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Feb 11, 2005

Traditional materials get new look

Story PictureA new exhibition at the Image Factory in Belize City called “Belize Creative” really does show how creative our artists can be, especially when it comes to doing something new with traditional materials. News five got a preview of the show, which opens tonight.

Lesley Glaspie, Master Artisan
?There is a big demand for everything I that I do and the demand its stressful at times because I don?t get a chance to do what I want.?

Rudy Neal, Artist
?One interesting thing about the butterfly wing is that you see on one side you have a bright colour but then on the underside there is a different pattern. The patterns are so beautiful and you can appreciate both sides. This is something that just came into mind.?

Francisco Cano, Master Artisan
?We make these then we go back again and do something else that we have already done. So this is the way I work. We create new things and we put it on the market. It?s a revolving process.?

Jacqueline Woods, Reporting
The materials may have been used before, but the latest creations now showing at the Image Factory are all new from master artisans and artists like twenty eight year old Rudy Neal, fifty seven year old Lesley Glaspie and forty-five year old Francisco Cano.

Francisco Cano
?Probably they would get to appreciate a little more of the natural resources that we have; things that go unnoticed that for years that have been thrown back into the sea and now that we come up with this idea, I think we still have more new ideas coming out eventually. It?s just a matter of time.?

Rudy Neal
?My first job that I got was at a butterfly farm. So we breed like several different species. Everyday we used to collect dead ones, get them out of the cage. I used to see we get the dead ones and through them away. But one close observation was that insects would consume value of the butterfly; leave the wings behind and that?s when the idea came up.?

Lesley Glaspie
?The calabash is actually a traditional Africa instrument. I saw one in a book and it impressed me enough to learn how to make it.?

?It?s the love of my life. I enjoy it. I wake up and I go to sleep with art and I enjoy talking to other artists because its like charging my battery because ideas get exchanged.?

A total of thirteen artists will have their art on display and for sale.

The exhibition opens this evening at seven thirty at the Image Factory on North Front Street. If you are unable to attend the reception the show will run until the end of February.

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