The second annual Poinciana film, music and art festival took place last week and unveiled a treasure trove of artistic talent for the festival’s visual art component. Visitors enjoyed the artwork submitted for a competition, when it was displayed at a pop up exhibition held for two days only at the Art Nest store, located in Pasadora Place on Smith Road, an excellent nook for all things art-related.
Mary McCallum, Poinciana festival director, said there was a good take-up by artists, especially by Cayman’s young and upcoming artists.
“We had a total of 22 students submit to the festival as a whole, 18 of whom were art submissions who submitted a total of 31 pieces,” she said.“Mostly students were in the 14-17 age group, and a few from the 11-13 age group. The theme the students were given was drawing on inspiration from Cayman roots.”
Overall, art submissions were entered in ten categories covering mixed medium and various painting techniques, including creating images with typography, sculptures,
ceramics, photography and the use of digitally creations images.
The entire festival kicked off with a reception held on Tuesday, March 7 at the Art Nest location, with a full house of guests including artists, supporters, students, parents and teachers, while film screenings took place for the rest of the week. The event also included a night of music and culminated in the award ceremony on Sunday, March 12 at the Harquail Theatre.
Speaking about the reception event, McCallum said: “It was inspirational to see the large number of guests flow through to view the artwork and show their support. In particular, it was great to see the students’ involvement and we hope to expand this programme and mentor the students in their creativity, giving them encouragement and confidence to grow their talents.
“We truly appreciate the support from the community, other associations, the government and our sponsors who make this all happen.”