It’s ART-TIVITY time again! Suga Lifestyle (GW Art) in collaboration with the Rotaract Club of New Kingston will be conducting an Art initiative with students from the Lister Mair/Gilby High School for the Deaf. They will be Painting, Tie-Dying, Jewellery making and learning customer service, marketing and entrepreneurship skills. We strive to bring out their creativity, create awareness about the school and learn some sign language too.
The items created will be showcased at Suga Lifestyle’s Pre Valentine’s Day Pop Up Shop on Saturday, February 8th at The Jamaica Pegasus, where all proceeds will go towards the children and the school. Stay tuned for more details.
Feel free to join us this Saturday, January 25th and February 1st at Hope Estate in Papine from 9am to 4pm.
By: Gabrielle Burgess
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GW Art’s Collection was held in the Rio Bueno Suite of the Jamaica Pegasus last week Saturday evening. The weather held up and a few persons even came out within the first hour of the show, but the majority filtered in from 6pm onwards.
Guests appreciated the colours and textures used by the artist, as well as the variety of pieces on display. The Collection definitely represented GW Art’s motto that ‘GW Art is for Everyone’.
Acrylic on canvas was the main medium used for wall paintings, big and small, framed and unframed.
Homey pieces greeted guests on the way in, followed by a wall of nature.
Consultant rheumatologist, Dr. Stacy Davis admiring a decorative pair of paintings by GW Art.
The standout piece for the night, ‘Connected’ showed depth and good technique from the artist.
GW Art’s new piece, ‘Connected’ – Acrylic on (60×60)m Canvas
‘Connected’ had quite a bit of representation for 1 piece and the artist ensured her perspective for it was expressed in her Lookbook, which ended up being passed around by guests with much excitement. The Lookbook included a chronological order of pieces from the current and previous collections with a bit about the artist, her perspective on each piece and how GW Art began. The Lookbook was dedicated to the artist’s late father and past West Indies Cricketer, Basil (Shotgun) Williams. Gabrielle plans on updating this lookbook as more pieces are created.
Sacha Vaccianna-Riley going through GW Art’s Lookbook with a glass of Vino in hand. [Photo: Kirk Wignall]
There were a few wooden signs and pieces on a grid wall panel display, courtesy of Miracle Corporation Ltd., that caught the eyes of many. These pieces showed the trendy side of GW Art and ‘Blessed’was a favourite, with replicas ordered throughout the night.
Amongst the smaller paintings, ‘Our Doctor Bird’ was another favourite, with light brush strokes. The piece was inspired by the artist’s outing to Cafe Eits one morning for breakfast, where the hummingbirds would often come and go to their trees on property in the midst of a calm and cool ambience.
‘Our Doctor Bird’ on (8×10)” acrylic on canvas
‘Figure 8’ and ‘Foreplay’ were quite a hit with the men.
Gabrielle Burgess of GW Art with Jagari Green and her acrylic on canvas piece, ‘Figure 8’. [Photo: Kirk Wignall]
GW Art’s ‘Foreplay’ – Framed by Frame Art Jamaica; Acrylic on (12×16)” Canvas. [Photo: Kirk Wignall]
Patsy and Raymond Mair shop cheeses with Gordon Dempster of Outland Hurders Creamery and Farmstead. [Photo: Kirk Wignall]
Throughout the night, guests mingled and contemplated which pieces they should walk away with for the night.
Hospitality guru, Nicola Madden-Greig and husband, Stephen Greig were in attendance to support Suga Lifestyle (GW Art). [Photo: Kirk Wignall]
With GW Art, it’s always wine o’clock, so wine was complimentary to guests complemented by what was on offer from the 3 selected, local artisans. Gabrielle Burgess of Suga Lifestyle, under which GW Art falls, knew that Jamaican made cheeses from Outland Hurders Creamery & Farmstead, Homemade Jams and Pepper Jellies from Chorlavi’s, along with bean to bar 71% dark Chocolate from One One Cacao would not only pair well with the Wine and Prosecco offered, but pair well amongst each other as well.
The artisans were pleasantly surprised, realising this during the event and were seen purchasing from each other. This is what Suga Lifestyle and embracing Brand Jamaica is all about!
Half and Half, Red Maroon, and the guest’s favourite, Jamaican Jack – cheeses from Outland Hurders Creamery and Farmstead. [Photo: Kirk Wignall]
Tipsy Tamarind Jam, just one of the many from Chorlavi’s Homemade Pepper Jellies and Jams, low in sugar, which paired well with not only Cheese, but One One Cacao’s St. Mary, Unity Estate, 71% Dark Chocolate. [Photo: Kirk Wignall]
The award-winning One One Cacao had their Bean to Bar Dark Chocolate and freshly baked Dark Chocolate Cookies. [Photo: Kirk Wignall]
Nella Davis Stewart of Chorlavi’s telling Dr. Kamar Fletcher and Kareem Tomlinson all about her homemade Pepper Jellies and Jams. [Photo: Kirk Wignall]
Local Chocolatier, Nick Davis with wife, Marta enjoyed the night as much as guests did. [Photo: Kirk Wignall]
Brand Jamaica was well supported by over 80 guests in attendance and the event was a success for Suga Lifestyle (GW Art).
(L-R) Diane Wilson, Artist, Gabrielle Burgess, Damany Calder and Kimberly Nesbeth enjoyed their night with Suga Lifestyle (GW Art). [Photo: Kirk Wignall]
GW Art’s ‘Island Set’ Acrylic on Canvas Painting, adding colour to the walls of a new home.
GW Art’s ‘Island Set’ Acrylic on (16*20)” Oval Canvas up close, which was replicated from the original that premiered and sold at the GW Art show on September 26, 2018 at the Reggae Mill Bar, Devon House
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For the Holiday season GW Art will be at Conu’co Market in Ocho Rios on Sunday, December 2nd and at Suga Lifestyle’s Christmas Connection on Saturday, December 15th at The Liguanea Club, New Kingston!
Uncork some wine and your creativity to paint for a cause with The New Kingston Rotaract Club in association with Island Strokes on Saturday, August 18th for $4000JMD. Proceeds are in aid of charity, as New Kingston Rotaract Club is a Non-Profit Organization under the youth arm of Rotary. Their motto is fellowship through service.
To purchase tickets or for more information:
Ph: 876-320-1773 (Jhenelle Black)
Follow The New Kingston Rotaract Club on Instagram, @nkrcjamaica and see how you can join the Club, participate or donate to their Projects. Help to Build a Better Jamaica.
One Jamaica. One Love.
By: Gabrielle Burgess
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