Looking for genuine Vincentian gifts this Christmas, then this book should definitely be on your list; whether as a well-earned present to yourself, or for that special someone.
Nigel Morgan’s 401 Vincy Caribbean Proverbs will definitely have you laughing out loud, whether relaxing alone, or as you share a moment with family and friends.
Here are a few samples:
Proverb: Keep on yo head. **
English: Keep on your head.
Meaning: Be sober, vigilant, and wise at all times.
Usage: “You must fight peer pressure and keep on yo head.”
Proverb: Bless me eyesight. **
English: Bless my eyesight.
Meaning: When one is surprised to see something or someone.
Usage: Seeing us on television, he yelled, “Bless me eyesight!”
Proverb: Every day bucket gwine ah well, ‘e bottom go drop out.
English: Daily, bucket goes to the well; its bottom will fall out.
Meaning: Amend your ways before things end in tragedy.
Usage: “Every day bucket gwine ah well, ‘e bottom go drop out.”
Proverb: Goat head nar go pan wedding table.
English: Goat head doesn’t go on the wedding table.
Meaning: You don’t go to events where you are not invited.
Usage: “I can’t go there; goat head nar go pan wedding table.”
Proverb: Yo style monkey till yo style um out a fashan. **
English: Style monkey till you style him out of fashion.
Meaning: Too many details will spoil the presentation.
Usage: “Yo style monkey till yo style um out a fashan.”
Proverb: Someting ‘een ah de martar besides de pistle. **
English: There is more in the mortar besides the pestle.
Meaning: There is a hidden plan or secret motive in a matter.
Usage: “Surely, someting ‘een ah de martar besides de pistle.”
Proverb: Yo ha mo tricks dan monkey.
English: You have more tricks than a monkey.
Meaning: You are very clever.
Usage: “Yo ha mo tricks dan monkey,” she told the old thief.
Proverb: De younger de couple de tighter de squeeze. **
English: The younger the couple, the tighter the squeeze.
Meaning: New couples are more intimate than older couples.
Usage: “Surely, de younger the couple de tighter de squeeze.”
Proverb: Every moley bread ha ‘e moley cheese.
English: Every moldy bread has its moldy cheese.
Meaning: Even the strangest person is sure to find a soulmate.
Usage: “I’ll find a mate. Every moley bread ha ‘e moley cheese.”
Mr Morgan stated, “This book captures that unique way of communication inherited from past Vincentian generations for future generations. It uncovers this precious legacy to guide people into maximizing their current existence and future.”
Express Vinci® congratulates Mr. Morgan on the publication of his creative and insightful book; an excellent celebration of Vincentian culture!
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In the words of Mr Carlton ‘CP’ Hall, the sweetest Christmas is around the corner! What are you anticipating the most? Is it time with family, gifts, food or nine morning fun? Your Christmas experience these days may be a little different to the way it was when you were younger but we cannot let life’s troubles and our responsibilities drown out our fond memories of Christmas past.
I’m sure you remember the days when you had to do Christmas cleaning, against your will as a child, while listening to parang only to find yourself singing and dancing to the sweet sounds of Scrunter or the great Baron. You knew exactly what was coming when your mother would turn on the radio and gather cleaning supplies; you’d be wiping down furniture, cleaning windows, and scrubbing and sweeping floors until you were too tired to lift a finger. But it was okay because your reward would be a piece of freshly baked bread or cake or maybe a cold Vita Malt (What is Christmas without Vita Malt?).
Do you recall struggling to wake up early for Nine Mornings? Just thinking about all the activities would give you a surge of excitement. You’d be so enthusiastic knowing you could be up on stage partaking in one of the many games being hosted by CP and when the joke segment came around you’d laugh your belly full. All the while you’re surrounded by the food and drinks of the season. Leaving the festivities behind was always bittersweet as you always wished it was never-ending but the need for sleep or important obligations would eventually set in. So you’d do a little window shopping walking to the bus stop or car on your way home.
