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Friday May 22, 2015 • Issue 179
In keeping with the proclamation by the
United Nations that 2015 is the Interna-
tional Year of Light, the Art Society of
Trinidad and Tobago opened its annual
May exhibition using the theme "Light in
Nature and Culture".
The Gallery, located at the corner of Ja-
maica Boulevard and St Vincent Avenue,
Federation Park, opened to art lovers, special
guests and members alike, and a special an-
nouncement was made by ASTT President
Clayton De Freitas, introducing the Society's
new patrons, namely Mrs Christine Millar, Mr
Selby Wooding and Mr Brian Mac Farlane,
who all enjoyed the diverse styles and tech-
niques on display.
Painted stones, mixed media, cloth col-
lages, still life, portraiture, digital photography
and abstract art each held their own in terms
of texture, colour and beauty, true to the
theme of the event. Sunrises abounded, and
as expected, outdoor scenes were extensive
and indeed, colourful.
Also on show (but not for sale) were
pieces by iconic painters including Martin Su-
perville (among others). Artists Lisa O'Con-
nor, Shauna Narine, Sayada Ramdial, Hayden
Smith, Anna Charles-Smith, Marcus Ruiz,
Halcian Pierre and Tessa Alexander were just
a few members whose works were selected
for the show, chosen by a special jury.
Prizes were also awarded on opening night
and the awardees were Compton Welch
(Special mention), Wulf Gestermainer (3rd
prize), Karen Hale Jackson (2nd prize) and
Johnathan Smith (1st prize). The winner, a
former student of Hillview College has been
making a name for himself since joining the
Art Society of Trinidad and Tobago back in
2013, and he had also received the Best New
Artist prize for his piece shown at the 2014
ABOUT THE WINNER
At 19 years old, Jonathan Smith is living
proof of the theory that the apple doesn't fall
far from the tree; his parents Anna and Hay-
den Smith also had pieces in the exhibition.
Jonathan made quite an impression with a
black and white acrylic painting named 'Sanc-
tuary' that looked like a photograph from
afar, and it was truly deserving of the "Best
in Show" ribbon.
When asked how he felt about this year's
accolades, the humble Tacarigua resident ad-
mitted that "It really feels special to be cho-
sen; I didn't think I could actually compete
with the 'big guns'. It's really encouraging, and
He realised he had the gift when he did a
portrait of actor Hugh Laurie who played Dr.
House on television, and he has been honing
his art skills since leaving Hillview College and
he will soon be heading to university abroad.
He believes that art is something that all
young people should get involved in, and it's a
good way to be expressive. His advice?
"Don't listen to the devil's advocate in your
heart. There's that issue of wanting to sell
work professionally and wondering if your
work is considered that of a professional, but
you will get there. It just takes time. I know
I've had moments where I thought of giving
up. But, I kept going and I ignored that voice
in my head, and I can safely say that I am en-
joying the success."
The Art Society's May Exhibition Light in
Nature and Culture runs from Tuesday, May
12th to Wednesday, May 27, 2015. The
Gallery is open daily from 10am to 5pm.
Do you remember your granny's pleated skirts? Well,
we wear it now but with a modern twist.
It doesn't get more ladylike than the ever flirty trend,
pleated skirt. When you hear the word "pleats," you might
associate it with a schoolgirl skirt, whether primary or sec-
ondary school but pleated skirts don't necessarily have to
be girlish, unless that's what you're going for. Try them in
feminine, flowing fabrics, like chiffon and silk for a more
Highlight your Waist
For the most slimming look, it's key to show off the waist-
band of the skirt or wear with a belt (otherwise you can ap-
pear shapeless). So whether you go preppy with a crew neck,
tough with a striped tee or sexy with a cleavage blouse, tuck it
in! YES, tuck it in!
The most valuable tip when wearing a pleated skirt is to
tuck your shirt in, no matter what your body shape is. If you
don't tuck it, you run the risk of looking boxy and shapeless. If
you really don't want to tuck, a cropped top is a great alterna-
tive, so that your waist is still there for all to see.
Remember for Flattering Pleats, I suggest:-
1) Stitched down pleats lie flat at the top, ideal for that little
2) Paired with heels, flats, feminine sandals, sleek pumps
can complete the look you are going for.
3) For my curvaceous ladies, I suggest you choose a light,
flowy fabric pleated skirt, it won't add bulk to our hips.
4) For short ladies with short legs, I suggest, a hemline
that's higher in the middle doesn't cut you off at the calves.
Get Pleated and Flirt away...
"Paramin, Feel The Heat" by Hayden Smith (Acrylic)
"Divine" by Robert Ramkissoon (Digital Art)
Artist, Johnathan Smith and his winning piece,
"Catching Fireflies" by Halcian Pierre
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