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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, November 1st, 2019
Issue No. 396

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“Eliefett” (2018) by Bahamian artist Kendra Frorup
(Bronze and ink on wood, 15" x 15")
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Kendra Frorup’s work is on display now in an exhibition
entitled ‘Tingsy’ at The D’Aguilar Art Foundation on Virginia Street
right across from Kura Kura; a 3 minute walk from the National Art
Gallery of The Bahamas. The show is up until November 15th.
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See cover story below


art & cultural
events calendar


TONIGHT: Friday, November 1st


E X H I B I T I O N :

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

• TONIGHT: Friday, Nov. 1st | 6pm–9pm | The Current at Baha Mar

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Install shot of Stan Burnside's show "Conversations with my Father". (Photo: John Cox)

Tonight, The Current will open to the public ‘Conversations with My Father’, a solo exhibition of new works by well-regarded Bahamian 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.

The public is invited to come out tonight, Friday, November 1st from 6-9pm, to experience Burnside’s first solo show at The Current. It will be on view until November 15th.


Install shot of Stan Burnside's show "Conversations with my Father". (Photo: John Cox)


Saturday & Sunday, November 2nd & 3rd


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 their current artist-in-residence, Bahamian master artist Max Taylor, will be hosting a two-day Linocut Printmaking Workshop on Saturday, November 2nd from 10am to 12pm & Sunday, November 3rd from 10am to 5pm.

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

CLICK HERE to visit The Current’s Facebook page.




The Central Bank of The Bahamas presents: 36th Annual High School Student Art Competition

• Thursday, Nov. 7th | At 6pm | Central Bank Art Gallery


The Central Bank of The Bahamas is happy to announce the opening of the 2019 High School Student Art Competition and Exhibition on November 7th at 6 pm under the patronage of His Excellency, the Governor General Cornelius Smith.

The theme for this year’s competition is “We are the ones we’ve been waiting for” and it continues the idea of encouragement and inspiration for our next generation to take action and responsibility.

The Bank’s art department reached out actively to art educators across The Bahamas and they received an especially good feedback from North Eleuthera High School where, among others, many displaced students from Abaco and Grand Bahama found shelter after Dorian and were able to continue their studies.

Cash prizes and scholarships are ready to be awarded to the winning students. Judges are: the former curator of the Central Bank Art programme, Antonius Roberts, OBE – together with Katrina Cartwright (NAGB Education Officer) and June Collie (artist). The opening and exhibition is free and open to the public.

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The Central Bank of The Bahamas
presents its: 2nd Annual Cultural Festival

• Saturday, Nov. 9th | 12pm–9pm | Central Bank Grounds, Market St


The Central Bank of The Bahamas is excited to continue showcasing its cultural platform to the Bahamian public by hosting its 2nd Annual Cultural Festival. This year’s festival is BIGGER and BETTER than last year’s!

The Festival will be held Saturday, November 9th from 12 noon to 9pm at the Central Bank upper grounds parking lot.

The event will feature an array of Bahamian food, crafts, music, and arts vendors to help foster a greater appreciation of all forms of arts and culture that enrich our country and economy, particularly the “Orange Economy”.

The Bank does not profit from this event as 100% of sales proceeds made by vendors remains with them. Admission to the event is FREE!

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The Culture Committee of the Central Bank developed the Festival idea to showcase and support Bahamian talents and entrepreneurs from all walks of life. Bahamians are very creative and thus the Committee wanted to host an event that celebrated and promoted this innovative spirit. The idea was not to solely focus on popular vendors but also those that are ‘new and upcoming’.

In supporting the Inter-American Development Bank’s (IDB) Orange Economy initiative, the Central Bank uses the cultural fair to promote this initiative and to raise awareness locally. The Orange Economy is a group of linked activities through which ideas are transformed into cultural goods and services, whose value is determined by intellectual property. These goods and services include advertising, architecture, film, fashion, visual and performing arts, plus many others.

