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DOONGALIK STUDIOS ART GALLERY NEWSLETTER
September2015 — Volume 9 Issue 9
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PROMOTING THE VISION: ”By the Year 2020 more visitors will be attracted to The Bahamas by Bahamian Art,
Culture and Heritage than by merely sun, sand and sea.”

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ANDREW KNOWLES TO OPEN SOLO SHOW “BAHASQUIAT”
received a scholarship to attend art classes for a semester at
“The Place for Art” under the tutelage of K. Smith. Through
art Knowles has had the opportunity to take part in group
exhibitions and it has changed his life. “Art helped me to ignore my emotions,” he stated. “I forget the pain when I am
caught up in my art and get into the zone.” Knowles likes to
work large and with oils, his medium of choice, which allows
him to paint faster. “It makes me feel as if I am colouring”.

“Bahasquiat-Radiant Child” the first solo show of artist
Andrew Knowles, will open on Tuesday, September 22
from 6-9 pm. Born in Nassau on September 12, 1996, the
teenaged Knowles is a 12th grade student of St Anne’s
School who considers art as a saving grace in his life. By
attributing the name (with a Bahamian spelling twist) and
artistic elements of the exhibition to American artist, Jean
Michel Basquiat (1960-1988) Knowles is paying homage to
how the late artist has influenced his work.
Like Basquiat, Knowles has a challenging life, having
grown up with a mother addicted to drugs, not knowing his
father, having his eldest brother die a year ago, the other
brother in jail, and not really knowing his two sisters. At the
age of 13, Knowles went to live at the Elizabeth Estates
Home which he had to leave at the age of 17. He is presently living with friends.
Knowles’ first memory of drawing was as a young child
often visiting the St Martin’s Convent on Nassau Street
where he was able to get something to eat. It was there
where he was allowed to doodle and draw.
Knowles developed a serious interest in drawing whilst in
Grade 8 at St Anne’s School (where he is still a scholarship
student). Whilst at the Elizabeth Estates home, Knowles

Knowles is devouring as much knowledge as he can about
art - studying, experimenting and forming alliances with other
young artists in different genres. He is a writer of poems, a
skill that he has nurtured all of his life. He started a group
called “A-word Artistry” in which he combines art and the written word (like Basquiat), as well as a body painting group
called the “Paintography Experiment” consisting of two other
artists, four photographers and a group of body models. This
year he produced a large painting of the Icon Award which
was on display at the ceremony. He also produces oil portraits on site, claiming he is “the fastest oil portrait artist in the
country.”
Knowles expresses his admiration for Bahamian artist, Allan
Wallace, because of Wallace’s amazing ability to transfer the
images of his imagination and thoughts onto a surface, a trait
that Knowles wishes he possessed. However, he continues
to “dream with his eyes open” and hopes that the viewing
public will appreciate the enthusiasm that he has expressed
in this collection of almost 20 new works, as a testament to
the power of creativity.
The Exhibition will be on display until Wednesday, October
14.

INSIDE THIS ISSUE
“BAHASQUIAT” TO OPEN TUESDAY 1
2
NEW ITEMS & ASD 2015
3
CREATIVE NASSAU NEWS

NEW ITEMS

THERE’S STILL
TIME TO BRING IN
YOUR GENTLY
USED ART SUPPLIES, AND / OR
DONATE TO THE
ASD FUND!
FIRST THERE WAS.....

Did you know that the very last hand-wound lighthouse IN
THE WORLD—the Elbow Reef Lighthouse—is right here in
The Bahamas on the island of Abaco? We are absolutely
thrilled to be carrying this amazing new children’s book which
was written and illustrated by the STUDENTS of HOPE
TOWN PRIMARY SCHOOL assisted by teachers and volunteer artists. Proceeds will benefit the School and the Elbow
Reef Lighthouse Society. Check the facebook page for
much more information on this historic Bahamian treasure
and please feel free to send donations. Watch this space for
the book’s official Launch date In Nassau!

W I T H…..

THAT ENDED UP AS….WOW!!!

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US! Facebook /Art Supply Drive

TONI ALEXIA ROACH—This beautiful acrylic on canvas
painting entitled “White Roses”, along with another mixed
media triptych entitled “Shallow Beauty” (not shown) is now
available for sale at the Gallery. This young, multi-talented
artist is furthering her studies in Fashion Design at The
School of the Art Institute in Chicago !

Website: www.creativenassau.com Email: creativenassau@gmail.com

THE UNESCO CREATIVE CITIES NETWORK’S NEW WEBSITE IS NOW LIVE A T http://en.unesco.org/creative-cities

CREATIVE NASSAU MARKET
The Creative Nassau Markets are now being
held twice a month featuring ‘true-true’ Bahamian products and crafts made by our country’s talented artisans! The next market will be
held on WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 30
from 9am—5.30pm in Pompey Square, Bay
OFFICIAL UNESCO CREATIVE CITIES Street. Please join us and BUY BAHAMIAN,
BY BAHAMIANS. See photos from the September
BANNER IS ON DISPLAY DOWNTOWN 9th
Market on the Creative Nassau facebook page,
Observant drivers and pedestrians rounding into kind courtesy of Rosemary C. Hanna
Bay Street, downtown Nassau’s main thoroughfare, will notice a large, framed banner on the second-storey wall of the green building on the right
hand side. This display was erected through a collaboration between Creative Nassau and the
Downtown Nassau Partnership (DNP), and represents an achievement of which all Bahamians
should be proud.
In December 2014 the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
(UNESCO) designated The Bahamas’ capital,
Nassau, as a City of Crafts and Folk Arts in
UNESCO’s prestigious Creative Cities Network
(UCCN), which comprises 69 cities from 32
countries. Nassau is one of the only two UCCN
members in the Caribbean, the other being WEEKLY RADIO SHOW ON ISLAND
Jacmel, Haiti, and the designation allows the City FM 102.9 TUESDAYS 7- 7.30 pm
to display the official UNESCO Creative Cities The public is invited to join CN Hosts, Patti &
emblem.
Pam, every Tuesday via radio with rebroadcast
Gevon Moss of the DNP stated: “As the Down- on Sunday at 5pm, or you can listen online at
town Nassau Partnership continues to improve islandfmonline.com. We recently interviewed
our city, we are recommitted to ensuring that
well known Bahamian ceramicist, Jessica Colewhat makes us unique is not only enjoyed by our
visitors and locals, but that it also takes center brooke, who talked about the upcoming ACE
stage. This signage represents an international (All Ceramics Exhibition) which will open on
stamp of approval of our city. It not only certifies FRIDAY, OCTOBER 2 at Hillside House!
how proud we are of our Bahamian culture, but it If you would like to be a sponsor for this exciting
also showcases how important culture is in defin- creative and transformational radio show,
please email us at creativenasau@gmail.com.
ing who we are as a people.”