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Smith & Benjamin’s ‘BAHAMIAN ART & CULTURE’
A Weekly Digest of Art & Cultural News from
The Bahamas and the World – Since 2000

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Friday, May 31, 2019
Issue No. 382

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COVER IMAGE:
“Another Reflection (Chime In Chime Out)” (2017)
by Bahamian artist Kachelle Knowles
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(Decorative paper, gouache, graphite,
ink and colored pencils on paper / 20 x 30 in)

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See cover story below.

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art & cultural
events calendar

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P E R F O R M A N C E :

NAGB presents: A Season at
Fiona’s Theatre – “Unplugged”

• Saturday, June 1st | 7:30pm–10pm | The NAGB, West Hill St

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The National Art Gallery of The Bahamas invites the public to attend their new “Season at Fiona’s Theatre” on Saturday, June 1st, 2019 starting at 7:00 p.m.

The NAGB collaborates with two emerging trailblazers in their fields: Chase Fernander: singer, songwriter and visionary entertainer; and Rashad Leamount: producer, poet, artistic director and R+B singer, as they jointly produce “Unplugged” with ten exciting Bahamian musicians.

With “Unplugged” organizers take it back to the music, to the beat, to the rhythm of tongue, skin, rhyme and bone. Performers for the evening include: AbiYah, Tanisha Sweeting, Leoneisha Johnson, a.k.a. Leo, NevAndria Lyriic, Kenique Maria, Foots, Sherwood Rahming, Judah the Lion, Foreign Sound with headlines by Chase Fernander and Rashad Leamount.

Admission is only $5. Come out and support these amazing artists and the future of this creative space.

CLICK HERE to RSVP at event page.

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L E C T U R E :

The NAGB presents its ACE Series featuring curator and researcher Paulo Miyada

• Tuesday, June 4th | 7pm–8:30pm | At the NAGB

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The NAGB ACE Series presents its fourth instalment welcoming Brazilian curator and researcher Paulo Miyada as he speaks on “A Potlatch of Histories: 2 or 3 lessons from Brazilian art” on Tuesday, June 4th, 2019 at 7pm–8:30pm. All are invited.

In this new ACE lecture, Miyada will bring some significant episodes from Brazilian art history and offer the audience an exchange: for every narrative about Nassau’s culture and history that someone can bring to the table he will also tell about another artist or event from Brazil.

The NAGB presents the fourth instalment in their Art, Culture and Exchange (ACE) Series, devoted to growing a healthy space for reciprocation, discourse and debate. This invitational brings established international artists, critics, and an extensive network of art professionals to present on their works in public lectures, informal talks and symposia. They will offer diverse perspectives and exciting interpretations of art, social/global issues, and innovations in culture. [...]

CLICK HERE for full details at the NAGB website.

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E X H I B I T I O N :

“Bey” // New Works by emerging artists
Jalan Harris + Justin Moultrie

• Thursday, June 6th | From 6pm | Hillside House Gallery, Nassau

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Hillside House Gallery on Cumberland Street opens its new June exhibition entitled ‘Bey’ – a collection of new works by emerging Bahamian artists Jalan Harris and Justin Moultrie. It opens Thursday, June 6th from 6pm. For more information contact Hillside House at hillsidehousebs@gmail.com or 322-7678.

CLICK HERE for the event page.

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P O E T R Y :

Obediah Michael Smith Live

Saturday, June 8th | At 4pm | Gypsy Books and Tea, Parliament St

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Bahamian poet Obediah Michael Smith

Arrange to be there. Agree to be there – with Bahamian poet Obediah Michael Smith, on Saturday, June 8th, 2019 at Gyspy Books and Tea, on Parliament Street, at 4 PM, for his first public reading since returning from a 4-year sojourn throughout Africa (2014 to 2018). Expect to hear excerpts selected from the 22 books he has published of his poetry. He has returned home after attending the International Festival “Poetry Nights in Curtea de Argeş” in Romania, July, 2018. Please share. Be there. Bring someone along.

CLICK HERE for event page.

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art & culture stories
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COVER STORY:

Kachelle Knowles

Inspired by the people around her, Bahamian artist Kachelle Knowles is making waves in the art world with her first solo exhibition to be held at the end of August. She talks about her work and the ideas in her art.