Although our cultural economy has long been a vibrant part of the fabric of the Bahamian experience, this initiative will assist the country reveal its financial value and contribution to the Bahamian economy.

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art & culture stories
from the bahamas



Bahamian artist remembers home

Sculptor, printmaker, and art educator Kendra Frorup opens new experimental exhibition at the D’Aguilar Art Foundation.

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Piece by Kendra Frorup.

Th D’Aguilar Art Foundation is delighted to currently be exhibiting a solo presentation of visual artist Kendra Frorup’s most recent artworks entitled ‘Tingsy’.

A Bahamian artist that lives and works in Tampa, Florida, Kendra Frorup works primarily in sculpture and print-making. She is inspired by her sensory memories of home, The Bahamas, and refers to these familiar sounds, tastes and smells within her works.

Tamarind fruit cast in bronze, resin sugar-apples and ceramic coconuts are layered on top of screen-prints and mono-prints of roosters, chickens, straw-baskets and local architecture. Each work can be compared to the experience of walking down a busy side-street in Nassau or a family island; the artwork is an assemblage of this sensory experience into a physical object.

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"Mourning Morning" (2018), Bronze, resin, monotype

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Detail of a piece by Kendra Frorup.

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Kendra Frorup, "Circle and coconut crown" (red), (2018), mixed media on paper, 31.5" x 43"

The title ‘Tingsy’, a Bahamian colloquialism to describe a person as materialistic, makes light of Frorup’s prolific creation and layering of objects and material. Drawing from her interest in print-making, a process that allows an artist to create a continuous series from a single image, Frorup’s motifs and objects repeat, layer, and overlap seemingly endlessly. The audience may wonder where one work begins and another ends. Objects are added to objects even as the work is being hung for exhibition.

Frorup’s practice has no full-stop, but is dynamic, moving and experimental, beautifully oblivious to the finality of exhibition.

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Kendra Frorup, "One Terrific Conclusion" (2019), mixed media

Frorup’s education was in traditional sculpture, receiving her BFA in Sculpture at the University of Tampa and MFA in sculpture from Syracuse University, College of Visual and Performing Arts, graduating with Summa Cum Laude Honors. After university, Frorup returned home to work with her father in construction, an inherited skill that has made the practice of assembling challenging objects a playful exercise for the artist. As Frorup was married to an American, the family relocated to Florida and while she maintained a rigorous practice, Frorup moved from construction to teaching art. She is currently the Associate Professor of Art at The University of Tampa where she has received awards including The Outstanding Faculty award College of Arts and Letters for Scholarship (2017).

Her work in major international collections includes The National Art Gallery of The Bahamas, The Venice Biennale, Exposició Art Camp 2012, collecció FEDA International through Andorra and Unesco. Recent exhibitions include The Sixth National Exhibition, National Art Gallery of The Bahamas, Nassau, Bahamas, The Global Caribbean: Focus on Caribbean Landscape, Little Haiti Cultural Complex, Art Basel Venue, Miami, Florida, Musée International des Arts, Modestes in Sète, France, The Florence Biennale 2015, Florence, Italy and solo exhibition, The Inner Temple Project, National Art Gallery of The Bahamas, Nassau, Bahamas.

CLICK HERE to visit Kendra Frorup’s website.
CLICK HERE to visit The D’Aguilar Art Foundation website.


Bahamian artist featured in Miami
museum’s ‘Caribbean Future’

A group exhibition at Pérez Art Museum Miami challenges apocalyptic forecasts for a region on the front lines of climate change.

