By Katrina Cartwright
After six weeks of fun, creativity and lots of adventure, the NAGB’s Mixed Media Art Summer Camp (MMASC) came to an end with much pomp and circumstance on August 9th, 2018. On a humid, but slowly cooling Thursday evening, over two hundred campers with their families and friends, along with volunteer camp counsellors, instructors and NAGB staff, filled the seats at Fiona’s Theatre, watching as awards and speeches accompanied by a series of riveting performances were enacted on the stage. This was the prequel to the greatly anticipated student exhibition that was on display in the museum’s Project Space and around the second floor veranda. The best of the artwork produced by each camper during the camp was showcased for the viewing pleasure of all those in attendance while they enjoyed fresh fruit, small bites, cold drinks and lots of great company.
Currently in its fifth year, the MMASC was revamped in 2015 and has been continually refined; it can be said with confidence that this year’s camp has been the best one yet. This can be seen in the quality of the work produced, the enthusiasm of the camp counsellor’s–who kept the evening of the opening lively–the support of the camp’s sponsors and the participation of the campers, three of whom performed during the opening. SuperCute and Chosen Soldiers electrified the audience and completed their sets to the sound of resounding applause and calls for an encore performance. The antics of the counsellors as they were called for their awards were an endless source of amusement and Novie brought the ceremony to a close with a rousing, interactive performance of down home music, inviting audience members to sing along and encourage the drummer, camp counsellor Sharvez Woodside, to really show what could be done with a goat skin drum.
The National Art Gallery of The Bahamas thanks its sponsors: Lyford Cay Foundation; The D’Aguilar Foundation; Commonwealth Bank; New Providence Community Centre Maedon Rahming #71; Graycliff; ALIV; and Marco’s Pizza for their commitment to nurturing creativity in our children and providing educational opportunities that will positively impact them for a lifetime. We look forward to an even better summer camp in 2019 with lots of new adventures with new and returning friends!
The MMASC exhibition is on view at the NAGB’s Project Space Room through Sunday, September 2nd, 2018.