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Emile Hill Shows at Art at the Ridge

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Emile Hill, who you may remember as one of the adult art finalists of the 2014 Wadadli Pen season, and who we last caught up with during this Tongues of the Ocean artists roundtable, is an accomplished artist in his own right. Recently he reminded the Antiguan and Barbudan community just how accomplished with his one man show at Art at the Ridge. I wrote about my reaction to the show over at my other blog and I’m glad to be able to share with you glimpses of the art above. Congrats, Emile.

About the artist (from the Art at the Ridge release announcing his show which took place at the end of January 2015):

Emile is an Antiguan artist, graphic designer, teacher, photographer and author. A graduate of the Caribbean School of Architecture at the University of Technology (UTech) Jamaica, he published his first photographic coffee table book ‘The Angels Project’ in December of 2011. In 2012 Emile received a National Youth Award in the category of Young Artist. He was selected to represent Antigua and Barbuda at Carifesta XI in Suriname in 2013, where he displayed his paintings amid a collection of work by acclaimed artists from the Caribbean region. Emile was key in organising Antigua & Barbuda’s National Independence Art Exhibition in 2014.

Emile’s themes tend to be very personal, ranging widely from angels and the mystical, to dance and music and also explorations of the human condition.

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2014 CHILDREN’S CHRISTMAS CARD COMPETITION

It’s that time of year again! Time for the Art at the Ridge’s annual Children’s Christmas Card Competition. This popular annual art competition is open to all Antiguan and Barbudan children aged between 7 and 19 years based in Antigua & Barbuda. PRIZES TO BE WON! Closing date: Friday 31 October 2014. Email them for details – artattheridge@hotmail.com.

 

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INDEPENDENCE ART EXHIBITION: LOCAL – GLENROY AARON

Preview Evening: Friday 31 October 2014, 6.00pm – 8.00pm, Sugar Club

Art At The Ridge’s first art exhibition of the season celebrates Antigua & Barbuda’s 33rd year of Independence with a collection of paintings by Antiguan artist Glenroy Aaron. The preview evening will be held on Friday 31 October 2014, from 6.00pm to 8.00pm, at Sugar Club (Sugar Ridge) and will continue to exhibit there for a month.

The title of the exhibition is ‘Local’ and puts visual images to thoughts, ideas and concepts of what Antigua means to the artist. Glenroy Aaron attempts to identify who we were and what we are now by researching the things and events that helped to shape our culture, and by observing what those concepts have evolved into today. The journey through the different stages of the collection was eye-opening to Glenroy and has given him a deeper understanding of what it means to be Antiguan. The collection was conceived by what he saw as a need for truly local representation of the art scene in Antigua – art that is not necessarily local by the nationality of the artist but by the concepts they represent.

 

Coconut Man by Glenroy Aaron, part of the Tongues of the Ocean special Antigua and Barbuda issue for which I served as guest editor. http://tonguesoftheocean.org/

Coconut Man by Glenroy Aaron, part of the Tongues of the Ocean special Antigua and Barbuda issue for which I served as guest editor. http://tonguesoftheocean.org/

Contact: Joy James

Email: ArtAtTheRidge@hotmail.com

Tel: 728 1558

Address: Sugar Ridge Village, PO Box 84 Jolly Harbour, St Mary’s, Antigua & Barbuda

Web page: http://www.facebook.com/ArtAtTheRidge

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Art Fundraiser for Sickle Cell Association

It’s the Antigua and Barbuda Sickle Cell Association’s week of activities. For art lovers, a highlight should be the Nicholas Hadeed show at Art at the Ridge, Sugar Ridge Resort; a percentage of sales will benefit the Association.

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The week of activities runs from June 15th to 22nd 2014 under the theme ‘Moving to care, educate and improve Health in Sickle Cell Disorders’. Among the activities are the launch of the Sickle Cell Clinic on the grounds of the old hospital, Holberton, not far from the Hospice building if I’m thinking of the right spot. That’s on the 19th. There’ll be a lecture on sickle cell disorders at the Nurses Association building on Queen Elizabeth Highway, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., on the 20th. There’s a walk on the 21st. The arts show opens June 20th, 5 to 8 p.m. and continues June 21st, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and June 22nd 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

One hundred percent of sales on selected paintings and 15 percent on all other paintings will be donated to the Sickle Cell Association.