One of the most memorable parts of a Vincy Christmas is the lighting up in our communities. This tradition along with house to house serenading, seems to be dwindling but I hope we can keep them alive as they give us an opportunity to come together in peace and love and harmony.
“Me aunty send down barrel!” You know you’re in the thick of the season when you hear these words and you couldn’t wait to see what’s inside. In the last few days before Christmas day, Kingstown is filled to capacity. The supermarket lines are long as people make last minute purchases to ensure that everything is perfect on the big day. As a child, these are the days you would dread as you walk for hours with your parents through Town. Your only consolation is the possibility that they would buy you a toy so you continuously beg in hopes that they’ll give in to your request.
Whether you’re 5 or 50 there is always a certain sense of elation waking up on Christmas morning, a feeling of magic in the air while you look around at your well-decorated home and the delicious scents wafting from the kitchen throughout the day make your mouth water. This is the day of the great feast! Baked pork and chicken, stewed beef, macaroni pie, shepherd’s pie, lasagna, potato salad, stewed, pigeon peas, you name it! Can you almost feel the burning now as Ginger beer hits the back of your throat and you shudder in delight of the taste? Or the fizz you feel in your chest as you quickly gulp down one of our locally made soft drinks? What about the Sorrel? Most of us enjoy a cold glass with our Christmas lunch. Several ham sandwiches will be eaten on this day and you can’t forget the black or fruit cake and of course there’s Black Wine.
Our traditions are unique and important. I hope they will be passed on from generation to generation so we can keep Christmas in SVG alive. Merry Vincy Christmas!
Photo credit: The St.Vincent & The Grenadines Tourist Office, Calvert Jones and Ricky Hill.
Article submitted by: Rashida Munroe.
I remember clearly that afternoon almost twenty years ago when I realised that I loved Charlie Rose. It came to me unexpectedly, suddenly. For in an instant I fell for not one guy but the two men who were seated across from each other around an impressive but almost bare table, as they were projected on the television screen of channel 13 PBS, as it was then in Brooklyn New York.
The dialogue was calm, clear and respectful. They sometimes spoke at once or interrupted each other but it was so fascinating; so much so that I wished that time could be frozen so that their conversation will never end; that they’ll speak about all the other things that I knew they knew, and help me to learn and understand from their well informed perspectives.
The other guy was Ed Bradley. I was long fascinated with him; his confident manly self holding his place so eloquently among a field of elite journalists, among whom melanin was rarely present. For about ten minutes on Sunday evenings, Ed will present his story of the week on CBS’ Sixty Minutes, with charisma and finesse. Moments I celebrated each week, as it juxtaposed against my reality of living in Brooklyn and witnessing the stereotyping of the black male. Ed made me hopeful for black men in the USA.
So that afternoon, with Ed as the guest on the Charlie Rose show, I learned that he had worked in the frontlines in Vietnam, and was a lover of Jazz and New Orleans, and lived his blackness every day with dignity. I saw that Charlie wanted Ed’s story to be known and that he [Charlie] respected and appreciated that story, and thought that it was worthy to be told. I could not help but fall in love with both Ed and Charlie in an instant.
I continued to watch the Charlie Rose Show for the rest of my time in New York; and always wished that I could one day own a credit card to make a donation to the PBS network. I was a single unemployed mother then, my donation is still outstanding. PBS didn’t just infrom me, its many outstanding educational programmes were the first ‘formal learning’ my twin daughters received.
So here we are in 2017, it’s been ten years since Ed Bradley passed away. I stopped watching Sixty Minutes within weeks of his death. Charlie Rose was now on CBS but in the morning and I’m a busy professional, with little time to watch television. From time to time I catch a glimpse of him on PBS. He has aged, like we all have, but the passion remains.
So how is it possible for me to accept that this man with seemingly so much integrity, modesty, and humility, can be guilty of the kind of things that are characteristic of sleazebags and perverts? What is the oil that lubricates the mind of so many of our men and causes them to slide over that red line between integrity and perversion?
