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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, October 18th, 2019
Issue No. 394

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“Rise Up” (2019) by Bahamian artist Lynn Parotti
Oil on canvas / 35" x 40"
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This piece was part of a recent exhibition entitled “To the Rising Sun
held by Parotti last weekend at The Island House.
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(Read more in the “Art & Culture Stories” section below.)


art & cultural
events calendar


TODAY & TONIGHT – Friday, October 18th:


D O N A T I O N :

NAGB’s Donation Drive: The Goodness Tour

• TODAY: Friday, October 18th | 10am–9pm | NAGB, West Hill St.


Today is the last day that the National Art Gallery of The Bahamas (NAGB) will be collecting donations for The Goodness Tour, the US-based non-profit organization who are dedicated to bringing free music and art experiences to people facing adversity all over the world. The tour travels to refugee camps, disaster zones, homeless shelters, hospitals, disability centres, youth crisis shelters and anywhere that humans are in need of trauma relief and encouragement.

The NAGB opened its donation drive on Monday, October 7th and it concludes today, Friday, October 18th, to coincide with their cultural evening of drumming, storytelling, drawing and dance called “Diggin’ Deep + Letting Go.”

Donations will be accepted by Sophia Smith today, 10am–5pm. For more information contact Katrina Cartwright at

CLICK HERE for full details at the NAGB website.


THIS WEEKEND – Saturday, Oct 19th & Sunday, Oct 20th:


F O O D / F E S T I V A L :

International Culture Food & Wine Festival

• TOMORROW: Sat & Sun, Oct. 19th & 20th | 10am | Botanical Grdns

Intnl Food   Wine Festival

CLICK graphic for Facebook page.


C O N C E R T / F U N D R A I S E R :

The Nassau Music Society presents:
University of The Bahamas’ Music Faculty Recital of Sacred and Classical Music

• THIS SUNDAY: October 20th | 7pm | St Andrew’s Presbyterian Kirk


The Nassau Music Society presents the first pop-up concert of the season — the University of The Bahamas’ (UB) Music Faculty Recital of Sacred and Classical Music.

Always an outstanding event, this year's concert promises to be spectacular with talented musicians like C–Force with Christine Gangelhoff on flute, Chris Justilien on euphonium, and Paul Jones on piano. They will be joined by some extremely talented colleagues and students including Sonovia Pierre performing a few entertaining vocal selections, and UB percussionist Zaavan Colebrooke with his marimba performance and duet with Neil Symonette.

Proceeds from this event will go to scholarships and events for students affected by Hurricane Dorian. Come out for a great night and support a worthy cause!

CLICK HERE to RSVP at event’s Facebook page.


NEXT WEEK: October 22nd–25th:


F I L M S :

BIFF & the Current at Baha Mar present:
Past, Present, & Current Film Series

• Tuesday, October 22nd | At 7:30pm | At the Current, Baha Mar


The Bahamas International Film Festival (BIFF) and The Current team up to present the Past, Present, & Current Film Series.

On Tuesday, October 22nd beginning at 7:30pm, The Current will be screening two films: a Short Film entitled Queen and a feature length animation / documentary film entitled Liyana (2017) directed by Aaron & Amanda Kopp.

Liyana follows a number of orphaned Swazi children as they develop a story under the guidance of South African author and activist Gcina Mhlope. Their narrative stars a fictional young girl, Liyana, as she embarks on a journey to rescue her younger twin brothers from kidnapping with her pet bull, and overcomes various challenges along the way. As the students develop their tale, the live action documentary is interspersed with animated scenes depicting Liyana’s adventure. (Age: 13 and up.) Admission is $12 and includes a glass of wine.

CLICK HERE for more info at BIFF website.


A R T I S T / T A L K :

The Current at Baha Mar presents:
An Artist Talk with June Collie

• Thursday, October 24th | 6pm–8pm | At the Current, Baha Mar

Current-June Collie Art Talk

Bahamian artist June Collie’s Artist Talk + Open Critique takes place Thursday, October 24th from 6pm to 8pm at The Current, Baha Mar.

Come out to meet the artist and to ask those burning questions you have for June and learn about her process!

June Collie’s Apartment Therapy will be available for viewing from Oct. 3rd to Oct 24th. This will be your last chance to see her vibrant and eye-popping show.

CLICK HERE to visit The Current’s Facebook page.


C O N C E R T S :

The Nassau Music Society presents:
A Brass Duo & a Piano Virtuoso

• Saturday, October 26th–Sunday, October 27th


The Nassau Music Society (NMS) launches its 51st Annual Concert Season at the end of the month with Joshua Ganger (Flugelhorn, B-flat, C, and piccolo trumpet), Jim Kraft (trombone) and Bahamian pianist Dion Cunningham in two distinct brass performances.

