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In the year of the bicentenary of his birth, Michel
Jean Cazabon s life and art were celebrated at a recep-
tion at the historic Belmont House last Saturday.
The event, held under the patronage of the Trinidad
and Tobago High Commission, UK, featured a viewing
of Cazabon s "Harris Collection" which was discovered
at Belmont House by Trinidadian curator and con-
servationist Geoffrey MacLean.
Cazabon, widely regarded as the first great painter
of Trinidad and Tobago, is internationally lauded for
his 19th century watercolour paintings which depicted
the idyllic landscapes and changing society of colonial
Trinidad and Tobago.
MacLean, who delivered the feature address,
described the pivotal impact of Cazabon s work in
depicting the unique history and emerging identity
MacLean detailed the 1999 discovery of the "Harris
Collection" of 44 Cazabon paintings, which belonged
to Trinidad and Tobago s 11th governor, Lord Harris.
The collection was found at his family home on the
Belmont Estate. MacLean oversaw the restoration of
these paintings, which is now a popular attraction at
this historic site.
A launch of Trinbagonian fare, sponsored by Wendel
Clement of Campbell s Framing and Art of South
Kensington, was enjoyed by all on a beautiful sunny
afternoon in Faversham, Kent.
One of the highlights was a reading by award-win-
ning writer Lawrence Scott from his critically acclaimed
novel "Light Falling on Bamboo".
Cazabon s colourful life was the inspiration behind
the book, which illustrates the tale of his struggle to
navigate the complicated post-emancipation period
in Trinidad and Tobago.
High Commissioner His Excellency Garvin Nicholas
expressed his pleasure that Cazabon s work and life
story was being celebrated and unveiled to an inter-
He stated, "It is said that artists exist to show us
the world. In this regard, Michel Jean Cazabon was
a masterful exemplar.
Trinidad and Tobago has spawned many artists who
continue Cazabon s legacy of illustrating the identity
of our people on canvas.
These include Hugh Stollmeyer, Boscoe Holder,
LeRoy Clarke and Jackie Hinkson, to name a few.
I am continuously impressed by our art community s
high level of talent and the tremendous creativity
emanating from our shores."
The One Mic organisation recently
conducted a poetry festival involving
The Secondary Schools
One Mic Poetry Festival which was
tailored specifically for youths was a
wordplay extravaganza where practi-
tioners of the spoken word-
poetry/monologues explored the art
of storytelling, the principles of per-
formance writing and the different
forms for live instrumentation, high-
lighting the steel pan, guitar, percus-
sion instruments and the bass gui-
tar.The poetry festival took place on
July 4 at the South Academy for the
Performing Arts, San Fernando. One
Mic in conjunction with Water and
Sewerage Authority (WASA) hosted
St Joseph s Convent, San Fernando;
Holy Faith Convent, Penal and Point
Fortin West Secondary School.
The activities were designed to
channel the energy of the students
to exercise their minds in a fun man-
ner. One of the goals was to encourage
a new generation of artists to bring
about a level of change that is needed
in the face of today s negative dis-
Kyle Amos hosted the event and
performers included Jordanna Henry
of Holy Faith Convent, Penal;
Chinyere Herbert, St Joseph s Con-
vent, Port-of-Spain; Rojelio Gowrie,
Presentation College, San Fernando;
Point Fortin West Secondary School,
Keegan Maharaj of Freetown Collec-
tive, Jean Claude Cournand of the 2
Cents Movement, Richarde Bereaux
and Romero Gowrie.
One Mic Poetry Festival
captures art of storytelling
Twenty finalists have been selected
to compete in the 2013 Miss Trinidad
and Tobago Universe competition.
The final of the local pageant takes
place in September and the winner will
represent T&T at the International Miss
Universe Pageant in Moscow on
Screenings took place last weekend
at the Hilton Trinidad, St Ann s before
a panel of judges comprising Gail
Cabral, Adrian Raymond, Dean Ackin,
Daren Ganga, Pixie De Coudray, Andrew
Lewis and Anya Ayoung Chee.
The 20 candidates will undergo train-
ing and also compete in a series of
challenges where contestants will be
eliminated after each round. This will
be aired in the four weeks leading up
to the final.
The finalists are: Angele Mark, Kan-
ica Clark, Marisa Mahadeo, Alissa
Adams, Ornella Seepaulsingh, Afeya
Jeffrey, Sarah Radday, Dana Mc Intyre,
Lee-Ann Forbes, Amryl Nurse, Ophir
Pajotte, Stephanie Pemberton, Soleil
Paterson, Jessica Didier, Tishanna
Mitchell, La Toya De Four, Sherisse
Spence, Melanie George-Sharpe, Ado-
nia Gomez-Burke, and Catherine Miller.
20 vie for Miss T&T Universe
High Commissioner Garvin Nicholas delivers the
welcome address at the viewing of Cazabon's "Harris
the first great
lauded for his
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