The Gallery Upstairs — Susanne Fredricks' Free Art Space
As you take a walk around the side of the HiQo Gallery on Waterloo Road, wooden gates welcome you to a small courtyard, where, to the right, a staircase leads you to a loft — the former office space of art enthusiast Susanne Fredricks, who has turned the area into an art gallery. Having opened the doors of 128 Gallerie some five years ago, Fredricks on Friday, December 3, 2010 opened yet another showroom for the first time, presenting Elemental, a showing of the works of two very gifted young artists — ceramicist Nicole Winter and painter Oliver Myrie.
The new art space (which has yet to be named) will develop according to the needs of the art community. According to Fredricks, there is a lack of space for these artists to present their work, especially for those who want to be more in-your-face and provocative. Artists also need an outlet that in the long run may offer them regional access, as well. The gallery, she believes, will give them the freedom to present their work in the way that they want to — with a young, fresh approach. "I'm very open to it developing organically, and it will be shaped by the artists who approach us, and the curators we approach to curate exhibitions," says Fredricks.
Fredricks herself will curate a series called The Collector's Room — one per year — in addition to perhaps one other show, but will allow others to use the space in the way that they see fit for their art — 'free art space,' as she calls it.
This is Nicole Winter's first show since graduating from the Edna Manley College of Visual and Performing Arts, this year, where she was also the recipient of the Cecil Baugh Award for Excellence. The pieces she presented were inspired by the mating dance of the male arthropod. As guest speaker, Group Legal Advisor at Sandals Resorts Taynia Nethersole stated in her presentation, Winter's work is very delicately balanced, very tactile, and also complements perfectly the work of the other artist with whom she exhibited — Oliver Myrie.
Myrie, who graduated from the Edna Manley College in 2005, had the good fortune of selling all of his major pieces, as well as some of the smaller works in his catalogue, at his final show. Considered cutting-edge, it is thought that David Boxer subconsciously influenced Myrie's work. However, for this exhibition, he is believed to have come into his own.
Family and specially invited guests filled the gallery, while enjoying cocktails and hors d'oeuvres. The Elemental exhibition will run until December 17, and Fredricks is already planning her next show, which will take place in May 2011.
Visit the HiQo Art and Framing Gallery at 24 Waterloo Road, Kingston 10. Tel: 754-9419 or 926-4183.