Cultural Calendar: FEBRUARY 2009

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National Gallery’s Little Cayman Art Lecture Series

On the first Monday of each month an art lecture is held at 5 pm at the National Trust Visitor Centre. Watch an art documentary video. Free of charge.

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JUST FOR KIDS at the National Gallery

Individuals will explore different ways of communication through non-verbal mediums such as dance, drama and sign language.

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Guided Mastic Trail tour

9:00am
Hikers will experience a fascinating exploration deep into Cayman’s wild interior, in an area where the woodland has been evolving undisturbed for the last two million years. The area is home to a wide variety of animals and plants unique to the Cayman Islands. Please note that the trail is not suitable for children under six years old, the elderly and infirm, or for persons with physical handicaps or conditions that may require emergency medical assistance. $15.00 donation for Trust members, $20.00 for non-members.

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Eastern Districts Bus Tour
9am- 1:30pm
This tour focuses on Mission House, the home site of early Presbyterian Missionaries of the 1800s,
Savannah School-House, a one-roomed government school from the 1940s, Famous Shipwreck Sites of east End and House shaped Graves of Prospect. Stop for Lunch at Over the Edge in North Side (lunch cost not included). CI$25 for members, $30 for non-members. Call Denise on 949-0121 for more information and to book.

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National Gallery’s CineClub – All the President’s Men

This four-time Oscar winning film is a factual account of investigative journalists Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein of the Washington Post whose reporting of the Watergate break-in eventually led to the resignation of Richard Nixon, 37th President of the United States. The story also focuses on the role of Woodward’s now legendary secret source dubbed Deep Throat (since identified as FBI Deputy Director Mark Felt) and the encouragement he provided when the journalists hit roadblocks in their investigation.
Held at Harbour Place. CI$5 or free for members. Contact 945-8111 or admin.ng@candw.ky for more information. Sponsored by Our Secret Agency.

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Teachers’ Workshop

Workshop participants will have the opportunity to discuss and explore the role and function of creative and artistic experiences for young learners.
NGCI Harbour Place at 5:30pm.

Traditional Caymanian Cooking Class
6:30pm
Mission House, Bodden Town
Join local chef, Jaime Azan, each month to learn the art of traditional Caymanian cooking! This month learn how to prepare the ever-popular Beef and Fritters. Recipe and sample of the finished product included. $20 for members, $25 for non-members.
Special cooking classes can be booked for groups of five or more.
Please call 947-5805 for more information.

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Guided Mastic Trail tour

9:00am
Hikers will experience a fascinating exploration deep into Cayman’s wild interior, in an area where the woodland has been evolving undisturbed for the last two million years. The area is home to a wide variety of animals and plants unique to the Cayman Islands. Please note that the trail is not suitable for children under six years old, the elderly and infirm, or for persons with physical handicaps or conditions that may require emergency medical assistance.
$15.00 donation for Trust members, $20.00 for non-members.

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Art Forum: on Radio Cayman’s “Talk Today”

In an ongoing discussion about the state of the arts in the Cayman Islands, this month’s panel discusses the importance of arts in education. Tune into Talk Today’s Cultural Spice segment and put your questions to the panel. Panel TBD. Email deputydirector.ng@candw.ky for information.

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National Gallery’s ArtFlix: Architectures 2 (Part 1)

This stellar series from European public television channel ARTE pays respect to the craft and art of architecture.
Shedding light on architects themselves, ARCHITECTURES also provides intimate glimpses into some of the world’s most stunning buildings. This release highlights Frank Lloyd Wright’s Johnson Wax building, the Stone Thermal Baths, and much more.

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National Gallery’s CineClub – A Murder of Crows

Egotistical New Orleans defense attorney, Lawson Russell, known more for his charisma than for his professional ethics, meets a writer while vacationing in Key West.
The writer confides in him about his newest manuscript – a thriller in which a serial killer kills five lawyers who have been able to aquit clients of crimes. When the author dies the next day, Lawson chooses to publish the book as his own and becomes an instant star. However, when the five murders turn out to be real rather than fiction, Lawson must do some fancy “lawyering” to prove his innocence and find the real killer.
Held at Harbour Place. CI$5 or free for members. Contact 945-8111 or admin.ng@candw.ky for more information. Sponsored by Our Secret Agency.

