Sunday, January 30, 2011

A Fine Day In The Country

Had lunch at Prospect on the East Coast today with family and friends.  Here are a few shots of the day.









A Few Portraits

Potrait photography is becoming more enjoyable as I learn how to approach people.  These were taken today along with my landscape shots but I chose to post them separately for future reference.

A Return to Pico Tenerife

This morning four of us headed out to Pico Tenerife.  This was a first for cousin Connie from Atlanta, a second visit for her husband David (who accompanied me last year) and a reunion of sorts for Connie's cousin (on the other other side of the family) Janice.  We enjoyed ourselves at Cove Bay and did most of our shooting from there, sitting with the lambs and quietly taking pics and looking out towards the peak.  While we were several hours too late to get any really dramatic shots it was a treasure trove of images for us.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Montefiore postcript...

At least for this trip, conservator Angel Santiago-Torres is now finished with this stage of the Montefiore restoration.  Here are a few shots of the fountain today, without the scaffolding.  I did not have my wide-angle zoom with me today so this post is not comprehensive in its coverage of the restoration...stay tuned!






Friday, January 14, 2011

Montefiore Fountain, Bridgetown undergoes final stages of restoration

The Montefiore Fountain, dating back to 1864 and located opposite the Coleridge Street Library, is one of the many fine examples of unique Barbadian built heritage that can be found in Bridgetown and is included in the area which has prompted the bid for the nomination of Bridgetown and the Garrison as a World Heritage Site. Sponsored by the National Art Gallery Committee,  conservation efforts are nearing completion.  The Puerto Rican objects conservator, Mr. Angel Santiago-Torres is seen here working with his Barbadian assistants. 

Apart from finalizing the restoration of the inscription around the base and repairs to the tessellated elements, Mr.Santiago-Torres worked on the repairs and in some case complete replacement (shown here) of the finials which were the last parts to be installed. To achieve this goal, he created a mould from an old finial from his last visit and manufactured reproductions which were then installed at the summit of the piece.

This fountain, previously located at Beckwith Place and moved to its present location in 1940, was given to the city by John Montefiore as a memorial to his father, John Castello Montefiore who died from Cholera in 1854. The Ministry of Transport and Works and the National Conservation Commission are assisting with this important restoration activity.
 

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Jazz'NThe Street, Barbados, January 12, 2011




















A few of the warm-up acts for tonight's show were Rickey Aimey (Bass, Vocals) and Friends who included the songbirds Rosemary Philips and Tamara Marshall,  John King and Dré Delano (Sax).  I make no apologies for working on my night off, or for leaving before the show was over!

Monday, January 10, 2011

Opening of the H. RICHARD SONIS AND NANCY S. K. SONIS COLLECTION at the Barbados Museum and Historical Society

Mrs. Kathy Yearwood, well-known supporter of Barbadian Art and Dr.Trevor Carmichael Q.C., President of the Barbados Museum & Historical Society

Peter Stevens, Heritage Consultant and Lt. Commander Sean Reece

A supporter of the arts views a work of art from the collection

Artist Winston Kellman (second left) makes a point to Mary Rose, Director of the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre and Mrs. Jennifer Leacock

Director of the Barbados Museum & Historical Society, Ms. Alissandra Cummins, makes introductory remarks.  At right is Dr. Trevor Carmichael Q.C. (President of the Barbados Museum)

Director of the Barbados Museum & Historical Society, Ms. Alissandra Cummins

Mrs. Allison Callendar, Curator of Art at the Barbados Museum, gives the feature address

Mrs. Allison Callendar, Curator of Art at the Barbados Museum, makes the Opening Remarks

Mrs. Allison Callendar, Curator of Art at the Barbados Museum

Dr. Trevor Carmichael Q.C., President of the Barbados Museum & Historical Society, At right is Director of the Society, Alissandra Cummins

Left to right:  Mr. Erich Sixt, Director of the Society, Alissandra Cummins, Mrs. Regine Sixt, Honorary Consul for Barbados in Germany, Dr. Trevor Carmichael Q.C., President of the Barbados Museum & Historical Society


Mrs. Regine Sixt (left), Honorary Consul for Barbados to Germany, Director of the Barbados Museum & Historical Society, Alissandra Cummins

Left to right:  Mrs. Regine Sixt, Honorary Consul for Barbados to Germany, Dr. Trevor Carmichael Q.C., President of the Barbados Museum & Historical Society,  Director of the Society, Alissandra Cummins

Patrons viewing the work of Francis Griffith whose work forms the core of the Sonis Collection




Dr. Trevor Carmichael Q.C., President of the Barbados Museum & Historical Society shares a moment with Arts Patron, Ms. Nel Bretney

Left to right:  Arts consultant Denyse Menard-Greenidge makes a comment to veteran artist David Skinner and Hon. Consul for Barbados in Germany Mrs. Sixt.

Visitors to the exhibition in discussion


Veteran artist and co-founder of Walker's World, Mrs. Jill Walker

Ms. Mary Rose, Director of the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre (left), Mrs. Jennifer Leacock

The opening of the H. RICHARD SONIS AND NANCY S. K. SONIS COLLECTION, held Jan.9th. The Collection features the art, acquired over a period of 40 years,  of 26 Barbadian artists including Fielding Babb, Ras Akyem Ramsey, Ras Ishi Butcher, Jill Walker and the late Francis Griffith. Thanks to the generosity and vision of the Sonis' gift to the nation, these works have been returned to the island and represent a significant part of the development of Art in Barbados in the second half of the 20th century. During the ceremony, it was announced by Dr. Trevor Carmichael Q.C., President of the Society, that an offer of sponsorship was generously made by Hon. Consul for Barbados in Germany, Mrs. Regine Sixt, along with her husband, Erich.  Their generosity will result in the Collection being exhibited in Europe at some time in the future.

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