Smith and Benjamin’s ‘BAHAMIAN ART and CULTURE’ Issue No. 371Thursday, February 21st, 2019 • • • •Sharing Art and Cultural News of The Bahamas f


Smith and Benjamin’s
Issue No. 371
Thursday, February 21st, 2019

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Sharing Art and Cultural News
of The Bahamas for 18 Years

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CLICK HERE to see online version.

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“Long Live The King” by Bahamian artist Toni Alexia Roach.
(2018/Ink and Charcoal Collage/52" x 42")
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The work of Roach and 37 other Bahamian and resident
artists is now on view in the National Art Gallery of The Bahamas’
Ninth National Exhibition (NE9) “The Fruit and The Seed”.
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See story below.


art & cultural
events calendar




E X H I B I T I O N :

Grand Bahama Artists present:
“Pulse” Art Exhibition

• TONIGHT: Thursday, February 21st | 5:30pm–7:30pm | Sheldon Saint Gallery & Studio in Port Lucaya Marketplace, Grand Bahama


Tonight – Thursday, February 21st – sees the opening of a new exhibition entitled “PULSE” mounted by a group of 13 talented Grand Bahama artists including: Chantal Bethel, Paula Boyd Farrington, Claudette Dean, Lisa Codella, Eva Dehmel, Greg Farrington, Ben Ferguson, Del Foxton, Ken Heslop, Jo Morasco, Alisa Streather, Laurie Tuchel, and Sheldon Saint showcasing works that include drawings, paintings, sculptures, collage, installations, mixed media, and ceramics.

The PULSE exhibition will take place at the Sheldon Saint Gallery & Studio / Treasure Nest in Port Lucaya Marketplace. Grand Bahama. The exhibition can be viewed between the hours of 10am and 5pm, February 18th to 23rd and during the Grand Opening tonight, Thursday Feb. 21, 5:30pm to 7:30pm. For more information, contact: Sheldon Saint at Treasure Nest Gallery at (242) 352-1230.




A R T / E V E N T :

NAGB presents: Friday Night Live!

Friday, February 22nd | 6pm–10pm | At the NAGB

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Smooth talking and dulcet tones; this time around Friday Night Live! (FNL!) is bringing you suave sophistication with “The Good Mic”, an Open Mic Night in collaboration with Goodstock!

FNL! is a one-of-kind event at the museum that is perfect for an evening out with the family, a first date, or just to experience the NAGB after hours. For the price of regular admission, you can experience special tours, drawing in the galleries, an interactive workshop inspired by our latest exhibitions, live entertainment and more! It only comes around once a quarter so don’t miss out on this incredible bit of Spring fun and delight. You won’t be disappointed. See you there!

CLICK HERE to view promo video for FNL!.
CLICK HERE to RSVP for Friday Night Live!




T H E A T R E :

Atlantis Theatre presents:
“The Love List” – A Live Comedy Play

• THIS WEEKEND: Now thru Sat., Feb. 23rd | 8pm | Atlantis Theatre


In celebration of the month of love, Atlantis Theatre on Paradise Island presents the theatre production “The Love List”, a live comedy play by Canada’s most produced playwright Norm Foster. The production ends this Saturday.

In this side-splitting and thought-provoking comedy, Leon and Bill concoct a list of attributes of the ideal woman – the top ten best qualities in a mate. When this allegedly “ideal woman” actually arrived on the scene, the men quickly learn that their list could use a few revisions. Be careful what you wish for – especially in choosing a mate! This old adage leads to hilarious results in Norm Foster’s sparkling comedy hit.”

Directed by David Nairn, The Love List stars Heather Hodgson Kosoy, Terry Barna, and Neil Foster. For tickets or more information call (242) 363-2000 ext 46601 or visit the Atlantis Box Office in The Coral. Suggested for audiences over 18.

CLICK HERE for full details at the Atlantis website.