To contact the Sickle Cell Association call 770-0497 or 562-8476; email antbar.sca@gmail.com

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A Message from Art at the Ridge

Art At The Ridge has come to the end of this year’s season following another exciting run of art exhibitions featuring a wide range of island artists – some already well-known and some new to the art scene, including a surprise new artist.

In January we featured a trio of young artists – LYLE EVANS, SHEM ALEXANDER and GLENROY AARON. Lyle’s work is influenced by paintings from the Renaissance era, with a modern tropical twist. Glenroy first came to our attention in our 1st Juried Art Competition and he has since also exhibited at the Jumby Bay Art Show and Harmony Hall. Shem entered our 2nd Juried Art Competition and is definitely a name to watch out for with his unique turpentine bark paintings and Antiguan folklore and African-inspired themes.

 

Art work by Shem Alexander at Art at the Ridge. Shem was the 2010 overall winner of the Wadadli Pen art prize and honourable mention in 2014.

Art work by Shem Alexander at Art at the Ridge. Shem was the 2010 overall winner of the Wadadli Pen art prize and honourable mention in 2014.

We held two exhibitions in February to include a surprise new artist – NICHOLAS (Nick) HADEED is already well-known on the island as a foremost civil engineer in our building industry. Nick has always had an appreciation for art and his work reflects the European Impressionist Masters in a very contemporary way. February also featured GORDON WEBSTER, who recently returned to live in Antigua. Gordon’s work can be found in private collections worldwide – his style reminds us of Van Gogh, who he admires along with Turner, Monet and Gauguin.

Our artist-in-resident, JANE SEAGULL, was featured in March and showcased her renowned quirky style in both her paintings and papier mache creations. As usual, Jane donated a percentage of her sales to a charitable cause – this year it was St John’s Hospice again. Jane is usually at our shop gallery on Mondays where you can meet her and get a personal tour of her work!

Following a year of illness, we were thrilled with the return of EDISON LIBURD in April. His first show with us was in January 2012 and this one further highlighted his zest for life in expressive style, full of vibrancy and colour.

Other regular events this season included our third annual children’s Christmas card competition, and our Christmas Art & Craft fair featuring unique and gorgeous pieces by LYRIS TRACEY of Island Mantra. The very talented Lyris’ quality creations make beautiful gifts – they are handpainted, handcrafted and limited edition, and can only be found at selected venues as well as at her home studio in Marble Hill.

We were also involved in the 10th annual Wadadli Pen Competition which has a visual arts section for book cover designs – Art At The Ridge owner Joy James was one of the judges here. Throughout the year we are visited by art enthusiasts from all over the world and we were particularly delighted to receive a visit from the Diaspora Vibe Cultural Arts Incubator, based in Florida, during their International Cultural Artist Exchange tour of the Caribbean in March.

We now feature over 60 Antiguan artists at our shop gallery based at the stunning location of Sugar Ridge, and new pieces come into our shop gallery all the time – so we’re always worth a visit! We also have a rotating exhibition of paintings opposite at Sugar Club (bar area), where we hold our preview evenings, and our shop gallery continues to stay open throughout the year.

We have some art events coming up during the summer months – so watch this space! If you would like to be on our mailing list for art exhibitions please email ArtAtTheRidge@hotmail.com, and if you would like to be kept updated on our island’s art scene please LIKE and take a look at our facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/ArtAtTheRidge.

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ART EXHIBITION: EDISON LIBURD – Vibrant Life Part II

Preview Evening: Thursday 24 April 2014, 6.00pm – 8.00pm, Sugar Club

Art At The Ridge is excited to see a return of Edison Liburd following his very successful art exhibition at Sugar Club in January 2012.

Edison is an Antiguan artist who captures the vibrant pulse of Caribbean life in his art. He has had formal training at the Atlantic Union College in Massachusetts, Pratt Institute of Technology and The Arts Students League – both in New York, and also at Oakwood University Huntsville Alabama. Edison works in various mediums. His style is very fluid and speaks to the sense of uninhibited freedom he enjoys as an artist. Edison loves nature, music and people, the main themes upon which his art is based.