Is it the perfume of power, like that which King David dabbed upon his cheek as he set out that evening in search of adventure, that took him past Bathsheba’s basin? Or is it simply the aura of arrogance, such as Samson boasted as he taunted the Philistines, while agreeing to be tied up by their daughter, Delilah?
Simply put, why are intelligent men making such poor decisions in regards to their sexual lives, and putting so much at risk?
Could it be that living in a society that subscribes in theory to monogamy, these men are finding it difficult to suppress their feral biological instincts that still demand survival of the fittest; and this might not be exactly compatible with having one wife/female partner.
Biological theories of human sexuality suggest that the human male is polygamous by nature. His survival is dependent on the survival of his offsprings, and so having one wife to produce one healthy offspring per year could not have been good for the hunter/gatherer. In the case of illness or death of that single child, then the father’s chances for survival would have been seriously threatened.
While Mr. Rose and the numerous men recently and otherwise implicated in seemingly antisocial sexual behaviour towards female acquaintances are by no stretch of the imagination hunters or gatherers; we have come to accept that much of the basic instinctive behaviours of humans are coded in our genetics, which have been modified by the past behaviours and environments of our ancestors.
This is no attempt to create excuses for what is certainly reprehensible acts that would have resulted in numerous people: females and males, being traumatised and even physically harmed. However, my feeling is that a broader, more honest conversation is needed.
The firing of perpetrators and legal proceedings are certainly necessary. But are these not just knee-jerk-like reactions to what appear to be pervasive patterns of behaviours that seem to be outside of the moral control of these men, who should know better.
The impairments in judgement unearthed by these numerous revelations of inappropriate sexual behaviours seem to be societal and not just limited to a few individuals. My love for Charlie Rose as a journalist remains, but without the glue of respect, it’s now an embarrassment.
Your comments are welcomed.
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We’re all about our blue, yellow and green throughout the month of October. We anticipate the days when we can come out in our colours and proudly wave the national flag and declare that St. Vincent and the Grenadines is the piece of rock in the Caribbean Sea that we are glad to call home. This year after the annual Independence Day parade we had even more activities through which we could express our Vincy pride thanks to Invest SVG. The Everything Vincy Exhibition held at the E.T Joshua Airport over a three day period (October 27th-29th), was the place to be during the independence weekend. This new initiative is aimed at highlighting the products and services that St. Vincent and the Grenadines has to offer and encouraging entrepreneurial spirit as we continue on in nation building. Training workshops were also offered to the business owners who took part in the exhibition to gain knowledge on topics such as customer service and marketing which equips the business owners with tools that would help them take their businesses to the next level. This initiative is one that we are happy to see so well executed and the patrons are excited to attend in the coming years as it gets bigger and better. This is part 2 of the article where we bring you a little insight on some of the exhibitors and their products. If you haven’t read part 1 as yet, click here to view it!
Brio Ché is the brainchild of Bernadette Warren (pictured above) who many may know as Camille. They provide a line of luxury health and beauty products which inlude virgin coconut oil, body scrubs, lotions, lips balms, foot soaks, soy scented candles and massage oils. After looking at the list of products offered by Brio Ché, you’ll notice that just about everything has coconut in it and here’s why. Bernadette was raised primarily by her grandmother and coconut was a huge part of how she earned a living. Along with selling vegetables, she would make and sell coconut snacks and coconut oil and the profits allowed her to provide for Bernadette. She also credits coconut oil as the reason she’s able to stay in good health as she would consume it and use in her hair and on her skin. When Bernadette started out making concoctions to soothe her own and her husband’s skin conditions, she did some research and she knew coconut oil had to be a part of it. The end products were all natural, organic and infused with herbs and healing plants. After they experienced how well the products worked for them and received great reviews from family and friends, she officially registered the Brio Ché business in 2013. The effort that goes into producing such a health conscious yet aesthetically appealing line of products is apparent even in the packaging (which Bernadette shares she plans to make even more eco-friendly). Very soon, you might be able to watch your purchases being made from start to finish; Ms. Warren has high hopes for the next phase of her business which could include a storefront with designated production and retail areas.