F E S T I V A L :

Bahamas Junkanoo Art & Music Festival

• THIS WEEKEND: Saturday & Sunday, Feb. 23rd–24th | 11am–8pm
The Botanical Gardens, Nassau

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The Botanical Gardens will come alive this weekend, Saturday & Sunday, February 23rd and 24th, between the hours of 11am and 8pm with the sights, sounds, and spirit of Junkanoo!

The Bahamas Junkanoo Art and Music Festival, (BJAM) is bringing you the unique visual and cultural art scene of Junkanoo. Visitors will experience intricately detailed junkanoo sculptures up close and walk through all of the behind-the-scenes action of ‘The Shack’ where they will encounter the hidden secrets that go into producing Junkanoo. There will be opportunities for interactive Junkanoo experiences for both adults and children to enjoy.


Bongo of the Junkanoo Commandos holding firm.

Visitors will enjoy the tastes of some of the island’s most mouthwatering food & drink from numerous food vendors and chefs as well as live mixology demonstrations. Visitors will also participate in interactive cardboard manipulation and styrofoam carving with our Junkanoo visual and performing artists. There will be roving artists throughout the festival grounds and live entertainment along with a wide array of artisans and fine artists with items for sale. The Junkanoo sculptures on display will be accompanied by the artisans responsible for bringing them to life and visitors will have an opportunity to speak with them one-on-one in an intimate setting.

The BJAM festival will also have a designated children’s area and will offer kids the experience of creating authentic Junkanoo pieces. And, of course, the evenings will culminate with an exciting rush-out by the cacique award-winning Junkanoo Commandos. The entrance fee is $5 for adults and $2 for children and senior citizens.

CLICK HERE for event’s Facebook page.


C O N C E R T :

Nassau Music Society presents: The Classical
Duo Marilies and Nikolaus Guschlbauer

• THIS SUNDAY: Sunday, Feb. 24th | 5:30pm | St. Paul’s Church Hall


The Nassau Music Society, in conjunction with the Austrian Consulate, Nassau, is delighted to present a concert by the young Austrian classical duo Marilies and Nikolaus Guschlbauer. Having played together since childhood, the musical siblings establish great harmony and sensitivity in their sound together as a duo. At St. Paul’s Church Hall on Sunday, February 24th, they will present a musical homage to their home country with pieces by Ludwig van Beethoven, Franz Schubert and Johannes Brahms. Their concert at St. Paul’s Church Hall, Western Road, will be the third performance of a five concert tour that will take them to Washington DC, New York, Nassau and Prague as part of an Austrian cultural exchange.

Special Offers
Complimentary wine and soft drinks will be served after the performance. Continue your evening at Mahogany House where you can enjoy a 2-for-1 aperitif special or a complimentary glass of Prosecco with dinner, and at Spritz Restaurant & Bar where four dining NMS members can enjoy a complimentary bottle of wine. Reservations are recommended and don’t forget to present your ticket stub or membership card to claim the special offer.

Tickets will be available at the door on the evening of the concert.

CLICK HERE for the Nassau Music Society website.
CLICK HERE to view performance of the duo.
CLICK HERE to view performance of the duo.




L E C T U R E :

Ministry of Tourism presents: Movie Masters Lecture Series on Filmmaking

Monday & Tuesday, Feb. 25th & 26th | 6pm-9pm | Franklyn Wilson Building, University of The Bahamas

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Filmmakers, Students to get tips from top Hollywood Producer

The Movie Masters forum returns to Nassau and Grand Bahama this month, giving Bahamian filmmakers access to accomplished Hollywood professionals.

The Bahamas Film & Television Commission launched the Movie Masters lecture series in 2018 to provide opportunities for Bahamians to benefit from the experience of individuals who have already made their mark on the film industry. Prolific film and television producer, Sean Robins, will be the special guest of this year’s instalment of the Movie Masters series. Robins is a partner of Broken Road Productions, which has produced films such as Knight & Day with Tom Cruise, The Sorcerer’s Apprentice starring Nicolas Cage and Tag, starring Jeremy Renner.