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Kachelle Knowles, "Love and Service", Graphite, decorative paper, gouache, colored pencils, markers and ink on paper.

by Cara Hunt

Bahamian artist Kachelle Knowles hopes her work will inspire others to action whether it be self-reflection, or a greater understanding of one another.

Among the ideas explored in her work are gender identity, cultural preservation/ production and social relations within the Black Caribbean community. Her career in art is something she never imagined as a child.

“I was always interested in drawing, but I never saw it as a possible career since I never had any formal training. My high school never had any art programmes but I was encouraged by one of my teachers to attend an after-school art programme when I was approaching my last year in school,” she told Tribune Weekend.

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Kachelle Knowles, "February 2003" (2015), Graphite, decorative paper, colored pencils, markers and ink on paper, 12" x 16".

Timothy Nottage was one of the teachers there that really gave me the guidance and the courage to become an artist.”

Kachelle went on to receive her Bachelor’s degree in Illustration form Emily Carr University of Art and Design in Vancouver, Canada. Her artistic style is a combination of drawings and collages which she describes as mixed media and a multi-faceted experience.

“My work is influenced by mostly my interactions with people,” she said. “Men are the key source, obviously, but women also are integral in shaping the physical identity of men as well, and that can produce some interesting visual collaborations, both in real life and also in art,” she said. Her subject matter tends to reference people she has met in her own life.

“We have an identity we create for ourselves and with each individual we interact with, there is another version of ourselves created within this person...” [...]

CLICK HERE for the full story on Pg 4 in The Tribune Weekend.
CLICK HERE for Kachelle Knowles’ website.

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Bahamian jazz phenom solos with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra in New York

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Bahamian jazz trumpeter Giveton Gelin.

Bahamian-born and -bred Jazz phenom Giveton Gelin recently had a blast playing a solo piece with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra (JLCO). Below is a clip of “Aristocracy a la Jean Lafitte” featuring Giveton.

Giveton posted: “Everyone in the band was so welcoming and supportive...It was a great experience playing with you all! Thanks to everyone for the support, I appreciate all of the love.”

Since the age of 10, Giveton taught himself how to play the trumpet at age 10 simply by emulating what he would hear on his favorite records. Despite years of self-tutelage, it wasn't until Giveton was thirteen years old that he saw Bahamian double bass player Adrian D’Aguilar (who lived in NY and LA for several decades) playing live in The Bahamas that he came to the realization that “There is a place for jazz in The Bahamas.”

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Bahamian jazz trumpeter Giveton Gelin playing solo at the Lincoln Center in New York.

Adrian took Giveton under his wing, became a second father and musical mentor to him, and gave him the tools he needed to really play jazz.

Giveton graduated high school in The Bahamas, and then moved to Ohio to study with Dr. Eddie Henderson at the Oberlin Conservatory. That very year he won top positions at both the Young Arts Foundation and the Betty Carter Jazz Ahead Program. After one year at Oberlin, he moved to New York, and now attends the Juilliard School.

Giveton has been mentored by some of the world’s greatest jazz musicians, including Wynton Marsalis, Nicholas Payton, Eddie Henderson, Barry Harris, Jason Moran, Ralph Peterson, Ambrose Akinmusire and Roy Hargrove.

Giveton’s artistic vision is to pay tribute to his ancestors and to bring forth a new narrative to Jazz music. He hopes to be a leading voice that truly speaks to the heart. He plays to uplift and unify others by incorporating core human qualities into sound. He now leads his very own Quintet and plays often on the New York scene.

CLICK HERE to watch video.

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Bahamian filmmaker Charlie Smith (left) with others at Cannes Film Festival. (Photo Credit: Candun Productions)

Bahamian film–‘Pigs of Paradise’–dazzles at Cannes Film Festival

Last weekend, in collaboration with the Fort Lauderdale Film Festival, the swimming pigs were front and center at a beach party along southern France’s famous Riviera where Grand Isle Resort & Spa served as title sponsor. More than 650 VIPs were invited to a luxurious soiree filled with food, cocktails, Minuty Prestige Rosé and an intimate performance by the Gipsy Kings. 

For years, the swimming pigs have grown accustomed to the spotlight. From appearances in magazines, newspapers, television shows, and music videos, to the endless social media posts of celebrities and everyday tourists, the popularity of these animals seemed to have reached its climax.  

