Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Carvings: City and West Coast

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The Queen’s Park Gallery at Bagnall’s Point is hosting an exhibition of Barbadian jewellery in a variety of styles, each unique and unforgettable. Some of the work is delicate, but striking; others are bolder and more dramatic.
There is something to suit every personality. The materials are also varied; such as carved calabash, Ghanaian sand beads, semi-precious stones, bone, local seeds, glass, sea glass, clay, and many other intriguing materials.
The artists include Angelique, Andrea Wells, Martine Pile, Christine Harding, Aziza, Catherine Rocheford, Gloria Chung and Janice Whittle.
The exhibition began Sunday, March 18. It continues every day, except Sundays, from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m., ending on March 31.
An Afternoon Delight is the name of the upcoming show of Hedy Klineman and Kenneth Blackman, to be held on Sunday, March 25, in Hedy’s garden and studio located at 56 Harbin Alleyne Road, Sandy Lane, St James.
Barbadians are invited to a series of fantasy landscapes depicted in Klineman’s abstract expressionistic style. Klineman is passionate about colour, and uses large fields of bold colour as she explores and renders her personal view of what she sees and how she feels about living in Barbados.
Hedy has had several one-man shows in museums and galleries across the United States, and her works are represented in a number of local collections, as well as those in the Hood, Paterson and Rubin museums.
Blacks (as he is otherwise known) presents a mix of already seen favourites and his more recent mahogany sculptures. They reflect his world view, which isn’t always rosy but holds a sense of what is “working class reality”. They echo the hardships, struggle, pain and overall triumph, which is much like the process of carving in wood.
His craftsmanship is superb, having mastered it with over 30 years of practice. His works may be found in many local and overseas collections, including the Barbados Gallery Of Art and the National Heroes Gallery in the West Wing of Parliament.  
With a combined 70 years of art experience between them, both artists speak about their life experiences as art makers, both create in their gardens or natural environments – Blacks’ untamed and Hedy’s well manicured – an interesting juxtaposition of two worlds.
Works of both artists feature prominently in the collection of Ann and Adrian Elcock, who opened the exhibition at 3 p.m. on Sunday. The St James garden will provide a beautiful backdrop for this unique combination of works, and it’s sure to be a delightful afternoon.

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