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Lavar Munroe, Rehearsal for Reconstruction, 2019, acrylic, spray paint, fabric and human hair on unprimed canvas, 1.9 × 1.6 m. (Courtesy: the artist)

by Monica Uszerowicz

When Hurricane Dorian hit the northern Bahamas in September, it sat on the Abaco Islands, moving at the glacial pace of roughly two kilometres per hour. Days before, when the storm was on track to hit Puerto Rico – it did not – President Donald Trump tweeted: ‘Will it ever end?’ As if hurricanes end. ‘This is no longer unusual for Caribbean people,’ Erica Moiah James wrote in The New York Times as the storm idled. ‘As I shared video footage with friends in Puerto Rico, they remarked: “I know the sound of that wind.” Is this what it means to be intimately connected by horror? Is there a new creolized language and aesthetic we have become fluent in by default?’ The Caribbean sits on the frontlines of climate change; there, and in my home city of Miami, where a typical rain shower causes obstructive and frequent flooding, we live with its immediate effects. No magical realism – just inherited adaptability, which looks a lot like continual transformation.

María Elena Ortiz and Marsha Pearce, curators of ‘The Other Side of Now’ at Pérez Art Museum Miami, gave 14 artists (including Bahamian artist Lavar Munroe) a prompt: what might a Caribbean future look like? ‘One popular perception of the Caribbean pigeonholes it in catastrophic terms,’ Pearce told me, ‘a place characterized by natural disasters, crime and other crippling legacies of colonialism […] When we think about resilience, we think about springing back into shape. Resilience in the Caribbean is a generative force that gives rise to new shapes.’ [...]

CLICK HERE for full article at Frieze.

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American actress, fashion model, and television personality Eva Marcille in a Theodore Elyett original creation. (Photo by Stanley Babb)

Bahamian couturier outfits American reality star for maternity shoot

Just three months after outfitting multi-award-winning recording artist Michelle Williams, Bahamian apparel designer Theodore Elyett shows no signs of slowing down. The fashion maestro recently outfitted American actress, fashion model, and television personality Eva Marcille in a custom chartreuse gown for her maternity shoot with the theme “The Garden of Eva.”

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Bahamian couturier Theodore Elyett.

The look, captured by Bahamian photographer Stanley Babb of Stanlo Photography, quickly became a social media sensation. Images of the gown appeared on the popular blog and amassed more than 448,000 Instagram likes on sites like The Shade Room and Fashion Bomb Daily.

Surrounded by an orchard of flowers including roses and the star’s favourite – sunflowers – the “Real Housewives of Atlanta” cast member cradled her baby bump in the whimsical gown. The design features a sweetheart neckline, mermaid skirt with a thigh-high split, and a dramatic five-foot silk and ruffle train accented with draped neck detail.

“I sent Eva a sketch and she fell in love with it,” said Elyett. “She said ‘yes’ to the dress, and that’s how we ended up shooting together.”

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American actress, fashion model, and television personality Eva Marcille in a Theodore Elyett original creation. (Photo by Stanley Babb)

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Bahamian photographer Stanley Babb.

On her Instagram post of the image, Eva commented: “So I decided to go ahead and have a little maternity shoot, You know what they say third time is a charm so, welcome to the Garden of Eva. It really was a simple situation thanks to the most amazing team ever.”

Marcille gave birth to her son, Maverick Sterling, her second child with husband Michael Sterling on September 27, just nine days after revealing the jaw-dropping maternity images.

“Eva was a joy to work with and the perfect muse for my design. It was my pleasure to create everlasting memories with such a talented and amazing team. The shoot was a seamless and inspirational experience, and I hope that we can work together even more in the future,” said Mr. Elyett. [...]

CLICK HERE for full article on page 7 of the Tribune Weekend.


Bahamian diver and photographer shares his lifelong passion of oceanic imagery


Photo by André Musgrove

Written and photographed by Bahamian André Musgrove

I’ve been in and out of the ocean my entire life.

In my younger years I wore prescription glasses. The first dive that I wore a prescription mask was in a new and unique dive location in Nassau that I’d never dived before. Opening my eyes behind the new mask I was finally able to see the ocean in all its glory, perfectly clear and sharp. To this day, that was the most exciting moment I’ve experienced in the ocean and one I consider to be a particularly eye-opening experience.


