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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.

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