A holiday partnership at the National Art Gallery

This Christmas the National Art Gallery of The Bahamas (NAGB) and Insurance Management are getting into the holiday spirit and inviting locals to join in the fun. From December 19 to January 15, Bahamians and residents will be able to enjoy the 260-plus works in R. Brent Malone: “Reincarnation” without paying a dime.

Normal admission is $7 for local adults and $5 for students 12 and over; children under 12 are free. During the Christmas season, though, locals can enjoy all the gallery has to offer as guests of Insurance Management, which is underwriting admission costs.

The insurance company is no stranger to the NAGB. Much of its significant collection of Bahamian art – including works by Alton Lowe, Chan Pratt and Eddie Minnis – can be found in its Rosetta Street offices. And three of Insurance Management’s Brent Malone paintings hang in the retrospective exhibition, which is curated by Dr. Erica James and covers 50 years of Malone’s career.

Malone helped to transform the landscape of artistic production in The Bahamas during his lifetime. As one of the country’s first successful art businesspersons, his memory and legacy live on through his works and mentees, who include artists like Antonius Roberts and Peggy Hering.

He is remembered particularly as one of the first serious Bahamian artists to paint Junkanoo, and Reincarnation features more than 50 works commemorating and celebrating the Bahamian festival. With the NAGB’s ballroom ablaze with images expressing the freedom and joy of Junkanoo, there is no better time for kids to enjoy the exhibition’s festive colors, while adults admire Malone’s skill and repertoire of art genres. And with the kids out of school, the NAGB is inviting the whole family to stop in for a cultural visit.

Visiting hours at the NAGB are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday, and noon to 5 p.m. on Sundays. The gallery is closed on Mondays.

For more information on the NAGB or R. Brent Malone: Reincarnation, call 328-5800 or visit its website at www.nagb.org.bs.