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First Ever Show of Women Artists In SVG

Vincy women artists are making waves in St. Vincent and the Grenadines with  an art show all of their own. The show, titled “Vincy Women Artists Now 2019 ” opened August 3rd at the Youlou Art Centre, Indian Bay and closes the end of February, 2020.
It is a known fact, women artists have a difficult time navigating the art world which is dominated by male artists, women artists have been neglected!
Here in SVG at the Youlou Art Centre, the leading visual arts institution in the nation, we are encouraging and nurturing women artists to show their work. It is the first of it’s kind in SVG.
The exhibition has a diverse offering of art which will engage the audiences in unique ways. The show has beautiful, interesting and thoughtful paintings done  by eleven Vincy women artists.
They are: Sherika Sayers, Tipi Punnett, Desterny Greaves, Amanda Frederick, Christine Browne, Zen Moon Planet, LeeAndra Thompson, Kareen Singh, Kate Punnett, Karen Palmer and Camille Musser.
 The majority of the paintings focus on nature and the beauty of St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
 They range from beautiful landscapes, seascapes and yes paintings of women in a tropical settings looking calm and confident. Like queens they exude power.
The women who participated in this show did an outstanding job. The Centre is happy to promote their work.
There are plans to have an annual woman’s show.
Youlou Art Centre launched roughly two and a half years ago is owned and operated by Youlou Arts Foundation, a non-profit organization focused on promoting and nurturing the arts in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
The show ” Vincy Women Artists Now 2019″ is the first show the Centre has organized in it’s new location, at Indian Bay.
Centrally located Youlou Art Centre offers the public a unique opportunity to
experience local art and culture.

 

Youlou Arts Foundation has been offering the Textile Workshop for the second year. This workshop is offered in the afternoons during the “Growing Young SVG Artists” programme.
 It will only take place at the Kingstown location at the Youlou Art Centre from 2 pm to 4:30 pm.
It is for children ages 8 and up who want to learn the art of decorating on fabric. Children will learn basic sewing, such as sewing on a button, hemming and basting. They learn embroidery stitches, how to applique, and tie dye. In essence they learn about surface decoration. The end result is to get the children to design and create a decorated T-shirt using their newly learnt skills.

Completed T-shirt

 Art supplies used in the textile workshop

 

 

 

The annual visual arts programme organized by Youlou Arts Foundation, titled “Growing Young SVG Artists ” came to a close on Friday, August 2nd with a closing ceremony held at the Girl Guides Hut in Kingstown Park.

The ceremony was attended by children from 3 locations – Georgetown,

Spring Village and Kingstown.

There was great excitement at the closing ceremony. It made for a very proud moment for the children and organizers of the programme.

During the ceremony all the creative arts were on display in full force    – the visual, performing, and literary arts. The ceremony was the culmination of the two week art programme called “Growing Young SVG Artists”.  One could see and hear, what the children had accomplished during this rich and nuturing programme.

On display were the ever so colourful, beautiful coral reef sculptures created by the children. They were a sight to behold. One could see the hard work the children had put into making these projects. The Kingstown Public Library has graciously allowed the coral reef made by the children from the Kingstown location to be displayed. The public is invited to view this beautiful sculpture.

Coral Reef made by the children from the Kingstown location

Coral reef made by the children from the Georgetown location

Coral Reef made by the children from the Georgetown location

More of the Kingstown Coral Reef

Coral Reef made by the children from Spring Village

Children from the Spring Village location were inspired to learn a dance which they performed at the closing ceremony. This beautiful dance was perfect for the coral theme. One could see the joy the dancers expressed in performing their dance, there was no hesitation they exhibited pure confidence.

For 19 years Youlou Arts Foundation has been offering the “Growing Young SVG Artists” programme to the children of SVG. Each year this creative, educational programme is created with the goal of making a space where children between the ages of 5 to 12 can learn in a fun and creative way, using their hands and brain.

This exceptional programme forces the children to think and be curious.

At the start of each ” Growing Young SVG Artists” programme, information on the subject is given to the children. This can take many forms. This year the children saw a short film about coral, how coral reefs are formed and the dangers coral reefs face. There were lots of discussions and research done on the subject. The children were also  encouraged to be curious about the chosen subject.

The 2019 Programme was the third and final part of a series titled 

“From The Sea” . The series started in 2017 with the focus on whales, in 2018 the focus was on octopuses and the 2019 the focus was on coral. The children learnt about the role of coral in the environment. The role they play in our food chain and the importance of protecting coral reefs.

In each “Growing Young SVG Artists” programme, the goal is to encourage the children to do research before the actual art making starts.

