Caribbean Fine Art Fair Barbados 2016 opens March 9

The 6th Edition of Caribbean Fine Art (CaFA) Fair – Barbados will open on Wednesday, March 9, 2016 at Divi Southwinds Resort with a Gala Reception from 6-9 pm, featuring opening remarks by Barbados Minister of Culture, Sport and Youth, Stephen Lashley.

The Fair will open from 11 am - 8 pm on Thursday, March 10- Saturday, March 12; and on Sunday from 11 am - 6 pm. New works by renowned Barbadian artists Ras Ishi Butcher and Ras Akyem I Ramsay will headline a powerful representation of Barbadian art at this year's event.

The Fair will open from 11 am – 8 pm on Thursday, March 10- Saturday, March 12; and on Sunday from 11 am – 6 pm. New works by renowned Barbadian artists Ras Ishi Butcher and Ras Akyem I Ramsay will headline a powerful representation of Barbadian art at this year’s event.

Kenneth “Black” Blackman, Ras Bongo Congo I, Ras Ilix Heartman, David “Guru” McClean, Oneka Small, Arlette St. Hill and several other noted Barbadian artists will lead the list of over 50 artists representing 13 Caribbean nations, Brazil, Ghana and the USA.

As Barbados celebrates its Jubilee year of Independence from Great Britain, Barbadian talent will be featured throughout our program of special events. On Thursday evening, March 10, Barbadian designer Marva Forde will lead the contingent of talent for the Caribbean Fashion Showcase.

Barbadian Author/Poet Adisa Aja Andwele will sign copies of his new book “Painting Poetry” during Friday afternoon; while Barbadian poets Cher Antoinette, Talent Uncapped, Hasani Wilson, and special guest UK based Victor Richards will feature on Spoken Word Night, Friday evening, March 11.

Mr. Richards will also present an exhibit of photos and sign copies of his poetry trilogy themed, "Illusion - Streets Paved with Gold". Celebrated USA artist, poet and art entrepreneur Danny Simmons will host the evening of spoken word performances and will also conduct a personal tour of the Fair on Sunday afternoon, March 13.

Mr. Richards will also present an exhibit of photos and sign copies of his poetry trilogy themed, “Illusion – Streets Paved with Gold”. Celebrated USA artist, poet and art entrepreneur Danny Simmons will host the evening of spoken word performances and will also conduct a personal tour of the Fair on Sunday afternoon, March 13.

Barbadian curator of Queens Park Gallery; Janice Whittle, is a featured presenter at the Caribbean Art Symposium on Saturday, March 12. Also featured will be a painting session with American artist S. Ross Browne; an interactive presentation by USA artist and art historian Dr. Myrah Brown Green; and in the evening, film screenings by Barbados Video & Film Association. CaFA Fair will close on Sunday, March 13 with Viewpoint; personal tours with Mr. Simmons, Dr. Myrah Brown Green, and Barbados born Director of CaFA Fair Barbados, Anderson M. Pilgrim.

A special section of CaFA Fair Barbados, Diaspora Dialogue III, features the work of 10 specially selected artists, headlined by USA's Danny Simmons, Ghanian painter TAFA, and Brazil's Ernani Silva. This exhibition explores the African influence on contemporary Diaspora artistic expression and investigates the position of Caribbean art in the broader Diaspora conversation.

A special section of CaFA Fair Barbados, Diaspora Dialogue III, features the work of 10 specially selected artists, headlined by USA’s Danny Simmons, Ghanian painter TAFA, and Brazil’s Ernani Silva. This exhibition explores the African influence on contemporary Diaspora artistic expression and investigates the position of Caribbean art in the broader Diaspora conversation.

Event partners include Bajan Sun Online; Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc.; Barbados National Cultural Foundation; Cockspur Fine Rum; COT Media Group; Divi Southwinds Resort; Dover Beach Hotel; Laparkan Shipping and MQI/BMW.

CaFA Fair was created with the primary mission of increasing awareness and appreciation of Caribbean culture through the presentation of works of art and the distribution of information. For updates please visit event website www.cafafair.com or call 646-267-8831.

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