make these tins into attractive wall candle, picture, or decor shelves/holders.
We hope our favorites help brighten up your home and get your home fall ready!
Craft well, and design happily!
& To all a seasons greetings from the NAGB !
wins the 'under-14-age-group' In Central Bank Art Competition
James Cleare, of St. Johns College, a former participant in NAGB's 2013 Art Camp has made the gallery very proud, due to obtaining such distinction in this annual competition.
While a junior school student, he exemplified talent whilst in the camp and we are more than ecstatic to protest this has been recognized. The Central Bank Art Competition is a public and widely acknowledged event. To have won such an award shows the great skill he withholds. As he continues throughout his life, we hope to see him continually accomplish great things and ameliorate his art abilities. Great Job James!
-L. Gem Roberts
Ten Quotes For Every Artist and Art Lover
- "Every artist was first an amateur."
-Ralph Waldo Emerson
- "This world is but a canvas to our imagination."
-Henry David Thoreau
- "A picture is worth a thousand words."
- "An artist is not paid for his labor but his vision."
- "Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep."
- "Art Enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time."
- "The aim of art is to represent the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance."
- "The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls."
- "Trifles make perfection, and perfection is no trifle."
- "The artist is nothing without the gift, the gift is nothing without the work."
NAGB - Nassau Airport Development (NAD) Project
CALL FOR ARTWORKS
The theme for the fourth AAA is in keeping with the Gallery’s current exhibition entitled “Master Artists of The Bahamas” and “The Bahamian Collection”. Amateur artists are asked to create works that relate to the distinct styles of any Master Artist or portraiture that portray themes within either exhibition. Artists can submit up to two (2) works of art in any media and must be original work created after January 1st, 2013. Artists must email photographs of each work of art to email@example.com by Sunday, October 13th, 2013 at 5pm to be considered. Chosen artwork will be shown on the AAA Exhibition opening reception.
The AAA is open to amateur and nonprofessional artists only-from 12th grade senior and beyond. This event is not meant for established or professional artists or artists that have had previous exhibitions with the NAGB.
Artist of The Week:
Interview with Allan P. Wallace
Name: Allan Wallace
Specialty: Mural Art
What Interested You in Art?:
"I was always doing it from I was small and watching uncle draw from age of 2 inspired me"
Did you do art in high school?: "Yes"
BGCSE Art grade: A (with distinction)
Influential Artist: Antonius Roberts
Favorite Area of Art: Murals
Favorite Medium: Pencil/Graphite
Weakest area in art: "Patience to do things I have the ability to do. Patience in application."
Has art become every aspect of your life?
Favorite art piece & Artist: Persistence of Memory
Something that one has to constantly remind self about in creating art pieces:
That it is not me. You have discovered something, you have allowed it to happen through God. The Columbus of Art. "Let it be"
Art pet peeve:
"When people try to eliminate the intelligence part out of art."
Art quote for myself and others: "Put God first and all things will be added."
Favorite Color: Tan, shades of brown
Extra info: "I have no problem with critiquing but don't like people who criticize for no reason. Can be discouraging to an aspiring artist."
-L. Gem Roberts
"Every child is an artist.
The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up."-Pablo Picasso
The second week of camp directed by artist John Cox was around the art of Printmaking. Campers were able to visit Bahama Handprints to view and become enlightened in the printmaking process from start to finish before starting this process themselves. They also attended The Festival of The Trees, ran by BahaMar interns, members of the staff and artists such as Antonius Roberts and John Cox themselves, where they observed the hanging of conch shells on the wood carved tree on the cable beach strip. In the duration of the week, campers took part in the printmaking process by creating their own designs by paper cut outs, whilst keeping in mind the terms and guidelines learnt. They also did wood carvings, to create various prints, like that of artist Maxwell Taylor, who also paid the campers a visit. Popopstudios was the venue of printmaking for the remainder of the week. Here, campers were able to print their carved blocks, leaves, and t-shirts which they were able to leave camp by becoming familiar with actual printmaking methods and tools. Overall, instructors and campers grew bonds and grew artistically, making this summer experience, needless to say, a memorable one.
