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© DOONGALIK STUDIOS ART GALLERY NEWSLETTER

August 2018 — Volume 12 , Issue 8—Emancipation = Freedom!
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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.”

DWIGHT LAADEN FERGUSON PREPARES FOR HIS EXHIBITION
“For me a parallel was drawn between the sun-
flowers and an incident I experienced in Decem-
ber of 2017 when Alex, a young man of 25 years
of age, was shot down in the streets. This exhi-
bition is a tribute to the life he lived, and I hope
that it can challenge the viewer to take the op-
portunity to embrace life in all its many vagaries,
for in the midst of all the pain one might experi-
ence, one must still strive to take positive action
Doongalik Studios is pleased to announce the in an opportunity to embrace the lives of those
Opening of Dwight Laadan Ferguson’s “Hope & left behind, who must still move forward.”
Grace” Exhibition on Thursday, September 6 from
6-9pm. Reflecting on his growth as an artist since his
last two exhibitions in April and November of last
Ferguson’s collection for this show is centered year, Ferguson stated that his aim is to continue
around a positive message of hope that was sur- to establish his voice as an artist - not just to sell
prisingly triggered by an empty lot filled with sun- his art, but to stimulate, change, and challenge
flowers growing wild and unattended next to his his viewers by presenting them with an experi-
home. This simple scene caught his eye and began ence they can feel. He strives to produce works
to resonate as he continued to observe and photo- that have a deeper meaning, so that persons
graph the flowers’ growth daily over a period of six who visit can engage emotionally, but also be
months. encouraged.
Most of the art pieces will consist of sculptural
“As I watched the life cycle of the sunflowers, I forms – many in Ferguson’s favourite medium of
came to appreciate the inherent beauty in this form salvaged copper which he has crushed to pro-
of nature from all perspectives. I realized that duce beauty from its mangled shape, and fash-
beauty is indeed in the way the beholder uses his ioned into 2-D wall hangings. There will also be
eyes to see. Beauty is not necessarily a state of aluminum and wire sculptures, as well as sev-
static perfection, because I found beauty through- eral mixed media abstract paintings, and photo-
out the process of the flowers’ growth as it passed graphs.
through its various phases from birth to death.
Even the dying sunflower can elicit beauty, grace The exhibition will be on display until Friday,
and hope. September 21.

“Within the dynamics of this process, one can also
make a comparison to a human’s life, for in the
midst of all the calamity and crudeness of life, one IN THIS ISSUE
can still find a sense of calm within heart and soul
to uplift oneself.
Ferguson’s upcoming Exhibition 1
Doongalik News 2
Creative Nassau News 3
NOELLA SMITH„S “REFLECTIONS”

Visitors, guests, and locals enjoyed the final ART WALK of
the season inside the Coral Towers walkways at Atlantis,
Paradise Island on Saturday, August 25. The popular event
will be closed for a 2-month break during September and
October, and will resume in Marina Village on SATURDAY,
NOVEMBER 10 just in time for the SeaWords Bahamas
Literary Festival!
We should like to thank the Atlantis team for the amazing
opportunity to showcase Bahamian creativity at its best from
our talented artisans, as well as all of our loyal patrons who
Thanks to Lily Nottage for inviting me to be a part of this se-
have supported the event over this past season. Read about
ries on “Celebrate Art” by Bloom Media. Celebrate Art is the
us on pages 8 and 9 in The Tribune‟s „Weekender‟ article by
first installment of the Celebrate Bahamas series. This video
series will explore many reasons Bahamians should appreci- Alesha Cadet at this link:
ate art and its importance to our society from the artist's http://www.tribune242.com/news/2018/aug/17/your -
standpoint. Watch the video here at: weekend-section-now-online/
https://www.facebook.com/bloommedia242/
videos/1311358852332627/
We were happy to welcome back Bahamian ceramicist
and our CN representative in Asia, Alistair Stevenson, as
our guest on our Radio Show this month to talk about his
recent graduation with a Bachelor of Arts Degree from
University in Jingdezhen, China (our sister city of Crafts &
Folk Arts) as well as plans for his journey towards a Mas-
ter‟s Degree at Beijing University—we wish him the very
best!
You can listen to our radio show recordings on our Crea-
tive Nassau website at www.creativenassau.com

Other guests this month were Jayme Pinder (2nd left) of
ALIV who joined us to talk about the recently launched
online HAIKU CONTEST where you can win fabulous Creative Nassau was very
prizes — this is a part of our November 9-11 SeaWords pleased to arrange for straw
Bahamas ALIV Literary Festival! All of the information artisan, Judy Rolle (pictured top
can be found online at our website and other social media photo right & 2nd left) to lead a
sites!! straw workshop with a visiting
group from Hologic Inc. this
We welcome Bahamian residents to show us how you can month. They all had a unique &
Haiku!! enjoyable creative experience!!