Category: Bahamian Art

Abaco Artist Accepted into Savannah College of Art & Design’s Rising Star Program

Marsh Harbour’s Jovan Bailey, 16, has been accepted into the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) Rising Star Program. This intensive, five-week program gives talented high school seniors a taste of the university experience.

Students enroll in (and receive credit for) two college-level classes, in which they can build or expand their artistic portfolios. Participants have access to all university resources in completing their work, and are encouraged to take part in extra-curricular group activities such as visits to local art galleries and museums. They live in university residences and enjoy their meals at a SCAD dining hall.

Abaco Artist Accepted into Savannah College of Art and Design’s Rising Star Program

Jovan Bailey and his Mom, Michelle, with a painting he created as a birthday present for her.

An eleventh-grader at Forest Heights Academy, Jovan has been passionate about art and crafts for as long his art teacher, Lori Thompson, can remember. “He has been an active member in our Junkanoo program since grade 7, building and decorating costumes,” she says. “He’s spent a few summers in art programs in Nassau, but this is definitely a step up.”

Lowe Art Gallery Opens for 2017/2018 Holiday Season

As of this morning, Green Turtle Cay’s Lowe Art Gallery is open for the holiday season.

Perched on the hill between Gillam Bay and Black Sound, the Lowe Gallery showcases oil paintings by world-renowned Bahamian artist and Green Turtle Cay native, Alton Lowe.

Green Turtle Cay's Lowe Art Gallery opens for 2017-18 holiday season.

Artist Alton Lowe (seated) chats with visitors to the Lowe Art Gallery.

The Brutal Truth About Columbus: What They Didn't Teach Us in School

In fourteen hundred ninety-two, Columbus sailed the ocean blue.”

How many of us learned this cheery verse in primary school? In easy-to-memorize rhyming couplets, it relates the tale of Christopher Columbus, a brave and benevolent explorer.

But, as I learned while researching my book, Those Who Stayed, the truth about Columbus is infinitely darker than this perky, whitewashed version. Here, excerpted from the book, is the part of Columbus’ story that you probably weren’t taught in school.

The heartbreaking truth about Christopher Columbus - what they didn't teach you in school...

“Men from Heaven,” an oil painting by Bahamian artist, Alton Lowe

Green Turtle Cay's Island Roots Heritage Festival Wins Cacique Award

Congratulations to Green Turtle Cay’s Island Roots Heritage Festival organizing committee, who were recognized with a Cacique Award in Nassau April 8.

Congratulations to the organizing committee of Green Turtle Cay's Island Roots Heritage Festival on winning a Cacique Award, which recognizes individuals and organizations who contribute towards the Bahamian tourist industry. (Photo by Ruth Saunders.)

Annabelle Roberts Cross (left) and Trina Cooper of the Island Roots Heritage Festival with their Cacique Award. (Photo: Ruth Saunders)

The Cacique Awards recognize individuals and organizations who positively impact the Bahamian tourism industry. The award was accepted by current festival committee chairperson, Annabelle Roberts Cross.

Ronnie Butler Jr. Gives Rare Bahamian Performance January 7 on Green Turtle Cay

Every Bahamian knows the name Ronnie Butler. Dubbed “the godfather of Bahamian music,” his calypso rhythms and satirical lyrics have been woven into the country’s cultural tapestry for more than fifty years.

What some may not realize, however, is that Butler’s son and namesake – known as Ron – is also a multi-talented entertainer. And though he has sung and acted on stages the world over, Ronnie Butler Jr. has not performed in his home country for decades.

Ronnie Butler Jr. Gives Rare Bahamian Performance January 7

Ronnie Butler Jr.

On January 7, however, he’ll perform at Green Turtle Cay’s Bluff House Beach Resort as part of An Evening to Remember, a cocktail reception and fundraiser commemorating the 40th anniversary of the island’s Albert Lowe Museum.