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Photo by André Musgrove

The underwater world for me provides a break from the negativity and distractions that can come from being on land in the modern world. Every time I dive beneath the waves I can experience something new – it’s an adventure, but one that has no storyline and can’t be predicted. I guess I can say I’ve always been freediving, as I was six years old the first time I remember going out spearfishing with my father. Being underwater is simply a part of my life and one of my favourite things to do.

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I strive to use my imagery to share lesser-known truths about the underwater world and it’s inhabitants. In The Bahamas many locals do not know how to swim and have an extreme fear of sharks due to lack of exposure and misinformation. As a Bahamian I try to create imagery with or about sharks so to grasp the attention of my own people and to show them that they’ve been taught is not true. I hope that seeing one of their own interacting with sharks in their natural environment, without being attacked, will encourage others seek further education on shark behaviour and their importance. The story I try to tell through my work is that there can be sustainable coexistence between humans and the marine environment. Humans can enjoy what’s underwater while still keeping ourselves and the animals safe. I hope that showing people interacting with wild animals underwater in their natural habitats, others can learn not to fear the unfamiliar. [...]

CLICK HERE for full text at Oceanographic Magazine.


Canadian Bahamian Jazz singer and songwriter Anuschka Wright.

Bahamian singer songwriter interviewed by Canada’s Story Book Entertainment

Canadian Bahamian Jazz singer and songwriter Anuschka Wright was born in Canada but grew up in The Bahamas where she began her Jazz career at age 18 years of age.

As a young child she performed and travelled with the Bahamas National Children’s Choir, and later on returning to Montreal studied Jazz at Concordia University gaining a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, with Specialization in Jazz Studies.

Anuschka is currently living and working in Montreal, pursuing her dreams of becoming a full-time Jazz artist.

CLICK HERE for full interview at YouTube.

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Bahamian musician Keysha Edwards Taylor

Daughter of Bahamian cultural idol determined to uphold her mother’s legacy

Keysha Edwards Taylor talks about her latest music project, a record to refresh the soul.

by Cara Hunt

Keysha Edwards Taylor has music coursing through her veins. Her mother, Kayla Lockhart Edwards, was a renowned signer who spent more than three decades promoting Bahamian culture through song and performance. And although she is no longer with us, Kayla left a strong musical legacy behind in her daughter and grandchildren.


Keysha with a portrait of her mother, Kayla Lockhart Edwards.

Keysha is a talented musician in her own right. For the past 25 years, she has used her talents in the gospel music arena in particular. Additionally, under her stage name Musicvessel Love, she has also been featured as a guest singer for the jazz band Pure State Band out of Miramar, Florida. Keysha is now an award nominee Christian/Gospel artist.

“My mother’s influence in my life is colossal,” Keysha told Tribune Weekend. “Musically, her influence was deep. She was unwavering in her encouragement for my musical training in my formative years. As my technique and education grew, she would challenge me and lovingly push me to do greater and become the best at what I was doing. I was always eager to hear her ideas and implement them in my learning, performing and ministry.” [...]

CLICK HERE for full article on page 4 of the Tribune Weekend.


Photo by Christine Demeritte of iCandy Photo Mansion.

Miss Bahamas Universe responds to
backlash to Dorian photo shoot

by Jeffarah Gibson


Miss Bahamas Universe Tarea Sturrup

Despite the mixed reactions she has received for a photo shoot set against a backdrop depicting Hurricane Dorian wreckage, Miss Bahamas Universe Tarea Sturrup maintains she only had “pure intentions” and wanted to offer “an artistic expression of strength after the struggle.”

“A lot of people got that message immediately and I was really happy to see that. However, some persons took it in another way,” she told Tribune Weekend.

