Jamaican Art depicts grace, strength and beauty of our people

PEMBROKE PINES – Nearly 30 pieces of work of three Jamaican artists continue to be exhibited at the South Broward Regional Library in Pembroke Pines.

The work of the featured artists which runs through the month of August, continues the celebration of activities commemorating Jamaica’s 47th anniversary of Independence throughout South Florida.

The artists include Jerry Craig, Vaughn Tucker and Ms. Corrine Wakeland, all displaying varied themes in their bodies of work.

Jerry Craig

Described as an abstract expressionist, Mr. Craig’s work is a tapestry of abstract symbolism in which he uses the colors of Caribbean flora and the undulating shapes of the Caribbean landscape to retrace the roots of the peoples of the region.

An art educator, Mr. Craig continues to help young artists develop their profession. He was former Director of the Jamaica School of Art at the Edna Manley College of Visual and Performing Arts in Kingston. While there, he established departments of fiber arts, jewel craft and art education as well as expanding departments of painting, sculpture, graphics and ceramics, and art history.

Craig has also held solo exhibitions regionally and internationally. His work has been presented officially to visiting world leaders by Prime Ministers of Jamaica. He was also commissioned by the Jamaican Government to paint Easter eggs for the White House collection.

Corrine Wakeland

Also a graduate of Edna Manley School of Visual Arts, Corrine Wakeland continues to “create works of art that positively impact and enhance my life as well as others,” she said.

She specialized in jewelry design and art education but continues to experiment with more sculptural forms, techniques and materials which are vividly showcased in her presentations. These, she said documents her life’s journey, expressing feelings and views on womanhood, inner beauty, nature and love – all depictions of the true Jamaican woman.

Ms. Wakeland has also exhibited in other groups as well as solo displays in Europe, the Caribbean and other parts of the United States.

Vaughn Tucker

Vaughn Tucker began his artistic career at the early of 12 in his hometown in St. Ann.

After migrating to the United States in 2004, he continued to hone his skill channeling his passion for art through nature. His work can be seen in oil paint, water color and acrylic and depicts his feelings for the tropical aura.

His work also continues to be showcased in several premium shows across the Southern USA and the Caribbean earning him several awards. He is also a product of the National Festival Fine Arts Competition of the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC).

At an artists’ Reception, yesterday (Aug. 19) at the Library, Consul General, Mrs. Sandra Griffiths lauded the artists describing their work as distinctively brilliant and different styles.

According to the Consul General, the works of the artists forms part of the myriad of events celebrating Jamaica’s cultural and heritage.

As she encouraged nationals and friends of the Diaspora to share in these events, she spoke their pride and devotion to their work depicting, beauty, grace and strength of our country, and her people and their own related experiences.

The exhibition runs through the end of August.

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