Edison’s art exhibition is entitled ‘VIBRANT LIFE Part II’. “I want people to see an improvement in my style and experience my increased zest for life which came because of an incapacity to paint for a year due to my illness. My previous show with Art At The Ridge introduced my expressive style, which stems from the mannerist genre, and my use of colour which expresses my love for life, things and beauty.”

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Art at the Ridge Christmas Card Comp Winners

Note: Wadadli Pen regularly teams up with communiy partners. In 2014, Art at the Ridge will be one of those partners. We welcome them on board and thank them. We also at this time want to celebrate them for keeping the Christmas card making tradition alive. Kudos to all the young one who’ve won and we hope we can count on them for the book cover design component of Wadadli Pen 2014. Here’s the full press release announcing those winners:

Art At The Ridge is pleased to announce the winners of the island’s 2013 children’s Christmas card competition.  This long-running and popular annual art competition is open to all schools in Antigua & Barbuda.  Artwork is judged in six age categories, ranging from ages 7 to 19.

As always, this competition showcases the high standard of our island’s artistic talents from a very young age.  Some earlier winners have since gone on to join the island’s well-known and thriving art community.  Antigua & Barbuda is a visual arts hotspot in the region and earlier this year Art At The Ridge was listed in The Culture Trip’s Top Ten Best Art Galleries in the Caribbean.

The winning Christmas cards will shortly be on sale at Art At The Ridge and other venues around the island.

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Congratulations to all winners and runners-up!

Ages 7 to 8:

Winner: Savannah Jackson, age 8, Kids Unlimited School

Runner-up: Joshua Roach, age 8, Island Academy

Ages 9 to 10:

Winner: Ianthe Fraser, age 10, Island Academy

Runner-up: Ayesha Andrews, age 10, Island Academy

Ages 11 to 12:

Winner: Nadia Hallam, age 11, St Nicholas Primary School

Runner-up: Nadja Dimic, age 12, St Anthony’s Secondary School

Ages 13 to 14:

Winner: Jada Cort, age 14, Island Academy

Runner-up: Anne Marie Beardall, age 14, Island Academy

Ages 15 to 16:

Winner: Paul Moquet, age 15, Island Academy

Runner-up: Leah Hadeed, age 15, Island Academy

Ages 17 to 19:

Winner: Lea Moquet, age 17, Island Academy

Runner-up: Peta-Ann Kelsick, age 18, Island Academy

Opening hours: Monday to Saturday and by appointment

Address: Sugar Ridge Village, PO Box 84 Jolly Harbour, St Mary’s’ Antigua & Barbuda

Contact: Joy James

Tel: 728 1558

Email: ArtAtTheRidge@hotmail.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ArtAtTheRidge

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Young Artists Take Note

Art At The Ridge is inviting entries for its 2013 Christmas Card Competition from children (aged 7 to 19 years old) in Antigua & Barbuda.  Following in the footsteps of the Bank of Antigua and the Museum of Antigua & Barbuda, which originally created this popular and much-loved annual art competition, Art At The Ridge has taken on the mantle to continue to hold this competition again this year, for the third year running.

Art At The Ridge is keen to encourage creativity among Antigua & Barbuda’s youngsters and anticipates continued enthusiastic participation in this event.  The Ministry of Education has been informed of this competition and they have been invited to encourage the island’s schools to participate.  Parents are also invited to encourage their children to submit artwork directly if their school is unable to participate.

Competition entry rules are available from Art At The Ridge and the deadline date for submission of artwork is Thursday 31 October 2013.  As in previous years, artwork will be judged in six age groups.  There are prizes to be won and the winning artwork will be reproduced as Christmas cards, which are eagerly anticipated every year.  They are sold all over the island and many are then sent overseas where they receive further recognition and acclaim.  The artistic standard of the competition is high and has often led to further artistic endeavours by previous winners.

Address: Art At The Ridge, Sugar Ridge Village, PO Box 84 Jolly Harbour, St Mary’s, Antigua & Barbuda

Contact: Joy James

Email: ArtAtTheRidge@hotmail.com

Tel: 728 1558

Webpage: http://www.facebook.com/ArtAtTheRidge

Here’s a little inspiration from last year’s winners’ circle:

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Fran

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WHO WON IN 2013?

