Art & Expression, two words synonymous with each other, was the perfect title for Saturday’s showcase of art held on the grounds of the Errol Barrow Centre for Creative Imagination.
The event which was put on by the local branch of the Soroptimist International, was meant to accomplish two tasks – raise much needed funds for the organization, but more importantly, highlight the artistic might of local female artists.
Artists whose work were on display during the night included Ariel Waite, Simone Edwards, Alanis Forde, Simone Padmore, Nyssa Haynes-Holder, Akilah Watts, Llanor Alleyne, Doreen Edwards and Anna Gibson. These young and imaginative ladies had their own unique take on their pieces, with some having abstract depictions on femininity while others had a more dynamic use of illustrative pieces.
By Way of Klimt and Hardwired were provided by Doreen Edwards for the night’s proceedings: By Way of Klimt was a clear tribute to Gustav Klimt who was an Austrian painter known for his murals and sketches of the female body. The piece made an alluring use of gold and its clay like shade of red to illustrate the afrocentric female portrait. Though the woman in the painting had somewhat soft features, her nonchalant stare along with the colour pallet added an air of nobility on the canvas.
On the other hand, Hardwired showed a visible female as its subject with its use of an angular mesh that bent and contorted to subdue the focus of the piece.
Another set that caught my attention was a collection of black and white photos done by Nyssa Haynes-Holder. These pieces varied drastically in the themes among them, but all carried a common artistic signature. The absence of colour did not detract at all from the overall message and resonance that these pieces carried. How many of you knew that black and white photos could be so vivid in nature? With its use of contrast and composition, Nyssa’s contribution clearly struck the right chord for the crowd on hand.
Amanda Lynch-Foster, who is in charge of communications with the Soroptimist Barbadian arm, cemented the group’s reputation for advancing the status of women in society, and giving them the education and empowerment to grasp at opportunities as they become available.
“We at the Soroptimist [International] are always seeking new initiatives to raise much needed funding for our programs; like the Soroptimist Retirement Village, but also to help women in their development… not only socially and economically, but artistically as well. We wanted to do something different this time around to “soroptimize” our fundraiser, and noticed that Paint n’Sip classes had grown in popularity recently, so we made the move to have this evening of art.” (KK)