2017 PRESS RELEASE
For Immediate Release
Caribbean Fine Arts Fair Teams Up with Prominent US Art Foundation for Barbados Fair in March.
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados - February 15th, 2017--- Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation (founded by artist Danny Simmons, media mogul Russell Simmons and Joseph “Rev. Run” Simmons), and the Caribbean Fine Art (CaFA)Fair are teaming up to present "My Home is Not Your Back Yard" as part of the 7th Annual Fair from March 8-12th at the Central Bank's Grand Salle Gallery and Annex in Bridgetown.
The dual venue exhibition, which also opens on February 26th at Corridor Gallery (Brooklyn, NY), seeks to create a visual dialogue that highlights the reality of Caribbean societies as opposed to how they portrayed by the media and other sources. It will feature a number of prominent Caribbean artists, including Bajan Artists Jamal Ince and Sheena Rose who gained fame last December when one of her paintings was purchased by tennis legend Venus Williams in the Art for Life auction hosted by Rush.
Executive Producer of CaFA, Anderson Pilgrim said their goal has always been to establish Caribbean art as a unique expression which deserves its own field of study. "We are particularly proud that because of exposure at CaFA Fair Barbados many of our artists have been offered opportunities to exhibit at US galleries and institutions, as well as events such as Prizm Miami and Scope Miami Art Fairs," he added.
"I believe that the quality of the artwork from across the region has become more and more impressive and we are pleased to have internationally recognized curators such as Tatiana Flores, Mikhaile Solomon, Carl Hazlewood, and Oshun Layne be a part of our process this year," Pilgrim emphasized.
CAFA Fair opens on Wednesday, March 8, 6-9 pm with a Gala Reception featuring a live musical performance by Terry “Mexican” Arthur, and presentation of the CaFA Fair Special Award of Excellence to Dr. Ademola Olugebefola, celebrated USVI artist, speaker and co-founder of Harlem's Dwyer Cultural Centre.
The rest of the week is filled a mix of Arts programming including the open exhibits at the Grand Salle, Spoken Word hosted by Rush Co-founder Danny Simmons, Open Mic, Caribbean Fashion Showcase and a Caribbean Art Symposium discussing topics like "The Art of Health, Healing & Wellness”; “Business of Comics” and “Education & the Arts”. The panelists include, visual artist & farmer Gharan Burton, visual artist & therapist Khuumba Ama; Onomatopoeia’s Dan Hort; Animekon’s Omar Kennedy; art historian, Dr. Myrah Brown Green; USVI’s Dr. Ademola Olugebefola and Danny Simmons.
"I believe we have a lot to offer Barbadians as far as entertainment value with our programming and exposure to a cross section of visual art which is not normally available for public viewing and purchase," Pilgrim said.
"We want to reach the buying public and encourage them to support Barbadian and Caribbean artists by collecting their work. The art will not only enhance the look of their homes and bring enjoyment, but become a valuable financial asset in time," he added.
Pilgrim believes exposure to the arts inspires imaginations and to this end CaFA is offering free admission to fair events for all students with ID and children 16 years and under.
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About Caribbean Fine Art Fair (CaFA)
CaFA Fair celebrates the important contribution of Caribbean visual artists and the increasingly important role that Caribbean art is playing in the international art arena. It is a curated exposition showcasing paintings, photography, sculpture, and drawings by art galleries, institutions and individual artists who will be represented.
Not only will there be works produced in the Islands and parts of Central and South America, but also by artists of Caribbean ancestry living and working in Europe and North America.
While the Caribbean region is known for its pulsating reggae and calypso rhythms, its white sand beaches and spicy cuisine, much remains unknown about the richness of the region’s cultural assets such as its writers, performing and visual artists. This, in spite of the fact that Caribbean Americans constitute a significant and growing component of America’s population and people of Caribbean ancestry have made significant contributions to the American and European cultural landscape.
The vision of Caribbean Fine Art Fair - Barbados is to become an annual exposition for the appreciation of Caribbean Visual Art and a show that captures the diversity, creativity and the integrity of Caribbean art. While the visual arts provide that central focus, Caribbean Fine Art Fair - Barbados will be combined with educational programs and stirring cultural events including music, film, theatre and fashion.
Caribbean Fine Art Fair - Barbados is planned and produced by a team with extensive experience in marketing fine art; planning and participating in exhibitions and trade shows; creating and executing advertising, sales and public relations campaigns. The Expo will be marketed through a highly targeted media and direct mail campaign and through strategic alliances with community based organisations and opinion leaders.
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