Sunday, 21 April 2013

LIGUANEA ART FESTIVAL: 10th anniversary staging draws huge support from artists and art lovers

THE POTTER: Wazari Johnson offering a clay-moulding demonstration.

Cementing its place among the most fascinating one-day events on the Jamaican cultural calendar, the Liguanea Art Festival returned to the Liguanea Plaza in St. Andrew on Sunday, drawing a large and vibrant patronage of art aficionados, collectors, and even kids, to check out the heaps of artist booths on display and sample the delicious fare from the various corporate sponsors. 

Any mention of the highlights at the day-long event (presently in its 10th year) must include the exciting blend of established (Laura Facey, Gene Pearson) and emerging (like Damian Cunningham, below) Jamaican painters, photographers, jewelry designers, and sculptors, interacting with patrons, which made for a truly creative extravaganza slash fellowship. 
A quick trek around the place revealed a fascinating clay workshop being led by Wazari Johnson; an energetic and crowd-pleasing performance by Skelleisha (mastered by puppeteer Richard Dawkins), kids' painting classes; and portrait sessions, to name just a few of the sightings. 

Inspiration was all around coupled with a vast and diverse array of captivating artworks, showcasing everything from natural wonders to Jamaican icons to miscellaneous topical issues. 
Veteran painter Alphanso Blake (above), who draws inspiration from his love of the female form and music, is looking forward to taking his work to a more global audience. "From I was a teenager, I found out that I wanted to be a painter and represent Jamaica at the international level, represent Jamaican art internationally," he tells TALLAWAH. "I think I'm on that road to do that now. I want to show the culture of Jamaica in a different light."

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