Seven art forms, festival boasts
Hastings Rocks in Christ Church is proving to be the perfect place for local artisans to show their skills and hard work.
Last weekend, the breezy locale by the ocean was the venue for the inaugural Barbados Summer Arts Festival, an event dedicated to the several categories of art.
“We are trying to bring the major art forms together in a festival,” said producer Ronnie Carrington. The veteran photographer lamented that art pieces were often mixed with items like toys and clothes during usual displays – a virtual flea market.
“[That] atmosphere is not conducive to the arts,” Carrington argued.
He said Barbados Summer Arts Festival organizers wanted to show examples of seven different art forms: “what you see, what you hear, what you wear, what you eat, what you read, what you write, and what moves”.
For the festival, designed to flow into Crop Over, the planned Posing On The Promenade fashion parade did not come off as hoped.
“The whole idea was to recreate Christmas morning in Queen’s Park as the boardwalk lends itself to it; but it didn’t really come off. Still, we crowned a winner in Louisa Nurse, who won most striking outfit,” Carrington said.
Despite these setbacks, the show producer remained hopeful of the viability of the festival as he said the slow start could be chalked up to the newness of the event and the fact there were other major goings-on at the same time.
Participants had glowing words for the initiative. Catherine Roachford of Catherine Roachford Designs called it a “fabulous” idea.
“At the beginning of the year, they have other events; but then there’s a lull in the arts until Crop Over.
So this is like a transition.
“The atmosphere is fabulous, the location is great, and I think it will develop into something great. The only thing is the salt is wreaking havoc on my jewellery; but I will know how to manoeuvre next year,” she said.
On the other hand, Celia Alleyne had no problems with salt affecting her jewellery, as it was all made of vegetable ivory.
The assistant manager of Luna Designs added that the festival was an excellent idea with a “brilliant” location and a lot of potential for growth.
Maureen Tracey, who works with the Festival Art Gallery, gave her thoughts.
“The most interesting thing is that authenticity has prevailed here. Many shows turn into flea markets and artists get sidetracked by that kind of commercialism,” she said, adding sales had been “respectable”. (CA)