Fort Young & Secret Bay art galleries preserve legacy of cultural stalwarts, make way for future talent

GEMS Holdings Ltd. has recently introduced a new project that combines creativity and culture with the opening of two art galleries in Dominica. The first gallery, the Old Oven Art Gallery at the Fort Young Hotel, was officially launched on November 25, 2023. Fittingly, this gallery pays tribute to the late cultural figure Dr. Alwin Bully, featuring a retrospective of his works and pieces from his personal collection curated by Carla Armour. A new exhibition showcasing works for sale by local artists such as Carol Sorhaindo, Jenae Bell, Lowell Royer, Antonio Toledo, and Marie Louise Pierre Louis was unveiled on April 30, 2024.

Likewise, the upcoming opening of the Bwa Denn Art Gallery at Secret Bay on June 29, 2024, is exciting news for art and culture enthusiasts. This gallery will honor the legacy of the late master artist Earl Etienne with its first exhibition, a Précis Retrospective highlighting selected series and themes from Etienne’s work. Mr. Aaron Hamilton, appointed as the Curator for both galleries, expressed confidence that these spaces will provide local artists with opportunities to showcase and sell their work, fostering the growth of Dominica’s arts and culture.

Gregor Nassief, CEO of GEMS Holdings Ltd., emphasized the company’s commitment to supporting local artists and promoting the development of the arts through these commercial galleries. According to a statement by the organization, this initiative aligns with the GEMS Foundation’s mission to amplify Dominican talent in various artistic fields, particularly within the Entertainment and Arts pillar. The collaboration between the Foundation and the new art galleries underscores their dedication to showcasing Dominica’s vibrant arts and culture scene.

“Our investment in and dedication of these spaces to the visual arts as commercial galleries is a testament to our recognition of the talent of local artists in Dominica and also represents our genuine commitment to the on-going development of the arts,” remarked Nassief. “Our galleries will provide a new level of exposure to our artists and their work to both the local and international community”.

Local artists interested in exhibiting their work are encouraged to reach out to Mr. Aaron Hamilton, Curator, at 767-614-1583 or via email at [email protected].

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