The annual Bahamas National Trust Arts for the Parks event took place this year during the weekend of December 11-13, 2015.
Local artists, but also some from other islands of The Bahamas, participated in the event. Young promising artists such as Lucas Kaighin and Joshua Higgs- the latter tutored by artist Jo-Ann Bradley- showcased their art for the first time.
Crafts consisting of Christmas ornaments, wooden boat models, quilts, pottery and an array of various handsomely crafted home decorating items, were prominently on display. Also common were displays of painted art in all media from water colour to oil painting.
This year the hotel had provided extra space under an outdoor tent and a few organizations such as the Horticultural Society of The Bahamas, Friends of Abaco Animals, Elbow Cay Lighthouse Society and vendors such as Lauren Riviere, Laine Snow, Melissa McIntosh, Elsie Baked Goods and a few others took advantage of the opportunity to offer their goods the first night of the event.
The cocktail reception was held on the Friday night; hors d’oeuvres were passed around throughout the evening and bottle after bottle of Korbel Champagne were opened and generously served at an outside bar. Saxophonist Rashad Reckley provided pleasant background music.
But winners had to be chosen; it was no surprise that Mandy Roberts from Green Turtle Cay won the first place. The runner-up was Nakia Wong with Hope Town Canvas.
The door prizes were drawn; the lucky winner of two nights stay at the Treasure Cay Resort was Police Superintendent Kevin Mortimer.
The raffle included a quilt made and donated by Kimberley Roberts that was won by one of the BNT employees from Nassau and a huge Ginger Bread House beautifully decorated won by a Freeport resident. The proceeds were to the benefit of the Bahamas National Trust.
Since 1972, the Trust has sponsored the creation of six national parks on Abaco on land and in the ocean and is in the process of creating more.
The Saturday event was marred by inclement weather and some of the children’s activities had to be cancelled.
Although there was not a huge attendance, many artists commented that they did quite well with their sale.
Altogether it was still a very successful function.