Simultaneous events took place at the Bahamas National Trust’s (BNT) Art for the Parks on Jan. 26 – one of which was the 2013 Chalk Art Festival. Thirty blocks of art work by Abaco artists were aligned along the boardwalk and were sponsored by local churches, business establishments and banking institutions. The event was organized by The Rotary Club of Abaco.
According to Rev. Andrew Sands, youth director of the Rotary Club of Abaco, about 35 artists participated in the Rotary-sponsored event, and some of the blocks had two artists working together on them. The event helped to raise funds for Rotary’s youth programs: Rotaract and Interact.
At the end of the Chalk Art Festival, awards were presented to the artists. Most Original was awarded to Artist Garnell Stuart Dawkins for Java Coffee Shop, and second place went to Artist Kate Sims for the Lock Doctor. Most entertaining was received by Garnell Stuart Dawkins for Island Veterinary Clinic, and Ozeke Swain came second for Abaco Judo. The Best Overall award was won by Elmer Bongon, a St. Francis teacher, who was sponsored by The Abaconian.
Nature Rocks Art Competition
Meanwhile, the 2nd Annual Nature Rocks Art Competition was underway with Lynn Gape, BNT deputy executive director. There were three categories with Category 1 assigned to primary schools; Category 2 for middle schools, and Category 3 for high schools. Students were asked to design music CD covers for an album called Nature Rocks. Some of the talented students also wrote and included songs with lyrics in their designs.
First place winners in Category I were Deshawn McKinney; Eddison Saunders; Vanique Williams; Patyra Bain; Maesha McKinney; Brianna Russell; and Newillo Williams of Crossing Rocks Primary. The second place winner was Gerline Belot of Treasure Cay Primary. Aaliyah Roberts of Man-O-War Primary placed third; and Brian Francis of Treasure Cay Primary received honourable mention for his submission.
Felecia Roberts won first place in Category II, followed by Giavanna Manne, second, and Kyle Reeves in third place. They are all students of Mary E.Albury High School. Honourable mention was bestowed upon Dale Bethel Jr. of Mary E. Albury.
In Category III, two honourable mentions were given. The first went to Adrianna Francis, Lernise Louis and Bernise Ordain of Abaco Central High School, and the other to Matrisha Louis of S.C. Bootle.
Meanwhile, Eric Sands of Abaco Central High placed first; Johnson and Johnny Auguste of S.C. Bootle placed second, while Ashvonn Russell of S.C. Bootle received third place.
Celena Russell was the overall winner with her Born to Be Wild design.
Da Market vendors
After the announcement of the winners winners for the art competition was complete, S.C. Bootle students ventured outside to the tent where their principal Huel Moss, owner of Fruity Freddie Farms, congratulated them upon hearing the good news. As for business that day, he said it had been off and on; however, the event does allow him to gain more exposure for his business. Adjacent to Moss was Bro. Lennie Etienne of Jerutha Farms, who appreciated the opportunity to sell his tomatoes, cucumbers and cabbages. He, on the other hand, longs for a venue where farmers can gather frequently, so that they can offer more variety instead of focusing on cash crops alone.
Business appeared to be moving along steadily for Theresa Pinder Haynes of PH & B’s Delight where jams and peppers sauces were displayed. As Lovely Reckley of Lovely Island Tings waited for more customers to stop by, she busied herself with making an assortment of jewelry. She commented that just about all of her homemade breads were sold by the time she set up for the event, and one lady returned to purchase a second loaf of bread. Ms. Reckley also sold small pans of Johnny Cake and banana bread as well as jewelry.
The Friends of Abaco Animals organization was also on hand. Their mission is to ease the suffering of abused, abandoned and needy animals of the community by providing spay/neuter and adoption programs. Booths were also set up in support of Friends of the Environment and Horticultural Society, Michael and Jennifer Lightbourn of Lightbourn Family Farm and Laine Snow of L & B Landscaping and Property Caretaking, which also had plants and products on sale.
On the activities side, there was a bouncing castle for children situated behind BNT’s coral reef booth with cans of bleach, hands, anchor that represented threats to the coral reefs. The object of the game was to hit down all of the “threats” with a tennis ball. Next to BNT, Stacey Adderley of Creative Studio Boutique offered art lessons to children using self-made stencil prints and recycled or soda tab bracelets. The New Entry Band also played lively music in the background as customers browsed through the booths.