The art of love

By Alesha Cadet Tribune Features Reporter IN CELEBRATION of the month of Cupid, members of the Grand Bahama Artist Association (GBAA) staged their annual Valentine's Day exhibit last Thursday. Art enthusiasts can view wood carvings and wool tapestries, acrylic paintings and oil watercolors, at the Rand Nature Centre Glory Banks Art Gallery on East Settlers Way, Freeport. Director of public relations for the GBAA, Del Foxton told Tribune Entertainment the unique art pieces make for the perfect Valentine's gift, because "original artwork just keeps on giving." "They have been purchased with your special person in mind. Everyday you pass the art piece in your home it will give you pleasure," she said. Showcasing over 50 pieces, Ms Foxton said there are so many subject and styles in this year's exhibition, it may be difficult to choose the perfect one. "As it is often said, art is in the eye of the beholder, so when you look at a piece of art and it speaks to you, then it is the right piece for you," she said. According to Ms Foxton, a recent increase in cultural events in the visual and performing arts has created a buzz on the island for art and culture. "We believe that it is a win-win situation as the community can experience art and the talent that is here on the island. They artists are motivated to continue on their creative path to meet the requests in the community. It is our mission as an association not only to assist the (professional development) of our members, but also to assist in establishing an appreciation of the arts on Grand Bahama Island," said Ms Foxton. President of the GBAA, Sheldon Saint, said the organisation has been exhibiting its love of art since 1996. The Valentine exhibition includes works by the following artists: Sheldon Saint, Ishbel MacDonald, Helen Madill, Jackie, Boss, Alisa Streather Robinson, Eva Dehmel, Dugie Mcnab, Leslie Duncombe,Angelika Siska, Bob Tarzwell, Ken Heslop, Jo Morasco, Portia Colebrooke, Ken Sandberg, Antonio Thompson, Terry Lord Rolle, Lou Lihou, Shirley Blain, June Pelecanos, Alan Ball and Del Foxton. The exhibition runs for the entire month of February.


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