Art & craft take centre stage

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By Jaedee Caines

The Nevis Craft House was filled with excitement and entertainment on Monday when it hosted the start of a weeklong art and craft exhibition.

The exhibition forms part of the activities for Tourism Week 2006, which is this year, being celebrated under the theme Tourism: Bringing Progress and Prosperity To Our People.

The ceremony chaired by Small Enterprise Development Officer; Deborah Tyrell featured brief remarks from government officials and musical entertainment by Santoy and the Majestic Oualians.

Acting Principal Assistant Secretary in the Ministry of Youth and Sports, Jacqueline Brookes used Monday’s opening ceremony to promote the exhibition while congratulating the featured artists and craft house staff on the hard work put into the event.

Honourable Minister with responsibility for tourism, culture, telecommunications and information, agriculture, lands, housing, co-operatives and fisheries Malcolm Guishard though not prepared made fitting remarks to those gathered. He spoke of the significant role of craft to the tourism industry.

“Craft is one of the most important parts of the tourism industry,” he said. He also commended the works of the Small Enterprise Development Unit who according to him has been doing a great job. Minister Guishard was particularly pleased with the presentation of the crafts and other exhibits at the craft house.

His wife, Yvonne made the official opening declaration of the exhibition and was presented with an appreciative token by Akeid Dixon of the Special Education Unit.

Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Tourism, Tyrone O’Flaherty; Director of Culture, Ernestine Rawlins; Chairperson of the Tourism Week Steering Committee; Nicole Liburd, students and teachers of the Special Education Unit and representatives of the Queen City Taxi Association attended Monday’s exhibition.

While there, the Queen City Taxi Association represented by president, Curtis Morton and association member Hilareen Liburd made a monetary presentation to the Special Education Unit. The unit will be journeying to China in 2007 as ambassadors for Nevis in the olympic games.

The Art and Craft exhibition featured works of primary and secondary school students, art work by Vaughn Anslyn, books by Amba Trott, oils by Llewelyn Clarke as well as a host of other interesting custom made pieces.

The craft house has been operated in Nevis since the 70s and features custom work, leather shoes, basketry, custom picture frames, grass work and furniture. It is located at Pinney’s just opposite TDC Home and Building Supplies.