“We are fortunate to have Sean on board with us for the next Movie Masters,” said Clarence Rolle, general manager of the Bahamas Film & Television Commission. “Sean started his production career at George Clooney’s Maysville Pictures, and has gained a wealth of experience since then. With his experience in production and his screenwriting degrees, he will be particularly helpful to those who want to be producers and screenwriters.” [...]

CLICK HERE for full details at The Bahamas Weekly.




C H A R I T Y :

An Evening at the Races: A Charity Fundraiser
for the Cancer Society of The Bahamas

• Saturday, March 30th, 2019 | 6pm | Old Fort Bay Club, Nassau


On Saturday, March 30th, The Cancer Society of The Bahamas will be benefitted by a charity fundraiser event entitled “An Evening at the Races” at Old Fort Bay Club, Nassau. The dress code will be smart attire with hats or fascinators. Cocktails begin at 6pm and the Races start at 7pm. Tickets are $150.

There will be 8 races in total and 10 horses running in each race.

There are two sponsorship donations packages available: A RACE Sponsorship Donation for $3,000 and a HORSE Sponsorship Donation at $300 each. Full Race details and information will be listed in the evening’s event brochure which will be circulated before and at the event.

For tickets, please call:
Jennifer: 424-2667 / Carrie: 424-2441 / Tracie: 424-5992.


J A Z Z / F E S T I V A L :

Eleuthera...All That Jazz Festival 2019

April 10–14, 2019, Governor’s Harbour, Eleuthera, The Bahamas

The much anticipated 2019 installment of Eleuthera…All That Jazz (EATZ) is back and will take place over the course of 5 days this April 10th–14th, 2019 on the beautiful family island of Eleuthera in The Bahamas. In aid of the Haynes Library in Governor’s Harbour. Stay tuned to this space!

CLICK HERE for full information at the Festival website.


art & culture stories
from the bahamas


NAGB’s Ninth National Exhibition:
“The Island Repeated”

Bahamian artist Toni Alexia Roach’s patterned
approach to confronting the past.


Toni Alexia Roach, "Lift Up Your Head" (2018), Ink and Charcoal Collage, 52" x 42"

by Natalie Willis

The land we live in feels like a repetition. We are a repetition of limestone rocks across shallow seas. We are repetitions of faces across families. We repeat the things we learn in school and church and wherever else – many times without critique, and, most disconcertingly, we repeat the same models of power–mainly paternalistic–from hundreds of years ago. This is at the heart of what Toni Alexia Roach gets to in her work for the “NE9: The Fruit and The Seed.” We look at the visual repetitions—palm tree after palm tree, and beach after beach—but we also see that these images are not symbolic of the place we live in, of the Caribbean, they are symbolic of the very idea of the Caribbean picturesque.

Roach, trained at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), takes her background in textiles, fashion, and design and applies it to this meticulous draughtsmanship in her works Lift Up Your Head (2018), and Long Live the King (2018). We see the plaid so often associated with Britishness, and particularly with Scotland who joined the United Kingdom to gain access to the slave trade — hence so many Bahamian family names are of Scottish origin. Strachan, Ferguson, and Campbell to name a few. Just as plaid is a repeating pattern, we see Roach using this repetition to drive her ideas home with another nod to textiles and fashion — the heraldry we so often see embroidered on tapestries of old. [...]

CLICK HERE for full text at the NAGB’s website.


Bahamian art historian, educator, and curator Dr. Krista Thompson

Interview with Bahamian art historian, educator and curator: Krista Thompson

The gorgeous book Shine: The Visual Economy of Light in African Diasporic Aesthetic Practice (Duke University Press, 2015) written by Bahamian Dr Krista Thompson, Professor of art history at Northwestern University, is the subject of this interview by the podcast New Books in Caribbean Studies.

The book is Thompson’s second publication and it speaks of light and the practices of self representation in diasporic and Caribbean communities. Thompson looks carefully and sees in the glittery surfaces of contemporary art, photographic and video.

