A report from Barbados Today.
Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation and the Caribbean Fine Art (CaFA) Fair are teaming up to present My Home is Not Your Back Yard as part of the 7th Annual Fair from March 8-12 at the Central Bank’s Grand Salle Gallery and Annex in Bridgetown.
The foundation, which was founded by artist Danny Simmons, media mogul Russell Simmons and Joseph Rev Run Simmons, will team up with CaFA for the dual venue exhibition, which also opens on February 26 at Corridor Gallery in Brooklyn, New York.
The exhibition seeks to create a visual dialogue that highlights the reality of Caribbean societies as opposed to how they portrayed by the media and other sources. It will feature a number of prominent Caribbean artists, including Bajans, Jamal Ince and Sheena Rose.
Rose gained fame last December when one of her paintings was purchased by tennis legend Venus Williams in the Art for Life auction hosted by Rush.
Executive Producer of CaFA Anderson Pilgrim said their goal has always been to establish Caribbean art as a unique expression, which deserves it own field of study.
“We are particularly proud that because of exposure at CaFA Fair Barbados, many of our artists have been offered opportunities to exhibit at US galleries and institutions, as well as events such as Prism Miami and Scope Miami Art Fairs,” he added.
“I believe that the quality of the artwork from across the region has become more and more impressive and we are pleased to have internationally recognized curators such as Tatiana Flores, Mikhaile Solomon, Carl Hazlewood, and Oshun Layne be a part of our process this year,” Pilgrim emphasized.
CAFA Fair opens on Wednesday, March 8, with a Gala Reception featuring a live musical performance by Terry Mexican Arthur, and presentation of the CaFA Fair Special Award of Excellence to Dr Ademola Olugebefola, celebrated US Virgin Islands artist, speaker and co-founder of Harlem’s Dwyer Cultural Centre.
The rest of the week is filled a mix of Arts programming including the open exhibits at the Grand Salle, Spoken Word hosted by Rush co-founder Danny Simmons, Open Mic, Caribbean Fashion Showcase and a Caribbean Art Symposium discussing topics like “The Art of Health, Healing & Wellness”; “Business of Comics” and “Education & the Arts”.
The panelists include visual artist and farmer Gharan Burton, visual artist and therapist Khuumba Ama; Onomatopoeia’s Dan Hort; Animekon’s Omar Kennedy; art historian Dr Myrah Brown Green; USVI artist Dr Ademola Olugebefola and Danny Simmons.
“I believe we have a lot to offer Barbadians as far as entertainment value with our programming and exposure to a cross section of visual art which is not normally available for public viewing and purchase,” Pilgrim said.
“We want to reach the buying public and encourage them to support Barbadian and Caribbean artists by collecting their work. The art will not only enhance the look of their homes and bring enjoyment, but become a valuable financial asset in time,” he added.
Pilgrim believes exposure to the arts inspires imaginations and to this end CaFA is offering free admission to fair events for all students with ID and children 16 years and under.