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Culturama Set to Showcase Local Visual Artists at Charlestown Gallery

Culturama Set to Showcase Local Visual Artists at Charlestown Gallery

 

For the third year in a row the Charlestown Gallery offers an opportunity for visitors to find local artwork in one place in the heart of Charlestown.

 

The display includes fabric art of Island Living Studio, photography by Nevis’ Photographer of the Year Sylvester Meade, stone sculpture by Marvin Chapman; other prominent and emerging artists like Pierre Liburd; Sasha Herbert, Dexter Fassale, Juniour “Loada” Versailles and Keith Pemberton and the sculpture of Ras Laro. These artists, some more accomplished than others, have work that must be seen.


'Good things are happening in Nevis' says Deputy Premier of the island Hon. Mark Brantley.

 

The Gallery is located in Charlestown, obliquely opposite the Nevis Tourism Authority office. The show runs from July 20th until August 12th and can be viewed between the hours of 11 am and 3 pm Monday to Saturday except Monday August 1st

 

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For more information contact Deborah Tyrell here

 


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One Stitch at a Time

One Stitch at a Time

Several years ago, I settled in Nevis and started a family. I quickly realized that if I wanted interesting work, I would have to create it. So when my son stopped me from sewing shirts for him because they were not what the other kids were wearing, I started a gift shop. 



Starting my own business used all of me and felt like the best job I could have.  Without a boss, every issue that came up was mine to solve. I operated a bricks and mortar store, I had one person in the shop and one person at my home studio working to produce the sewn items. This meant that my shop could be open longer hours and production didn't depend only on me. It also meant that my little business was giving 3 women access to a better life, job satisfaction and greater independence.

 

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Beginning in 2008 I started to use fabrics in a new way. I call it making cloth from cloth. By stitching small pieces of cloth on top of each other my team and I make a new cloth. The things we make are unique, even if you call them by the same name. So my clutch purses and art pieces may very well be something you've never seen or never would have conceived, and each one is different because it depends on the cloth we have on hand. See photos on the website www.nevisislandliving.com 



I often reflect on the fact that Trinidadians created an instrument and an industry from cast away oil drums. We have as excellent an opportunity in the Caribbean as anyone to build our creative sector. To create meaningful employment, link cultures, satisfy customers, expand our exports, learn new skills and build something new and different. At Island Living we are doing our part, one stitch at a time. I'd love to hear from you, if you too are in a creative industry or seeking to increase your involvement in the industry.

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Birthdays and Gratitude

Birthdays and Gratitude


Where I live the local radio station has a birthday or special occasion greeting show every morning, 6 days a week. This morning the show was live and it went on for a longer period of time. It was nice to hear the live voices calling to congratulate for birthdays and graduations. I have a birthday this month and the best wishes are already coming in.

I want to pause in gratitude though, "Gratitude opens the door to the power, the wisdom, the creativity of the universe." Deepak Chopra.

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I'm grateful for the flamboyant trees that bloom so fully each July, the mangoes that also abound, the love from my daughter that shows in the handwriting on the envelope of my birthday card and the very emotional card she chose. Each birthday is an opportunity to pause and reflect, to revise the bucket list and acknowledge the grey hairs. A chance to review the course I'm on and make any adjustments. So many things I want to do, when will I find the time?

 

I'm grateful for this life and all the twists and turns that have brought me to this moment. Humbled by the blessings and strengthened by the challenges. Grateful for the gifts I have to use, the people who come into my life to teach me how to use them and even the ones who leave or who I must leave. This year I will be the same age as the last two digits in the year I was born! Thank you Spirit, Father, God or Goddess, for this my life!

 

 

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