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The group, which has been exhibiting since November 1992, was formally launched in January 1997, with the motto `Unity in Diversity’, at the conclusion of their exhibition of the same name at the Guyana Musuem and Castellani House. This theme was again used for their recent exhibition in July 2002 at Castellani House.
The artists have also previously undertaken `Unity Marches’, walks from Georgetown to various towns and centres throughout Guyana, from the East Coast and West Bank Demerara, to Linden, New Amsterdam and Corentyne, between June 1996 and December 1997, in efforts to promote their message
On this occasion, founding members Desmond Alli, Linden Jemmott and Ohene Koama will show paintings and sculptures, joined by sculptor Gary Thomas, showing work from a private collection, by Roy Fiffee, painter and graphic artist, and by Carlesta Sutton and Stacia Pitt, contributing works on fabric.
The artists are dedicating their exhibition to Guyanese of all ethnic backgrounds, political persuasions and professions who have contributed out of a sense of personal and national duty to the `building and humanisation of the Guyanese landscape’.
The artists quote a number of texts as inspiring this particular event and supplying the theme of this exhibition: from the Bhagavad Gita, where Lord Krishna reminds Arjun of his `line of duty’ as a warrior on the battlefield of Kurukshetra; the words of Emperor Haile Selassie I to the United Nations in 1966; the words of Jose Martí, `A true man does not seek the path where advantage lies but rather the path where duty lies’: and from the Book of Revelations.
The exhibition is open to the public from Friday March 7 next and continues to Saturday March 29 at the National Gallery, Vlissengen Road, Georgetown.
Gallery hours are 10:oo hrs to 17:00 hrs on weekdays, and 14:00 hrs to 18:00 hrs on Saturdays. The gallery is closed on Sundays.