Since 1985, Nzimbu Browne has created art that thoroughly reflects the rhythm of Vincentian living. Our history, culture, traditions and landscapes are so eloquently expressed through collages made from what some would consider to be waste. “I take it up and add some intelligence into it” he said as he explained that dried banana leaves and coconut shells are his choice of medium. In addition to his beautiful collages, he also does tie-dye and makes drums. He refers to his creativity as his survival kit as this has been his way of earning a living for over 30 years and his passion and determination shines through in his work ethic. Browne expressed a desire to be on an international market to have his work appreciated and purchased by millions of people and says he’s ready and willing to put in the hard work that this will take.
Melissa Ashton’s Jewelry making talent is actually the gift she prayed for and she’s passionate about putting her blessing to good use. When she made her first pair of earrings she used her teeth to do what her hands couldn’t. Fortunately, her sister saw her need and bought her a pair of pliers which she still uses to this day. She attributes her success thus far to the fact that her aim is to make her customers happy which in turn gives her the greatest feeling of fulfillment. At the moment she makes earrings, necklaces, bracelets, anklets, beaded key-chains and has just started dabbling in the production of scented candles. She hopes to eventually have a storefront where she sells not only her jewelry but glass beads and the findings and components that are involved in the craft. She’s eager to continue building her business and see her small beginnings blossom into great achievements.
If you’re an avid snacker, chances are you’ve seen and probably buy several Cyrus Snacks. After retiring from her day job, in 2008 proud owner Betty Cyrus started making plantain chips for sale. Since then, sweet potato, breadfruit, spicy banana, eddoe and sweet cassava chips have been added to the line of snacks offered. It started out as her way of making use of the food items that she saw would go to waste. It has now blossomed into a substantial business that makes the snacks many Vincentians love to munch on. Betty’s products can be found in almost all of our major supermarkets but she hopes to eventually develop the demand necessary to export her snacks.
Michelle Bacchus Barbour the talent behind tasty creations of Me-Shelli Unique started out as a seamstress. Over ten years ago, she learnt the basics of baking from a friend and went on to try out new things to create cakes and cookies as requested by friends and family. She incorporated these two skills as well as her crafting abilities into a venture that would provide a one of a kind wedding package. This package included custom clothing for the bridal party, handmade bouquets and of course, she could provide the wedding cake. Over time, she became more renowned for her baking than her sewing and so she has decided to stick with it.
The Richmond Vale Academy’s attendance was a timely reminder of the role we play in global warming and climate change. This organization has researched and taught lessons on climate change and initiated projects that include beach cleanups, tree planting and setting up model gardens. They also produce informative radio and television programs and hold open days to help spread their message. The team was eager to share flyers and have insightful conversations with the attendees in hopes that more of us will become Climate Activists and fight to make our country more energy, food and disaster secure. Climate change is real and we have to work together to build a nation that can withstand and overcome its effects.
The exhbitors mentioned are only a sample of what the Everything Vincy Exhibtion had to offer. Some of the other businesses that attended the event included Immense Bags, Link Up, Erica’s Country Style, Escape Health and Day Spa, Fanfare Events, Searles Agro Products, Mudulla Propagation, East Caribbean Group of Companies (ECGC) and so much more. We can’t wait for next year’s Exhibition!
If you haven’t read part 1 as yet, click here to view it!
Photos by Ricky Hill, exclusively for Express Vinci®
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We’re all about our blue, yellow and green throughout the month of October. We anticipate the days when we can come out in our colours and proudly wave the national flag and declare that St. Vincent and the Grenadines is the piece of rock in the Caribbean Sea that we are glad to call home. This year after the annual Independence Day parade we had even more activities through which we could express our Vincy pride thanks to Invest SVG. The Everything Vincy Exhibition held at the E.T Joshua Airport over a three day period (October 27th-29th), was the place to be during the independence weekend. This new initiative is aimed at highlighting the products and services that St. Vincent and the Grenadines has to offer and encouraging entrepreneurial spirit as we continue on in nation building. Training workshops were also offered to the business owners who took part in the exhibition to gain knowledge on topics such as customer service and marketing which equips the business owners with tools that would help them take their businesses to the next level. This initiative is one that we are happy to see so well executed and the patrons are excited to attend in the coming years as it gets bigger and better. Here’s a little insight on some of the exhibitors and their products.
