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The Youlou Art Centre is proud and happy to announce the upcoming show of  cultural ambassador, and well known local artist, Dinks Johnson. His upcoming show titled  “Expressions” will be on display from August 4th through the end of September.

Dinks Johnson who is considered to be the country’s foremost visual artist will be showcasing his latest work.
The public is invited to attend the opening reception, which will be held at the Youlou Art Centre on Saturday, August 4th. from 5 to 8 pm

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Sea Monsters

Sea Monsters, are they real?
Youlou Arts Foundation is asking the children of SVG this question.
You are inviting children between the age of 5 to 12 to attend the children’s art program to be held at the Youlou Art Centre from July 23rd until August 3rd. registration forms are available at the Youlou Art Centre, the Theo Saunders Shop and the Youlou Art Centre.
The annual visual arts program titled “From The Sea Part 2” will feature Sea Creatures and Monsters. It is all about encouraging the children of SVG to focus on all things from the sea.
By using their imagination and creativity children will make sea creatures and monsters using paper mache. Many other fun and creative activities will be taught.
 Nelson a paper mache sea horse was made in preparation for this year’s activities.
I urge you to register your child/children for the “Growing Young SVG Artists” program.
For more info. you can call the Youlou Art Centre 457 4493

2018 Growing Young SVG Artists Program

July is almost here! Soon the long school vacation will be upon us and you are probably wondering what to do with your child/children.
Here to the rescue is the Youlou Art Centre. The Centre is announcing their 2018 mid year vacation activities for children. On Monday, July 23rd through August 3rd is the start of the annual visual arts program called “Growing Young SVG Artists”. This programme is for children between the ages of 5 to 12. It will be offered in 4 locations. In Kingstown/Villa area, Barrouallie, Georgetown, and Spring Village.
The program is held Monday to Friday from 9 am to 12 noon.
 Registration forms can be obtained from the following people and locations.
Kingstown/ Villa : The Youlou Art Centre, Villa and the Theo Saunders Shop in Kingstown.
The Georgetown : The point person is Ms. Setranella Young
The Barrouallie: The point person is Nadia Mucket
Spring Village : The point person is Ms. Heather Stewart.
The 2018 programme is titled “From The Sea Part 2”.
 The focus will be on all things from the sea, with emphasis on the octopus. Some of the activities in this year’s programme are creating a mural, making a octopus book, and making a sea creature from paper mache.
New this year is a Sewing Workshop
 
This workshop will only be offered in the Kingston/ Villa area.  
 It starts on Monday, July 23rd through Friday, August 3rd.  from  2 pm to 4.30 pm.
 The Sewing Workshop is for children between the ages of 8 to 12. Children will make and decorate a Tote Bag and a make Stuffed Toy. The cost is $50 for the workshop. Please call to register.
If you are interested in attending any of the sessions, call to 457 4493 or email the Centre at youlouartcentre@gmail.com to register.


Let’s Paint Tonight

On May 9th the Youlou Art Centre will be hosting a “Let’s Paint Tonight” event.

The centre will be hosting 12 people from Coreas, a popular business place in the middle of Kingstown, St. Vincent and the Grenadines. This event is held on the second Wednesday of each month. The cost is $50 per person. The public is invited to attend and create in a relaxing atmosphere.

 

Expressing Art In SVG

 

The Youlou Art Centre in keeping with its mission to focus on showcasing the work of local artists and artisans of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, is inviting the public to view the art work of 4 local artists.

An opening reception for the artists is planned for Saturday, April 28th from 5 to 8 pm. The featured artists are: Kingsley Roberts, Anthony McDowall, Marc Erdrich and Sean Roache, whose work will be on showcase from April 21st to June, 30th, 2018.

Photographer Kingsley Roberts who is known for photographing everyday life in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, currently has his photograph of the iconic Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption, in Kingstown, on the cover of the 2018 Telephone directory. He is a prize winning photographer who has been practicing his craft for over 30 years.

Kingsley is originally from Sandy Bay and is of Carib descent. He recalled he became interested in photography in the 60’s when an American visited his village with a camera. Kingsley owns Photographic Elegance and also operates from his residence at Dorsetshire Hill.

Anthony Mc Dowall has always had a passion for art making. He studied art while a student at the Emanuel High School in Mesopotamia. He has had various work experiences. He has been a farmer, a policeman, ran a mini mart and bar, and currently he works for an insurance company. He restarted his painting career when his daughter entered secondary school. He realized he could be a role model for her.

McDowall is inspired by nature. He sees his art as an avenue to make the statement, “Beauty is in everything we see.” His paintings are about the natural beauty of St. Vincent. He wants the public to cherish their surroundings and detests the destruction of the environment through littering and other means of controllable pollution.

Reluctant to call himself a photographer, Marc Erdrich prefers to call himself an imagist. He started his career as a journalist which entailed writing as well as taking pictures and spanned many decades. During his career as a journalist, he harnessed his talents in the literary arts and has tried his hand at play writing, wrote short stories and essays. While living in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, he has been assembling all these various skills into something resembling the creative process.

The result has been a number of theatre projects under the guise of a production company called Theatre Arts. He has had several photo exhibitions and a number of writing and graphic design projects. Marc has been living in St. Vincent for the past 20 years. He said, “I prefer to ply my trade quietly and without fanfare. I am at an age when it gives me great pleasure to see young Vincentian artists creating new work. There is a lot of talent here begging to be seen and heard and if by sharing my work it encourages others, then my “art” has succeeded.”

