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May 23, 2012

Festival launched with art from seasoned and new artists

Every year the Institute of Creative Arts presents artistic talent and creativity in the National Festival of Arts. The talent of Preschool, Primary and Secondary level students is regularly showcased at the district level, while the best performances are showcased at the National Festival of Arts. Throughout the week, different events will be held in honor of the National Festival of Arts and this morning the Bliss was the venue for the unveiling of art by new and seasoned artists. News Five’s Jose Sanchez reports.

 

Jose Sanchez, Reporting

The National Festival of Arts Art Exhibit was launched this morning at the Bliss. According to the curator of the exhibit, the works of twenty-nine artists went on display.

 

Gilvano Swasey, Curator

Gilvano Swasey

“We wanted to show there was hope in art. And so we looked for new art, new forms of art, new artists, artists we have never shown but were creating and even artists who had ran away like Alex Sanker but comes back every so often to enjoy the Caribbean breeze. So today we have twenty-nine artists in the exhibit and out of the twenty-nine, twenty are first time exhibitors. But when you look at the collection, you’ll be impressed to try and figure out who is who because all of them is on such a high level. We have an artist who is five years old because we did not exclude the schools because it is the festival of arts.”

 

Leroy Green

Leroy Green

“Visual arts in itself is a discipline or an art form with numerous format. They range from the simple pencil etching through to paintings, three dimensional pieces such as sculptors and models, graphic art. The commonality among them is that this type of art emanate from the human eye, the human mind, the human experience, the human imagination. Indeed, it may be perceived as an amalgamation of experiences and imagination.”

 

The imagination can be seen in these trees. They are merely wires and rocks, but to the artist they were always beauty waiting to be unsheathed. The structure of the faces in Conway Eiley’s line art also carries its own stylistic vision.

 

Conway Eiley, Artist

Conway Eiley

“It’s formless forms; it is just an expression, emotional content. I can’t really tell you depending on the mood I am in and it just takes its own form. I don’t know when I start it, I don’t know what it is going to be at the end of it.”

 

Jose Sanchez

“You can see body parts; you can see different things within the images themselves.”

 

Conway Eiley

“Yeah most of it, you have to step back because it is actually a complete thought including the face and if you go closer, then you will see what composes, what it is made up of. It is basically a confused thought and when it is focused, it becomes something incredibly surreal. But it has the realism in it that you can basically associate so the audience would put their mood into it and if they see a face, if they see it happy, angry. But according to what it is exactly; that’s the thing. So it is a journey. So whoever sees it might see something different. And that’s what I love to do, I love to play with emotional content.”

 

Alex Sanker, Artist

“It’s a self portrait of my son. He is eleven years; he is going to complete twelve next month June. And I was asking him what he wants more or less for his birthday gift and he said, dad whatever. But for some reason, we went to Houston where they were having a football game including Belizeans and I was taking a whole punch of picture with him kicking the soccer ball, football. So he had this one picture that I took where he has dreadlocks and for some reason I just love that picture to the extent where I said this would look perfect on canvas. And due to the fact that I was not painting for like five years because of circumstances, I was like you know what, what is the perfect gift to give your son than a self portrait.”

 

Jose Sanchez

Alex Sanker

“Your other painting looks like a very colorful concrete jungle; it has so many messages to it. What are saying in that one?”

 

Alex Sanker

“Well that’s, like I tell everybody at this exhibition; it’s my comeback piece. I had a lot of unfortunate death in my family including my mom in the last two years. At the end of the day, the painting basically is saying that with life sometimes we spend so much time complaining about what we have, what we don’t have. The painting just basically saying that with all the chaos going on in life, we should stop for a moment in our lives and just sit down for five minutes in our lives and just thank god for being alive, thank god for having the little that you have instead of what you don’t have. Life is short; there are no guarantees so let’s enjoy it and by doing that, I enjoy it by putting it on canvas and sharing it with the world.”

 

Joris Hendrick

Joris Hendrick, Artist

“It’s the first time I’m showcasing my fashion pieces at an exhibition and the ones behind me were actually inspired by the quote, the clouds and skies are a limit; because I believe the clouds are not the limit. There are no limits to anyway to express yourself. So the pieces behind me got inspired by an image by Jose Luis Zapata because it had the clouds, the sky and it also had a Tropic Air airplane which pretty much symbolizes that you can go anywhere once you fly.”

 

Jose Sanchez

“What is your contribution to the exhibit?”

 

Natalie Aleman, Model

Natalie Aleman

“I’m just his model. He is a friend from back in high school. So he started this and I am helping him out.”

 

Jose Sanchez

“So clearly you are part muse. What do you think of his creative process when he is putting these dresses together?”

 

Natalie Aleman

“He always amazes me. We text while he is working and he is like I’m doing this and I’m doing that and he would send me a picture of what he is doing and he always, always amazes me.”

 

Joris Hendrick

“The sketching of the designs and then the working of it. so it took some time but it is the fun of it. That is what I love to do.”

 

Jose Sanchez

“So you have a full clothing line that you intend to bring out sometime soon?”

 

Joris Hendrick

“I actually have two: it’s called Eco-Love; that’s my environmental awareness project and then I have my wearable collection that is coming out this summer.”

 

Anahita Nasiri, Artist

Anahita Nasiri

“I was painting when I was child and when I saw anything in my dream, in my mind, I try to paint it. And when I grow up, I came to college and university and continue the art because I can show my emotions with art.”

 

Jose Sanchez

“Are your paintings inspired by Iran; about your travels?”

 

Anahita Nasiri

“No, with all the women around the world because when I was young, my mother told me women like the sun. Because of this, I always drawn woman in my art.”

 

Kristen Matus, Proprietor, Kristen Danae Photography and Design

“It’s a series called seven deadly sins. I did it when I was at Viterbo College in 2010.”

 

Jose Sanchez

“These people are people you know when it comes to the makeup, the expression; did you coach them on what to do for the photography or did you just shoot?”

 

Kristen Matus

“Well I wanted to capture the seven deadly sins just using the face so I coached them on the expression to make and the makeup was done by all of us.”

 

Jose Sanchez

“I notice you also have printed art on the bottom. What were you trying to express with that?”

 

Kristen Matus

“Well the series came throughout time. I didn’t have the idea initially; it was a process.”

 

Inside the Belisle Art Gallery, the melding of the diverse works of these artists will continue until June second. Reporting for News Five, Jose Sanchez.

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