Summer Exhibition at National Gallery closes

Culture Minister Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange and Senate President Tom Tavares-Finson at right.

A private reception to close the Summer Exhibition 2019 at the National Gallery brought out many of the country’s leading patrons of the arts.

Those in attendance included PanJam’s Stephen Facey, Grace Kennedy’s CEO Don Wehby and Grace’s Head Legal Counsel Gail Moss-Solomon, DownSound Entertainment boss Joef Bogdanovich, Senator Tom  Tavares Finson and his wife Rose, U.S. Ambassador to Jamaica, Donald R. Tapia, French Ambassador to Jamaica, Denys Wibaux, Head of EU Delegation to Jamaica, Malgorzata Wasilewska, Canada’s High Commissioner to Jamaica, Laurie Peters, CEO of Caribbean model agency, Saint International, Deiwght Peters, fashion designer Keneea Linton, Japanese Ambassador to Jamaica, His Excellency Hiromasa Yamazaki and art curator Suzanne Fredricks.

Saints International boss Dwight Peters (Centre) was among patrons at the event.

Speaking at the reception, Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Olivia Grange said: “The Summer Exhibition showcased recent developments in Jamaican art. This exhibition was based on open submission, so it is a very eclectic snapshot of the state of Jamaican art. I’m very excited that the international exhibition Jamaica, Jamaica! is returning to its spiritual home – here at the National Gallery in Kingston. The exhibition – which is an exploration of Jamaican music and visual culture – began in Paris, France and then travelled to Brazil. But I’m very pleased to advise that Jamaica is coming to the National Gallery in February next year, in time for Reggae Month and Bob Marley’s 75th birthday.”

The minister further added that the National Gallery will play a role in the continued redevelopment of downtown Kingston. The National Gallery will be developing a sculpture garden in collaboration with PanJam boss Stephen Facey as well as a new entrance and coffee shop.

“I must commend the Chairman of the National Gallery of Jamaica, Senator Tom Tavares Finson, the Board and the staff for all the work they have been doing. “As we continue to mourn the passing of the former Prime Minister, Edward Seaga it is perhaps appropriate to recall at this moment that it was he who with all his foresight, will and determination decided to relocate the National Gallery to this building in the 1980s. Moreover, he also facilitated keeping various collections of priceless artwork in the country to be held for the Jamaican people, particularly works by his beloved Kapo,” said Minister Grange.