CLICK HERE to listen to the interview at Stitcher.

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Trinidadian-Bahamian Poet Christian Campbell

Interview with award-winning Trinidadian-Bahamian Poet: Christian Campbell

Interview by Ivette Romer

In commemoration of the anniversary of Stuart Hall’s birth (February 3, 1932) and death (February 10, 2014), here is an interview with Christian Campbell about his poem, “Sculpture with Fragments of Stuart Hall.”

In October, the Academy of American Poets published “Sculpture with Fragments of Stuart Hall,” a poem by Christian Campbell. The first version of this poem was composed as part of a multimedia collaboration with artist Kara Springer—Translations, which addressed a range of issues including memory, the archive, aesthetics, and interdisciplinary practice—within the framework of the 2015 exhibition “The Unfinished Conversation: Encoding/Decoding” (held at The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery). Campbell explains, “John Akomfrah’s three-screen essay film on Hall, also titled The Unfinished Conversation, shifted me. Both Hall and the artist Terry Adkins passed away the year before the show opened. This elegy for Hall, one of the great thinkers of our time, is also a Windrush poem in this year of the seventieth anniversary of the arrival of the ship Empire Windrush, emblem of Caribbean post-war migration to Britain, and this year during which members of the Windrush generation are being framed as ‘illegal immigrants’ by the state.” [...]

CLICK HERE to read full interview at Repeating Islands.


Bahamian fashion icon Flo Miller launches book

by Kandice Eldon

“Island life in 1950 was so free. The children were never afraid to go into the woods alone to pick wild sapodillas and coco plums or walk on the beach looking for seashell treasures washed ashore…The children had to go down the hill to the well for water and walk back up sometimes at sunset. Each child has a little bucket for their water and they would play hide and seek along the way.” ~Excerpt from Return to Mango Hill

Return to Mango Hill is about the life of Sammie, a young girl growing up on Mango Hill with her family and siblings. A bright eyed, inquisitive child with big dreams, Sammie’s life would take her from the powder white beaches of The Bahamas to the hustle and bustle of New York to the land of love and art, France to the fashion mecca, Italy.

Launched this month on the book, Return to Mango Hill, a novel written by Bahamian fashion icon Flo Miller is an exciting page turner with rave reviews. For the author, writing a book was a tremendous journey of discovery, introspection and delight.

“I wrote this book because I have met so many women like Sammie, I see her in myself. Sammie, came along at a time when women, especially women of color had to fight for everything they wanted. Getting an education was a big deal, women had to work twice as hard to go to school, get a high school diploma and for many, work jobs to pay for college,” says Miller reflecting on her own journey to pursue her educational pursuits. [...]

CLICK HERE for full story at The Bahamas Weekly.


Bahamian artist Lynn Parotti sits with Shawn Sawyer of Cacique International.

Cacique Artist in the Spotlight: Diving deep with Lynn Parotti

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, Bahamian artist Lynn Parotti – conscious art trailblazer – discusses the intoxicating water-world of her native Bahama land with the aim of spawning an intervention.


Lynn Parotti poses with her work.

As scientific evidence of man-made climate change hasn’t been enough to convince the world to take action, then perhaps it’s up to the artists to make an emotional appeal, rather than a statistical one. Lynn Parotti’s breathtaking collection, “Time Under Tension” on display at the D’Aguilar Art Foundation attempts to affront its audience with the dire situation our oceans are faced with. The pieces evoke contradictory feelings of both whimsical delight paired with a strong, resounding perturbation. Lynn’s thick, layered application of oil paint engulfs the viewer, immersing their perspective so that they too can witness the disappearing, distorted reef systems. Her work dives deeper than coral bleaching alone, luring the viewer into the depths of just how interconnected we are – coral reefs support our fisheries and with these at stake, so is our food security. These are issues that affect us all, regardless of age, race, class or locale. So grab a mask…we’re diving in!