That is, until the swimming pigs became the stars of their very own party at the Cannes Film Festival, the most prestigious event of its kind in the world. The event was intended to promote the release of a new full-length film on the worldwide phenomenon, “Pigs of Paradise,” a movie directed by Bahamian Charlie Smith, of Earthbeat Films, and based on the award-winning book by T.R. Todd.  

“This was indeed a special night to be featured in Cannes and rare opportunity for all of Exuma,” said Peter Nicholson, President and Founder of GIV Bahamas Inc, and the largest owner at Grand isle Resort. "We are very thankful to our partners and sponsors, especially the Fort Lauderdale Film Festival, Steven Savor and Gregory von Hausch. It was a fairy tale kind of night for these swimming pigs, which have done so much to open people’s eyes to the amazing beauty of Exuma.” [...]

CLICK HERE for full article at Bahamas Local.

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Bahamian singer/songwriter Tebby Burrows

Bahamian songwriter chosen by John Legend for new US TV show ‘Songland’

by Emily Bicks

From executive producer Adam Levine, NBC’s newest competition reality series, Songland, aspiring songwriters have a chance to audition an original song for a major recording artist, and on the series premiere, the contestants are auditioning to write a song for EGOT winner John Legend. Instantly standing out, Bahamian songwriter Tebby Burrows. Not just because the Miami native is the only female competing in this round, but she’s strikingly beautiful and displays a captivating voice.

Tebby’s been in the music game for quite some time, and she’s been writing music since she first picked up a guitar at age 12. While she was born in Miami, she grew up in The Bahamas, which explains why most her tracks share an upbeat island vibe. She moved back to Florida to attend Palm Beach Atlantic University, and after graduation, spent some time living in New York City, working days jobs, either landscaping or pulling shifts at Dairy Queen, so she could perform at night.

Eventually, Tebby relocated back to Miami. Talking to the Miami New Times she said, “I feel like Miami is the perfect medium between the Bahamas and New York. It’s not too slow, it’s youthful and up-and-coming, but there’s more breathing room from the city. And it’s not too cold.”

After a friend introduced her to the Grammy-winning Miami producers Cool & Dre, who have worked with Lil Wayne, DJ Khaled, and Fat Joe, they helped produce her single, “Feel Alright.” [...]

CLICK HERE for full story at Heavy.
CLICK HERE to watch clip of Tebby on Songland.

Related Articles:
“For Tebby, love is the remedy...” (The Nassau Guardian)
“Tebby is John Legend’s choice...” (The Nassau Guardian)

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Bahamian writers featured in new anthology

“Some of the short stories will make you hold your breath…” — The Irish Times

The newest edition“New Daughters of Africa”, an international anthology of writing of over 200 women of African descent, edited by Margaret Busby and published in March 2019 by Myriad Editions, proudly features the writings of three Bahamian writers, Meta Davis Cumberbatch, Marion Bethel and Patricia Glinton-Meicholas.

The first incarnation “Daughters of Africa”,was published twenty-five years ago and it illuminated the ‘silent, forgotten, underrated voices of black women’ (The Washington Post). Published to international acclaim, it was hailed as ‘an extraordinary body of achievement… a vital document of lost history’ (The Sunday Times).

“New Daughters of Africa” continues that mission for a new generation, bringing together a selection of overlooked artists of the past with fresh and vibrant voices that have emerged from across the globe in the past two decades, from Antigua to Zimbabwe and Angola to the USA. Key figures join popular contemporaries in paying tribute to the heritage that unites them. Each of the pieces in this remarkable collection demonstrates an uplifting sense of sisterhood, honours the strong links that endure from generation to generation, and addresses the common obstacles women writers of colour face as they negotiate issues of race, gender and class, and confront vital matters of independence, freedom and oppression. [...]

CLICK HERE for full details at Myriad Editions.

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Bahamian songbirds release new music

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Bahamian jazz artist Anuschka Wright

Anuschka Wright releases new single“Black Coffee”

Bahamian jazz artist Anuschka Wright has released her newest single, “Black Coffee” – which was a fun project for Wright as the song was not one that she originally felt would fit her style or vocal expression – yet still, the song kept presenting itself to her. After adding the track to her repertoire as a mere filler, she said she started to receive great feedback on her interpretation of the piece. One fan in particular happened to be Oz Yilmaz of Pelicula Films, who would later be the creative eye behind the beautiful video representation of the single.

