Art Zone opens an art exhibition today

Reggae Signal by painter Ewan McAnuff

JAMAICA’s new creative space, Art Zone, will open today, November 5, with an inaugural exhibition at 22 Barbican Road in St Andrew. The one-day exhibition will start at 10:00 a.m. and run until 5:00 p.m.

A colorful mix of youth and adults will be presented and will be featured by 30-year-old painter and wood carver Ewan McAnuff and will feature a dynamic group of 10 visual artists.

Young talents include Desanna Watson and Winroy Messam. An up-and-coming mixed media artist, Watson’s oversized artwork teases with delicate subjects that are sure to leave an impression. One of the new faces in the Studio Mortimer stables, Winroy Messam will bring a new approach to drawing, one that guests will find refreshing as they admire the lush greenery of the Portland-inspired art zone, owned by Pauline Stuart.

Also on the program, the mother-daughter duo Denise Francis-Robinson and Atira Robinson, both specialized in painting. One of a dying list of expert sketching tutors, Francis-Robinson, who is a former principal dancer with the National Dance Theater Company, is known for her whimsical and witty semi-abstracts. With a style that bears hints of her mother’s influence, Atira’s art extends to illustrations as well as face and body art.

Rounding out the show’s lineup are Errol McKenzie, Richard Smith, Jack Stuart, Talbert Taylor and visual arts educator Sana Rose, who returns to the exhibition stage after a decade-long absence, part of which she spent as Visual Arts Coordinator with the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission.

James C. Tibbs