Lynn: I have been completely preoccupied with the environment but particularly with coral colonies. I’ve titled this collection, “Time Under Tension” which refers to a phrase used during fitness training. It speaks to how long a muscle is under strain during a set. I wanted to highlight the constant pressure that coral reefs endure due to the harrowing effects of global warming. This metaphor continues throughout the collection as time becomes the key to the warming seas and the disastrous effects this temperature rise is having on reefs worldwide. Depicting the Bahamian coral reefs in their full, former vigor was an attempt to give people reason to take action and protect the environment that surrounds us.

L: I want my work to be controversial in that it creates a challenge in people’s minds. I don’t think I could make work that wasn’t emotional because I am so emotional. This is expressed in the movement and flow of the paint and the actual patterning and textures that are created. I don’t think that it is overtly controversial but I like that about the work. I remember one of the literature teachers at Saint Augustine’s, Mr Standon, explaining that Shakespeare’s “Malvolio” never bored the audience. His character was vain and full of contempt but he kept the audience engaged. I don’t want to make ugly paintings about an ugly topic. I want to seduce the viewer with color and rhythm and when they are ready, reveal the sad truth the paintings are harboring. [...]

CLICK HERE for full interview at Cacique.


Royal Bahamas Defence Force Band produces music video for Sir Sidney Poitier’s 92nd Birthday

CLICK HERE to view music video.

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Jada Gomez sits on the steps of Government House in Nassau.

I traced my great-grandmother’s journey from The Bahamas to NYC

...and learned about my own roots in the process.

by Jada Gomez

My great-grandmother died before I was born, but I still feel like I knew her. Like many oral histories of Black families, which are passed down and preserved while told around the dinner table, her story was one that the women in my family kept alive when I was growing up in Queens, New York. The family matriarch on my mother's side, my great-grandmother has always had a mythical quality to her — like a character from Black folklore.

Her name was Cecelia Florrie Thompson, and she was born in 1895 in The Bahamas, on the island of Eleuthera. I remember scouting out her name on the American Immigrant Wall of Honor at Ellis Island when I was 9 years old. My mother, who was named after my great-grandmother, took my picture in front of the wall, and reminded me that the family "stands on her shoulders." I took great pride in that, knowing that she sacrificed so much by leaving her home at just 17 years old, with the hope of becoming a teacher in New York. Sadly, that dream never came true. Upon her arrival in the United States, she moved to Harlem, and commuted every morning to midtown Manhattan to be chosen from a group of other women of color to clean the homes of the wealthy. Through her tireless work, she was able to provide her two daughters the opportunity they needed to build a fairly upper-middle class lifestyle, even though she herself wasn't around to enjoy much of it (she died in 1956, the year my mother was born).

I always knew that my great-grandmother lived in Nassau in The Bahamas, but I never fully understood what her life was like there growing up. There are certain family traditions we always had — peas and rice, sweet plantains, and poundcake could always be found on our dinner plates — but I never knew the cultural history behind them. [...]

CLICK HERE for full story at

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Gabrielle Banks, "Bird Bath" (2018), Oil on canvas, 62" x 66"

Bahamian artist work supported at upcoming Sotheby’s auction

Bahamian artist Gabrielle Banks’ work “Bird Bath,” (2018) will be supported in the upcoming Sotheby’s Auction “By Women for Tomorrow’s Women” on March 1st, 2019.

Banks’ painting will be in very good company as it will be auctioned alongside influential, iconic, and powerful artists like Louise Bourgeois, Jenny Holzer, Roni Horn, Carrie Mae Weems, Alice Neel and Cindy Sherman.

Congratulations Gabby, The Bahamas is proud of you and we celebrate your deeply intimate and thoughtful works.

(Source: NAGB)

CLICK HERE to see Banks’ feature on page 84.


