Transforming Spaces Tour 2013
Galleries and artists are gearing up for Nassau’s most exciting event in visual art – the Transforming Spaces art tour.
On March 16-17, beginning at 9:30 a.m. from Dockendale House, patrons can take an air-conditioned bussed art tour around Nassau’s participating galleries: The National Art Gallery of The Bahamas, The Antonius Roberts Studio and Gallery at Hillside House, The D’Aguilar Art Foundation, the Harry C. Moore Library and Information Centre at The College of The Bahamas, Popopstudios International Center for the Visual Arts, Doongalik Studios, Stingrae Studio and the Liquid Courage Art Gallery.
Be sure to secure your spot on this year’s tour by reserving your $30 ticket today at the Doongalik Studios Art Gallery, #18 Village Road (394-1886), or at the National Art Gallery of The Bahamas, West Hill Street (328 5800).
For more about Transforming Spaces, find them on Facebook and online at www.transformingspacesbahamas.com.
Spotlight On Popopstudios International Center For The Visual Arts
Being a collective of artist studios, exhibitions and workshops, it is no surprise that Popopstudios International Center for the Visual Arts often inspires collaborations. None however are more fascinating and serendipitous than the creative exchange between Popop resident and Bahamian abstract expressionist Kendal Hanna and Eleanor Whitely, whose pieces in “Two Points of View” in the Popop gallery will pay homage to their longstanding creative commitment. The pair met at a drawing class at Popopstudios three years ago. Once the class finished, Eleanor proposed that she and Kendal keep going on their own, and for every week since, the two have sketched and painted live models together at Popopstudios. During the Transforming Spaces Art Tour, viewers will be able to examine their different artistic approaches and styles as they’re displayed side-by-side in the gallery, says curator Jay Koment.
“Eleanor’s work is much more deliberate while Kendal’s work has a feeling of spontaneity,” he says. “Their approaches are certainly different even though they draw the same figure. Eleanor felt she was influenced a bit by Kendal, so her work became a bit abstracted over time.”
“This is a big aspect of Kendal’s work that we’ve never seen before because he hardly drew figures,” he adds. “He did a lot of self portraits, but not much figure drawing.” The true beauty of the exhibition, however, lies not in aesthetic but in the very collaborative heart of the show. The exhibition does not mark a closing for the pair who will continue to enjoy a creative exchange every week. “This show is a tribute to time, that slow growing and changing process that comes about when two people work together,” says Koment. “It’s more than just the art on the wall—it’s also about this friendship that was created, this long-term constant that means a lot to them. So this goes beyond the show—they will keep meeting and creating together.”
(photo by Dominic Duncombe)