Smith & Benjamin’s ‘BAHAMIAN ART & CULTURE’ Issue No. 315 Sharing Art & Cultural News of The Bahamas for 17 Years • • • • CLICK HERE to see onli


Smith & Benjamin’s
Issue No. 315

Sharing Art & Cultural News
of The Bahamas for 17 Years

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Bahamian “Roderick Smith” by photographer Alessandro Sarno.
This photograph is one of 30 new portraits being unveiled at
“Bright Lights & Raw Gems: Portraits from The Bahamian Project”
opening tonight at 6pm at the Central Bank of The Bahamas Art Gallery.


Thursday, July 6, 2017

Happy 44th Independence Bahamas!


what’s happening in
bahamian art & culture


T H E A T R E :

“Polling Day
on Sapodilla Street”

Sunday, July 9th
8pm Sharp
St John’s College Auditorium, Nassau

Return to ‘Sapodilla Street’ for fun at the polls.

by Alesha Cadet

After celebrating Christmas and attending church on Sapodilla Street, it is now time to head back to this fictional neighbourhood for a fun election season.

Tamara Moncur and her team at After Dark Promotions are returning with the fourth instalment in the series, entitled “Polling Day on Sapodilla Street”, on Sunday, July 9th. The play will be put on at St John’s College Auditorium at 8pm.

The Sapodilla Street theme has been a successful one for the group, who after staging the plays “Christmas on Sapodilla Street Parts 1 and 2” and “The Church on Sapodilla Street” are now planning to produce a TV sitcom for the Fall.

“This is a major and exciting project and we hope to garner cooperate sponsors to assist in this venture. The inspiration behind this Sapodilla theme came about after I began to look more into our communities, listening to radio talk shows, watching the news and talking to people daily. I realised that Bahamians are naturally comedic without even trying. Therefore, I thought of a way to use everyday situations, events and practices to create possible funny outcomes based on a general Bahamian mindset. I see it as embracing our very unique culture...” [...]

CLICK HERE to read full story on Pg 17 in the Tribune Weekend.
CLICK HERE to view video trailer for play.


art & culture news
from the bahamas

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Cleophas Adderley, Jr., OBE – Attorney at Law, Musician Extraordinaire, Cultural Ambassador and Bahamian National Treasure.

Bahamian cultural giant Cleophas Adderley
passes away

Cultural community
mourns Adderley

by Jayme C. Pinder

The cultural community is mourning the loss of a “giant of a man”.

Many are struggling to come to grips with the loss of founder and director of the Bahamas National Youth Choir (BNYC) Cleophas Adderley, who passed away at age 62 yesterday afternoon at Doctors Hospital after a long battle with pancreatic cancer.

Among those grieving is artist JoAnn Callender, who told The Nassau Guardian yesterday that she lost a friend she held closely to her heart for 44 years.

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Cleophas Adderley conducting the Bahamas National Youth Choir (Photo: Starlight Global)

“As a friend, he is going to be missed,” an emotional JoAnn said. “There is a chunk missing from my life. The only reason I am not on the floor weeping is because I’m driving my grandchildren around today and I have to hold the wheel so I can’t hold my head.

“He has been a very good friend, very confidential, very kind, very loving [and] very supportive....He will never be replaced in this country. He was an amazing composer. I’m sorry he wasn’t like most artists like Beethoven who wrote numerous compositions. We never did get enough from him as far as I am concerned, because I always wanted more.”

JoAnn’s husband, Lee Callender, said he was the first person to record Adderley’s piano works. He said the passing of his “good friend” was a loss to the nation. [...]

CLICK HERE for full article in The Nassau Guardian.

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The Current
is back on

CALL FOR WORKS: Portfolio Submission

The Baha Mar Art Department, The Current, is up and running again!

The Current at Baha Mar is back on and they are thrilled to complete what they started just two years ago. Though they’ve already satisfied nearly 100 art moments on the Baha Mar property, there are still so many more spaces to be filled, and that’s where Bahamian artists are called to come in!

