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‘Brush Strokes’

Art teacher’s first solo exhibition helps children in need
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Guardian Arts&Culture

Published: Aug 24, 2013

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"Those who can, do; those who can't, teach." L.W. Young High School art teacher Elkino Dames set out to prove that popular idiom wrong last night with his exhibition “Brush Strokes”.

In his first solo exhibition, Dames focuses more on demonstrating his technique as well as his use of materials, rather than exploring specific topics or themes in his impressionist style paintings and collages on canvas, paper and wood.

“This year marks my 10th year as a professional artist,” Dames told GuardianArts&Culture, “and so I thought it fitting that I should go fully into my field (given that I’m a teacher). I've given the past five years to the students and to their upbringing in the craft, and I wanted to express my abilities and my talents on a large scale.”

The one-night-only exhibition, which Dames felt was his formal introduction to the artist community as an individual artist, took place at The Humidor pavilion at Graycliff.

Dames said he chose Graycliff because it is one of Nassau’s premier restaurants and he wanted to start his career off on the right foot.

The artist’s first pieces were shown in the Central Bank of The Bahamas Annual Art Competition, where he sold his first painting. His pieces can be found in private collections in The Bahamas and the U.S., including that of the late Vincent D’Aguilar, whom Dames met in 2004.

Dames holds an associate degree in art, which he obtained in 2008, and a bachelor’s degree in art education, which he received in 2011.

He is excited about what is happening in the art local community today.

“The arts in The Bahamas have really grown over the years,” said the 30-year-old. “I appreciate the respect and admiration that persons are now giving towards to the arts.”

Dames commended Doongalik Studios and the National Art Gallery of The Bahamas on the Art Supply Drive. He said it will greatly benefit the students and the community at large.

Part proceeds from last night’s show will go to the Ranfurly Homes for Children, which Dames has become involved in through one of his fraternal organizations.

He also hopes that through his gesture, more people will be encouraged to donate to children in need.



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