THE WADADLI PEN CHALLENGE 2013 FINALISTS ARE…

ANTIGUA GIRLS HIGH SCHOOL
ASHA GRAHAM
AVECIA JAMES
CHAMMAIAH AMBROSE
DARYL GEORGE
DENNIKA BASCOM
GARVIN JEFFREY BENJAMIN
JAMIKA NEDD
JAMILA H. K. SALANKEY
MICHAELA HARRIS
ST. JOHN’S CATHOLIC PRIMARY
VEGA ARMSTRONG
ZURI HOLDER

*see all shortlisted writers here.

*re prize split – please note that each shortlisted writer receives a Certificate of Achievement as well as discount cards from the Best of Books; and the overall winner’s name has been emblazoned alongside the name of past winners onto the Challenge plaque – sponsored by the Best of Books.

 

SCHOOLS WITH THE MOST SUBMISSIONS

Primary School – St. John’s Catholic Primary – US$500 worth of books sponsored by Hands Across the Sea

Secondary School – Antigua Girls High School – US$500 worth of books sponsored by Hands Across the Seatop

ASHA GRAHAM

Author of Revelations Tonight and Remembrance
Overall Winner (Revelations Tonight), Winner in the 13 to 17 age category (Revelations Tonight) and Third placed in the 13 to 17 age category (Remembrance)

Total prizes:

Cash

$500 sponsored by Conrad Luke of R. K. Luke and Sons and the Leonard Tim Hector Memorial Committee

Literary Opportunities

Sponsored spot – Just Write writers retreat courtesy Brenda Lee Browne

Books

So the Nailhead Bend So the Story End: An Anthology of Antiguan and Barbudan Writing by Althea Prince

Oh Gad coverOh Gad! by Joanne C. Hillhouse

LiTTscapes: Landscapes of Fiction from Trinidad and Tobago by Kris Rampersad

Writing Down the Bones by Natalie Goldberg and other gifts courtesy the Best of Books

Send out you handSend out you Hand by Dorbrene O’Marde

The Caribbean Writer Volume 26 & the Antigua and Barbuda Review of Books – women’s edition contributed by Joanne C. Hillhouse

Huracan by Diana McCaulay

Island Princess in Brooklyn by Diane Browne

The Legend of Bat’s Cave and Other Stories by Barbara Arrindell

And more

Original one of a kind journal created by Jane Seagull

Pen sponsored by Pam Arthurton of Carib World Travel and the Antigua and Barbuda International Literary Festival

Two tickets on board Barbuda Express

Gift bag from Raw Island Products

Gift courtesy Joanne C. Hillhouse  top

DARYL GEORGE

Author of Ceramic Blues and Julie Drops
Second placed Overall (Ceramic Blues), Winner (Ceramic Blues) and Second Placed (Julie Drops) in the 18 to 35 age category

Total prizes:

Cash

$200 (patron prefers to remain anonymous)

Literary Opportunities

Sponsored spot – Just Write writers retreat courtesy Brenda Lee Browne

Books

Unburnable by Marie Elena JohnunburnableHIRESresized

So the Nailhead Bend So the Story End: An Anthology of Antiguan and Barbudan Writing by Althea Prince

Dog-Heart by Diana McCaulay

Althea Prince’s In the Black: New African Canadian Literature (contributed by Joanne C. Hillhouse)

Send out you Hand by Dorbrene O’Marde

Tides that Bind and the Road to Wadi Halfa by Claudia Elizabeth Ruth Francis

Sweet Lady by Elaine Spires

Book gift courtesy Silver Lining supermarket

Gifts courtesy the Best of Books

And more

2 tickets on board Barbuda Express

Lunch for two at Keyonna Beach

Lunch for two – Bayhouse Restaurant @ Tradewinds Hotel

Gifts courtesy Joanne C. Hillhouse  top

ZURI HOLDER

Author of The Big Event
Third placed overall and first placed in the 12 and younger age category

Total prizes:

Books

So the Nailhead Bend So the Story End: An Anthology of Antiguan and Barbudan Writing by Althea Prince

The Legend of Bat’s Cave and Other Stories by Barbara Arrindell

Gifts courtesy the Best of Books

And more

$200 Gift certificate – Stephen B. Shoul

2 tickets on board Barbuda Express

Gift courtesy Joanne C. Hillhouse top

JAMILA H. K. SALANKEY

Author of Her Blackest Sin
Third placed in the 18 to 35 age category

Total prizes:

