Artvi Advocates Caribbean Color Exhibit in St Croix until April 5

Three Kings, David Berg

Are you green with envy, green behind the ears or have a green thumb? Do you prefer teal green, lime green or olive green? Does green evoke nature, the environment or health to you? Find out how green makes you feel at the next Caribbean Color exhibit. The theme for the 2015 exhibit is “Dream in Green,” St Croix’s Source reports.
The 2015 Caribbean Color Juried Art Exhibition, hosted by Artvi Advocates, opened on Saturday, March 21, at the former Havana Nine store in Yacht Haven Grande, St. Thomas. The exhibition will remain open to the viewing public daily from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. through April 5.
This annual juried art exhibition celebrates the diversity, creativity and quality of work being produced in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

According to Priscilla Hintz, executive director of ARTVI, “The theme for the show was inspired by the color green. Green is no longer just a color. It’s now the symbol of the environment and a verb. As the Spanish poet and author Pedro Calderon de la Barca once said, ‘Green is the prime color of the world, and that from which its loveliness arises.’
“The modern English word green comes from the Middle English and Anglo-Saxon word ‘grene’ from the same Germanic root as the words ‘grass’ and ‘grow.’ In pagan times, there was the “Green Man” — a symbol of fertility. In Muslim countries, it is a holy color and in Ireland, a lucky color.

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“For this exhibit, Virgin Islands adults and student artists of all mediums were asked to let their imaginations soar by celebrating every form of green, either the color green or its perceived symbolism, whether literal or imagined, dazzling or muted, pastel or primary. This exhibition theme provides artists with an alternative forum for creating inspiring and innovative art with few restraints,” Hintz said.
Once again, all the art work is being judged by the viewing public, not a designated judge. “We decided we wanted to have a more democratic and engaging process for all the viewers by allowing all who choose to participate, an equal opportunity to express their opinion,” Hintz said.
Ballots will be provided for each category and a majority vote will determine the first, second and third prizes. Only one ballot is allowed per person. Judging will commence at the opening of the exhibit, 6 p.m., and end at 8:30 p.m. The winners will be announced at 9 p.m. Up to $1,200 in cash prizes will be awarded.
In addition, the viewing public will not only have a chance to judge the artwork, it can also be a part of the community art project by bringing a green object to the exhibition. Objects should be small in size and will remain in the exhibition until April 5.
Featured in the exhibition are more than 100 works of art from local resident artists, as well as works of art by students from Charlotte Amalie High School, Ivanna Eudora Kean High School, Antilles School, Art Explorium, and the School of Visual Arts and Careers, among others.
Admission is free, hors d’oeuvres and cocktails will be served. A percentage of the proceeds of Caribbean Color will go to the Arts Alive Youth Scholarship Fund. A central part of the mission of Arts Alive is “to involve and encourage young people in the appreciation, study, performance and exhibition of music and visual arts.” The scholarships provide financial support to aspiring Virgin Island’s musicians and visual arts artists.
Artvi Advocates is funded in part by the Virgin Islands Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts. The 2015 Caribbean Color exhibit is sponsored by Yacht Haven Grande, Guardian Insurance, Artfusion Publishing and PHR-Art Projects.

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