The Minnis and Eyma family held an art exhibition on December 6 and 7 with the hopes of the exhibit becoming a permanent gallery in Abaco for the family’s art. The Exhibit will remain open for the month of December and hopefully longer.
The exhibit, which was held upstairs in the building between Java Coffee shop and Abaco Gold, features the artworks of well-known Bahamian artist, Eddie Minnis as well as his two daughters, Nicole and Roshanne and his son-in-law Ritchie Eyma.
Roshanne, and her husband Ritchie, are now living in Abaco and aside from producing and displaying their artwork have also been busy with their church work.
Mr. Minnis, also known for his Bahamian folk music and the Potluck comic strip featuring Granny B, said he was pleased when his daughters decided to follow in his steps as an artist.
He said he first began painting while in school and later painted on the street. After some time people started to take notice and he began to sell his artwork, but he said he marked the beginning of his career at about the time he left St. John’s College in 1963.
Since he left school he said he was always able to supplement his income with art and so considered himself fortunate.
He said his daughters always accompanied him to art exhibitions and they would discuss the work and as both of them wanted to focus their lives on teach the Bible found that art was a good and satisfying way to support themselves in their ministry.
“I was personally amazed with the level of talent they had and how quickly they went from beginners to professional,” Mr. Minnis said. He noted that right after they graduated school they were able to have family exhibitions and today they are still in the Christian ministry and they are still able to support themselves with their art.
Ritchie Eyma has been on the art scene since the late eighties and has artwork that has been seen at various exhibitions, including the Annual Central Bank Art Competition, Long Branch Artist Shows, the Inaugural National Exhibition, NE4 and, of course, the Minnis Family Exhibitions.
The artists all work on oil and canvas and each brings their own perspective to distinctly Bahamian scenery and life through their artwork.