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© DOONGALIK STUDIOS ART GALLERY NEWSLETTER

March 2019 - Volume 13 Issue 3—Spring has sprung!


20 Village Road ▪ P.O. Box N-1207▪ Nassau, Bahamas ▪ Tel (242) 394.1886 ▪ Email: pam.burnside@doongalik.com
Website: www.doongalik.com ▪ We are also on Facebook—facebook.com/doongalik
Gallery Hours: Monday—Wednesday 10am—4pm / Saturday 9am—1pm
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.”

TRANSFORMING SPACES GETS A NEW LOOK FOR ITS 15th YEAR!


This year marks the 15th anniversary of the ever popular annual his father before him, and recognized the untapped wealth that
Transforming Spaces Art Bus Tour, and in celebration of this special lay hidden within the rich potential of The Bahamas‟ art, culture
milestone the brand is sporting a new look designed by Keisha and heritage. His untimely death in May 2011 provided even
Oliver—thank you Keisha! Tickets are now available at Doongalik, greater impetus to expose this treasure.
The Place for Art, and the National Art Gallery of The Bahamas. And “In 2008 Jackson and I founded Creative Nassau along with a
going fast! For up-to-date information please visit the website at small group of passionate creatives to „celebrate and promote
www.tsbahamas.com,facebook,twitter or instagram!
Bahamian art, culture and heritage from the inside out.‟ Creative
Scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, April 6 & 7, the tour is mere Nassau, without any government assistance, was successful in
weeks away and Doongalik‟s response to this year‟s “SUSTAIN” obtaining a prestigious UNESCO designation for the city of Nas-
theme is encapsulated in the African adinkra symbol of the sankofa sau to become a UNESCO Creative City of Crafts and Folk Arts
in 2014, one of the first for this region, with an emphasis on the
Bahamian Straw industry. This registered non-profit entity, which
now consists of a mere handful of persons who work assiduously
towards its goals, is a shining example of the potential of Baha-
mian creativity.
“Community, commitment, and collaboration are key traits for
success, and these resonated in The Bahamas in days gone by,
as epitomized by this once vibrant Bahamian straw industry. We
hope that Doongalik‟s Exhibition will re-ignite this fervor for the
benefit of us all.”
In addition, Doongalik will be hosting the HEAT culinary event
bird that adorns its entry wall. The exhibition, entitled “Embracing the with Chef Horatio Alexander on Saturday evening, April 6.
Past to sustain the Future” will focus on Bahamian Straw. Patrons
will be treated to a journey that will take them back to the past and
forward into the future via the present utilizing a variety of art medi-
ums from multiple creatives who will proudly expose this extremely
important part of our Bahamian heritage.
“This year‟s theme has so much significance for us, as it is advanc-
ing the story which my late husband, Jackson and I envisioned for
the Bahamian creative community all those years ago in the 1970s
when we formed Doongalik Studios. Jackson predicted that by the
year 2020 more visitors will come to The Bahamas for our art, culture
and heritage, rather than merely for our sun, sand and sea, and we
have been working for decades to ensure that this is indeed the
case. Not only has it been our pivotal focus, but it has also been our
driving force - it has been our vision and our purpose, a goal and a
process, a road and a destination that is fast approaching. All roads
have been leading to this point and we are elated because we have
IN THIS ISSUE
successfully laid down a path that is bringing us there, with invalu-
Transforming Spaces Art Tour 2019 1
able help from our family, our colleagues, our friends, and even
More TS & Doongalik News 2
strangers! My husband was first and foremost, a „true true” Baha-
mian who loved his country with a passion. He was a visionary, like Creative Nassau News 3
NEW THINGS TO KNOW:
The TS15 Bus depot is
located at ATLANTIS, PI
and Bridge passes, free
parking, Art Walk and a
Closing Party are included
in the price of your ticket!
Buses will leave
PROMPTLY at 9am from
the public parking lot,so be
sure to get there on time!

BEFORE THE TS TOUR WEEKEND—The public is invited to


Lewis Street, off East Street, on SATURDAY, MARCH 30th from
11am—1pm for the OFFICIAL UNVEILING OF THE “DREAM
WALL OF RESPECT” MURAL PROJECT. This project started Sep-
tember 2018 in collaboration with the Lend A Hand Bahamas Com-
munity organization located at the Neville and Nora Dorsett Com-
munity Center. Spearheaded by Antonius Roberts, the murals were
produced to literally transform the space and sustain the community
through art by an amazing group of talented Bahamian fine artists
and will be a part of this year‟s TS Tour! The unveiling of a plaque
commemorating the home where the Reverend Dr Martin Luther
King stayed in November 1953 will also take place. The One Family
Junkanoo and Community Organization will be in attendance for the
opening rush along the Dream Wall! LAHB student assisted mural & MLK by Jodi Minnis

DOONGALIK’S FARMERS MARKET


is in full swing each Saturday 9—1pm!
Be sure to check it out as there are
more vendors coming out each week,
so many yummy things to eat, as well
as other products to keep you healthy!
On the topic of food, Pam (pictured 2nd left) was
honoured to be asked to be a judge for the Min-
istry of Health‟s song competition last month
when Queen‟s College emerged victorious! Be
sure to follow the Ministry‟s new „Whatcha
Cookin‟ TV programme on facebook! Photos:
Ministry of Health

ART WALK
AT MARINA
VILLAGE,
PARADISE
ISLAND
happens
Saturday,
March 23,
April 6 & 20
As a protector of The Bahamas‟ rich art, culture and heritage, Doongalik‟s Transforming Spaces SANKOFA Exhibition will
which Creative Nassau was founded to celebrate and pro- be helping to move our Bahamian Straw industry forward,
mote, we are happy to report that we are making headway in and we are grateful for all of the creatives who have agreed
several fronts to shed light and open doors to make things to collaborate with us to make this happen! It will be a
happen „for the greater good‟ in this regard! stunning exhibition which will remain on display until the
end of April.
This month Creative Nassau Radio celebrates its 4th anniver-
sary on the air at Island FM 102.9, thanks to the kindness of We are also happy to report that our dear friend and asso-
station owner, Sir Charles Carter, and our sponsor, On The ciate, Teleica Kirkland of the Costume Institute of the Afri-
Run Bayshore and Winton. can Diaspora (CIAD) in London U.K. and her team will be
visiting Nassau specifically to participate in the Transform-
Mrs Casuarina McKinney-Lambert, Executive Director of
ing Spaces Art Bus Tour in order to finalize plans for our
BREEF (Bahamas Reef Environment Educational Foundation)
breef.org was our guest on the CN Radio Show to talk about exchange project developed almost 4 years ago! We are
that much closer to making it happen! The following photos
an extremely important part of Bahamian life—the conch.
were taken during her trip to Nassau in 2015:
Teleica Kirk-
Conch is not only one of the main ingredients of our Bahamian land (right)
diet, but it is also an extremely valuable economic resource interviews
that sustains our fisheries, culinary establishments, and tour- Clare Sands,
The Plait Lady
ism industry, as well as for making it possible for our talented
and (below)
artisans to produce exquisite craft items, so we ALL must do meets with
our part to protect it. Be on the lookout for our upcoming coconut mas-
ter, Perry
“CONCHSERVATION” display at LPIA‟s U.S. Departure Prosa, then
Lounge! models his
creation

The UNESCO Creative Cities Network is preparing for


this year‟s Conference in Fabriano, Italy, one of our
UNESCO Craft and Folk Art Cluster cities which pro-
duces world famous paper! The City of Nassau will be
present to make our creative presence felt!

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