Eight years ago, Christal Oliver the founder of Olive art Designs, was a lab technician at the St. Vincent Girls’ High school with some free time and a hobby. This was the beginning of her journey to business owner. She hand-sewed bags at the time as a way to overcome boredom but her peers had such a positive response to the items she made that is wasn’t too long until she saw the opportunity to make her pastime into something greater.She decided to invest in a sewing machine to experiment. Experimentation led to new creations and opportunities and Olive Art designs is the end result of a young lady following her passion, believing in her vision and striving to give her very best to her customers. She credits her success thus far to patience, practice and persistence, and she’s always reading and learning so as to execute new ideas that could help her improve her business. She makes high quality custom handbags for every occasion and hopes that her creations will allow her to put St. Vincent and the Grenadines on the map, as she endeavors to cross boundaries regionally and internationally showcasing and gaining appreciation for her handiwork.
About six months ago, Rene Benn had a literal dream. A dream that one day, she went ‘dumpster-diving’! In the dream, she was accompanied by her husband and they were taking some huge bottles out of the trash. She then proceeded to decorate the bottles and they turned out beautifully. She awoke from her dream and realized what a great idea it was and Rene’s Ornamentations was born. She collected bottles and jars from her friends and family and any shops that were willing to give them to her. The artistic ability came naturally and she transforms trash to treasure creating vases and candle holders by hand. Her desire is to have a storefront for this venture as currently she only makes her items by order and uses social media to showcase them.
The Kalinago Tribe Essential Oils were definitely one of the standout items. There was basil, lemongrass, ginger, peppermint and many more to choose from. Each essential oil has its list of health benefits and the potency is unmistakable. The business was founded over 15 years ago by Augustine Sutherland and he’s proud to say that every ingredient is tested and harvested here from our rugged rocky mountains and undergoes a steam distillation process to produce these pure organic essential oils. In the beginning as a trained hair and scalp specialist, he would make small batches of the oils to combat problems his clients were experiencing and it has grown since then into a business that offers also eucalyptus inhalers and infused massage oils. His hope is to have the oils certified as organic by the agricultural department so that the world would know that the products are of the highest quality and are prepared with our health in mind.
Grow In Time is a creative social enterprise that seeks to bring together rehabilitation, land conservation and poverty alleviation in one project. Over the past two years a sustainable livelihood project has been implemented in our two correctional institutions that is coordinated by Vonnie Roudette. Through this initiative inmates are being taught and certified in their training to make mats, baskets and other products from Vetiver grass and Grow in time its marketing arm. This venture gives the individuals the skills they need to create an alternative way of earning a living. One of the best benefits of this project is that it takes much less money to start a business making the grass products than to start a business involving other skills that one may learn while incarcerated. The individuals are given a feeling of empowerment and this causes a huge positive change in their self image as they are given an opportunity to take care of their loved ones and contribute to their communities. The conservation aspect is in regards to the grass that is used. The grass is an excellent solution for soil erosion and great for slope stabilization, so this will tie into the next phase of the project which will be the planting initiative that will be executed by the former inmates. It is still early in the game but the results so far have show that all the individuals who have received the training have not committed any further offences and they report a more positive outlook on life. The products are simply exquisite and the initiative is a life-changing one.
From a very young age Anita Garraway knew she wanted to be her own boss and have her own business. As a child she would make and sell crochet crafts, cupcakes and fudge. In 1997 she got the opportunity to do an agro-processing course that laid the foundation for Aurora’s. She learned the skills necessary to produce and bottle her green seasoning, pepper sauces and pepper relish, as well as processing fish and chicken ham. She also produces gluten free breadfruit cakes, beetroot and Black cakes without egg. Her products can be found in supermarkets throughout St. Vincent. After so many years of hard work and sacrifices, she can now say that she is living her dream.
