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Artist Highlight: Brigitte Bowyer Carey

Like most artists, Brigitte Bowyer began doodling very early on in life, in fact she even doodled in her high chair and was punished in school for drawing in her text books. Her dream was to be a painter and study at the famed ‘Sorbonne’ in Paris. However, she was an only child and her very protective father felt that Paris in the 60s would be too dangerous for his daughter. He felt that she should “study something more practical than painting pictures” and so she studied to become a graphic designer.

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‘Election 2012: What Just Happened?’ entertains Abaconians

‘Election 2012: What Just Happened?’ was presented on September 21 in the Grace Gym to an audience of 500 plus which must be a near-record for Abaco. People came from as far as Green Turtle Cay to enjoy this hilarious comedy which has played to rave reviews on several occasions in Nassau and also in Freeport.

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New Entry Band releases new hit song: “Excited”

Excitement sums up the collective mood of the New Entry Band members, and even more so, since the video shoot of the group’s new hit song: “Excited” at Grabbers Bed Bar & Grill on Guana Cay in late August. Lead singer Wilner Pierre said that since the band’s formation in 2006, things have been going great. In fact, New Entry is looking forward to having “Excited” featured on Bahamian music sensation – Kirkland “KB” Bodie’s – latest “KB & Friends: Vol. 4” album. They also intend to travel to Nassau to promote a few more of their popular songs that predominantly combines pop music with a cross section of musical genres performed onstage in front of live audiences.

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Artist Highlight: Kimberly Sturrup-Roberts

This week’s featured artist is a highly talented crafter. Kimberly Sturrup Roberts has a very lively imagination which is always leading to innovative new ideas which, along with her very skilled fingers, ensure that she always has some exciting new project in hand. Kimberly’s creative talents first came to the attention of the people of Abaco when she opened a shop in Memorial Plaza in 1995 which sold Bahamian-made crafts and craft supplies. Then in 1998 she began her own special line of crafts, naming her company Bahama Dawn. In 2005 she closed shop and opened her own studio where she keeps very busy with her creations. Her skills are not limited to any one type of craft for as she states on her website; “I like to melt glass and metal, stitch fabric and get messy in clay.”

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Potholes Substitute for Crawfish Traps: A Comical Look at Abaco’s Roads

Sadly, The Abaconian's Editor wasn't able to go out crawfishing on the start of the season. Luckily, there were a few flooded potholes around town he could go looking for whips in.

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Sea Spray celebrates Goombay with KB

On Thursday, July 18, Sea Spray Resort held their 4th annual Goombay Festival, which has been sponsored by Kalik and Commonwealth Brewery. This night was the second to last of the four week festival, which had celebrations every Thursday night at the resort. The crowd was entertained that night by nationally recognized performer, KB. There was a large crowd of both tourists and Bahamians, who celebrated Bahamian culture together. The evening began with a local calypso band playing, while festival goers enjoyed a buffet of traditional Bahamian food, drinks, and perused local jewelry and crafts that were for sale.

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Barefoot Man Summer Concert entertains Guana

George “Barefoot Man” Nowak made his second appearance in Abaco for the year. The popular performer conducted his Summer concert at Nippers on Guana Cay during July 19 -20. This particular concert was considered by many attending to be one of the more fun and relaxed of the more than decade long series. “Chantal” a possible Tropical Storm that threatened around the time of the concern, but ended up fizzling out, drove away some boaters. But those that remained for the concert thoroughly enjoyed themselves.

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Artist Shirley Higgs rediscovers her passion

The artistic talent of Shirley Higgs was first displayed about three years ago in a community art and craft show sponsored by the Marsh Harbour Gospel Chapel in the Grace Gym. This was the first time Mrs. Higgs had shown her artwork, and this very modest and unassuming lady was very nervous. However, she had no need to feel any nervousness because her work showed a lot of talent. The eye was immediately drawn to the beautiful horticultural paintings she had on display. It's amazing that she had no training apart from art lessons in school many years ago and that she had only recently taken up a paintbrush again.

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Little Harbour Art and Craft Show draws festive crowd

Five artisans drew the crowds at the Little Harbour Art and Craft show held at Pete’s Pub and Gallery on May 18. A steady stream of customers all day kept them busy and ensured them a very successful day. All of the stall holders were very pleased at the amount of business from locals, second home owners and visitors to the island. Many people stayed to enjoy one of the delicious lunches served at Pete’s Pub and to spend the day socializing with friends. The atmosphere was very festive thanks to the lively music of ‘Fire and the Goat Peppers Band’.

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Local tattoo artist relies on experience and skill

I had a new and very illuminating experience recently; I made a visit to Stephen Russell’s ‘Cosmic Wave Tattooing and Body Piercing Studio’ to learn more about this highly skilled art form. Many people still think of tattoos as being crude crosses or anchors or names tattooed on the bodies of sailors but this art form has gained in popularity recently and now adorns the bodies of people from all walks of life, many of whom one may be surprised to find have a tattoo.

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