“The Dorian Project” featured Tarea hoisting the Bahamian flag, standing in knee-deep flood water as models struggle to wade their way through behind her. It was a collaborative effort between the beauty queen, her management team and local photographer Christine Demeritte of iCandy Photo Mansion. The photos were released on Tarea’s social media page earlier this week.

While some followers commended Tarea’s vision for the shoot, others questioned the genuineness of her intent and whether or not what she dubbed an artistic expression was an insensitive gesture.

“I definitely respect people’s opinion and my condolences goes out to all the people who may have lost family members. My heart goes out to all of the survivors of the storm,” she said.

“As a former Miss Grand Bahama, the storm was real to me as anyone one else in the country who would have to watched helplessly as their family went through something traumatic.” [...]

CLICK HERE for full article on page 13 in The Tribune Weekend.


Artist Dwight Laaden Ferguson with his work.

Bahamian artist’s new solo show celebrates “Hope”

Pastor and visual artist Dwight Laadan Ferguson will be opening his third solo exhibition entitled ‘Hope’ at Doongalik Studios on Village Road.

Ferguson started working for this show mid-year with a different theme in mind. However, the passage of the monster Hurricane Dorian in September changed the dynamics of many of his works. He felt compelled to add another dimension to his exhibition in order to create a greater awareness of life, to speak about its value and quality, particularly with respect to those persons affected by the storm. His own reaction on seeing the devastation wrought by the hurricane has inspired many of the more recent pieces as he, himself, needed to infuse a positive quality of hope in them.

Ferguson’s concepts of hope and healing are a constant part of his calling as a practicing pastor. His active work in the church has provided an opportunity to reach out — physically, mentally and spiritually — to the many hurricane victims and evacuees who are experiencing a great deal of anguish. By providing them with a quiet space and a place in which they can vent, they are offered emotional support, a sense of dignity, healing and hope. Plans are in place for for the evacuees to attend the exhibition. [...]

CLICK HERE to read story in full at The Bahamas Weekly.


New photo exhibit and book launch showcasing Eleuthera to open in Miami

The intense natural beauty and vistas of daily life
in Eleuthera, The Bahamas, will be shown in a photography exhibit and opening reception book
signing by Italian photographer Alessandro Sarno at the Osorio Art & Framing Gallery in North
Miami Beach on Thursday, November 7, 2019 from 6:00 to 9:00 pm. This opening reception is a full celebration of Eleuthera’s beauty and will benefit Exceptional Education Outreach Bahamas (EEO), with book and art sales supporting the dedication and work of this non-profit organization that ensures children with special needs in Eleuthera communities have access to innovative educational programmes to help them reach their full academic and personal potential.


Photo by Alessandro Sarno.


Photo by Alessandro Sarno.

Select images will be on view at Osorio, along with a cocktail table book containing pictures that were captured over an eleven-year span of time, where the seascapes and moments of local life kept calling from Spanish Wells, Harbour Island, and all the satellite islands in the Eleuthera chain. Photographer Alessandro Sarno will be on hand to sign copies of the 216-page full color deluxe book, Eleuthera, The Garden of Freedom. The publication includes over 200 photographs and is published by Philautia, Nassau, The Bahamas. Books will be available at the gallery for $110.

Photographer Sarno recalls the beginning of his career creating with a camera, “I took my first photograph in The Bahamas ten years ago. I never owned a real camera before, but when I visited The Bahamas for the first time, I felt compelled to capture the mesmerizing beauty of the blue waters. Since that time, I keep going back more and more. What started out as a short vacation has transformed into a deep love for the country and the people. Today, it is still the place where I feel most inspired to capture everyday moments of life.”


Photo by Alessandro Sarno.

This photography exhibit also aims to spark viewer wanderlust for a place where the sweetest pineapples in the world are grown. Harbour Island, Spanish Wells, and the entire length of Eleuthera were fortunately not damaged in the recent storm. Booking a trip to places that are operating as usual can be one of the best forms of ongoing relief for the areas in The Bahamas that are still recovering from Hurricane Dorian. The photographer’s focus on lesser-known Eleuthera horizons, paired with his lens of affection for the community and unexpected island details, will surely inspire even the most seasoned traveler to visit.