Saturday, October 26th at 6:30pm:

The Current: At Baha Mar Gallery & Art Center: The trio will present an evening of modern music for brass. Selections will range from jazz to folk, presenting the melting pot culture of America through a wide variety of compositions. Composers featured include George Gershwin, Eric Ewazen, Kevin McKee, Joseph Turrin and more.

Sunday, October 27th at 5pm:

At St. Paul’s Church Hall, Western Road: The trio will highlight a range of music from traditional Baroque to selections from the 21st century. The variety of music is sure to engage the entire audience. Composers featured include Joseph Turrin, Kevin McKee, Erik Larson, Arcangelo Corelli, Herbert L. Clarke, and more.


Bahamian pianist Dion Cunningham

In both concerts, Ganger, Kraft, and Cunningham will showcase virtuosity on their instruments. Additionally, Ganger will perform on a variety of modern trumpets, each creating its own unique sound. He will also perform all of them on one piece – Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue.

Tickets can be purchased online now and will be available at three convenient Custom Computers locations (Cotton Tree Plaza, Old Fort Town Centre, and Cable Beach) starting the week of October 14th.


Restaurant Special Offers on Evening of Concerts

Saturday, 26th October:
After the concerts, be sure to take advantage of the fabulous special offers from our restaurant partners at Baha Mar. Enjoy 20% off your meal at Regatta and 3 Tides, and 50% off your first cocktail at the Jazz Bar. Reservations are recommended. Be sure to present your concert ticket stub to claim the special offers.

Sunday, 27 October:
Continue your evening at Mahogany House and enjoy a 2-for-1 aperitif special and/or a complimentary glass of Prosecco with dinner at Spritz Restaurant & Bar where four dining NMS members can enjoy a complimentary bottle of wine. Or check out The Captain’s Table where NMS Members can enjoy 2-for-1 glass or bottle of house wine with dinner. Reservations are recommended. Be sure to present your concert ticket stub to claim the special offers.

CLICK HERE for tickets and more information.




E X H I B I T I O N :

The Current at Baha Mar presents:
“Conversations with my Father”
by Stan Burnside

• Friday, November 1st | 6pm–9pm | The Current at Baha Mar


Bahamian artist Stan Burnside

The Current is pleased to announce the opening of ‘Conversations with My Father’, an exhibition featuring new works by master painter Stan Burnside.

Burnside’s work tackles political and cultural patterns, and often draws inspiration from the role of the matriarch in The Bahamas. His artwork is distinguishable by what he describes as his use of elemental and mystical symbolism rooted in his African heritage.


In addition to his yearly shows in The Bahamas, Burnside has exhibited widely in venues such as France, Ecuador, Bermuda, USA, Venezuela and The Dominican Republic. His work can be found in collections such as the Museum of the Americas in Washington, DC and the Museo de Arte Moderno, Santo Domingo. His artwork is also a part of the Fairwind Exhibition at Baha Mar.

Please come to the Current on Friday, November 1st from 6-9pm. ‘Conversations with my Father’ will be on view until November 15th.

CLICK HERE to RSVP for the event.


W O R K S H O P :

The Current at Baha Mar presents:
Linocut Workshops with Max Taylor

• Saturday, Nov. 2nd | 10am–12pm | The Current at Baha Mar
• Sunday, Nov. 3rd | 1pm–5pm | The Current at Baha Mar


The Current is proud to announce that their current artist-in-residence, Bahamian master artist Max Taylor, will be hosting a two-day workshop at The Current on Saturday, November 2nd from 10am to 12pm & Sunday, November 3rd from 10am to 5pm.

Maxwell Taylor (born 1939, Nassau, Bahamas) was first tutored by Don Russell, and later apprenticing at the fabled Chelsea Pottery as a ceramic designer alongside Brent Malone, Eddie Minnis and Kendal Hanna.


Bahamian artist Max Taylor.

Taylor believes that the technique should fit the theme and uses many creative combinations to achieve his vision. He is renowned for his ceramics and paintings, but he is a master printmaker and has been practicing this for more than 30 years.

Strongly influenced by the Black Power movement, Taylor's work tackles human rights issues, illustrating momentous events for emancipation, equal rights and job equality. Taylor idealizes a traditional home-life, depicting families sitting around the dinner table over candle-light, powerful female figures and hard-working male figures. Throughout his career, he has explored themes of despair, celebration and atrocity.

To register for workshop, email The Current at thecurrent@ or call 1.242.788.8827. Space is limited.

CLICK HERE to visit The Current’s Facebook page.


art & culture stories
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To the Rising Sun, Bahamaland

Bahamian artist Lynn Parotti creates a visual love story of her
consuming passion for the natural landscape of The Bahamas.

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