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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Thursday, December 3, 2015
The Art Society of T&T invites all art and craft
lovers to the 2015 edition of their annual Christmas
Art Market which takes place at the Gallery Head-
quarters, Jamaica Boulevard and St Vincent Avenue,
Federation Park on December 5, from 9 am to 4 pm.
Visitors will have a treasure trove of items on sale
to choose from, including large and miniature paintings,
photographs, handcrafted clothing, glassware, jewellery,
accessories and more, made by members of the society.
A release said there will also be a mini Art Society
Gallery where artwork from various collectors will also
be on sale. ASTT patrons Christine Millar, Selby Wood-
ing and Brian Mac Farlane will also be visiting.
Exhibitors will also be competing for special prize
certificates for the best booth/table design; these were
specially created to honour our artistic icons Sybil
Atteck (1st Prize certificate), Carlisle Chang (2nd Prize
certificate) and Amy Leong Pang (3rd Prize certifi-
Musical entertainment will be provided by a DJ and
a visiting artiste and there will be lots to eat and drink
(including smoothies) at our Food Court situated at
the ASTT gallery entrance. Guests can enjoy ample
seating in this space, decorated in festive red and green
in celebration of the holiday season.
Art Market is on!
An Evening of Tea and Readings held on November
28 at Paper Based Bookshop at The Normandie, St
Anns, proves that the activity of reading books has
a chance to survive in the midst of the internet age.
Seating at the event was at a premium as people
crowded the intimate space to enjoy reading presen-
tations from four local authors and a commentary
from one filmmaker, before they made a purchase of
their books on offer.
The event, hosted by Paper Based owner Joan Dayal,
spotlighted authors Martin Daly, Elspeth Duncan,
Danielle Delon, and Lisa Allen-Agostini, and filmmaker,
Daly presented readings from his book, The Daly
Commentaries, a compilation of his newspaper musings
through the years on topics ranging from politics to
T&T s natural wonders. Laughter erupted from the
audience when Daly jokingly explained that his readings
for the evening were an attempt to show his softer
side rather than his largely warpath offerings for which
he is so well known.
In similar fashion to Daly s book origin, Duncan s
book---Tobago Peeps--- was populated with articles
from her weekly column by the same name, in the
T&T Guardian. "Tobago Peeps," said Duncan, "is both
a peep into life in Tobago, as well as referring to the
people of Tobago." Delon, taking on the role of historian,
excitedly read excerpts from her book Bridges, trans-
porting the audience back to our island s earlier and
simpler times and the infrastructure that was just
emerging on its landscape. The excerpts read by Allen-
Agostini from her latest book Swallowing the Sky,
reflected her personal experiences in love and loss.
The event also featured a short film presentation
by Christopher Laird, highlighting the storytelling
capabilities of T&T s writers and film creators. Laird
presented lively clips from No Bois Man No Fraid, his
stick fighting-themed short film, and Paradise Lost,
which gives a rare peek into Peter Minshall s mind on
the creation of his 1976 mas designs by the same
Within the last decade, a slew of television drama
series as well as the ubiquitous social media has been
changing the choice of entertainment among today s
audiences. People, it seems, are always on the move,
smart devices in hand, lapping up reruns of
Shonda Rhymes latest brainchild, or video
clips from pop stars, celebrities, and friends.
From all the online activity, it would appear
that reading is facing an imminent flat line.
An Evening of Tea and Readings, held for
over four years by Paper Based Bookshop,
continues to recharge the dying art of reading
by promoting and spotlighting local and
regional authors, and engaging audiences
through vivid presentations of the value and
vitality of the written word.
Paper Based Bookshop keeping
reading entertainment alive
For more information, call 622-9827 or send
an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Authors and filmakers all in a row. From left, Martin Daly, Danielle Delon, Lisa Alleyne-
Agostini, Elspeth Duncan, and Christopher Laird.
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