Alessandro Sarno was born and raised in Italy. He has published four coffee table books portraying life in The Bahamas, as well as a unique photographic guide to Eleuthera called White Bull on the Highway. Sarno’s work has been exhibited at the Ladder Gallery in Nassau and featured in many group shows in The Bahamas and the United States. Alessandro is a lone traveler and considers photography his travel companion, hence his artistic name, “The Lonesome Photographer”.

CLICK HERE for Alessandro Sarno’s website.

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(Cropped) The Smithsonian Institution (SI) has offered to assist the National Museum of The Bahamas/Antiquities, Monuments and Museum Corporation (AMMC) in the rescue and recovery of cultural heritages resources. The announcement was made during a press conference held at the National Museum on Tuesday, 29th October, 2019.

Smithsonian Institution to assist with cultural rescue and recovery following Hurricane Dorian

by Betty Vedrine

The Smithsonian Institution (SI) has offered to assist the National Museum of The Bahamas/Antiquities, Monuments and Museum Corporation (AMMC) in the rescue and recovery of cultural heritage resources. The announcement was made during a press conference held at the National Museum on Tuesday, 29th October. Also in attendance were Director of National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Captain Stephen Russell and Director of the National Art Gallery of the Bahamas (NAGB), Ms. Amanda Coulson.

Acting Director of the AMMC, Mrs. Kim Outten-Stubbs said they were very pleased with the offer of assistance from the Smithsonian. “We are very pleased that AMMC can now speak to its role in rescue, recovery and assessment in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian,” she said. “The initial stage of hurricane recovery was the security of life and property. Now, we wish to address our cultural heritage — those elements which speak to our culture — our libraries, museums, stories, that were lost or damaged in the storm.”

Distinguished Scholar and Ambassador-at-Large, Dr. Richard Kurin, will lead the team of experts from the Smithsonian. He said as soon as they learnt that The Bahamas had been so negatively impacted by the storm, they were ‘moved’ to assist in rescue and recovery efforts.

“The Bahamas is very dear to me and so when we heard what happened here, our hearts went out to the Bahamian people,” he said. “We worked with The Bahamas 25 years ago. Culture is what makes people who they are. When we heard of books and art being destroyed, we knew what our duties would be: to help our Bahamian brothers and sisters.” [...]

CLICK HERE to read full story at The Bahamas Weekly.

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“Lilies” (1984), Peggy Hering, oil on canvas, 24 x 28 inches. Part of the Dawn Davies Collection. (Image credit: Blake Fox.)

From the Dawn Davies Art Collection:

“Lilies” by Peggy Hering

by Natalie Willis

The Caribbean is in many ways a place of and for the nomadic. There is an irony then in the way that American artist Peggy Hering found herself referencing Claude Monet’s water lilies with her own “Lilies” (1984), which were painted at his home for the last 30 years of his practice. The jarring difference between those seemingly shifting, moving art makers, and those who stand stock-still devoting time to the exact opposite which is the enduring, is all presented to be considered in Hering’s dreamy landscape. Some may be familiar with her work gifted to us from the FINCO commissions of scenes Over-the-Hill, but Hering and her work are a little elusive for those of us who weren’t around in Nassau in the 70s and 80s when Hering lived here. This gem in the Dawn Davies Collection is a good departure point for probing into the life of this expatriate artist.

Born in 1943 in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, Peggy Hering was one of a family of artists. “She earned a BS in Art Education at Pennsylvania State University in 1965 and taught art in the public school system for several years before turning full time to painting and illustration. Hering came to The Bahamas in 1976 and worked briefly for the island-wide Mademoiselle Stores as advertising manager, then devoted ten years as a graphic designer and illustrator for The Nassau Guardian. During this time, she continued with her painting, being inspired by the beauty and vibrancy of The Bahamas, and was perhaps best known for her paintings of flora and figurative work, notably mothers with children.” [...]

