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Thirty-five years of St. Croix history, culture, wildlife and more, captured by the lens of award-winning photographer Charles Peters, will be on exhibit beginning this Sunday at Fort Frederik Museum.
The exhibit evokes myriad facets of the big island over a broad span of years, with images ranging from Muhammed Ali’s 1983 visit to vibrantly colorful images of native birds.
Also included are stunning photos of masqueraders at carnival, mocko jumbies, traditional dancers, Stanley and the Ten Sleepless Nights over the years, Whim Plantation as it appeared in the late 1970s and more.
There are iconic local figures and important visitors, like famed ’70s talk show host Dick Cavett and ABC News’ first black co-anchor Max Robinson.
A professional photographer, Peters has received national and local awards from the Washington Post and the St. Thomas/St. John Art Council of the Virgin Islands and been published in numerous area magazines.
In 2004 the International Freelance Photographers Organization (IFPO) and the American Image press presented him with the lifetime distinction of honor in the art and science of photography, and inducted Peters into its hall of fame four years later.
The exhibition will open Sunday at 4 p.m. with a ceremony, live music, complementary hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar, and will be on display until July 8.
INTERNATIONALLY acclaimed Jamaican actor and artist Paul Campbell, who released his new movie, Out the Gate, last Thursday in New York City, has joined the line-up of prominent Jamaicans scheduled to perform at the inaugural Kingston Pon Di River.
A festival of literary, visual, performing, and culinary arts, Kingston Pon Di River is set for Sunday, May 29 at Boone Hall Oasis, Stony Hill.
Campbell is best known for his tough-guy starring roles in Dancehall Queen, Third World Cop and Shottas, among other indigenous films which have explored the nucleus of the underbelly of Jamaican life and the streets.
His latest foray on screen will run in select cinemas in the Big Apple.
Campbell’s co-star in Out the Gate is compatriot Oliver Samuels, the king of Jamaican comedy, who is best known for his Oliver at Large series, as well as more recent theatrical productions with Jambiz.
“Out the Gate taps into real-life ideas, dreams, concerns, challenges, and victories by many immigrants in the United States,” read a statement released by the promoters. “Without boring you, the production team successfully explored the music industry, migration and the issue of donmanship, among other critical topics that will have you thinking and talking about it for a long time.”
Aside from Campbell, many other high-profile Jamaicans and expatriates will put their literary skills on display at Kingston Pon Di River. They include minister of transport and works Mike Henry, Television Jamaica’s Kay Osborne, United States Ambassador Pamela Bridgewater, Mexican Ambassador to Jamaica Leonora Rueda, public relations and advertising consultant Jean Lowrie-Chin, former government minister Aloun Assamba, Totlyn Oliver, Nadean Rawlins, and former postmaster general Blossom O’Meally-Nelson.
The arts festival will also cater to kids, as Kelly Magnus will read age-appropriate material to them, and patrons will be treated to music by Dwight Richards and Friends, the Kingston Drummers, and veteran musician Ernie Smith.
Kingston Pon Di River is the brainchild of Dynamic Event Services, a group of women with backgrounds in the tourism industry who seek to reposition Kingston, Jamaica’s capital, as the cultural centre of the Caribbean.
Part of the proceeds from the event will go towards the renovation of the Ward Theatre in downtown Kingston.
Check out the official trailer for “Out the Gate” below:
The Downtown International Food & Cultural Festival will be held on June 17th and 18th, 2011. Come and taste indigenous dishes from around the world, including unique foods from different Islands of The Bahamas. Shop for native crafts on display. Experience various cultures through song and dance and join in colorful Bahamian Junkanoo parades.
Alice Town, Bimini – Perhaps not since the days of Ernest Hemingway and Zane Grey has Bimini seen such an accumulation of world class artists gathered for a fishing tournament.
Instead of men who make their living with words, these artists capture the world in bronze, marble, watercolors, acrylics, oils and photography.
Bimini hasn’t seen a group together like this in many, many years, said Ned Stone, tournament director for next week’s Guy Harvey Billfish Invitational.
In addition to Dr. Harvey, Bimini will be hosting visits from internationally known sculptors Kent Ullberg and Ed Pang (who created the tournament’s Hemingway-Lerner and Frank Johnson trophies, respectively) and celebrated marine/wildlife photographers Marc Montocchio, Pat Ford and Scott Kerrigan.
Bimini itself comprises the full artist palette a colorful feast for the eyes and senses, said Harvey, who will be competing in the tournament aboard Captain Billy Black’s El Viejo. There’s no other place like it in the world like Bimini, and little wonder that it drew men like Hemingway and Grey to its shores.
Ernest Hemingway was an early apostle to the Bimini experience in the 1930s, where he drank, brawled and wrote his way through several fishing seasons, traveling back and forth between his home in Key West and his beloved his characterizations came from a world populated by giant blue marlin, bluefin tuna and schools of sharks almost too large to count. With his literary acclaim and sporting prowess, Hemingway, together with countless other kindred spirits like novelist Zane Grey and scientist/naturalist Michael Lerner, established Bimini as the Big Game Fishing Capital of the World, home today to some 50 world record catches and counting.
Harvey, a celebrated artist, scientist and conservationist, is hosting the The Billfish Invitational at the historic Big Game Club located in Bimini’s Alice Town. The tournament will run from May 18-21.
The all release tournament will feature three days of fishing, and target all billfish species. In addition to individual prizes, the tournament format will include the award of the two perpetual trophies, to be displayed in the Club’s new trophy room lounge.
Eligible species for the Billfish Tournament include Blue Marlin, White Marlin, Sailfish, Spearfish and Swordfish.
Tournament sponsors include Woods and Associates, www.woodsyachts.com, which originally began in Fort Myers Beach as Woods & Oviatt in 1973, has long been a fixture in South Florida yacht and sportfishing boat sales. A Blue Marlin Sponsor, the family-run firm joins Hell’s Bay Boatworks and Costa del Mar sunglasses (Sailfish category) and by Rybovich, the Bimini Boatyard, Johnson Marine Electronics, Seacoast Marine Finance, ACR Electronics, Luu Marine & Associates and Sky Limo Air Charters (Wahoo category).
Administered by the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation and the IGFA, net tournament proceeds will be reinvested in Bimini and surrounding waters. For registration and further details, contact Captain Ned Store at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 954-524-2225 (office) or 954-205-9595 (cell).
Author: John Bell