Amber Shaw

One of Amber Shaw’s contributions to the exhibit.

Visual artists Devonte Mansano, Helen Gohlke, Esther Griffith, Jemima Charles and Amber Shaw. The work of these five talented artists will make up “Patchwork Revolution: a joint exhibition”, hosted at Horizons Art Gallery.

There will be a virtual opening which can be viewed online via Facebook on Tuesday at 6.30 p.m. This will be a live, interactive event, and viewers are encouraged to participate via message to join the conversation, and even purchase pieces, from anywhere in the world.

You can make an engagement on Facebook for a reminder to log in, via the link: https://www.facebook.com/Horizonsarttrinidad/posts/193083780043089.

The exhibition can also be viewed in safe, comfortable surroundings at Horizons Art Gallery until October 3. The gallery is located at Mucurapo Road, St James. Opening hours are 9 a.m. to 5.30 p.m., Mondays to Fridays; and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays. Please call 628-9769 for further details.

The gallery usually hosts at least 18 exhibitions a year. The Covid-19 pandemic, however, has forced Horizons to slow things down and turn to mainly online interactions with the artistes, clients and art lovers in general.

The artists who depend on in-house exhibitions to showcase and sell their latest collections have to, for now, depend on the online exhibits, social media and other distanced interactions in order to have any hope of earning income from their creations.

Like other people in the creative arena, they too are severely affected financially by the pandemic.

The artists:

Helen Gohlke has drawn inspiration from her time spent travelling and residing in the States, Greece, Island of Crete and Trinidad and Tobago. She is a mixed-media artist who uses acrylics, watercolours, thread, textiles, paper, self-produced botanical prints and pencils. Her favourite subjects are flowers, birds, the human form and abstract ideas. Inspiration from other artists and the world around drives her to further her skills and grow her passion for creating art.

Devonte Mansano is inspired by human nature and the realities of life, whether the past or future. The combination of charcoal pencil and acrylic paint gives him the opportunity to express those two worlds. Devonte’s work has a strong narrative element; each collection is peopled with characters which live and breathe in the artist’s imagination.

Esther Griffith’s greatest passion is oil painting. She enjoys exploring the visual language of colour and form. She is drawn to earth’s landforms and geomorphology; this inspires her expressive mark making and unconventional application of media, in order to obtain unpredictable and exciting results. Her paintings are usually portraits where hyper-realism is juxtaposed against the abstract. The colours are vibrant and expressive, building up layer upon layer for rich results.

Amber Shaw’s work is inspired by simple, everyday things, much of which is a reflection of the rich tapestry of Tobago’s culture, the island she calls home. Her first displayed work was a piece that depicted the Buccoo Reef, exhibited at the Tobago Heritage Museum in Fort George, Tobago. She works in a variety of media, including pastels, paint, colour pencils, as well as wood, wire papier mache, plastic and cloth for her sculpture.

Jemima Charles calls her work culturally integrated neo-Caribbean art. The work deals with identity, culture and storytelling, and is predominantly expressed in printmaking and sculptural installations. Her work has exhibited both locally and internationally—places such as Colombia, Japan and the US. Jemima received her MFA in printmaking from Savannah College of Art and Design, receiving the KALA scholarship for outstanding student.

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