Natalie Cato of Kato’s Katering invited the patrons to ‘Feel the fun’ with samples of her premium rum punch, Red bikini. The Red Bikini is a rich and smooth concoction of fruit juice, spices and local rum and the premium taste is unmistakable. Ms Cato has perfected the recipe over the past few years and has now started promoting the product. Her hope is to get the product on the shelves in our supermarkets. Currently it is only produced by order and sourced directly from her.
Click here to read part 2 and find out more about the exhibitors and their products and services from the event!
Photos by Ricky Hill, exclusively for Express Vinci®
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After years of planning, Arrington Burgin, a well known sporting enthusiast, football coach, and fitness instructor, has realised his dream of acquiring an innovative special taxi service, which caters to members of the public who are experiencing mobility problems.
My heart lights up whenever I see a young Caribbean man holding the hand or lifting a child as they go about their day, whether it’s walking the child or children to or from school, ushering them in or out of a fast food restaurant, or simply trying to control an excited youngster in a supermarket aisle.
Unfortunately, the mundane day to day role of the good father is not frequently acknowledged, as it is often overshadowed by the headlines grabbing negative actions of those no-good men, many of whom behave like unpaid sperm donors or worse towards their children.
So as Father’s Day 2017 approaches, we at Express Vinci® invite you to share your “Good Fathers”stories. Send us a short article about a man you know who is making a positive impact on the lives of his children, whether biological or otherwise. The top five stories will be published throughout the month of June on our website.
Email stories to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Photos show three young Vincentian fathers, from our personal photographic collection.
As I started to write this memoir of a sort, I had to set the laptop down quickly and make a bee-line to the oven. Frantic that my cake was burnt, Whew ! It’s Mother’s day, which means it’s tea party day.
In Vincy, tea parties are an inherent part of Mother’s day and School fair culture. The phone is ringing off the hook for my mom, and sadly to say I haven’t given her a hug and a kiss yet because I’m caught up making sure the goodies she assigned for me to make are done for her event of the year- Women’s League Mother’s Day Tea !
My memories of this annual activity which is hosted by our Women’s League and by extension, the ladies of the congregation; is that it is a splendid opportunity to get our church and our community together, and display the culinary skills and talents of its members. My mom loves to see little girl in a pretty dresses, So my god-sister and I would flaunt our own pretty dresses on these sunny Sunday May afternoons, showcasing our best moves with then skinny frames…..Applause ! Applause !
As I got older, I retired from modeling but continue to volunteer for different roles. within the past years, I have been expressing myself in the kitchen and my mother who is an active member of the league has been taking the opportunity to utilize my new kinship with the kitchen for her group’s benefit.
Our women’s league, I think is under appreciated because they contribute to our church in such a significant way.This brings us to today, Mother’s Day, 2017. A few days ago, my mother declared that she wanted mini-quiches on the menu. I had no choice but bow to her wish, so here I am preparing mini-quiches with spinach. I added a vanilla cake topped with coconut and almond.
Earlier this year we lost one of our church members who for years had offered his well manicured property as the venue for our annual affair. So because of this, the venue has since changed, but the cause remains the same.
This fundraising social is in celebration of the women who have sacrificed for the children in their care. I know my mommy has gone above and beyond for her family and for this, her gift today is this article. Happy Mother’s Day to my mother, who made Saturday afternoon bread-making fun, because she thought one is never too young to be acquainted with the kitchen. Undoubtedly, I love my Mommy !
Article and Photographs submitted by Roselle Solomon.
Although Mother’s Day 2017 has passed, we hope that this post will warm the hearts of all our mothers out there who strive daily to add a little bit of sunshine to the lives of children in their care and their communities. It’s never too late to say thank you!