Much has evolved within the local art community during their two-year break, and though the team has remained connected to the art community, they are sure there are new artists with fresh creative works and ideas that they hope to collaborate with. So with this in mind, The team at The Current invite interested artists of all ages and disciplines to submit their portfolios for review.

To submit, please complete The Current portfolio submission form as well as sign the authorization and release form at link below. Please include the items listed in one PDF document. Send your submission to with the subject title: LastName_FirstName_PortfolioSubmission.

CLICK HERE to download submission form. Or email for application form.

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Paula Romer by Sophia Whitehead.

Bahamian Project shines a light on
‘raw gems’

Opening tonight at the Central Bank, this
new exhibit reveals
latest additions.

by Cara Hunt

The Bahamian Project is set to unveil the latest additions to its national portrait collection with a new exhibit of 50 photos representing a cross section of persons from all walks of Bahamian life.

‘The Bright Lights and Raw Gems’ exhibit opens (tonight) at the Central Bank of The Bahamas’ Art Gallery. It will represent the works of 21 photographers who donated their time and talents to photograph the selected subjects.

The Bahamian Project seeks to build a permanent collection of photographs that provide recognition, foster cultural awareness and create a record of the people who from the heart and soul of the nation. Eventually it is hoped that the portraits can be housed and displayed in a permanent national portrait museum.

Duke Wells, the project’s co-founder and creative director, told Tribune Weekend that they are delighted with the end results that will be unveiled next week.

It is very much a cross section of Bahamian society. We have young people, old people, rich, poor, black and white,” he said. [...]

CLICK HERE to read full story on Pg 20 in the Tribune Weekend.
CLICK HERE for event page at Facebook.


Stellar review of Bahamian author’s first book

“A psychological drama
like no other...”

by Dr Glenville Ashby

Helen Klonaris’ If I Had the Wings captures the harrowing, lugubrious side of existence. Written against the backdrop of Bahamian culture, Klonaris delivers an iconoclastic monument, a psychoanalytic ‘anthem’ that lays bare the far reaches of the mind. This is depth psychology sans scholastic rigour; a riveting compilation that brims with human sexuality and gender identity. Every tale is a chilling, tension-drenched thriller.

Psychosis, hysteria, fear, and anxiety creep upon Klonaris’ characters ever so stealthily. Inner and outer worlds are in lockstep. Subconscious complexes emerge.

‘Flies’, the opening salvo, is a haunting, psychopathological narrative. It is an incisive exploration into religious obsession and compulsive acts of decontamination, a strain of obsessive-compulsive disorder. It is a reminder, no less, of how a single event in one’s formative years can damn the future.

In her quixotic orisons, Majorie St George yearns for purity. But she’s about to lose a battle with the evil an army of flies, bent on desecrating, destroying her, literally. ‘Flies’ is starkly graphic, disturbing, and revolting. The rotting pungency caused by flies that invade her dwelling is also gnawing away at her flesh. [...]

CLICK HERE for full article at The Jamaica Gleaner.

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Dr Christopher Curry receiving the Stanley R. Wilson Award for Excellence in Research from University of The Bahamas Provost, Linda Davis, Ph.D.

Bahamian professor makes our history come alive

Making history come alive for young Bahamians is a passion of Dr Christopher Curry’s. And the assistant University of the Bahamas professor hopes to achieve this and more with his new book which explores the untold story of black Loyalists. Curry shares his research into a forgotten group of people who helped shaped the country we know today.

by Cara Hunt

Although he has a PhD in history, Christopher Curry admits that growing up he was not a fan of the subject.

“I really thought it was just having to memorise a lot of dates of events that had happened a long time ago,” he told Tribune Weekend. It was not until he entered college in Canada that he had complete turnaround on the subject.

“It was at Brock University in Canada and I was working towards a Bachelor’s degree in English. During my first year, I had a negative experience during my English classes. At that same time I had a professor who made history come alive for me,” he said.

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Professor Curry with two of his UB students.

“He taught me that history was more than just memorising dates, but that there is an analytic component to it. It is really about making sense of the past. Not everyone will agree on the past as it is open to interpretation. That helped me to discover the richness of history.”

