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Opening Time Closing Time
Port of Spain
CLOSED ALL DAY
To herald the opening of the new
year, the Art Society of T&T is staging
a special exhibition titled Sybil Atteck:
iconic Artist, Trinidad and Tobago.
This exhibition takes place on January
11 from 7 to 9 pm at the Society s
headquarters located on Jamaica
Boulevard and St Vincent Avenue,
Federation Park, and will be the first
of many to be held at the ASTT in
honour of our local art icons.
Sybil Atteck s works are considered
rare collector s items and many of these
have not been seen by the general pub-
lic for many years. According to ASTT
president Clayton De Freitas in a
release, "This show is not only to
admire her works, but also to educate
our emerging artists, the public and
school students about her. We are also
happy and excited to exhibit her work
and collectors have come forward to
share their pieces for the duration of
the show. She is indeed a treasured
icon of this country."
Born in Rio Claro in 1911, Atteck is
known for her beautiful watercolour
paintings and sculptures, and she also
taught art at a girl s school in Port-
of-Spain. During her formative years
she was exposed to music, crochet,
embroidery, floral arranging and the
design of Carnival costumes, and her
formal art training began after grad-
uating from Bishop Anstey High School
She spent a few years at the Botan-
ical Department of the Ministry of
Agriculture, then left to attend the
Regent Street Polytechnic, London,
England (1934), Escuela Bellas Artes,
Lima, Peru (1942) and Washington
University, School of Fine Arts, St
Louis, Missouri, USA (1943). She would
later become one of the first founders
of ASTT, and was appointed its first
Secretary in 1943. Years later she also
served once as its president and gained
an honorary life membership.
She passed away in 1975 after com-
plications due to cancer.
The show will run until January 20.
Admission is free.
A special invitation is extended to
students attending primary, secondary
and tertiary institutions.
Gallery hours are as follows:
'Band formed to promote
soca music to the world'
He said: "Our band was formed to
promote soca music to the rest of the
world. We played only soca music
whether people knew it or not." Their
second album---Sunshine and You--
featured Carl and Carol Jacobs, Robin
Imamshah, Steve Sealy, Colin Stephens
and Jude Bethel.
After playing music for Minshall s
Carnival of the Sea for Carnival 1979,
the band toured the Caribbean, Canada
and NY, mainly to spread the gospel
Then in 1980, a song for Minshall s
Dance Macabre, Blue Boy s (now
Superblue) Soca Baptist and Penguin s
Look the Devil Dey were all produced
by Charlie s Roots.
Later that year David Rudder joined
the band and in 1981 made a hit with
Jungle Fever, a song composed for
Minshall s band of the same name.
From there on there was no stopping
that mas and music relationship, as
Minshall composed Calabash for his
next presentation of the same name,
sung by Rudder, while compositions
for Minshall s presentation of Callaloo
and River were done by Goddard and
Goddard said: "We played non-stop
in Minshall bands. From when we left
the mas camp to when we reach back."
Popular as he was, Tambu went on to
tour the Caribbean from Guyana to
Jamaica making waves.
From 1980 to 1990 Roots backed all
top local calypso and regional bards for
Some time in 1986, the band, together
with David Rudder, was signed to Warn-
er Brothers and from then, did promo-
tional tours to England, Italy, France,
Finland, Sweden, Holland, Belgium,
Brussels and Germany, as well as across
America and Canada repeatedly.
And during the period 1986--1995,
Roots was involved in a number of
projects. One, on the invitation of Byron
Lee, it was the first T&T band to play
at Jamaica s very first carnival. And
during those years too, the band also
shared stage with international groups
such as the Jackson 5 in 1978, Barry
White, Kool and the Gang, Third World,
Steel Pulse, Miami Sound Machine and
KC and the Sunshine Band.
Showtime tomorrow is 7 pm.
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