April 29, 2002 – A total of 89 adult and student artists are represented with some 135 original works in the 14th annual Caribbean Colour fine art exhibition, which is on display through Saturday noon at The Art Gallery in the Grand Hotel on St. Thomas.
Visitors to the show, presented by the St. Thomas-St. John Arts Council, get to cast their votes for a People's Choice Award. The first-, second- and third-place winners will be announced in a brief closing ceremony at noon on Saturday.
The works are hanging on the ground floor of the gallery, located in the Grand Galleria complex alongside Emancipation Garden in downtown Charlotte Amalie.
The 49 adult artists — 32 from St. Thomas, 16 from St. John and one from St. Croix — entered a total of 75 works for judging in four categories — oils, water media (watercolor, gouache), three-dimensional works (sculpture, assemblage, etc.) and "everything else."
The 40 students entered a total of 60 pieces of artwork, including some collaborative efforts, competing in separate judging in the same four categories. Most of the student entries were submitted by art teachers at Antilles School, Bertha C. Boschulte Middle School, Charlotte Amalie High School, Ivanna Eudora Kean High School and The School of Visual Arts and Careers, an after-school and summer enrichment program at the Fort Christian Museum. In addition, four students submitted entries on their own.
Lynn Paccassi Berry, president of the not-for-profit, membership-based Arts Council, and also chair of the 20002 Caribbean Colour Committee, said the call for entries for student work was "sent to every school with seventh grade and above, both public and private, on St. Thomas and St. John."
The show, which opened on April 20, was judged by Deborah Broad, a visual artist and owner of the Deborah Broad Gallery in Christiansted; and Felipe Ayala, executive director of the Haagensen House museum on St. Thomas. And their choices were:
Adult judging
Oils — 1. Aphrodite ("Crimson Rose"). 2. Mitch Gibbs ("Fishermen"). 3. Brian Murphy ("Trees by the Shore").
Water media — 1. Denise Wright ("Salt Pond Bay III"). 2. Mandy MacDonald ("Leatherhat Rasta"). 3. Gail Van de Bogurt ("Pink Wall with Palms").
Three-dimensional — 1. Edney Freeman ("Umbilical Cord"). 2. Gail Van de Bogurt ("Inner Vision"). 3. Katherine O'Neal ("Contemplate").
Everything else — 1. Steven Flores ("Swordfish Bill"). 2. Lisa Crumrine ("Totem #4"). 3. Kimberly Boulon ("Carnival Kiss").
Student judging
Oils — 1. McKenley Stanislaus ("Ocean View").
Water media — 1. Tony Bongiovi ("Primavera"). 2. Mark Dixon ("Golden Sand"). 3. McKenley Stanislaus ("Vessup Point").
Three-dimensional — 1. Shaun Brian Sells ("Singing Fishy Teapot"). 2. Emily Newbold (Untitled). 3. Jenelle Rogers ("Preserving the Future").
Everything else — 1. Davin Charles ("Man and His Saxophone"). Brittney Sutton ("Under the Sea"). 3. EKHS graphic design class ("Life Above and Below the Sea").
In addition to viewing the Caribbean Colour entries, gallery visitors also have the opportunity to buy raffle tickets for four original works of art donated by local artists and two patchwork quilts. The paintings are an oil by Aphrodite, a batik by Anita de la Cruz, an oil by Susan Edwards and a watercolor by Frances Rutnik.
The two quilts were assembled by Arts Council board member Cheryl Miller using squares of fabric art created by exhibitors in this year's Caribbean Colour show. One quilt uses artwork by the adults; the other one incorporated work by the students.
"Money raised from the art raffle will be seed money for the next show," Paccassi Berry said. "The proceeds from the quilt raffles will go toward materials such as books, videos and art supplies for a community art resource center" that the Arts Council plans to develop.
Tickets for the artwork raffle are $2 apiece or six for $10. Those for the quilts are $5 each. Winners of both raffles will be drawn at noon Saturday and announced along with the People's Choice Award winners.
The gallery is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free. All of the adult works are for sale — if they haven't been sold already.

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