Thursday, January 13, 2005 - The Cultural Development Foundation (CDF)
has said it would continue with efforts to ensure that the M&C Fine Arts
Exhibition, now vested in the CDF was taken to a new level.
This promise was made at the Monday, January 10 opening of the Visual Arts
Exhibition at the Cultural Centre. The exhibition is one of three components of
the St. Lucia Arts Festival scheduled to run from February 22 to March 19, 2005.
Some of exhibits included paintings, sculptures, tapestry, and craft.
Director of the CDF, Gabriel Francis said this year’s festival, which
incidentally coincided with Nobel Laureate activities and the 75th Birthday of
Hon. Derek Walcott promised to be a great event
A featured-artist concept has been incorporated into the festival this year. The
featured artiste is revered St. Lucian, Dunstan St. Omer. Organizers are hoping
to feature a senior artist each year.
Minister for Culture Hon. Menissa Rambally encouraged local artists to use the
festival as a medium to express their talent.
It has been recognized that private/public sector partnership was important for
the advancement of local art. But, President of the St. Lucia Chamber of
Commence, Mrs. Techla Deterville has assured continued private sector support.
Meanwhile, although the exhibition has been able to maintain its high quality,
it was not able to attract as many participants this year. Organizers said that
perhaps this was as a result of a shift in the time the exhibition was being
held. In the past the activity was held in November.