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City art event going from strength-to-strength

A week-long city-wide festival promoting food and great art kicks off tomorrow in Hamilton.

“This is the third Art in the Park event,” said Sue Pearson, who helped the City of Hamilton organise the event. “It is expanding and growing. It was successful last year so we are building on that success.”

The festival begins tomorrow with an open house at Picturesque Galleries featuring the work of photographer Roland Skinner. Also on offer, at Common Ground Cafe, is a new exhibit organised by Ms Pearson, who runs Select Palette Art (SPart).

Free Range & Organic is a collaborative effort by artists and features roosters, hens and onions.

“It was inspired by an exhibition that was at SPart two years ago by a well-known Bermudian pastel artist Frank Dublin,” said Ms Pearson. “He had this fabulous rooster and it sold on opening night and we could have sold six or seven of them. It was called Free Range. The title was so fabulous and that was the inspiration to do something going forward. The ‘onion’ reflects the fact that Heritage Month is coming up in May.”

A number of restaurants will offer special dishes and display art during the festival - Port O Call Restaurant, O Bar, Barracuda Grill, Bistro J, Maria’s Ristorante, Fresco’s, and Little Venice will all have works on exhibit.

An event programme is available at City Hall. Inside is a coupon offering discounts at several of the restaurants.

Live entertainment is planned at Queen Elizabeth Park on Saturday from 2pm to 7pm. On offer are visual and performing arts, a children’s play area and arts and crafts for kids.

“This will feature over a dozen artists,” said Kevin Smith of the City of Hamilton. “It will be hosted by Nadanja Bailey. There will be live entertainment including the Berkeley Institute Ensemble, Berkeley’s Simply Perfection Band, The National Drumline, and Cornerstone Bible Fellowship Puppets. It will be a fun-filled day with more than a dozen artists painting and selling their work in the park.”

The Carole Holding Studio, Print and Craft Shop will hold an opening at its Front Street store from 11am to 2pm on Monday, with live music provided by Wayne Davis and complimentary beverages and nibbles.

Art In The Dark ends the week-long festival next Thursday on the lawn at City Hall.

The band, Working Title, will perform. There will be a cash bar and complimentary hors d’oeuvres.

Inside City Hall, the Bermuda National Gallery and the Bermuda Society of Arts Gallery will be open with several exhibitions running.

“All the art in the entire festival is available for purchase,” said Ms Pearson. “The idea is to come into town for art and stay for dinner. Community and Cultural Affairs has come on board as a sponsor. I think it is a great tourist attraction. Last year we put the brochures in guest houses and I was delighted how many tourists came for the event.

“The brochure for the event includes a recommended walking tour of Hamilton. The tour allows you to see what public art is available in Hamilton. The guest houses and hotels were happy to get that, because the tour can be taken at any time.”

Added Mr Smith: “This event is good for locals and tourists to see what the art community is doing.”

Useful website: www.cityhall.bm.

Chickens at Spittal Pond by Otto Trott, one of the many pieces of art by different local artists being featured in the Art in the Park Festival in the City of Hamilton.

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Published April 25, 2012 at 9:03 am (Updated April 25, 2012 at 9:03 am)

City art event going from strength-to-strength

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