Art for days – “Smile a while” at Sparman Clinic of Barbados and Will Power at Art Splash, Hastings
Art galore awaits the discerning Bajan eye at two venues, both relatively new, the shows run well into next month so there’s a chance to enjoy the Twenty20 Cricket finale and the Arts for those who dig both Sports and Culture.
The first irregular venue is Belleville, the Sparman clinic is now offering treatment on a 24-hour capacity and also using art to soothe the ragged chests of their patients – works from veteran Ras Akyem and young turks like the sombreness of Jamie Downie, Simbah Pile under glass, Nic Barnett’s fascination with gouache and Petra Toyin’s dabbling in Metalwork and sculpting through the medium of papier-mache plus photography from their own Dr Curtis Sonny put straight to canvas.
Petra Toyin’s sculpting is very reminiscent of Maurice Sendak’s creatures which amused yet terrified me as a child, their names I cannot even begin to pronounce – which seems almost like a hearkening to Lovecraft. You have to go and see the little weirdos for yourself…
Her metallurgy is very fascinating, designed and supervised by Petra – she plans to actually grab the welding tools herself before the year is through. She said she was inspired to adopt this style when she visited Senegal in 2006, once there Petra was immediately fascinated with how the Senegalese would make sculpture after sculpture with every bit of metal they could get their hands on.
Dr Sonny’s shutterbug adventures are done without editing or Photoshop as each picture attests, his preferred lens of choice is either Olympus or Canon. My favorite was his “Mother & Child” capturing two Barbados Green Monkeys at just the right moment.
The paintings, sculptures and photographs are all over the building and a good chance for you to get familiar with the facility if you need it otherwise, LOL! This current exhibition continues to the end of June, with more planned for the balance of the year; call 624-3278 for more info.
From close to Bridgetown, we saunter over to the beginning of Barbados’ southern coastline to the Art Splash in Hastings, Christ Church where Will Humphreys is wowing patrons with very reasonably priced works, some of whom have a flavour of Peter Max.
No painting is priced above $500 and all are acrylic on wood, not surprisingly, most of the works have red dots and so you better head there fast! Will’s show continues into the first week of June…