As it turns out, Wright is the inspiration behind a current film project of Oz. The film will follow the life of a young jazz vocalist in the late ‘60s as she navigates all the trials that come in the pursuit of her dreams in music. “Black Coffee” is a jazz standard written in 1948 by Sonny Burke with lyrics by Paul Francis Webster. And though a jazz standard in mood and lyrical content, it is very much a blues song. Wright says Yilmaz fell in love with the way she dove into the story of the song and encouraged her to record it as one of the centerpieces for his film. [...]

CLICK HERE for full story in The Nassau Guardian.

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Jazz singer Brettina Robinson

Brettina Robinson drops new single “Bop Baiye”

by Shavaughn Moss

Brettina Robinson’s jazzy tones make you yearn for a cold day so that you have every excuse in the world to don super comfy clothes, curl up in a big armchair with a good book and sip a cup of java or tea while you have her in the background on constant rotation or even just to be still as her sound flows in and out of you. As we’re in The Bahamas – it’s like waves washing over you. The originality of her refreshing sound will appeal to both jazz purists and younger audiences drawn to more contemporary mainstream music.

Nine years after her debut self-titled album “Brettina” and her first single “Bahamian Girl” – the songstress is back. Robinson dropped her new single, in which she again seamlessly fuses traditional jazz with island tones, for the hip-swaying “Bop Baiye” which is now on all streaming sites as of May 20, and she remains true to her jazz influences in the single that is about regret and/or whatever a person has encountered in life that they’ve gone through, learned from and that they’d say “bop baiye” – they’ve overcome and they’re stronger than ever.

Her long-awaited sophomore project ventures in classic jazz, world music and island rhythms. She blends jazz with her island roots to create this unique contemporary jazz song which will translate into her full album. [...]

CLICK HERE for full story in The Nassau Guardian.

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Bahamian cultural icon Kayla Edwards

Forever in the hearts of each life she touched.

‘Face to Face’ by Felicity Darville

When Terez Davis Nixon told me Keysha Edwards Taylor was in town and she wanted to know if I would write a Face to Face column posthumously on her mother, my heart leapt. It was an opportunity to write about a woman who made a great impact in my life and so many others. Bahamian cultural icon Kayla Lockhart Edwards will forever be remembered in the hearts and minds of those whose lives she touched. She was just one of those one in a million people whose energy and aura permeated right through you, leaving you feeling good.

I thoroughly enjoyed the years my mother enrolled me in the Dundas Theatre’s summer camp. I humbly suggest I was extraordinary in theatre from a young age. I performed in plays at school and church and was always given a lead role. At the Dundas, that trend continued. Ms Kayla, as I affectionately called her, must have seen something in me because she, too, gave me the lead role each year. She encouraged me, trained me and helped me to perform tremendously for our productions. Even though this was summer camp, these productions were nothing to play with. Kids were placed where their talents could shine, whether in acting, dance, singing, set design, lighting, direction or production. Everyone felt important.

I remember Kayla and people like the late Betty Knowles, Dundas curator, the late Winston Saunders, Lawrence Carrol, Pauline Glasby and others pouring their all into the children, encouraging us to do and be our best. We were also instilled with a great sense of pride about being Bahamian. I remember one production was called Dis We Tings – what an awesome production it was! We explored what being Bahamian meant to us. I played the role “Mother Nature” in that production. I was the narrator of a beautiful story that unfolded in acting, dance and song, all highlighting the natural and pristine beauty of The Bahamas. [...]

CLICK HERE for full story at The Tribune.

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Artist Lillian Blades chats details with Cacique's Shawn Sawyer.

Cacique Artist in the Spotlight: Bahamian artist Lillian Blades

by Cacique International

Cacique International’s “Artist in the Spotlight” series is a journey into a thriving Bahamian art scene and a look at some of The Bahamas’ most exciting artists, pushing boundaries on island and around the world.

In this episode, Cacique chats with Bahamian artist Lillian Blades, who flew the island coop long ago, but recently returned to her native shores to spend a three-month residency at The Current, Baha Mar.

