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Atlantis hosts youth exhibition tonight

Guardian Arts&Culture

Published: Jul 13, 2013

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As celebrations of The Bahamas' 40th anniversary of independence continue, Atlantis presents “The Island Explosion Art Show” tonight at the Café at The Great Hall of Waters in the Royal Towers.

According to Atlantis Librarian Stephaney Davis, artists ages 15 through 18 years old, were invited to enter the competition. The upcoming exhibit will showcase the artwork from 24 finalists. Art teachers, along with the competition organizers, judged the artwork, and the three winners will be announced tonight at 7 p.m.

The first place winner will receive a three-day, two-night stay in Atlantis' Coral Towers; an iPad Mini; a $400 gift certificate to Nassau Glass and a customized t-shirt of the 2013 winning artwork from SunTee. Second place will receive a $250 John Bull gift certificate, a $200 gift certificate to Nassau Glass and dinner for two at Seagrapes Restaurant. Third place will receive dinner for two at Virgil's Real Barbecue Restaurant and two passes for Shallow Water Dolphin Experience.

All of the pieces were paintings, including one piece of painted driftwood.

“[The paintings] represented the 40th anniversary,” Davis told Guardian Arts&Culture. “The kids picked an island, and then they did their drawings based on the island they chose.”

She was especially impressed by the level of skill the students from both private and public schools exhibited.

“I didn’t know that we had this talent in The Bahamas,” she exclaimed. “The talent was like [that of] adults. That's how talented the kids were. They took a lot of time to get the details done.

“One standout [depicted] a story that you have in one of the Family Islands with a sinking hole and the octopus who comes up out of it and pulls the ship down. That's the one that stood out for me.

“Another one was the young lady [who] drew the limes, even though limes are not specific to an island. But if you look at the painting, it was like you could literally pick the limes out of it. That's how detailed it was. I was really impressed with what they did; they did very good work.”

Davis was so impressed with the work that she said more value should be placed on the potential of Bahamian youth.

“We should give our youth a chance [and] not to be so judgmental of them,” she said. “Some persons don't want to be doctors; some persons don’t want to be lawyers. And if they want to be artists, they should be given a chance to express themselves. They should be encouraged to do whatever they want to do. There is talent in them.”


• The Artisan Display begins at 2 p.m. and the art show, hosted by stylist and Fash|Art founder Kedar Clarke, along with entertainment from the Urban Renewal Band, begins at 6 p.m. at Cafe at The Great Hall of Waters in the Royal Towers.


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