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Stacey Bethel- Adderley is a multitalented young lady with creativity oozing out of every pore. She describes herself as a mixed media children's artist who received her BFA in fashion design with a minor in art history from the Savannah College of Art and Design. She subsequently attended the postgraduate programme in Art Education at the University of Arkansas in Little Rock and received her teaching certificate from the Association of Christian Schools International. She also received her dance teacher certification in August 2012.

Artist Highlight: Stacey Bethel-Adderley

 

Stacey Bethel-Adderley
Stacey Bethel-Adderley

Stacey Bethel- Adderley is a multitalented young lady with creativity oozing out of every pore. She describes herself as a mixed media children’s artist who received her BFA in fashion design with a minor in art history from the Savannah College of Art and Design. She subsequently attended the postgraduate programme in Art Education at the University of Arkansas in Little Rock and received her teaching certificate from the Association of Christian Schools International. She also received her dance teacher certification in August 2012.

Ms. Adderley started her career in Fashion Design in Nassau designing costumes for teen pageants. In 2000 she was chosen to design costumes for the New Year Celebration show at Atlantis Resort and Casino. Her career path then took a turn when she decided to pursue a career in teaching art education. She has taught art for several years here on Abaco, firstly at the Agape Christian School and is now employed as art teacher at Angels Academy.

Ms. Adderley loves working with children and in April 2012 opened her own studio, Creative Studio Boutique, on Don McKay Boulevard above Home Fabrics. Here she offers after-school classes in fashion/sewing, fine art/craft, and creative movement/dance. She also offers holiday and Saturday workshops, summer camps, birthday parties and an Artistic Expression for Troubled Youth programme. She is spurred on by her two children both of whom love art. Alicia loves to dance, sing and paint and Bracey loves to draw and write stories which he illustrates.

Like all budding young artists, Stacey began displaying her talents at the age of three years by scribbling on walls and books instead of reading them. “My mom and dad and school art teacher, Miss Moya Strachan whom I remember well encouraged me,” says Ms. Adderley. She also began dancing at the age of three with Janet Cartwright at the Nassau Royal Academy of Dance and continued classes all the way up through school and throughout college.

“Whilst very young I developed my artistic talents by joining art clubs, decorating Christmas cookies and participating in school plays, choir and ballet and then in high school I painted back drops and props for the Nassau Operatic Society,” recollects Ms. Adderley. When I went off to college I was finally in a creative world surrounded by art galleries and culture and my passion for art grew even more.”

Ms. Adderley states that whenever she makes art it is based on her mood or environment. Her two favourite pieces are an illustration of a Junkanoo girl and the drawing of her brother Christopher Bethel who was killed in a car accident in 2009. However, nowadays her art is especially based on her two young kids Bracey and Alicia. “I make my art fun and whimsical like them,” she says.

“Sharing my talents with others, both students and the community, is what God intended for me and though I may not showcase my work as much as I should, teaching gives me the opportunity to let my students find and develop the gifts God has given them. My biggest supporters are my husband Wade Adderley, my family in Nassau and my New Visions family.”

Ms. Adderley states her philosophy thus; “We are all born creative but if we neglect to develop and strengthen these skills our creativity becomes inhibited. By assisting and encouraging a child’s creativity you set the stage for endless opportunities for that child’s imagination. Healthy imagination not only creates a resourceful and productive individual but it also builds self-esteem which is an important tool that will be used for the rest of that child’s life. When a child creates a work of art they are not just drawing a picture they are also creating aspects of self-importance, individuality and engaging in self-expression.”

Ms. Adderley is currently a member of ‘Abaco Island Artists’ and has participated in local shows throughout the year including the Abaco Inn Art Show and the Bahamas National Trust’s Art for the Parks. The last show she participated in was Kaleidoscope III in Nassau. Her work can be purchased at shows or at her Creative Studio Boutique.

The Creative Studio Boutique is open Monday to Friday 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM and on Saturdays from 10 AM to 3 PM.

Contacts are: creativestudioabaco@gmail.com and telephone 242 559 9087.

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