W E E K O N E
Not only did I begin by becoming familiar with the grounds, met the other interns Dyah and Ashante, and helped in preparation for the 40 years of Bahamian Art exhibition, but I was able to attend and work as a part of the NAGB team during the event. This was the pinnacle of my week, being able to work an exhibition opening. Words cannot describe the pleasure I felt in being apart of something I have a passion for, during fortieth independence milestone of my country, alongside such welcoming team members, and being able to see so many members of society and dignitaries awes and reactions towards this great exhibition; quadruple the pleasure.
Needless to say, I was very tired after working such an event. Being an aspiring artist myself, this event only motivated me to strive even harder to one day have my very own art featured in such an exhibition. This Friday following the exhibition premier, I was able to become familiar with the texts of Bahamian Artists sold in the NAGB store and critique them. Overall, this week has been a very inspirational and nothing short of exciting. I'll close by reiterating a very popular quote by Confucius I felt put into action this week, “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life”.
W E E K O N E
I assisted with the education department in calling numerous places such as the many public schools on the island, as well as a craft store to ask for a quote on tools that would be needed for the John Beadle workshop that was taking place that weekend. Ashante and I were then given a hands-on job in which we cut cardboard for the workshop. In the in-between time, I was able to work with the curatorial department as well, and was quickly taught the right way in which to move and transport paintings. I realized that though I had handled artwork many times before, there was still much, much more I needed to learn. When I was told that I would be working in the basement with the national collection, I thought it a privilege that I would be trusted with this task. I found this to be a much more work-filled week than I was expecting, and although it was busy, it was still relaxing. It was definitely an eye-opener, but nonetheless a great experience so far.
W E E K O N E
Monday June 24th signifies the day I stepped into a whole new world of art that I have been blind to all my life. On this day, I took a step towards my future. On this day, I became an intern at the National Art Gallery of The Bahamas. At first I had no clue what exactly to expect during this eye-opening journey. Of course I knew art would be involved, but I also knew that there was more to it. As I come to the end of my first week here, I can confidently say that I am ecstatic to see what’s in store for the rest of my time here. On my first day I was very nervous and it showed in my clothes. I came dressed as if I were a lawyer, which is the attire my mother thinks apply for every job. After a while it sunk in and I was ready for a day of work. This feeling stuck with me throughout the entire week, however, the lawyer clothes didn’t. As the week progressed I went from reading and gathering information on master artist in the Bahamas, to actually meeting them!
This took place when we visited Antonius Roberts’ studio called Hillside House where I received a few tips about taking on the artistic path in college. That was an opportunity I never expected to happen. Some of the other cool things I did this week were making preparations for John Beadle’s workshop and editing labels for Master Artists Of The Bahamas. I was also challenged to break out of my shell and talk to principals of private schools for an education visit. Besides labour work I also learned a lot about the placement of artwork and their labels and all the other little details that make the artwork in the gallery almost jump out at you. The end of the week marks the beginning of a new one in which I get to continue this amazing experience.
If you are an Art Teacher and you are experiencing technical difficulties please contact Ms. Benjamin at the NAGB, or firstname.lastname@example.org 328-5800/1.
For the last few weeks, the spaces at the Gallery have been a whirlwind of activity as staff prepared for the (rare) opening of two shows at once, The John Beadle Project and Master Artists of The Bahamas. On the evening of Thursday, April 25th, the exhibitions were unveiled to a packed house. If you weren’t able to attend the opening, you must come sometime soon to view the artists’ fabulous work! In the meantime, take a look at the pictures below to get a behind-the-scenes look at NAGB staff in action: measuring, drilling, sanding, mounting and consulting – just some of the work that goes into producing an exhibition.
It's so sad that next week a have to go back school it feel like a real job. Now since I’ve appreciate this week and what I learn I will never leave my mind. Thank you to Ms Benjamin, Ms Wright, Ms Pratt, Ms Coulson, Ms Knowles, for their time an their crazy jokes and time spent together. We visit the Hillside House and got a tour and meet Antonius Roberts, John Beadle, Robin Hardly. On the last day Mr Jackson Petit-Homme take pictures of us a are garbage bin. We also finished cut out the Easter egg cut outs for the future hunt. I can’t forget Mr John Cox and Mr Smith and the librarian for helping get information . My over all experience you can see has been GREAT!