Singer/songwriter Pascalle “Pascalli” Dillett with her award for reaching over 20 million streams and counting on Spotify for a song she co-wrote called “Higher” for dancehall legend Red Rat. She was awarded with a plaque for her accomplishment in late December 2018. (PHOTO: PASCALLE “PASCALLI” DILLETT)

Pascalli Dillet surpasses 20 million streams on Spotify

Dillet has appeared in music videos for Lil Wayne and Neyo, co-written tracks for music’s biggest stars, and penned an inspirational song used by Zimbabweans during protest marches. Now, this young Bahamian artist shares how she has been recognized for reaching a major milestone on the world’s largest music-streaming service.

by Cara Hunt

The showbiz bug bit Pascalli Dillet at the tender age of three when she was cast to be in a commercial for KFC as well as an advertisement campaign for a Bahamian store The Island Shop.

She may have been young, but from then on she fully embraced the role of a performer. And her passion has taken the singer all over the world and to heights many artists can only dream of achieving.

Pascalli was raised in both Switzerland and The Bahamas and is a singer, songwriter, producer, and co-founder and CEO of Mogul Movements Worldwide, a writing and production company that she owns with international dancehall icon Red Rat who is known for his hit songs “Tight Up Skirt” and “Shelley Ann”.

In December, Pascalli received a special plaque for attaining more than 20 million streams and counting on the digital music service Spotify. The award was for a song she co-wrote for Red Rat called “Higher”. This makes her the first Bahamian woman, and Turks and Caicos Island belonger, to receive this honour. [...]

CLICK HERE for full article on pg 4 of The Tribune Weekend.

The Current-LOGO

The Current at Baha Mar announces
Artist Residency Open Call

Application Due Date: March 17th, 2019

The Current Baha Mar Art Studio is looking for new resident artists for 2019. The first round of residencies begin on April 10th and can range between 1-3 months. Open to Bahamian/Bahamian Permanent Resident artists working in all media. The Open Call is open to artists working in all media. Residencies include an 8' x 18' studio space, access to company tools/ equipment (e.g. power tools, laser printer, large format printer,etc.) support from the talented Current team, and a complimentary meal in the company cafeteria.

The Current asks that the following be submitted in a single multi-page PDF:

1) C.V. or Resume;
2) Statement of Purpose (maximum 2 pages) outlining your goals for the residency;
3) Description of a potential workshop and/or artist talk that you will host during your residency;
4) Portfolio of your work (maximum 10 images) – please be sure to include the works title, year, dimension and medium;
5) Proposal of solo exhibition or body of work to be a part of a group exhibition held at the end of your residency.

You may be asked to come in for an interview after sending in the necessary documentation listed above. Please email documents to

CLICK HERE for The Current’s Facebook page.

Katrina Cartwright To Heal

Installation shot of Nkisi/Nkondi Figure: Prejudice is the Theory, Discrimination is the Practice (2012) on view in “Hard Mouth: From the Tongue of the Ocean” the new Permanent Exhibition on view at the NAGB through June 2019.

NAGB’s Hard Mouth Exhibition: To Heal We Must Remember

Katrina Cartwright’s power figure uproots the past.

by Letitia Pratt

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It is a hopeful mission of the African diasporas to heal the ancestral pain that Black peoples have inherited. This healing will only come to us in the process of remembering. One of the primary ways to initiate this process is through the creation and consumption of art, which invites us to remember the past, take stock of the present, and come to terms with the complex histories that influence our current experiences as Black people. This process is especially needed for Black Bahamians, whose past traumas shape how we view ourselves. It is incumbent on our ability to tell truths about our past: we must recall times of slave rebellions, punishments, uprisings and revolts. We must remember the slaves that escaped the tyranny of Lord Rolle of Exuma – only to be recaptured and severely punished – and remember the tragedy of Poor Kate of Crooked Island who died from torture in the stocks for seventeen days. (The Morning Chronicle, 1929).

It is these stories we need to remember. These are the stories that shaped our ancestors. These are the traumas we need to heal from. Katrina Cartwright’s Nkisi/Nkondi Figure: Prejudice is the Theory, Discrimination is the Practice (2012) does just that: It forces us to remember, and it inspires us to heal. [...]

CLICK HERE for full text at the NAGB’s website.


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