First Annual Caribbean Fine Art Fair (CaFA Fair) to be held in Barbados: March 31-April 3, 2011
For the first time in the English speaking Caribbean forty-five galleries of paintings, sculpture, photography, fine art jewelry, drawings and original limited edition prints, exploring the cultural traditions of the Caribbean will be on view at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Conference Center in Barbados, from March 31- April 3, 2011.
Though long known for its pulsating rhythms, its dance, its food and white sand beaches, the Caribbean has had a less known, but long and rich visual arts tradition. In recent years savvy collectors worldwide have come to appreciate the quality and value of Caribbean art. Last year over 25 million persons visited the Caribbean, and an increasing number of those are cultural heritage tourists seeking to acquire the works of the region’s leading visual artists.
As globalization brings our world closer and building on the successes of Caribbean-themed art fairs held in New York City, such as Art off the Main, the Caribbean & Latin America Fine Art by the Sea, it has become more obvious that the need exists for more organized opportunities for collectors to view and acquire quality works by accomplished Caribbean artists. So, for four exciting days, the Caribbean Fine Art Fair will grace the halls of the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Conference Center in Barbados. CaFA Fair opens Thursday March 31st, 2011, with a Charity Gala to benefit Haitian artists affected by the January 2010 earthquake and will honor one of the foremost artists of the region, Le Roy Clarke.
An exciting array of art ranging from the traditional to the contemporary, the intuitive to the European schooled, the political and social to the whimsical- will offer seasoned and new collectors the opportunity to view and collect works from both emerging and accomplished artists. The impressive list of artists to be showcased includes Ada Balcacer of the Dominican Republic, Llewellyn Xavier of St Lucia, Sir Roland Richardson of St Maarten, Le Roy Clarke of Trinidad & Tobago, Philip Moore of Guyana, Ras Ishi Butcher of Barbados, Jerry Craig of Jamaica and Philippe Dodard of Haiti. This historic and pioneering Fair will become a landmark of Caribbean cultural expression.