Books

Send out you Hand by Dorbrene O’Marde

So the Nailhead Bend So the Story End: An Anthology of Antiguan and Barbudan Writing

Tides that Bind and the Road to Wadi Halfa by Claudia Elizabeth Ruth Francis

And More

Gift certificate for Latte, Capuccino or Coffee – Heavenly Java 2 Go.top

MICHAELA HARRIS

Author of Secret of de Mango Tree
Second placed in the 13 to 17 age category

Total prizes:

Books

Island Princess in Brooklyn by Diane Browne

Pink Teacups and Blue Dresses by Floree WilliamsFloree Williams bookcover

So the Nailhead Bend So the Story End: An Anthology of Antiguan and Barbudan Writing by Althea Prince

Gifts courtesy the Best of Books

And More

$50 book gift certificate – Cushion Club top

VEGA ARMSTRONG

Author of Hide and Seek
Second placed in the 12 and younger age category

Total Prizes:

Books

Caribbean Adventure Series – three pack by Carol Mitchell

Gifts courtesy the Best of Books top

CHAMMAIAH AMBROSE

Author of How Tigers Got Stripes
Third placed in the 12 and younger age category

Total prizes:

Books

The Legend of Bat’s Cave and other stories by Barbara Arrindell

Caribbean Adventure Series – three pack by Carol Mitchell

Gifts courtesy the Best of Books top

DENNIKA BASCOM

Winner in the junior section of 2013 Wadadli Pen Art Challenge

Total Prizes:

Seascapes by Carol Mitchell

Gifts courtesy the Best of Books

Gift courtesy Jane Seagull

Gifts courtesy Art at the Ridge top

 

AVECIA JAMES

Second placed in the junior section of the 2013 Wadadli Pen Art Challenge

Total Prizes:

Antigua My Antigua by Barbara Arrindell

Gifts courtesy the Best of Books

Gifts courtesy Art at the Ridge top

 

JAMIKA NEDD

Third placed in the junior section of the 2013 Wadadli Pen Art Challenge

Total Prizes:

Antigua My Antigua by Barbara Arrindell

Gifts courtesy the Best of Books

Gifts courtesy Art at the Ridge top

GARVIN JEFFREY BENJAMIN

MissWinner in the young adult section of the 2013 Wadadli Pen Art Challenge

Total Prizes:

Gifts courtesy the Best of Books

Gift courtesy Art at the Ridge

Cash gift courtesy Koren Norton and anonymous donor

That he may have the opportunity to collaborate with writer Barbara Arrindell on her next children’s picture book is something we can all look forward to top

Special thanks as well to all the 2013 partners: Barbara Arrindell and the Best of Books, Floree Williams, Devra Thomas, Linisa George, and Brenda Lee Browne. Thanks as well to our media partners who help get the word out, especially Antigua Nice and 365 Antigua who for several years and ongoing have hosted pages for Wadadli Pen on their very busy hubs.

joanne26I am Joanne C. Hillhouse. I am first and foremost a writer (author of The Boy from Willlow Bend, Dancing Nude in the Moonlight, Oh Gad! and contributor to other anthologies and journals) who could’ve benefited from this kind of encouragement back in the day. That’s why I do this. Congratulations to all the winners, and remember this is not just a contest; this is our attempt to nurture and showcase Antiguan and Barbudan literary talent. We’ve taken the time over the years to provide feedback to the winning writers, conduct writing workshops including online workshops right here on this site, visit schools, and other activities (such as this site) designed to help young writers hone their skills. As we showcase your best efforts here on https://wadadlipen.wordpress.com we encourage you to keep writing and to remain open to the opportunities to become a better writer.

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Strength through Pain

Art at the Ridge is one of the sponsors of the 2013 Wadadli Pen Challenge. This is in step with their efforts to nurture and promote artistic endeavor via their involvement in the Sailing Week signboard competition and exhibition, the Christmas card competition for youth, the hosting of exhibitions for established and emerging artists, and their annual juried exhibition unearthing new talent. The image below is Strength through Pain (22′ x 28′, acrylic on canvas), winner in 2012 of the Art at the Ridge 2nd annual juried exhibition. The artist is X-saphair King.

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