Man­dev­ille Art Fair is 25

Jamaica Gleaner - - NEWS -

TWENTY-FIVE YEARS ago, a small group of per­sons sought a way to help fund the many char­i­ta­ble projects of the Man­dev­ille Dio­cese. They de­cided to pro­mote Ja­maican artists from around the is­land un­der the um­brella of the Man­dev­ille Art Fair. This year’s fair will take place from Novem­ber 10-12 at St John Bosco Au­di­to­rium in Man­dev­ille.

The event has grown from mod­est begin­nings to one of largest art fairs in the Caribbean. Hun­dreds of orig­i­nal, eye-catch­ing paint­ings, ce­ram­ics, draw­ings pho­to­graphs and prints from es­tab­lished and fa­mous lo­cal artists min­gle with equally im­pres­sive pieces from undis­cov­ered new artists.

The three-day fundraiser at­tracts pa­trons from Ja­maica and over­seas who make the an­nual trek to the cool hills of Man­dev­ille to view and pur­chase the art on of­fer.

For its 25th an­niver­sary, there will be a grand open­ing night cel­e­bra­tion, with a live mento band. On the sec­ond day of the fair, stu­dents from across the is­land will ex­pe­ri­ence and be in­spired by the spec­tac­u­lar dis­play of lo­cal cre­ativ­ity. Day three is for fam­i­lies and in­cludes face-paint­ing, art classes, pot­tery mak­ing and a bounce-about for the chil­dren.


A ju­nior art com­pe­ti­tion was re­cently in­tro­duced to al­low tal­ented stu­dents to gain recog­ni­tion. Last year, there were more than 90 en­tries in both the six12-year-old and 13-18 age groups and win­ners re­ceived cer­tifi­cates, cash prizes and cam­eras.

The an­nual Julie Lyn Schol­ar­ship, in­tro­duced sev­eral years ago, gives fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance to a tal­ented fi­na­lyear stu­dent of the Edna Man­ley Col­lege of Vis­ual and Per­form­ing Arts.

Pro­ceeds from the fair will sup­port the St John Bosco Boys’ Home, Mus­tard Seed Com­mu­ni­ties, Gift of Hope Chil­dren’s Home, Re­treat Houses and Clinics, Holy Spirit Home­work Pro­gramme and sev­eral ed­u­ca­tional in­sti­tu­tions sup­ported by the Ro­man Catholic Dio­cese of Man­dev­ille.


Ri­cardo Young shows off one of his draw­ings on the fi­nal day of the Man­dev­ille Art Fair, held at the St John Bosco Boys’ Home in Hat­field, Manchester, re­cently.

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