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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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Bahamian photographer, artist collaborate on Layers Project

Bahamian artists Scharad Lightbourne and Leanne Russell set out on a collaborative project called “Layers” during the month of February as a tribute to the work of renowned Bahamian artists Amos Ferguson, Brent Malone, John Beadle, and Max Taylor.

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Artist Highlight: A Talented Young Musician

Seventeen year old Charles Carey III is a talented young musician looking ahead to a career in music. He felt music running through his blood at a very early age and began drumming at the age of five years with the help of his father, Reverend Charles Carey, Principal of Wesley College, who is also a talented musician.

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Photographic Artist, Kevin Carroll, calls Abaco home

Kevin Paul Carroll of KP Carroll Photography, is a professional freelance photographer with 35 years of experience in the field. He describes himself as a photographic artist who provides a service which was not really being offered. “I like to pop colours and my photographs are often mistaken for paintings,” he says. “Some of my paintings I convert to look like oil paintings but I always tell people what they are and never try to pass them off as paintings.”

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Art displayed and sold at the Abaco Inn for good cause

A one man art show was held at the Abaco Inn on December 29. The paintings were the work of Rolf Sauer and were being sold for a worthy cause. Mr. Sauer and his wife, Susan Maxman, are second-homeowners on Elbow Cay’s North End who built their home here five years ago and now spend six months a year here. Mr. Sauer was selling his paintings to raise funds for the Bahamas Lighthouse Preservation Society.

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Artist Profile – Leanne Russell

As a self-taught Bahamian artist, Leanne Russell remembers a connection to art from an early age. She recalled a humourous story of being attached to her pacifier as a toddler. One day her mother gave her crayons, and she coloured on her pacifier. From then on she relinquished the pacifier, and became quite content to gaze upon its transformation to that of a work of art atop a shelf.

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Grand opening of Hummingbird Cottage Art Centre receives enthusiastic response

Artists from at home and abroad, art lovers and well-wishers gathered at the newly restored Hummingbird Cottage in the heart of Hope Town on January 5 for the grand opening of the Hummingbird Cottage Art Centre. Hummingbird Cottage, located in the centre of town behind the post office, is one of the most charming historic Loyalist cottages in Hope Town. It has been lovingly restored by owners Jim and Christy Young who, for many years, had a vision of opening it as an art centre. Christy, who hails from Maryland, is herself an artist who is experienced in all mediums but recently discovered a passion for oils under the tutelage of Walt Bartman who has been instrumental in assisting her with her dream of beginning this art centre. She is excited for this centre to become an educational centre for workshops and is hoping that it will be a vibrant entity which will bring people from all over the world.

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