CLICK HERE for full story at The Nassau Guardian.


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This coming Monday, Sherwin-Williams’ current paint store at Cable Beach will move to their new Tonique Williams-Darling Highway location (the old Bahamian Paint building) and Cable Beach will now become a full-fledged Art Supply Store for all the island’s amateur and professional artists!

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the art gallery

Original Bahamian Artwork Available for Sale

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We at Bahamian Art & Culture eMagazine are happy to introduce a new section to the publication – The Art Gallery sponsored by Smith & Benjamin’s Art Brokerage. Here we offer for purchase original Bahamian artwork perfect for the adornment of your home or office or to give as unexpected gifts for Christmas or birthdays.

Today’s offering is the newest collection of original acrylic-on-canvas paintings by Bahamian artist ERIC ELLIS.

Artists who are interested in showcasing their work in The Art Gallery, Feel free to contact us. Please support Bahamian artists.

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Bahamian artist Eric Ellis.

Eric Ellis

(b. 1964, Steventon, Exuma, The Bahamas)

Bahamian artist Eric Ellis is a self-taught artist. His painting style is closely associated with the essence, colour, and vibrancy of Junkanoo and is almost wholly representative of indigenous Bahamian culture. His subject matter often revolves around the performance of Junkanoo, the activities of native women and children, sailboat-scapes, local flora, religious and spiritual symbolism, and romantic vignettes of the Bahamian idyllic. He distinctive style is usually defined by the use of bright colours and graphic shapes. His work can be found in the National Collection of Art housed at the National Art Gallery of The Bahamas, the D’Aguilar Foundation Art Collection, the Dawn Davies Collection and in many private collections in The Bahamas and around the world. He is retired from The Royal Bahamas Police Force and lives in Nicholl’s Town, Andros. Eric Ellis is available for commissions. If interested, kindly give us a call at Tel: (242) 377-0241 or email at


Eric Ellis, "Yellow Poui" (2019), Acrylic on canvas, 28x48 / $1,500


Eric Ellis, "Pink Poui" (2019), Acrylic on canvas, 28x48 / $1,500


Eric Ellis, "Abaco in Palms" (2019), Acrylic on canvas, 28x48 / $1,800


Eric Ellis, "Regatta Sloops" (2019), Acrylic on canvas, 28x48 / $2,000


Eric Ellis, "Sloops in Formation" (2019), Acrylic on canvas, 48x28 / $1,800


Eric Ellis, "Parrots in the Seagrape Tree" (2019), Acrylic on canvas, 48x28 / $1,800


Eric Ellis, "Sweet Island Lane" (2019), Acrylic on canvas, 48x28 / $2,500


Eric Ellis, "Wash Day" (2019), Acrylic on canvas, 48x28 / $2,500


Eric Ellis, "Potter's Cay" (2019), Acrylic on canvas, 48x28 / $2,500


Eric Ellis, "Police Force Band" (2019), Acrylic on canvas, 48x28 / $1,800


art opportunities

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Jace McKinney, "Angelo's Wings" (2006), Mixed media with salvaged material.

NAGB presents Open Call for Works to Artists of The Bahamas and the Diaspora: “Refuge”

Submission Deadline: November 11th, 2019

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The National Art Gallery of The Bahamas acknowledges the dawning of a new chapter in our country’s history after the passage of Hurricane Dorian. Collectively we have made a decision to suspend our planned exhibition for the end of the year and rather, extend an open call to our creative community to start a larger conversation on the personal and collective impacts after the passage of the storm.

“Refuge” is an Open Call to all artists–irrespective of how your practice is defined–to think about this moment, this tragedy, and use it as therapy or an opportunity to reflect on how we pull ourselves and bring the pieces back together. Our hearts and nation have been splintered, but our spirit is now called to do the important work of healing, and be grounded even deeper in our communities and to our humanity.