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The SVG Rowing Association is making strides in ensuring that its athletes are motivated to perform at the highest level. The Nicha Branker led organisation received two training camps and a boat building technical session.
Then early in March, Coach Jonte James, and rowers Jaheed Thomas and Markell Holder went to Uruguay to train at The Club Mercedes, under the care and guidance of FISA expert Osvaldo Borchi and other Uruguayan coaches. This high level training is in preparation for the youth Olympic games.
They travelled to Brasilia for the South American Rowing Championships April 27-30 and return home May 02. Jaheed has been earmarked to participate in the Youth Olympic Games 2018 to be held in Buenos Aires, Argentina from October 6-12th,2018.
Also during the month of March, para-rower Devin Richards from Victoria Village went to the USA also receiving training ahead of an international para-rowing competition.
While on camp, Richards was fortunate to be selected as a tester of a new para-rowing seat developed by RESOLUTE RACING. Reports indicate that his enthusiasm and demeanor inspired the coach to offer Devin further assistance in fitting him with new prosthesis. This resulted in him staying on until mid-April in Florida in this regard.
More athletes are expected to be recruited in the sport here, as Rowing St.Vincent at its base in Layou in March also received technical assistance to build six news boats for beginners. The venture was sponsored by FISA (World Rowing Federation- from the French, Fédération Internationale des Sociétés d’Aviron) and executed by their development officer over a one week period.
Rowing St.Vincent is looking forward to raising the level of competition and increasing rowing’s scope and creating camaraderie within the sport.
Article contributed by Justin Douglas. Photographs from SVG Rowing Association Facebook Page.
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The recently opened Youlou Art Centre in Villa is proud to announce its second exhibition. This time the work of a single artist is being featured: the veteran Vincentian Artist and Mas-man, Owen Ralph.
Ralph, who hails from Sion Hill, has been a huge force in cultural events in St. Vincent and the Grenadines over the past 60 years, by providing creative inspiration and entertainment to the people of this nation. He is known for organizing carnival activities in that community: he has played steel pan, sang calypso, and became well known for designing and building carnival costumes with his cousin, the late Roy Ralph.
Owen has been the ‘man’ behind the Carnival band ‘Owen Ralph and the Professionals’ for over 30 years, which has brought joy, fun, and entertainment to the Sion Hill community in particular and the nation in general.
In addition to his involvement in Carnival, he has distinguished himself as a true visual artist. He began painting at the age of fifteen, while still in School. After leaving school, he went to Trinidad and Tobago to join his father, who worked for an advertising company, painting signs. While working for his father, he was able to augment his painting skills. He returned to SVG three years later, and began his Carnival career, which continues to this day.
Owen stated that he gets his inspiration from reading, and from his surroundings. He paints nature, people, and buildings. He shared that each year after the Carnival Season, that’s the time he sits down to paint on canvas and make sculptures.
The Owen Ralph’s Retrospective Exhibition opened on Thursday 13th April 2017 and runs until May 15th. A Press Conference will be held on Wednesday April 19th between 10:00 am and 12:00 noon, where Mr. Ralph and up-and-coming visual artist, Miss Sherika Sayers will speak about their work.
Sherika’s work was part of the Youlou Art Centre’s opening Exhibition in March. Her striking painting, The Pond, will be auctioned at a reception for both artists on Saturday 29th April, 2017 at The Youlou Art Centre, from 4:30 to 6:30 pm, when both artists will speak to the public about their work, and a video of Owen’s carnival work will be shown.
The public is invited to view the exhibition Mondays to Fridays 10:30 am to 6:00 pm and Saturdays from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. The Entrance to the gallery is free but donations are accepted. The reception on Saturday 29th April is free to the public, local foods and drinks will be on sale.
The Youlou Art Centre is owned and operated by the Youlou Art Foundation. A Non-Profit Organisation (NPO), and Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), focused on developing and preserving the arts in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
Article submitted by Mrs. Camille Musser of The Youlou Arts Foundation. Featured photos from Facebook Group: Owen Ralph and the Professionals, and Facebook: National Public Library of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.
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