The Caribbean Museum Center for the Arts (CMCArts) will open a unique exhibition featuring Crucian artist El’Roy Simmonds on Friday, Feb. 19, which will be on view until April 25. “If Walls Could Talk” will present nearly 30 works by Simmonds, representing 30 years of fine arts mastery, the St Croix Source reports.
Born and raised in Christiansted, St. Croix, Simmonds has worn many hats including teacher, entrepreneur, musician and sculptor. Of the many hats, however, the most valuable of them is that of fine artist. In June 1971, he earned a B.A. degree in Elementary Education from the College of the Virgin Islands and further pursued his studies in Art at the Kunst Academy in Copenhagen, Denmark, from 1976-77.
He earned several education grants from organizations including the Virgin Islands Council on the Arts, the St. Croix Friends of Denmark and the Morris De Castro Fellowship — all of which supported his work in visual arts at the Royal Danish Academy in Copenhagen and ultimately, his Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.) degree from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York. “If Walls Could Talk” is a retrospective exhibit, meant to showcase and honor one of St. Croix’s fine arts masters.