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Artvi Advocates invites the community to “Live Life in Yellow” as it celebrates the opening of the 2016 Caribbean Colour juried art exhibit at the PoP-Up Gallery, (the former Havana Nine store). The exhibition will be held at 6:30 p.m., Friday, May 20, in Yacht Haven Grande on St. Thomas, The St. Thomas Source reports.
This annual juried art exhibition celebrates the diversity, creativity and quality of work being produced throughout the U.S. Virgin Islands. This year, Artvi is particularly proud to be featuring student work from St. Croix for the first time.
According to Priscilla Hintz Knight, executive director of Artvi, “The theme for this exhibition is inspired by the color and symbolisms associated with the color yellow. Psychologically, yellow is known as being the happiest color in the color spectrum. It shines with optimism and enlightenment. However, for some the color yellow suggests impatience, criticism and cowardice.”
Around the world, the way different cultures and religions see and describe yellow varies. In India, yellow is the color Hindus wear to celebrate the Festival of Spring. However, yellow signifies sadness in Greek culture, and during the 10th century in France, the doors of traitors and criminals were painted yellow. In Japan, yellow often represents courage, and in Aztec culture, yellow symbolized food because it was the color of corn, a staple food.
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Yellow’s global similarities are significant throughout the world, taxicabs, school buses and signs that alert us to danger are often yellow. “For this exhibit, Virgin Islands adults and student artists of all mediums were asked to let their imaginations soar by celebrating every form of yellow. The exhibition theme provides artists with an alternative forum for creating inspiring and innovative art with few restraints,” Hintz said.
The art work is judged by the viewing public, not a designated judge. “This allows for 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 at 6:30 p.m. and end at 8:30 p.m. Up to $1,200 in cash prizes will be awarded.
In addition, the public is encouraged to bring a small, random yellow object to the exhibition. Objects will be displayed in the community art installation and will remain in the exhibition until May 25.
Featured in the exhibition are more than 100 works of art from local resident artists, as well as works of art by students from St. Croix Educational Complex, Antilles School, Art Explorium, and the School of Visual Arts and Careers, among others.
Admission is free, cocktails will be served and special performances will take place. A percentage of the proceeds of Caribbean Colour will go towards the Art Explorium Scholarship Fund and the sevenminusseven Youth Outreach Program. The 2016 Caribbean Color exhibit is sponsored by, Yacht Haven Grande, Guardian Insurance and PHR-Art Projects. It will remain open to the viewing public daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. through May 25.