Brushes of the Past — A Retrospective of Jamaican Fine Arts from the 1960s
Artist Susan Alexander explains her painting, Coronation Market (1960). (Photo: Karl Mclarty)

For art enthusiasts, Art Gallery Decor VIII, on Hillcrest Avenue was the place to be on Sunday, July 31, 2022. The fine art gallery held the official opening of Brushes Of The Past: A Retrospective of Fine Jamaican Art From The 1960s

Hyacinth McDonald, Decor VIII founder and curator, shared, "Art is very powerful; it goes hand in hand with culture, and when you start to connect with art, you start to connect with your soul that opens up a whole new perspective. It usually brings out peace within you. If we could get more people to connect with art, peace would come into play easily.

One of the aims of Decor VIII is to get art active in more communities. As it relates to the turnout of Brushes Of The Past, it was amazing to see all the art lovers, but more importantly the appreciation they had for these 60 pieces of work. Everyone was thankful for the opportunity to see what Jamaican art was like in that period."

Sunday Social was on site to capture a few of those artistic moments.

Brushes of the Past curator Hyacinth McDonald (right) makes a personal presentation to artist and Brushes of the Past honoree Susan Alexander. (Photo: Karl Mclarty)
Gallerist Anne Cooper stands alongside Independence Day (1960), a painting by her husband, the late Alexander Cooper. (Photo: Karl Mclarty)
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Russian Federation to Jamaica Sergey Petrovich takes a moment to view Alexander Cooper's Independence Day (1960). (Photo: Karl Mclarty)
Attorney-at-law and President of the Senate of Jamaica Tom Tavares-Finson (second right) and art enthusiast Andrew Phillipps view David S Miller's Head (1964). (Photo: Karl Mclarty)
Managing director of Frame Centre Gallery Jamaica Charmaine McIntosh is joined by medical doctor Douglas McDonald (left) and Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Russian Federation to Jamaica Sergey Petrovich for a photo op. (Photo: Karl Mclarty)
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Russian Federation to Jamaica Sergey Petrovich (left) greets visual and performing artist Phillip Supersad. (Photo: Karl Mclarty)
Hyacinth McDonald, Decor VIII founder and curator, is flanked by her daughters Laura (left), a television director and producer, and Rachael, an education specialist. (Photo: Karl Mclarty)
Gallerist Anne Cooper (left) and artist Laura Facey are spotted in convo ahead of heading inside to view the exhibition. (Photo: Karl Mclarty)
Director of Olympia Gallery Jamaica Rosemary Thwaites (left) presents a basket, courtesy of Grace Foods, to VP of Academics at Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts and Brushes Of The Past honoree Hope Brooks. (Photo: Karl Mclarty)
Brushes of the Past curator Christopher Lawrence makes a presentation of a basket courtesy of Grace Foods to textile artist Margaret Stanley. (Photo: Karl Mclarty)
Educator Specialist Rachael McDonald delivers a heartwarming vote of thanks at the closing of the ceremony. (Photo: Karl Mclarty)

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