Headline:The French connection Publication: Groove Category: Entertainment Pub. Date:
3/7/08 Pub. Page: 11 Creator:Bourne Carolle
THERE'S A NEW LUSHNESS to the current paintings
of Catherine Forter-Chee-A-Tow. She has moved rapidly from a prominent member of the newcomers'
art group to shades of Boscoe Holder . . . from somewhat naïve to impressionistic.
cherish the fact that as an artist, you give away a part of yourself with each painting.
A painting is not only about image, colour or technique."
Born in France, Barbados
has been her home for two decades; the artist now speaks of her love of social history
and seeking out the works of "classic French Caribbean writers" Maryse Conde, Patrick
Chamoisseau, Rafael Confiant and also Sharon Maas of Guyana.
Her love of markets and
the people who populate them shines through in the case of Bajan markets. She is
drawn to trays and hats.
Incidentally, Holder claimed he owed his French influence
to his mother and her Martinique connections, and Forter-Chee-A-Tow credits days spent
with her grandmother "in a small town in the province of Cordoba" as transmitting a
fascination with markets to her.
"I paint markets for their rhythm and movement."
to be congratulated on her art collection 2008 running until March 28 at the Gallery
of Caribbean Art in Speightstown.
You'll respond readily to her richly coloured presentations,
the joie de vivre and innate sensuality.
Today's the last day to check out The Art
& Science of Coral Reefs at the Grand Salle of The Tom Adams Financial Centre. This
brief exhibit of four days was called under the auspices of the Coastal Zone Management
Unit it starts at ten and is over by 4 p.m.
This evening at 6:30 p.m. at the Barbados
Arts Council's Pelican Gallery, poet Dana Gilkes a member of Writers Ink launches
Anatomy Of A Scream, a collection of intriguing poetry. Past winner of a Frank Collymore
Literary Arts Award, Gilkes won't disappoint.
Opening next Sunday at 6 p.m. at the
Queen's Park Gallery, a retrospective of work by artist Denyse Menard-Greenidge and
it shouldn't be missed. Dubbed as UNVEILED, the exhibition runs until April 5.