To the untrained eye, Lillian Blade’s textured, colorful rebellion may seem like an improvised outburst of creativity. However, Lillian's work goes way deeper than that. Her mixed-media collages capture memories and embody self-discovery while paying homage to her island-roots. With a consciousness about her, Lillian sifts through objects—random to some—but symbolic to her, which morph into large-scale assemblages that provoke an intense sense of wonder.

Her latest work, befittingly titled, “Where the Ocean Meets the Sand” is a large-scale piece assembled with deliberate finesse in the placement of a multitude of ‘objets trouvés’ such as dress buttons, beach flotsam, shards of mirror, as well as collaborative pieces from students of the University of The Bahamas, all cast in a palette of Bahama blues.

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Lillian Blades with her work at The Current, Baha Mar. (Cacique)

CACIQUE. WHERE DO YOU GET YOUR INSPIRATION FROM?
Lillian: I have been inspired by so many things along the way, but a few things will always stand out. Firstly, the improvisational compositions of quilts made by Quilters living in the hamlet of Gee’s Bend along the Alabama River. These women have produced countless patchwork masterpieces that I have drawn inspiration from and continue to do so. I’m also so inspired by abstract expressionism and the colour field paintings of Mark Rothko. These luminously coloured rectangles are intensely meaningful in every aspect. I am drawn to art that has a rich textural surface quality like the works Jack Whitten or Leonardo Drew.

C. WHAT IS INTEGRAL TO YOUR WORK AS AN ARTIST?
L: Well, this piece is a tribute to my mother who was a seamstress and the many women who do patchwork, as this has strongly impacted my artistic approach – quilt-like collage has become my artistic method of choice. There is a defined Bahamian aspect to my work too. My work has a Junkanoo-like feel to it. Much like the details of Junkanoo costumes, my work often features embellished fringes or adornments. The inclusion of images, objects and visual textures/ patterns are consistent with the theme or feeling of that particular piece. Right now, I would say that I’ve merged several disciplines into my approach to painting. They start off as paintings but are further enhanced by collage and mosaic layers. I call this technique “mixed media assemblage on wooden panels”. I am a collector and curator of objects, images and patterns in a way that evokes a feeling or mood. I usually work on wooden panels that are then hung on a wall. However, when given the opportunity, I love creating temporary wall and hanging installations that create an environment that the viewers can feel immersed in. [...]

CLICK HERE for full interview at Cacique.

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Bahamian musicians had international audience out of their seats

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by Eric Rose

Bahamian musicians had the international audience out of their seats for their entire performance, on May 23, 2019, during the opening set at the Sixth Annual Latin American Arts Season and the First Latin American and Caribbean Culture and Arts Carnival (LACC).

The event held in the World Rose Theme Park, in Beijing, the People’s Republic of China, took place after the Opening Ceremony, and was part of a cultural exchange. Among those present was Bahamas Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China His Excellency Sterling R.L. Quant.

Julien “Believe” Thompson, Freddie Munnings, Jr., and Angel Reckley produced a high-octane set with Brick City Band members Julian Darville, Jackson Jeffer, Treco Johnson and Chineko Andrews. The team of visiting musicians performed a number of live performances in Beijing, through May 27, 2019. [...]

CLICK HERE for full story at Eyewitness News.

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Anthony "Skeebo" Roberts at work on “A Disconnected Heart”, Ringplay Productions, May 2018

Short Tales 2019 needs Directors!

Do you want to direct a play? Short Tales 2019 needs you! Today!

Why they need your talent, enthusiasm, and commitment
Because Shakespeare in Paradise 2018’s Short Tales was such a success last year, they’re doing it again. They want to feature the work of different writers, and they also want to give budding directors experience in working with scripts that are not their own. As Short Tales moves to put together their new series of 10 short plays by different playwrights, they also need to find directors for these works.

Each director may be assigned up to two of the scripts. Apply now—don't be shy!

How to apply
Send in your CV today! Let Short Tales know what you’ve done on stage OR screen! They’ll meet with writers and directors at the beginning of June 2019, so they can make final tweaks to the scripts and assign them to their directors. They will workshop the scripts as needed in June. Auditions are in mid-July. Rehearsals start at the end of July. Short Tales 2019 opens on September 30, 2019.

Email your resume to admin@shakespeareinparadise.org with “I'm interested in directing!” as the Subject.

