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Mar 3, 2010

Notable “Women in Art” celebrated by NICH

Shermaine Zetina

Shermaine Zetina

As we told you Sonia Linares is the winning woman of the year. News Five’s Delahnie Bain also found out that the National Institute of Culture and History is hosting a series of activities including modeling, plays and art to celebrate Women’s Month.

Delahnie Bain, Reporting

The National Institute of Culture and History re-started its annual Women in Arts exhibit in 2009 and it now a part of 2010 calendar of activities. First in the program is an art exhibit, which runs from March fifth to the twenty-sixth at the Bliss.

Shermaine Zetina, Program Officer, Institute of Creative Arts

“The exhibit entails women from ages twelve onto the oldest I think is in her sixties; that’s miss Vilma Romero. She’s a sculpture and the youngest, she does drawings. It’s different genre’s of art, we have painting, digital photographs, basket weaving, jewelry in all forms of art.”

There will be more than just women’s works being exhibited. The Pumps and Dubs show at the House of Culture on the thirteenth intends to put the women on stage.

Leilah Pandy, Show Coordinator, Pumps and Dubs Runway Show

Leilah Pandy

Leilah Pandy

“We have a lineup of eight designers namely Stellie Jeffrey, Dayna Brian, Nehanda Higinio, Ingrid Cayetano and some more women; one from LA and other from other parts of Belize. We also have performers such as Angela Gegg, Maly Cayetano, Tricia Gabourel. The show is called Pumps and Dubs because it features all female designers and all female DJs.”

If modeling is not your preferred entertainment, how’s theatre? On the twentieth and twenty-sixth, the shows at the Bliss will feature monologues and plays to showcase other talented women. Theatre Director, Karen Vernon, speaks of the plays Women of Worth.

Karen Vernon, Theatre Director, Bliss Center for the Performing Arts

“This is two one woman shows; the first section being presented is called yours in art and culture and we portray the life of Beverly Smith Lopez and it’s being done by Jacqueline Willoughby from the Belize Theatre Company. The second act, we’re bringing in an international actress and she will be portraying Hariett Tubman. Melissa Waddy Thibideaux, we brought her in two years ago with the buffalo soldiers museum exhibit. It was very well received and we felt the need to bring her back.”

Kimberly Vasquez

Kimberly Vasquez

Kimberly Vasquez, Writer/Producer, Institute of Creative Arts

“Voices of sisterhood, which is a presentation of twelve monologues written collectively by six Belizean actresses of different ages. It will also include a vocal showcase of some of Belize’s best vocalists, who will be performing songs of empowerment and inspiration for women.”

The fifth event is the annual show presented by the Vista Dance group, who will take the stage on March fourteenth. A total of one hundred and twenty female artists will be featured throughout the month of activities.  Delahnie Bain for News Five.

The Art exhibit is open to the public free of cost, the Pumps and Dubs show is twenty dollars for entrance and all other events have a fifteen dollar entrance fee.


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