CLICK HERE for full details of the Call.
CLICK HERE to apply.


Open Call for Works: “Images of Hope”

Submission Deadline: November 12th, 2019

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Tilting Axis Fellowship: Call for Submissions

Submission Deadline: November 17th, 2019

Tilting Axis has joined forces with Het Nieuwe Instituut to offer a Fellowship to one mid-career or established applicant based in the Caribbean. The Fellowship is supported by Het Nieuwe Instituut as lead partner and host, and will include collaborations with the Amsterdam Museum, De Appel, The Black Archives and Witte de With.

For Whom?
Mid-career and established researchers, artists, designers, writers, curators, or cultural producers based in the Caribbean region interested in building new links with cultural institutions in the Netherlands, and who have an interest in developing their practice around themes related to architecture, spatial practice, design or digital culture.

About the Position
This Fellowship focuses on applicants living and working within the Caribbean region and is both research and practice-led. The selected applicant will be based in Rotterdam at the Het Nieuwe Instituut and will have access to other partner cultural institutions in Rotterdam and Amsterdam. A total stipend of 12,000 Euros will be granted by Het Nieuwe Instituut to cover living expenses and one round-trip airfare from any country within the Caribbean to the Netherlands. Accommodation will be provided for a period of six months for a maximum of 800 Euros per month. Stipends may be subject to a withholding tax. Specific details about the position will be discussed with the selected applicant. [...]

CLICK HERE for full details of the Call.

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OPEN CALL for Caribbean Artists:
“Contested Desires”

Application Deadline: November 18th, 2019

CONTESTED DESIRES is a transnational project exploring our shared & contested colonial heritage and its influence on contemporary culture.

Project Duration: 14th Feb 2020 – August 2021
Project Fee: €4,339.98 (per diems, travel & accommodation are separate)
Artist Geographies: Caribbean-based (Must have proficiency in English)
Art form: Visual arts (including but not limited to: film, digital, sound art, installation)

From the Greeks, to the Romans, the Ottomans to the Venetians, from the seafaring nations of Northern and Western Europe embarking on crusades and trade missions, Europeans have exploited, imposed and foraged cultures and communities to build their Empires. This legacy presents a complex shared cultural heritage, too often untold, unknown and contested. A legacy where individuals, communities and nation states have constructed their identities through a mosaic of cultural choices and desires.

CONTESTED DESIRES is a transnational capacity building programme for artists and producers engaging with communities and heritage spaces. With a focus on exchange and learning, the programme will offer unique opportunities for artists and communities to explore our shared heritage through research, workshops, residencies and exhibitions.

Working in the UK, Portugal, Cyprus, Spain, and Barbados, CONTESTED DESIRES will dig deep to explore, and reveal the links between our shared colonial history and our cultural identities today – from the diverse perspectives of those working across Europe and in the Caribbean. [...]

CLICK HERE for full details at Fresh Milk Barbados.

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Call for Artwork from Young Artists

Submission Deadline: December 14th, 2019 at 6pm

After the overwhelming success of Furniture Plus’ first kids’ art competition, the home furnishings giant is hosting its second National Youth Art Competition and its open to children throughout The Bahamas, ages 8–18.

Last year’s competition attracted over two hundred talented entrants from across The Bahamas, with twenty young artists emerging as category winners.

This year’s expanded “Art From The Heart” competition will build on last year’s cumulative $5,000 prize package, and provide additional opportunities for positive exposure and skill development for the winners. The competition launched on Monday, September 9th and will close on Saturday, December 14th, 2019. Category winners will be selected and announced in January 2020, and their artwork showcased for family and friends at an official Art Showing hosted by NAGB in February 2020.

CLICK HERE for more details. Or email Furniture Plus at or call 397-7587._

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