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Lunchtime Lecture

National Gallery curators will lead a lunchtime lecture, discussing various aspects of the artist’s work.
Complimentary lunch served. 12:15pm – 12:45pm.
For information and bookings please email deputydirector.ng@candw.ky.

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National Gallery’s Traditional Arts Night Class

On the Brac on the last Thursday of each month everyone is invited to come learn the Caymanian Traditional Art of thatching. 7pmto 9pm.
Fun, easy and free! Venue TBD.

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National Gallery’s Cayman Brac Art Lecture Series

On the last Saturday of each month enjoy an art film or documentary video relating to the history of art.
Held at the Brac Library 7 to 8pm.

Guided Mastic Trail tour
9:00am
Hikers will experience a fascinating exploration deep into Cayman’s wild interior, in an area where the woodland has been evolving undisturbed for the last two million years. The area is home to a wide variety of animals and plants unique to the Cayman Islands.
Please note that the trail is not suitable for children under six years old, the elderly and infirm, or for persons with physical handicaps or conditions that may require emergency medical assistance.
$15.00 donation for Trust members, $20.00 for non-members.

Weekly Schedule

ONGOING
Seth Chwast: Icons of Cayman exhibit will now run through to February 2009.
Seth Chwast, who was diagnosed with autism as a very young child, lived for years in a world of roller coasters, haunted houses and classical music.
A dramatic change came in 2003, when at age 20 he took an oil painting class at the Cleveland Museum of Art. Seth, who rarely speaks, began describing his world in paint. It turned out that he has an innate ability to mix colours and create amazing works of art that reflect this vision of his world and the world around him.
Opening hours are 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday and Saturdays 10am to 4pm.
www.sethchwastart.com

The Mission House and NT Visitors Centre, Bodden Town
This historic site of The National Trust for The Cayman Islands is open year-round and offers guided tours of the house and grounds. There is also a National Trust shop offering a variety of gifts, toys and locally made artefacts and also a research room for guests to read information on Cayman’s past.
Opening hours are Tuesday to Saturday, 9:00am to 5:30pm, with the last tour at 4:30p.m.
Admission to the house: Adults $5.00, children (under 12) $2.50.
Mission House is located at 63 Gun Square Road, Bodden Town.
Call Jaime at 947-5805 for more information or to pre-book tours for groups of 10 or more.

Blue Iguana Safari, Monday to Saturday
11am
Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park
Come and meet the Blues! This one and a half hour fully guided tour takes you behind the scenes at the captive breeding facility.
Cost is $24 for adults and includes admission to the park.
Tickets available at the park gate.

Private tours with the National Trust for four or more people
For historic tours, Mastic Trail hikes, birdwatching tours or cooking classes held specially for more than four people, contact Stuart by emailing him at smailer@nationaltrust.org.ky to arrange.

TUESDAY
Still Life Workshop: Tuesday from 9:30am to 12:30pm except during school holidays. This workshop is an informal group of individuals who paint or draw together. Still life compositions are set up for those who wish to explore the genre or desire a project but options are endless and everyone is free to create anything they like in their chosen medium. Cost: free for members or $5.00 for non-members, please bring your own materials. For information contact Eme Paschalides: paschal@candw.ky or 327 9212.

Art Trek Tuesday 3:30 to 5:00pm. Held the first Tuesday of each month for children aged 6-11yrs. Art Trek acts as a FREE monthly art drop in session where children can see what is happening at our current exhibits in addition to learning about the cultures of the world through art. Parents are welcome! Contact Deutsche Bank National Gallery Intern Stephen Nickelson at intern.ng@candw.ky for more information. Sponsored by State Street (Cayman) Trust Company Ltd.

WEDNESDAY
National Gallery’s Art Flix
On the third Wednesday in each month the National Gallery presents ART FLIX, a public screening of art films and documentaries relating to the history of art.
The films are introduced with a short lecture and attendees are invited to discuss films following screenings. A complimentary glass of wine accompanies the film which begins at our new time of 6:30pm at the National Gallery, Harbour Place.
$5.00 or FREE for members. Contact 945-8111 or david@davidbridgeman.ky for more information.

