‘Whooosh’ to showcase Hurricane Maria impressions

by: - June 19, 2018
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An art exhibition to showcase artistes’ impression of Hurricane Maria’s impact on Dominica is carded for 27 July 2018.

The art exhibition entitled ‘Whooosh!!’ is being organized by the Waitukubuli Art Association and the Dominica Export Import Agency (DEXIA) to help elevate the level of creativity on the island.

“DEXIA is trying to really promote art in Dominica, because it’s being somewhat overlooked and it’s kind of fading away,” President of the Waitukubuli Art Association, Lowell Royer told Vibes news on Tuesday 19 June 2018.

Thus the art exhibition was planned alongside DEXIA to help “revitalize the whole art scene in Dominica”.

“It is mostly inspired by Hurricane Maria, and how it affected the artiste and what inspirational ideas it gave the artistes,” Royer said.

The title of the art exhibition, ‘WHOOOSH’ was chosen, Royer explained, because in local parlance “when you hear whoosh you just think of something that passed really quickly, something that affected you with great impact”, thus it was used instead of saying it’s a Hurricane Maria exhibition.

The exhibition will feature “a lot of inspirational work by talented artists” to include Kurd George, Samarah Roller, Shadrach Burton, Ziggy Bruney and Lowell Omni Royer, among others.

The exhibition will open at the Windsor Park Sports Stadium in Roseau from 5PM on 27 July and remain opened for three days, until 29 July. It will then move to the Old Mill Cultural Centre in Canefield from 30 July to 3 August 2018.

Patrons are advised to be punctual for the art exhibition, as the Association is trying to discourage the practice of late attendance.

“We’re trying to change that and we’re trying to get people to be on time, so you need to come at 5PM sharp or you’re gonna miss out,” Royer advised.

He credits his uncle, renowned artiste Earl Ettienne who is the curator for the exhibition, for inspiring him to pursue a career in the arts.

“I was always interested in drawing and painting and so on but when he saw I could do something he really pushed me into it,” Royer said of Ettienne.