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Bajans’ best on show

BEA DOTTIN, [email protected]

Bajans’ best on show

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Snapshots of Barbadiana captured through photography, on canvas and via mixed media, filled the first floor of the Spirit Bond Mall in The City this week.
From beaches at sunset to familiar market scenes, the entrants this year certainly continued the tradition of Barbadian excellence at the Visual Arts Exhibition of the National Independence Festival of Creative Arts (NIFCA).
Cultural Officer with responsibility for the visual arts, Rodney Ifill, told the WEEKEND NATION on Wednesday that the talent emerging from the island’s primary and secondary schools, as well as Her Majesty’s Prison Dodds, remained some of the most outstanding work.
There were also four participants from the outdoor painting and papier mache workshops hosted by the National Cultural Foundation, as well as the private and community-based workshops.
Over 600 pieces were received, with 534 reaching the finals in the sub-categories of fine arts, craft and photography. Gold, silver and bronze medals were awarded to 234 pieces.
Additionally, the Governor General’s Award went to an entrant in the visual arts category, Cy Hutchinson, which Ifill also saw as proof of the quality of the entries this year. 
Opened on Monday evening, the exhibit will run until next Saturday (except Sundays), from noon to 6 p.m. (LW)