Dr Curry switched his major from English to history. And after he received his initial degree, he went on to the University of Waterloo in Ontario where he completed his Master’s in history.

During his tenure there he had the opportunity to work with noted historian Michael Craton, a professor of history at the university. Dr Craton is the author of several books, including “Empire, Enslavement and Freedom in the Caribbean” and “A History of The Bahamas.” [...]

CLICK HERE to read full story on Pg 4 in the Tribune Weekend.

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Artist Edwina Maynard

Seeing The Bahamas
from afar and in 3D

Emerging artist shares vision of a new day.

by Jeffarah Gibson

At an age when other children were carrying around their stuffed toys, Edwina Maynard was carrying around her drawing book. And by the time the young Bahamian artist entered high school it was clear that a career in the arts was the direction in which she was headed.

Edwina is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Media Arts and Animation at the Art Institute of Charlotte, but came back home this Summer to showcase all that she has learned during a one night only art show called ‘Emergence: Dawn of The Day.’


Rendered work by Edwina Maynard.

Fourteen 3D rendered images, 11 acrylic, oil canvas and wood panels were on display at the Doongalik studios last Wednesday.

The artist said she wanted to show the perspective of Bahamians living aboard in a thought-provoking way.

“We are out of country, qualifying and advancing ourselves. I think it is more difficult for us to contribute to the growth and development of our nation. In addition, this display of my talents allows the Bahamian community to experience art in a medium other than painting, sculptures, mosaics, et cetera, and hopefully inspire them to dream and imagine in colours and dimensions yet undiscovered and maybe even spark enough curiosity to define their own gift,” said Edwina. [...]

CLICK HERE to read full story on Pg 8 in the Tribune Weekend.


Navashion designs on the runway in South Texas.

Bahamian label
goes big in Texas

by Alesha Cadet

He may be only 19, but Bahamian fashion designer Navado Dawkins is already making major strides in his career, having recently participated in the first annual South Texas International Fashion Week to great acclaim.

“The trip to South Texas International Fashion Week was indeed the fashionable experience of my life-time,” he told Tribune Weekend as he discussed the growth of his Navaashion label.

Founded in November 2014, Navashion offers styling, design, consulting closet auditing personal shopping, and makeup artistry. Over the years, Navado has grown his clientele throughout the Bahamas and Southern Florida.

His latest venture to Texas came about during an H20 Miss Teen Bikini trip to Willemstad, Curacao, last October, where he met Sindy Buezo, owner of the Hess Modelling Agency and founder of the South Texas International Fashion Week.

“Instantly we built a bond and started a friendship night on this very trip. She spoke to me about her dreams of doing a fashion week in Texas as she already had a few international pageant titles under her belt from her birth country Guatemala and across the United States. During the event, after seeing my work on Miss Teen Top Model Bahamas Christinque Saunders, Sindy was amazed. [...]

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

NAGB Mural Dylan

Dylan Rapillard painting World Oceans Day mural on West Hill Street.

World Oceans Day mural

Protecting our seas and supporting public artworks.

by Natalie Willis

A national institution of art coming together with one of the biggest hotel corporations doesn’t sound like your usual pairing — but public artwork has no prejudices, no bounds, and as such, the most unlikely collaborations can often be the most fruitful

The NAGB, along with Sandals Royal Bahamian and the Sandals Foundation, have teamed up to bring forth a lighthearted public project with a serious message.

For World Oceans Day, established visual artists in the community were commissioned to produce a vibrant wall mural with the idea of drawing attention to the need to not just protect our waters, but to truly care for them, as they are such a strong part of what makes our country the place it is —in geography, in culture and especially in our history.

Dede Brown and Dylan Rapillard — both strong artists in their own right, but certainly a dynamic team when paired up for projects such as this — produced an 80-foot-long mural along West Hill Street, assisted by Shardae Pratt and Emily Voges, by working together. The resulting product is a turquoise and teal patterned painting to behold. [...]

