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The residents of Bahama Palm Shores presented their High Banks "Just for Fun" Art and Craft show on the evening of March 14. This was their second annual show highlighting just how much talent there is in the community.

High Banks Annual Arts and Crafts Show delights community

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The residents of Bahama Palm Shores presented their High Banks “Just for Fun” Art and Craft show on the evening of March 14. This was their second annual show highlighting just how much talent there is in the community.

Mary Chamie welcomed the large group of supporters and gave special thanks to the dedicated High Banks firemen and women for their volunteer work for the safety of the community and also for the use of their firehouse for showcasing this event. She introduced Keith Salvesen who had brought with him copies of his newly released book ‘The Delphi Club’s Guide to the Birds of Abaco’ which he offered to sign for purchasers.

Lavonda Smith came forward to open the show and invited everyone to have fun. “What is art? It is the production of something beautiful and there is a whole lot of beauty and talent here tonight,” she stated.

The contributors consisted of local residents and second homeowners all of whom, except one, are self-taught amateurs. They displayed a wide variety of talent which made the show diverse and interesting.

Lavonda Smith displayed a variety of watercolours in driftwood frames made by her husband Bruce and watercolours were also displayed by Liz Key, Mary Chamie and Ann Capling. Mrs. Capling is a professional artist who very generously helps nurture the talents of the aspiring artists of Bahama Palm Shores. Liz Key also displayed a variety of colourful items including coasters, jewellery boxes, bags with purses, wallets and glasses cases which she needle points with wool over canvas.

Jewelry was displayed by Melanie Rees. She includes seahearts in all her pieces. Celia Rogers, of ‘Celia’s Seaglass,’ and Don Wood utilize silver, gold and precious jewels in their pieces. Mr. Wood also carves tiny wooden groupers and turtles and casts turtles in bronze.

Photography was displayed by David Rees who specializes in aerial photography as well as nature and underwater shots. Photography was also shown by Tara Lavallee, who chooses environmental subjects. Lavallee has just received the honour of having a full page photograph of a hummingbird taken by her in Bahama Palm Shores included in Mr. Salvesen’s bird book on Abaco.

Ten ladies from Bahama Palm Shores, who have named themselves ‘The Bahama Palm Shores Quilters,’ proudly filled a wall with very colourful placemats and runners. This was the result of their first attempt at quilting which they had just completed during a course of four sessions taught by Kimberly Roberts.

During the month of February they learned four different quilting patterns and techniques. Jackie Estevez also displayed some quilted dolls and pillows though using a different technique.

Rounding out the varied display of talents was Steve Knowles with his stunning hand turned native wood bowls, tops and billy clubs.

For the young, and young at heart, face painting was offered by Maxine Tanner, local resident who worked as a professional clown and face painter in the U.S. for many years.

This year a new feature was added entitled ‘Beach Art’ or ‘Junk Art’ and contributors were invited to display their ingenuity with any materials salvaged from the beach. The shores of High Banks offer much in the way of flotsam and jetsam and so scavengers have much to work with. People came up with some very imaginative creations from driftwood pieces such as snakes, whimsical creatures, a seagull and a shark with sea fan fins.

But the prize has to go to Jack Bowyers who displayed a whole table full of his ‘masterpieces’ which included not only decoupage on driftwood but movie character aliens from shriveled coconuts and a magnificent family of cats from plastic floats.

Contributors and visitors are already looking forward to what next year’s show will bring.

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