Women artists showcase elegant pieces at annual exhibition
By Stacey Bess
Guyana Chronicle
November 10, 2002

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A GROUP of Guyanese women banded together last week in a sturdy show of things illuminating and heart-warming to stage an exhibition of art and craft at the National Library on Church Street, Georgetown.

For more than a decade members of the Guyana Women's Artists' Association have been portraying aspects of the finer things in life. This is their 14th annual art exhibition.

Twenty-two artists have over 600 pieces on display.

Paintings, ceramics, sculptures, embroidery, textiles and jewellery are all attractively showcased in the new wing of the Library.

The variety caters to the embellishment of the entire person. Outstanding outfits accentuated with exquisite jewellery; home or offices enhanced with beautiful paintings, elegant sculptures and fresh thread work pieces.

Watercolours transform bland paper to winsome greeting cards.

The pottery is elegantly designed and crafted and can easily hold its own on the international scene.

The pieces were done by the creative hands of women such as Anna Correia, Millisa Sewak, Irene Gonsalves and Norma Woolford. They alone accounted for 183 masterpieces at the exhibition.

Large pieces can form the central theme for personal decor, while the smaller gift items awaken the spirit of giving.

Artists Maylene Duncan, Merlene Ellis, O'Donna Allsopp, Edna Cadogan, Margaret Dookan, Agnes Jones, Akima McPherson, Jenell Osborne, Susan Sue-Chee, Kathleen Thompson and Petal Padmini Surujpaul explore varying themes.

They make colours talk in mediums of oil, acrylic, watercolour, pen and ink and pastel.

Nyota Killikelly and Susan Sue-Chee have a profound way with textiles. The fabrics leap to life with the combination of colour, design and technique. They master the art of tie-dye, block print, discharge and hand painting enough to stir one into dreaming up classy outfits manufactured from their uniquely designed cloth.

Marcelle Yhip and Marilyn Correia arrest attention with their setting of Guyana's semi- precious stones. Stud and drop earrings and pendants in tranquil hues such as green, blue, purple are appropriate for any occasion.

Josefa Tamayo has the notable claim of being Guyana's lone professional female sculptor. Her sculptures, calabash masks and wooden table lamps are magnetising.

A mural completed at the Association's first workshop is also a showpiece. The workshop was held in July this year under the theme Creative Hands in Unity.

The creative expressions tranquilise the soul and aid the appreciation of the soft, non-volatile treats that life offers.

The mission of these women artists is to stimulate interest, encourage the creative efforts of other women, support members of the association in gaining personal gratification from their work and landing superb careers.

The exposition concludes on Tuesday, November 12.

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