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Dolly Small is showing her photography on canvas at the Gallery of Caribbean Art in Speightstown starting tomorrow afternoon – it’s a growing trend and Dolly has the eye and the ability.  Dolly was born in Newcastle Upon Tyne; she studied law at Newcastle University but was involved in a car accident and put her studies on hold. After several surgeries she packed her rucksack and headed off to the Caribbean for six months to convalesce, she never left and five years later she happily resides here with her fiancé Adrian.  Inspired by the beauty of Barbados and its people she has taken a 180-degree turnabout in career and has been afforded the opportunity to express her creativity through photography, displaying works throughout Barbados.
These photographic images are more abstract and modern than her previous works. Her snorkelling adventures have enabled her to capture the oceanic beauty of Barbados which is a world unto itself, in movement, texture and shape.  On Sunday, photographer Rachelle Gray presents her I-Queen 2 series, featuring ladies of the local Rastafarian community.  Again the venue for the exhibition is the Foyer of Frank Collymore Hall where everyone who viewed last year’s collection were absolutely impressed with the beauty, femininity, inner strength and self confidence Rachelle had captured with her camera.
This Sunday’s opening will be celebrated with additional activity in the FCH courtyard …where you’ll find music, food and poetry.  There’s one way to light up the National Cultural Foundation’s Queen’s Park Gallery and that’s with the paintings of Neville Crawford.  Pondering In Colours shows his way with things abstract and expressionistic. This premier contemporary artist’s imagination is as vivid as Ishi and Akyem who he started out with, there are 33 canvases with a price range showing there’s something for every art lover. Gallery hours, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Mondays to Saturdays.
by Carolle Bourne