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Windsor Field Airport

Aerial view of the existing pre-war airport, Nassau, New Providence, The Bahamas. C. 1943-12. Oakes Field (foreground) named after its prominent resident Sir Harry Oakes (1874–1943). In the far left distance can be seen Windsor Field airfield, constructed for the RAF in 1942 and named after The Bahamas’ then Governor, the Duke of Windsor (formerly King Edward VIII of the United Kingdom).

From Oakes to Windsor

‘Forgotten Facts’ by Paul C. Aranha

I notice that the original terminal at Windsor Field, where I spent many years of my flying career, is being demolished. I have no idea what the plans for that area might be, but the old building had really passed its sell-by date.

Until 1940, there were no land aerodromes in The Bahamas and aviation was (almost) the exclusive domain of seaplanes and amphibians landing and taking off on water. The first “airport” was Pan American Airways’ Marine Airport on Mathew (note the spelling) Avenue, that part of East Bay Street to the north of the Eastern Parade. This is where Pan American started scheduled flights between Miami and Nassau in 1929.

In 1939, using acreage off Blue Hill Road that had already been set aside since 1928 for an aerodrome, the British government started to build a land airport. Seven month later, one of the runways had been completed and the Bahamas Airways’ Douglas Dolphin became the first plane to land at the new airport.

I don’t know why Britain sold the unfinished airport to Sir Harry Oakes just a few days later, but it might have had something to do with the early days of World War II, when the British were busy fighting Hitler’s Germany.

On January 8, 1940, Oakes Field, as we still call that whole area, was opened for business and the first scheduled flight was a Pan American Airways’ Douglas DC-3 from Miami.

Later, Oakes Field was commandeered by the British War Ministry and became a Royal Air Force base. One RAF base on New Providence was, however, not enough, so Windsor Field was built. [...]

CLICK HERE for full story on Pg 23 in The Tribune Weekend.

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Selection of works in the National Collection by Joseph “Joe Monks” Weaver on view in the current Permanent Exhibition, “Hard Mouth: From the Tongue of the Ocean”.

NAGB Blog: Dialect and Diaspora

The intuitive art of Bahamian intuitive artist Joseph “Joe Monks” Weaver

by Natalie Willis

As the current Permanent Exhibition, “Hard Mouth: From the Tongue of the Ocean” comes to a close next month, it’s an apt time to review one of the key themes that resonated with many during our tours and casual chats here at the museum. We love to speak about how special, confusing, and linguistically interesting our Bahamian dialect is, but one of the questions posed in this exhibition in the section titled “Dialeck” [sic] gives us a moment to think on what our visual dialect could look like. When we look at the work of intuitive artists such as Amos Ferguson, Netica “Nettie” Symonette, or Joseph “Joe Monks” Weaver, we see just that - people who move beyond the “proper grammar” of Eurocentric art history and the canon of art practice, choosing instead to communicate in an art dialect of their own making.

Intuitive art is an important part of art history – not to “supplement” the way we see more widely accepted practices in art, but as art in and of itself. If we do not value the work made by people who haven’t undergone tertiary education, then we do our culture and creative community a serious disservice. There is equal need for the work of those who study art at university, who learn how to translate their practice for wider audiences in the commonly understood visual lingua franca of modern and contemporary art, as well as those intuitives who speak for the wider population and to what our creativity looks like as it evolves directly from our space and communities outside of institution.

Joseph “Joe Monks” Weaver is one such artist. Thanks to the biographies in “Love & Responsibility: The Dawn Davies Collection” (2012), we can gather a few things about Weaver’s background. Born in 1901 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, he lived with his mother in Miami Beach, Florida for the majority of his schooling. The history of Bahamians in Florida goes back further than many of us may realise, as was highlighted in our recent talk with the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens team just last week. Bahamians have been living and working in Florida since the mid 1800s. From the 19th-century Bahamians who were either land-owners or making a living from wrecking and treasure-hunting, to 20th-century agricultural workers on The Contract living through the Jim Crow era’s racial segregation, we have been intricately tied to the history of the “Orange State”. By and large, Bahamians were an integral part of the building of communities like Coconut Grove and our diaspora’s history runs deep in the state. Weaver is a part of this history and his time in the US along with his move to the islands are part of this migration of Bahamians back and forth between the two spaces. [...]

CLICK HERE for full text at the NAGB website.

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