CLICK HERE for full article at The Nassau Guardian.


From the National Art
Collection of The Bahamas:

Lynn Parotti’s ‘The Blastocyst’s Ball – A journey
through the drug-induced stages of IVF’

by Natascha Vazquez

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Third part of Lynn Parotti’s triptych ‘The Blastocyst’s Ball – A journey through the drug induced stages of IVF (In Vitro Fertilisation)’ (2008) entitled "Follistimitus Irreconcilibus" – In the collection of the NAGB, as seen in the current Permanent Exhibition ‘Revisiting An Eye for the Tropics’.

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Bahamian artist Lynn Parotti

Lynn Parotti is a Bahamian artist exploring themes of natural and biological landscape, those surrounding us and within us.

In “The Blastocyst’s Ball,” Parotti displays a triptych of non-objective form and color, alluding to something that may exist within biology or perhaps, more specifically, in our bodies.

Each piece shows a unique arrangement, but commonly shared hues and rigid texture created through repetition generate a strong sense of unity between them.

Organic form in reds, whites, purples and browns occupy each composition. Some forms are stacked, building up masses that blend each curvilinear line into a whole. Others sit next to one another, actively dispersing into space to reveal their individuality.

The last panel exhibits similar forms wrapping around to create a single circular shape, an opening of some sort, and the uniqueness of each mark disappears again.

Parotti portrays a plethora of organic form and line, specifically those of a circle. In the first piece, the repetition of curved lines creates an imperfect circular shape. [...]

CLICK HERE for full article at The Nassau Guardian.


art from the region
and beyond

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The Davidoff Art Residency accepting applications

The Davidoff Art Initiative is now accepting applications from Caribbean artists for a residency at The Red Gate Gallery in Beijing, China.

Candidate artists for the residency may work in any field of art, including painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, film, video, digital art, and performance, or a combination of media. The residency is designed for candidates in their early or mid-career who have earned a measure of professional recognition – in the form of exhibitions, reviews, works included in collections, awards, etc. – but who are still growing and developing their body of work.

Each year, the Davidoff Art Residency offers residency positions for Caribbean artists who participate in five artist-residency programmes worldwide, as well as for approximately five artists from outside the Caribbean region who spend three months in the Dominican Republic. A limited number of positions are also reserved for curators and writers working on projects of relevance to Caribbean art.

CLICK HEREto apply and for more info.

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Island Records founder teams up with ‘Narcos’ exec for reggae series

Island Records founder and entrepreneur Chris Blackwell has teamed with “Narcos” showrunner Eric Newman and Propagate Content’s Ben Silverman to develop a narrative TV series about the birth of reggae music and the rise of Jamaica’s music industry in the wake of the Caribbean island nation’s independence from Britain in 1962.

Silverman, co-CEO of Propagate Content, and Newman pitched the idea to Universal Music Group and Studiocanal, both owned by French conglom Vivendi. Universal Music Group has been actively expanding its operations in film and TV. Sascha Penn, an alum of the Starz drama “Power,” will pen the pilot script. Studiocanal chairman-CEO Didier Lupfer will executive-produce the yet-untitled project with Blackwell, Newman, Silverman and Marlon James, author of the Booker Prize-winning novel “A Brief History of Seven Killings,” which is set in 1970s Jamaica. Studiocanal plans to shop the series to premium TV and streaming outlets.

Blackwell, who was raised in Jamaica and cofounded Island Records in 1959, is essentially a character in the story, given his huge role in popularizing Jamaica’s music via his work with Bob Marley, Toots and the Maytals and others. Blackwell sold Island to Polygram in 1989; Polygram was in turn acquired by Seagram in 1998 and merged with its current parent company, Universal Music Group. [...]

CLICK HERE for full story at Variety.


The poster for Pope Francis: My Idea of Art, directed by Claudio Rossi Massimi. (Courtesy of Vatican City.)

Contemporary art at the Vatican? Pope Francis shares his views on art in new documentary

Pope Francis wants the church to use contemporary art as a tool for evangelization.

by Sarah Cascone

A new documentary, Pope Francis: My Idea of Art, gives the leader of the Catholic church the chance to share his thoughts on art. The film is based on his 2015 book of the same name, co-written with Tiziana Lupi.

