Saturday, August 6, 2022

It was an affair of the arts at Hillcrest Avenue on Sunday, July 31, 2022, as Decor VIII, a Jamaican fine art gallery showcasing works from the masters to the eclectic emerging artists, hosted the gallery opening of Brushes Of The Past: A Retrospective of Fine Jamaican Art From The 1960s to commemorate Jamaica's Diamond Jubilee. Sixty masterpieces from 33 veteran artists of the 1960s period were shown.

In addition to the exhibition, a ceremony was held to honour five notables of that era, namely Susan Alexander, Kay Sullivan, Jerry Craig, Winston Patrick and George Rodney, for their valuable contributions to the current vibrant art scene.

Decor VIII founder and curator Hyacinth McDonald shared with Page 2: "I thought it was important to highlight these pieces from the '60s, as the period was synonymous with social, cultural and political change, culminating with Jamaica getting its Independence from Great Britain. The 1960s was the perfect time for artists to make their statements on canvas. At that time, all Jamaicans were talking about this wonderful future, it was something that was exciting back then and I wanted to bring that back, the spirit of hope."

Page 2 shares highlights of the afternoon. Please see tomorrow's Sunday Social for more.

Photos: Karl Mclarty

Let Me Take A SelfieA quick snap was indeed in check for artist Laura Facey (centre), television director and producer Laura McDonald (left) and Educator Specialist Rachael McDonald.Karl Mclarty
In Retro 'Spec'Art collector Vance Campbell took a moment to grace the lens with Brushes of the Past curator Hyacinth McDonald. Karl Mclarty
Hearting The ArtArt collector Rajiv Bakshi and managing director of Garbage Disposal & Sanitation Systems Ltd Dorothea Gordon-Smith were total fans of Michael Lester's Rastafarian Potter (1968).Karl Mclarty
One On OneArt collector Sharon Lake admired the beauty of Carl Abrahams' Lovers Dancing (1960) painting.Karl Mclarty
Toast!It was a toast to the arts for (from left) artist and Brushes Of The Past honoree Susan Alexander; textile artist Margaret Stanley; curator and appraiser Gilou Bauer; art collector Sharon Lake and artist Laura Facey. karl mclarty
Supporting The ArtsAttorney-at-law and President of the Senate of Jamaica Tom Tavares-Finson took the opportunity to face the camera with VP of Academics at Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts Hope Brooks before heading inside to view the exhibition. karl mclarty
A Government ExchangeAmbassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Russian Federation to Jamaica Sergey Petrovich (right) engaged in a conversation with executive director of the Institute of Jamaica Vivian Crawford. Karl Mclarty
In The 'Art' Of ThingsFrom left: Textile artist Margaret Stanley, ceramic artist Norma Harrack and VP of Academics at Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts Hope Brooks were all smiles as they posed in front of Moonlight & Lovers (1969) by Osmond Watson (left) and Man of Sorrows (1963) by Carl Abrahams.Karl Mclarty
It Takes TwoBrushes of the Past co-curators Hyacinth McDonald and Christoper Lawrence shared a moment as they welcomed guests to view the exhibition. karl mclarty

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