Independence Art Exhibition at the airport

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Twenty-two of Antigua and Barbuda’s “hidden talents,” are on display at the arrival area of the V. C. Bird International Airport in the 2018 Antigua and Barbuda National Independence Visual Arts Exhibition.
Featuring the artistic interpretation of well-known talents like Emile Hill, Mark Brown, Deborah Eckert and two students; one, 14-year-old Chloe Martin, a fourth form student of St Anthony’s Secondary School, the exhibition will be in place for at least a week.
Martin told OBSERVER media that she started working on Hummingbird in Paradise several months ago but the painting kept evolving before she completed the masterpiece.
“I really wanted to capture the details in the hummingbird’s feathers because hummingbirds are birds that people don’t get to see the beauty and actual detail and I wanted to show that in my painting,” the young artist said.
Martin said she has been painting for a long time, however, she only recently started working on perfecting her craft.
“I work on it six months ago and then I stopped for a while because I wasn’t sure how to make it look the way I wanted it to and I only recently finished it. And now I am pleased with it,” Martin said, adding that she is particularly fond of acrylic paint.
Cecelia Thwaites-Isaac, the Marketing Officer within the Cultural Development Division said the celebration of the 37th Independence is most fitting to showcase the talents of local artists.
“Our artists are there, but we don’t think that they are being recognised sufficiently, so [we use] every platform available to give them that opportunity to capitalise,” she said.
Director of Culture, Gilbert Laudat added that it was important to bring all these local artists together in one place to show the diversity of their talents. 
The exhibition runs until November 4. Thwaites-Isaac said the pieces are available for purchase, however, the art will only be available to the purchaser after the exhibition is taken down.
In thanking the Antigua and Barbuda Airport Authority for its support, Festivals Commissioner Annette Aflak, who is the Director of Special Events Promotion Protocol in the Ministry of Tourism, said she is hopeful for the exhibition to be extended in time for the influx of visitors expected for the 2018 ICC Women’s World T20 cricket.

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