Lunchtime Lecture Series
12:15-12:45 at the National Gallery Harbour Place on the fourth Wednesday of each month. In a relaxed and open environment you can begin to understand for yourself the art that you see. Each lecture will focus on an aspect of the current show and introduce specific topics of art history and contemporary art in relation to the show. $5.00 or FREE for members, with a complimentary light lunch. Contact 945-8111 or communications.ng@candw.ky for more information and to RSVP.

National Gallery’s Elderly Artists
Each Wednesday the Brac’s senior citizens meet to catch up and do a bit of art.
On the second and last Wednesday of each month (11 and 25 February) the programme is geared for any senior citizens who wish to learn or re-learn the art of thatching. 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Materials provided.
Light lunch is free. Venue TBD.

THURSDAY
Figure Drawing – Thursdays from 5:15pm to 7:15pm held at the National Gallery, Starting January 15th 2009. The Class is taught by Argentinean artist Julieta Alvarez Macías, this eight week course offers the basic foundation of human figure which Julieta believes includes every challenge an artist could require (line and tone, perspective and composition). Life drawing will be developed as well as different methods and techniques which will definitely improve ones drawing skills. Cost: CI $200 or CI $180 for National Gallery Members, materials included. For Information contact Julieta Alvarez Macías: julialvamaci@hotmail.com or 323 7482.

Historical Walking Tour of George Town, 9am
Take time to stroll through historic George Town. Visit a church, graveyards, official buildings and fortification system. Walk through the capital and learn a little more about Cayman’s unique culture.
$15.00 donation for Trust members, $20 for non-members. Call Denise on 949-0121 for more information and to book tours.

SATURDAY
National Gallery’s Cayman Brac Adult Art Group
Each Saturday the NGCI hosts an informal ‘meet and paint’ adult group for artists at beautiful locations around the island.
During January to March meet at Long Beach at the end of the road in Spot Bay. All artists and visitors welcome. 9am to 12noon. Free of charge.

National Gallery’s Family Fun
Come on down to the National Gallery for a morning of family fun. Bring your family and enjoy art activities related to the current exhibition. Opening hours are 11am to 4:00pm.

National Gallery’s Art Sisters
1:00pm to 3:00pm. (Open to the public) Art Sisters is an adult women’s group where members attend class as a means to creatively and emotionally outlet their energy by means of discussion and artistic exploration. A variety of skills are taught in this academic programme such as painting and sculpture. Art Sisters is an open class for women who want to find their creative spirit within. Instructor: Lorna Reid. Sponsored by Dart Foundation.

SUNDAY
Street Art Workshop by National Gallery
Totalling four Sunday sessions on February 1, 8, 15 and 22, this modern course is taught by street artist Jean Van Iddekinge and local artist Jo Austin.
These sessions will explore the basics of street art through creating stencils, exploring composition and studying the power of images.
This 8:00am to 12:00pm class will then learn the tactical methods of street art through the completion of a public mural piece. The workshop will accommodate two groups aged 12 and up as well as 11 and under. Both groups will be held at the same time and location.
Cost: $80 with a 10 per cent discount for Gallery members. Materials and refreshments included.
Please contact Jonty at jafooli@gmail.com or contact Kaitlyn at outreach.ng@candw.ky for more information.

ART
Seth Chwast: Icons of Cayman exhibit will run through to 24 February 2009 at the National Gallery of the Cayman Islands.

Zahir Art Exhibit at Café Del Sol, Camana Bay. Featuring work by artists Sandra Salangana, Joseph Betty/Gumba. Proceeds from sales of artwork will go towards the Blue Iguana Recovery Programme.

Water Sense at The Gallery, Ritz-Carlton, featuring work by some of Cayman’s most revered and creative talent, including Al Ebanks, Sue Widmer, Avril Ward, Patrick Broderick and Charles Long. Exhibition runs until the end of the month.

 

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