Abstract painter Sean Roache is a policeman, but his heart is in the world of art making. All his life he has been surrounded by a creative mother, who has encouraged and nurtured his creative side.  Roache said he grew up watching his mother painting abstract designs on fabric which were then made into clothing. He witnessed her approach to art making as something special. He could see this style of painting allowed the painter power to add, and display a range of emotions and ideas. Sean is in total agreement with the statement: “Abstract Art expresses underlying thoughts in an indirect way, in a code that is unique to the sender and the listener”. He acknowledges the fact that abstraction in art takes courage and the reward is a pouring out of one’s thoughts and experiences – a freeing of the soul. As a youth Roache attended the “Growing Young SVG Artists” program, organized by the Youlou Arts Foundation.

The Youlou Art Centre launched just over a year is owned and operated by Youlou Arts Foundation, a non-profit organization focused on developing and preserving the arts in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

For more information contact the Youlou Art Centre, Villa Beach.

Tel: 457 4493: email: youlouartcentre@gmail.com

Youlou Art Centre -Easter Art Program

On April 3rd through April 13th the Youlou Art Centre will be hosting an art program for children age 5 to 12.

We are very excited about this program. We will start 9 am until 12 noon.


Let’s Paint Tonight

On February 14th, Valentine’s day the Youlou Art Centre will be hosting a “sip and paint ” event.

The centre is encouraging the adults to come out and be creative. We are hoping for a fun night.

Hello Art Poster

Here is the poster announcing the Children’s Art Classes slated to start March 3rd.

Last Saturday, Feb. 10th there was an Open House at the Youlou Art Centre. There was close to 30 children who attended the event and had a wonderful time. 

Art Classes Start February, 3rd.

Poster for Adult Classes

Hello Art poster

On Saturday, February 3rd the centre will resume offering art classes and workshops to the public.

The workshops offered are as follows:
 Hello Art is the title of the children’s art workshop. It starts Saturday, February, 3rd. This art workshop is for children age 5 to 12.
Classes will be from 10 am to 12 noon.
Hello Art is an introduction to the art making process. Children will be exposed to a variety of mediums such as watercolour painting, print making, painting, ink wash, and paper crafting. The children will be guided through the many varied ways of making art.
The Youlou Art Centre is promoting a culture where children will be motivated, learn to use their imagination be inspired.The art instructor is Ms. Youlanda Holder Woods who is a graduate from the The Stony Brook University, New York.
Youlanda is herself a practcsing artist who believes in having fun while making art.
To register call the centre at 457 4493 or email youlouartcentre@gmail.com
Adult Art Classes
The  adult art classes/workshops will start Tuesday, February, 6th. This year we are adding a Thursday morning class starting February, 8th from 10 am to 12 noon. These classes offer adults the opportunity to explore a variety art making techniques.
Here is the schedule of the breakdown of the adult art classes.
There will be a 6 week Drawing workshop. This  starts February, 6th and ends March 13th. 
In this workshop you will be taught the basics of Drawing, Value systems, recognizing shapes and various drawing techniques.
On Mach, 20th the Colour Theory workshop starts. This 6 week workshop ends April 24th.
In this workshop you will learn the basics about colour theory, the various types of colour, colour groups, and colour intensity.
On May 1st. the Watercolour Painting sessions will start. This workshop ends June 5th.
In this workshop you will learn what is water colour, the difference between water colour and other paints used in art making, the various watercolour paper used for this type of painting, how to use water colour paints, and exploring water colour techniques.
These art class/workshops will be taught by Ms. Youlanda Holder Woods.
 Youlanda is very sensitive to people who proclaim “I can’t draw”. She knows how to get you started making art.
Basic Sewing Workshop
Starting Saturday, February 24th at 3 pm to 5 pm.
The Basic Sewing Workshop will be held at the Youlou Art Centre, Villa. This workshop teaches the fundamentals of garment construction. Annella teaches you how to take measurements, make seams,  make alterations, manipulate darts and structural lines and much more. In this workshop you learn to sew like a pro.
The instructor is Ms. Annella Campbell who has been sewing for many years and wants to share her deep knowledge of sewing.
To register call 457 4493 or 495 9808
For more info. and to register call the centre at 457 4493 or
The centre is open Tuesday to Saturday from 11 am to 5 pm,
  You are encouraged to register early.

Art & Craft Fair December 9th & 10th

An Art & Craft Fair will be held the weekend of December 9th & 10th, Saturday and Sunday. Youlou Arts Foundation will be hosting the Art and Craft Fair at the Youlou Art Centre, Villa, and will be open to the public from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Youlou Arts Foundation has organised the Fair, which aims to encourage and support visual artists. The Foundation recognizes the impact of artists as story tellers that reflect life in the society, by capturing the country’s culture through their work.

The Art & Craft Fair will showcase the work of local artists and craft makers. There will be a display and sale of paintings by local artists. The painting production is called the “December Show” and will be on display at the centre until the middle of February.

The Art & Craft Fair will also have several art activities for children with several stations for art making using clay and paints; along with face painting.

Visitors to the Fair will be entertained by Steelband music and food and drinks will be on sale.

Join us at the Youlou Art Centre for a fun Art & Craft Fair; and maybe even take a dip in the sea just outside the Youlou Arts Centre.

For more info. call the centre at 1784 457 4493 Tuesdays through Fridays 11 am to 5 pm and on Saturdays from 9 am to 1 pm.