This year the hands on projects were puppet making, making of sculptures using paper mache, making and illustrating a book on coral and designing a chart which depicted life on the coral reef.

Some projects required lots of drawing and painting, a fun activity, which never the less requires a great deal of focus and decision making. Children used ordinary everyday tools and supplies such as scissors, glue and string, and were able to recycle plastic bottles, and eggs crates.

The making and illustrating of books, and poetry writing exposed the children to thinking and writing which improves their reading and language skills.

The performing arts took the form of singing and reciting poems. The children were taught a song about coral which they practiced each day with gusto. The “Coral Song” written for children carefully explained how to treat coral and prevent the destruction of this animal. It was sung by all during the closing ceremony.

Poems about coral and other related things about the sea were read to the children with the idea of encouraging them to try writing their own.

 This comprehensive overview of the “Growing Young SVG Artists” programme is intended to inform the public about the part the arts play in education.

The programme is usually held in the following locations: Kingstown, Barrouallie, Georgetown, and Spring Village. For each location there is a point person, whose responsibilities are to select teachers/instructors who would work in the two week programme. A three day Teachers Training Workshop is

offered to the teachers/instructors, where they actually make the projects.

the children will be making during the 2 week programme. During this workshop discussions are encouraged about the various ways to present the projects to the children.

The point person is also responsible for ensuring the school where the programme is to be held is available; for distributing the registration forms and advertising the programme in their location. Currently the point person for the Georgetown location is Ms. Setranella Young, Mrs. Heather Stewart for Spring Village and Ms. Joy Haynes and Ms. Nadia Muckett for Barrouallie.

At this point a special thanks must be extended to the parents who chose to send their children to the ” Growing Young SVG Artists” programme organized by Youlou Arts Foundation. Reports from parents were overwhelmingly positive. They expressed amazement at the quality and breadth of the work the children were able to accomplish in two weeks. Equally the instructors/ teachers were excited to see the joy and excitement the children showed as they completed each project. They witnessed first hand the the power of art making – the building of confidence to the youth of SVG is the best thing you can supply.

Children at the Kingstown location

 

 

 

 

 

Camille Musser with the youngest child at the Georgetown location.

Amazing Crochet at the Youlou Art Centre

Crochet classes at the Youlou Art Centre have been a huge success. There is an excellent instructor who is working diligently with the student. The work below is from students who have taken the class.

We are constantly looking for more students. If you are interested in joining the class call the Centre at 457 4493 or Theo Saunders Shop 457 1914.  

 The impact of the arts is powerful. Here at the Youlou Art Centre we are striving to build a strong and creative arts community. Your support and participation is greatly needed.
We have spent the last 3 months getting settled in our new space at Indian Bay. And now it is time to tell you about our events slated for the months of July and August 2019.
The first event at the Centre will take place on Wednesday, July 3rd. This event offers you the opportunity to relax and show your creative side while getting into the carnival spirit.
 This event titled “Sip and Paint”. Is open to the adult public.
 We have set it up so you can have some fun and be inspired.To help you get in the groove, we will have a live model in carnival costume and provide the necessary art supplies for you to create your masterpiece.
Snacks will be offered and drinks will be on sale.
To attend this event you must register by calling the Centre at 457 4493. We want to be fully prepared for you.
Please see the attached poster.
The 2nd event is our annual visual arts program for children age 5 and up. It is 19 years since Youlou Arts Foundation has been offering this programme. This year we will be focusing on coral reefs in the mornings and offering a Textile Workshop in the afternoons. Please see the attached poster.
The 3rd event is the “Vincy Women Artists Now 2019” show. 14 women will be exhibiting their art work. The opening reception is Saturday, August 3rd from 5 to 8 pm.
Come and cheer the women artists on! Please see the attached poster.
We also want to mention that on Saturday, June 29th Youlou Arts Foundation will have a booth at the Children’s Carnival at park. We will be doing some face painting and giving away carnival beads to all art fans.
Come and support Youlou Arts.
We are looking forward to your participation.

Learn To Crochet

Crochet classes started February 7th. Learn to crochet classes are held every Thursday morning from 9:30 am and on Saturday afternoons from 2 pm. The class is not full there is still available space.

What’s happening At the Youlou Art Centre

October 2018 – The Grenadines Show

Showcasing Art from the Grenadines

Youlou Arts Foundation has been busy organizing the Saturday morning art class for children between the ages of 5 to 12. We restarted the classes late September and have been going steadily since.
The children have been creating some beautiful work with their instructor Daviana Basilio
Below completed art work by the children.

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

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.