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Jul 8, 2004

Rachel Heusner art exhibit opens

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Like the whale sharks at Gladden Spit she returns to Belize each year to visit friends and family…and also share her art. Today news 5′s Patrick Jones previewed her latest offerings at the House of Culture.

Patrick Jones, Reporting

The twelve watercolours and oil paintings on display at the House of Culture are the latest creations of Rachael Heusner Superville. Since her last exhibition in Belize, Superville says she has been experimenting with different techniques, some of which made it into this collection compiled over the last three months.

Rachael Heusner Superville, Artist

?I think I?ve included a lot more information in the paintings. And I?ve recently jumped back into oils, which is a little different in the approach to how you handle water colours.?

?I also have one particular piece that I enjoy very much, it?s a collage. And some people, they never really figure you could use cut paper and produce something and call it art. But you know, there is lots of different thing that you can do and it?s up to the viewer to see whether they like it or not.?

And it is that open interpretation that Superville says viewers should attach to the pieces on display. Although she now resides in Tobago, Superville says there are sights of her birthplace all around her.

Rachael Heusner Superville

?I believe I do use my art as a way of integrating the Caribbean or finding some form of unity as far as Caribbean life is concerned. Like one particular piece of a mom with her little girl waiting on the side of road for a car, they?re going to church or something and I think that is typical no matter where. You might say well that?s nothing, just waiting on the side of the road. But that?s stopped me in my tracks. Or the two little girls walking with their umbrella you know going to buy something at lunch time. That is Caribbean. In the States you go to the cafeteria; in the Caribbean you go to the parlour or the shop and you go and buy your Digestive, your bun, bun.?(Laughs)

Superville says the subjects in her paintings tell different stories, each with a particular Caribbean touch.

Rachael Heusner Superville

?There is one piece, it?s inside of a house. You know there is a saying a picture tells a thousand words, and some painters they feel that they have to write a poem or some story beside it for a person to…And I think the picture should says enough for itself. And I have seen so many people look at the piece and come up with all sorts of stories. It?s called ?Nobody is Home;? so I think that?s a particular piece I want people to come and let me know what they think about it.?

Patrick Jones, for News Five.

The show at the House of Culture is only on through Friday. All pieces are for sale.

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