“The Vatican Museums have to be the most beautiful place and the most hospitable. It must throw open its doors to the world,” wrote the Pope in his book, noting that based on the teaching of the Bible, the poor’s inability to pay should not prevent them from seeing the church’s impressive art collection.

Known for his progressive views, Pope Francis also hopes to have the church, historically perhaps the world’s most important art patron, once again work closely with contemporary artists to harness the evangelizing power of art. [...]

CLICK HERE for full article at Artnet News.


Writer James Baldwin

James Baldwin on the creative process and the artist’s responsibility to society

“A society must assume that it is stable, but the artist must know, and he must let us know, that there is nothing stable under heaven.”

by Maria Popova

“The sole purpose of human existence,” Carl Jung wrote in his reflections of life and death in 1957, “is to kindle a light in the darkness of mere being.” Five years later, in one of his least well-known but most enchanting works, the great novelist, playwright, poet, essayist, and cultural critic, James Baldwin argued for this existential kindling of light as the sole purpose of the artist’s life.

In a 1962 essay titled “The Creative Process,” found in the altogether fantastic anthology The Price of the Ticket: Collected Nonfiction (public library), Baldwin lays out a manifesto of sorts, nuanced and dimensional yet exploding with clarity of conviction, for the trying but vital responsibility that artists, “a breed of men and women historically despised while living and acclaimed when safely dead,” have to their society.

Baldwin, only thirty-eight at the time, writes: “Perhaps the primary distinction of the artist is that he must actively cultivate that state which most men, necessarily, must avoid; the state of being alone. That all men are, when the chips are down, alone, is a banality — a banality because it is very frequently stated, but very rarely, on the evidence, believed. Most of us are not compelled to linger with the knowledge of our aloneness, for it is a knowledge that can paralyze all action in this world. There are, forever, swamps to be drained, cities to be created, mines to be exploited, children to be fed. None of these things can be done alone. But the conquest of the physical world is not man’s only duty. He is also enjoined to conquer the great wilderness of himself. The precise role of the artist, then, is to illuminate that darkness, blaze roads through that vast forest, so that we will not, in all our doing, lose sight of its purpose, which is, after all, to make the world a more human dwelling place.” [...]

CLICK HERE for full article at Brain Pickings.

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Detail of Aaajiao’s "404" (2017) (© the artist)

China launches crackdown on social media

New cybersecurity law decreeing greater internet surveillance will affect everyone—including artists.

by Lisa Movius

A new cybersecurity law in China, which came into effect in June, is likely to push artists into deeper levels of self-censorship. In the first week of its implementation, authorities used the law to target celebrity gossip on social media platforms WeChat and Weibo. Sixty accounts were closed down, including that of the popular film blog Dushe Dianying. Younger users of social media platforms “are feeling nervous for the first time”, says Xu Wenkai, a Shanghai- and Berlin-based media artist and blogger who goes by the name Aaajiao.

The new law requires companies to prohibit anonymity and to monitor and report on their employees’ activities online, according to the international organisation Human Rights Watch. The Cyberspace Administration of China said in a statement that the intention is to protect “national security, the public interest, as well as the rights and interests of citizens”. [...]

CLICK HERE for full story in The Art Newspaper.


Cultural and creative industries fuel the world’s economy

The first global map of cultural and creative industries has been released.

The CISAC (The International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers) is pleased to present the release of a new study published by EY (formerly Ernst & Young) titled “Cultural Times – The First Global Map of Cultural and Creative Industries”.

For the first time, this survey quantifies the global economic and social contribution of this important sector. The study analyses 11 Cultural and Creative Industries (CCI) sectors: advertising, architecture, books, gaming, movies, music, newspapers/magazines, performing arts, radio, television and visual arts. The top three employers are visual arts (6.73m), books (3.67m) and music (3.98m). [...]

CLICK HERE to read full results of study.


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