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Blank Canvas: September 11th, 2019

Holly Bynoe

On tonight’s "Blank Canvas" we invite the Smith family to speak about THE BRENTON STORY. Brenton Smith, was 17-years old in 2009, when he was shot dead by the police while walking on Village Road, apparently mistaken for another youth who had committed a robbery. His family: grandmother Shirley, father Hector and brother Bernard, are committed to maintaining the memory of a bright young man who was first and foremost innocent, as well as loyal, peaceful, loving, kind, and many other attributes.

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Blank Canvas: July 31st, 2019, Women's Wednesdays

Holly Bynoe

On tonight’s "Blank Canvas," we shine a spotlight on “Women’s Wednesdays,” an initiative initiated by Equality Bahamas and is supported by the NAGB. The event has been hosted once per month on our campus for nearly two years. “Women's Wednesdays” was founded as a response to community members' requests for a space to access resources, experts, and practitioners, share knowledge, and engage in conversation with one another.

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The Blank Canvas: July 24th, 2019, Mixed Media Art Summer Camp

Katrina Cartwright

On tonight’s Blank Canvas, guest host Katrina Cartwright, NAGB Education and Outreach Manager, is joined by a few of the “crew” from the museum’s Mixed Media Art Summer Camp (MMASC). (L to R) Zearier Munroe, NAGB Community Outreach Officer and MMASC camp counsellors Errol Munroe and Tamia Roberts, share their experiences and thoughts on this year’s summer camp and discuss the upcoming camp exhibition opening and awards ceremony.

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The Blank Canvas: July 17th, 2019, WE Collective

Katrina Cartwright

On tonight's Blank Canvas, your regular host Amanda Coulson (NAGB’s Executive Director) interviews three artists from the recently formed "WE Collective," an artists' group that spans various nations in the Caribbean. Joining Amanda (from left to right) are Amaani Hepburn, Xan Xi, and Thomas Hairston who will—along with Eddi Zemaye (who was unable to join us)—be sharing their paintings, charcoal drawing, photographs and collage work with our local audiences at their group show, opening on Thursday 18th July, at Doongalik Studios, entitled "Self: Portrait.”

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Blank Canvas: June 19th, 2019, Vizcaya Museum and Gardens

Katrina Cartwright

On this week’s Blank Canvas we host international guests visiting from the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, located in Miami in the Coconut Grove area. As many here know, this area was settled long ago—at the turn of the 20th century—by Bahamians and the museum has traced records that show Bahamians working as both masons, domestic staff and gardeners. The question of the impact of Bahamian culture and migration on Vizcaya’s design, construction and life on the estate is intriguing.

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The Blank Canvas: May 22nd with Anthony “Big Mo” Morely

Holly Bynoe

Anthony “Big Mo” Morely joins us in the Blank Canvas studio, to share with us the story of his creative journey, as we celebrate his work in the PS room (lower gallery) at NAGB in “The Bahamas on Canvas: Historic and Nostalgic."

Blank Canvas host, Amanda Coulson with Anthony “Big Mo” Morley.

Blank Canvas host, Amanda Coulson with Anthony “Big Mo” Morley.

Growing up on the Island of Grand Bahama in Eight Mile Rock, Morley’s artistic journey began surrounded by the beauty of nature which set his creative juices flowing. A sketchbook was purchased for him by Mr Allan Martin, a pastor and surrogate father, who admired his work, and encouragement was provided by his teacher, Mr Charles Farrow at Freeport High School. His path wound through many years dedicated to painting, then photography, then Junkanoo (with Gus Cooper and The Vallery Boys), until a chance encounter re-charged his painting career.

Since then “Big Mo” has seen great highs and lows; he has been through some of life’s harshest tests and joins us to speak of his career, his struggles and his new vision.

Blank Canvas: May 15th, 2019, The Current at Bahamar

Katrina Cartwright

On tonight’s Blank Canvas our host Amanda Coulson (NAGB Executive Director) is in the studio with (right to left) John Cox, Creative Art Director; Angelika Wallace-Whitfield, Curatorial Manager; and Natascha Vazquez, Programming Manager from The Current Gallery and Art Center at Bahamar. They discuss upcoming events at The Current and the overall vision of the operation to actively promote Bahamian art to both a local and international audience.

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The Blank Canvas: May 1st with Tessa Whitehead

Holly Bynoe

Tonight’s Blank Canvas invites Bahamian painter Tessa Whitehead on the eve of her first solo show opening at the NAGB.

"...there are always two deaths" features new work from the artist who has been exploring issues around the landscape, everyday life, and the inner working of nature in conjunction with the sacred feminine.

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Whitehead figurative works advance the dialogue within contemporary Bahamian practices and in particular painting revealing new ways to think through personal narratives, dreamscapes, history and growth. Her in-depth exploration offers several entry points which are at once therapeutic and enthralling. "...there are always two deaths" is on view along with Chan Pratt's "Resurrection" through July 28th, 2019.

All are invited to the opening tomorrow at 7 pm which is FREE and open to the public. The Blank Canvas airs every Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. on Guardian Talk Radio, 96.9 FM.

Blank Canvas: April 17th, 2019, Popeyes and Matthew Rahming

Katrina Cartwright

Tonight’s Blank Canvas is all about partnerships and the positive, far reaching impact collaborations can have on communities. Guest host Katrina Cartwright, NAGB Education and Outreach Manager, is joined by two representatives from Popeyes, Brand Manager Vashti Simmons and Marketing Manager AnnMarie Romer, for the first segment and for the latter segments, Matthew Rahming, Curatorial Assistant at the NAGB.  

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The Blank Canvas: April 3rd with Saskia D'Aguilar and Alex Timchula

Holly Bynoe

For the last week of "NE9: The Fruit & The Seed”the “Blank Canvas” welcomes the artists Saskia D’Aguilar and Alex Timchula.

L-R: Alex Timchula, Blank Canvas host, Amanda Coulson (NAGB director) and Saskia D’Aguilar.

L-R: Alex Timchula, Blank Canvas host, Amanda Coulson (NAGB director) and Saskia D’Aguilar.

Both artists have created sculptural objects—using very different media—that speak both literally and metaphorically to the influx of non-native species and the issues of both crossing borders, transplantation, and belonging. Timchula, and American artist, who has been coming to The Bahamas for over 50 years and who lives and works between the two spaces, created a massive sculptural object for the NAGB’s burgeoning sculpture garden, which is populated by plants both native and non-native which are encouraged to grow together into an object of beauty and inspiration.

Saskia D’Aguilar—probably better known as the founder and director of the D’Aguilar Art Foundation and wife of Minister of Tourism, Dionisio D’Aguilar—speaks of her lifelong passion for the arts and how she blossomed into a practising artist over the years. Born in Switzerland to Dutch parents, but with her childood spent in Taiwan and Singapore, she often crossed borders and lived in places that—by her nationality alone—were not her “home.” In her piece she observes how seeds and plants can move freely, crossing oceans and borders, and are often welcomed and considered “ native” (such as the beautiful Poinciana trees, which come form Madagascar) when, in fact, they are invasive

The "Blank Canvas" airs weekly on Wednesdays 6:30 p.m. on 96.9 FM Guardian talk Radio.