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DOONGALIK STUDIOS ART GALLERY NEWSLETTER
November 2015 — Volume 9 Issue 11
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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.”

IMPORTANT NOTICE TO OUR VALUED CUSTOMERS & SUPPORTERS:
Doongalik’s new email address is pam.burnside@doongalik.com

ALLAN MURRAY TO LAUNCH NEW BOOK NOVEMBER 15
about The Bahamas? The history was already there, and
plenty of pictorial material was available, thanks to his wife,
Stephanie to whom the book is dedicated. Murray has been
suitably inspired by her collections of old photographs, documents, prints and maps, some of which are reproduced by
permission in the book. Over the next five years, a number of
people – family, friends, and associates – contributed to the
development of the finished product.
The Colourful History of The Bahamas offers no new history
but rather is an introduction to many of the interesting characters who have come to the islands in years gone by. With 34
pages and short explanatory text, it is filled with more than 80
illustrations from the past and the present and will be an
added bonus to the millions of visitors who come to The BaThe origin of The Colourful History of The Bahamas: A Sou- hamas each year.
venir Guide for Visitors can be traced back to the summer of
1972 when John Chaplin, Headmaster of St. Andrew’s At the Sunday Launch, when Murray will be available to sign
School, asked Murray, a newly recruited history teacher, to his book, some of the book’s illustrations will be on display as
introduce an 8-week course in Bahamian History. During well as a power point presentation followed by an Author’s
this time Murray’s job was to prepare students for the British Talk on Wednesday, November 18 from 6-8pm along with a
-based GCE examination so no Bahamian History was more extensive power point presentation.
taught. It was not until 1992 that a Bahamian-based syllabus
was finally introduced for the new BJC and BGCSE Exams
to test students’ knowledge of Bahamian and West Indian
History.
Murray’s preparations for the new syllabus, guided by The
Story of The Bahamas by Paul Albury, A History of The Bahamas by Michael Craton, and later the superb Islanders in
the Stream by Michael Craton and Gail Saunders, led to the
publication by Media Enterprise of his first textbook: Bahamian History Highlights – Condensed and Illustrated which
became available for BGSCE History students in 1999.
About ten years later, on a visit to Vancouver Island, Murray
came across a little souvenir guide to the history of Victoria.
It had only 34 pages, with just a little explanatory text, but it
was illustrated with the most beautiful photographs of the
city. An idea began to form - why not a similar little book

The author (right) and his wife with three generations of his family

IN THIS ISSUE
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MURRAY’S BOOK LAUNCH
KATERINA’S PHOTOS & NEW SHOWS 2
3
CREATIVE NASSAU

PHOTOS OF KATERINA’S WATERCOLOUR OPENING
The Exhibition will be on display until Wednesday, November 18—don’t miss it!

Photographs at left and bottom courtesy of Raddy Kovatchev

UPCOMING EVENTS
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 21 ~ 6- 9pm
hands are for seeing Exhibition

SUNDAY NOVEMBER 22 ~ 3- 5pm
Book Launch My Country My Island Stories
Henry Davis
SUNDAY NOVEMBER 29 ~ 3- 6pm
Jewelry Show by Adjuah Cleare
FRIDAY DECEMBER 4 ~ 6- 9pm
Book Launch Up Keeps the Light On
Heather Prosa
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 17 ~ 6- 9pm
Alexia ‘Toni’ Roach—Sketches - My People

NEW EVENT>>>JOIN US FOR OUR FIRST
WATERCOLOUR WORKSHOP IN FEB 2016
WITH BRIGITTE BOWYER CAREY!!

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

CREATIVE NASSAU
WEEKLY RADIO SHOW ON
ISLAND FM 102.9 - Tues
7pm & Re-run Sun 5pm Tonight’s segment with guest Dr
Nicolette Bethel (right) speaking
about Shakespeare In Paradise

REPORT BY OUR CORRESPONDENT, BAHAMIAN
ALISTAIR STEVENSON from Jingdezhen China:
The ceramics fair went great! Lots of people came by and
took interest in what is going on in Bahamian ceramics! I
made a lot of contacts and have some possibilities of showing in other places. Patricia Meicholas' books went like hot
cakes! People also took a great interest in Joann Behagg's
fish, especially the more mature audiences who know what
it's like to string up fish. Max Taylor's bowls were well received as well as his pieces are completely different in technique, colour and subject.
My work brought attention considering the forms are very
abstract and loose in nature, presented as over-sized porcelain necklaces (seen in photo below). The objects/beads
used are a mix of Bahamian driftwood, coral and buoy forms
along with Chinese stones and bricks slip casted in high
fired porcelain, some glazed in celadon, red and olive green
while others are left raw white. They are then strung along in
different designs to create stone age looking, necklace like
pieces. The work discusses how people, via migration, can
constantly develop an understanding of cultures and self.
The manifestation of these Stone Age like pieces simply
express how aged and pure this concept of learning and
cultural connection is.
It was truly a great time being able to participate!

THE CREATIVE NASSAU MARKET is now held
EVERY WEDNESDAY in Pompey Square 9am—5pm

The IDB’s Emerging & Sustainable
Cities Initiative and the Nassau
Urban Lab returned to Doongalik for a
second workshop session this month