Last Call for Tickets to "An Evening To Remember" January 7 on GTC

Last Call for Tickets to "An Evening To Remember" January 7 on Green Turtle CayIf you haven’t yet bought tickets for An Evening to Remember, taking place at Bluff House Beach Resort & Marina on January 7, you’ve got less than two weeks! We need to provide a final headcount a week before the event, meaning tickets will only be sold until December 31. No tickets will be available for purchase at the door.

An Evening to Remember, a 40th anniversary celebration and fundraiser for Green Turtle Cay’s Albert Lowe Museum, will include:

Can You Help Create An Evening to Remember?

As I posted last week, we’re planning an elegant cocktail reception/fundraiser at the Bluff House Beach Resort on January 7, 2017 to commemorate the 40th anniversary of Green Turtle Cay’s Albert Lowe Museum.

I’ve volunteered to collect donations of merchandise and/or services to be used as door prizes and silent auction items. Can you help? If so, please get in touch with me.

Door Prizes and Silent Auction Items Needed for An Evening to Remember. Can you help?

Sale of Custom Heritage Quilt to Benefit GTC's Albert Lowe Museum

Wild horses. Candy-striped lighthouses. Sailing dinghies. Curly-tailed lizards. What do they have in common? All are iconic elements of Abaco history. And all, along with fourteen other emblems of Abaco’s past and present, are featured on a colourful, quilted wall hanging created to benefit the Albert Lowe Museum.

Sale of Custom Heritage Quilt to Benefit the Albert Lowe Museum

The Green Turtle Cay Quilting Group: Elizabeth Allen (top left), Ami Rutledge (bottom left), Susan Bassendale (top right) and Mandy Roberts (bottom right)

GTC 101: Playing Here (Arts & Culture)

This is the eighth post in the series Green Turtle Cay 101: Guide to Getting Here, Staying Here, Dining Here and Playing Here.

When most folks think of Green Turtle Cay, they envision pristine beaches, clear waters and warm, tropical breezes. And certainly, the island has these in abundance. But it also boasts a surprisingly rich cultural life.

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Lowe Art Gallery Opens for the Season

The signs are up, the gate is open. It can mean only one thing. Green Turtle Cay’s Lowe Art Gallery is receiving visitors.

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Follow the grey stairway to Green Turtle Cay’s only fine art gallery.

Nestled within one of the cay’s most beautiful gardens, on the crest of the hill between Gillam Bay and Black Sound, the gallery features gorgeous oil paintings by Bahamian artist, Green Turtle Cay native, and my cousin, Alton Lowe.

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Alton Lowe (seated) chats with visitors to the Lowe Art Gallery.

Alton’s paintings are treasured by art collectors worldwide for their realistic depictions of Bahamian people, island scenes, tropical flowers and wildlife. His works hang in homes, businesses and galleries around the globe – even a palace or two!

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Painting by Alton Lowe, Sculpture by James Mastin

Members of the British royal family own several of Alton’s paintings, including one presented by the Bahamian government to Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer as a wedding gift.

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Sculptures by James Mastin.

His work is featured on countless Bahamian postage stamps and on the cover of each issue of Abaco Life.

The Lowe Art Gallery also displays a selection of fascinating sculptures by artist James Mastin, whose work is showcased at the Loyalist Memorial Sculpture Garden in town.

All artwork on exhibit at the gallery is available for purchase.

Located just a minute or two north of the New Plymouth settlement (look for the signs identifying the driveway), the Lowe Art Gallery is open weekdays 9:30 am – 1:00 pm, or by appointment at (242) 365-4264. The gallery will remain open until mid-July.

Limited edition prints of some of Alton’s paintings are also available at the Albert Lowe Museum.

UPDATE: June 20, 2015 – I’ve had a few requests for pricing on the paintings and sculptures in the gallery. If you’re interested in any of the pieces and would like more information, please contact Alton Lowe at (242) 365-4264 or contact me and I can give you his email address. Thanks!

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