Sent Lisi An Tan Lontan

Art certainly makes life more interesting. One has to wonder where would we be without it—can we begin to imagine?

Last week, persons were exposed to a world of art at the Castries City Hall. ‘Sent Lisi An Tan Lontan’, took persons to the “good old days” and it was truly magical.

A number of schools participated in the exciting showcase. According to Delphia Natrum, teacher assigned to the Technical Vocational Education and Training (TIVET) unit at the Ministry of Education, “basically we’re tying up Nobel Laureate celebrations and Independence celebrations, but this time we took a reflective sort of theme to get children to really explore the past and how life used to be.”

She continued: “We seem to be losing that appreciation and respect for the past and our heritage; we’ve become so obsessed with technology and economy and these things, so we just wanted them to take a moment so that they could listen to a story and reinterpret it into a painting; reimagine what life was like before.”

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The exhibition attracted quite a crowd. Persons stared in amazement at the breathtaking art work crafted by young, gifted hands. Every painting told a story and reeled the viewer in; it was a special moment for all, and one they surely would tell others about.

“We have almost every secondary school represented here on island and we have some infant and primary schools too. Our feature artist Arthur-Lee Williams from the Saint Lucia Sports Academy—he’s only 15-years-old. He’s like a child prodigy and we have the talents of a lot of young emerging artists,” Miss Natrum said.

“Arthur Lee’s pieces were already painted except for one which he developed during our workshops. We do workshop sessions; the TIVET unit provides the materials and we go to the schools or we find a location and we get students from various schools to meet so they learn to interact with each other,” she added.

According to her, “sometimes they don’t get to see each other: how they’re doing it, what they’re doing and we’re trying also to break down the ‘this is a top school, this is a low school’ kind of thing, and just get the children just to be artists for the day and free up and enjoy themselves.”

Teachers’ pieces were on display at the workshop too —after all, kids can’t have all the fun, right?

The week-long exhibition ended on a high note on Friday but the breathtaking artwork would be in the minds of some for a long time.

“We really appreciate the support that we got from the public. They told their friends and so on and they came in. We’d like anybody out there who has seen the work and who really feel they would like to support the students (to) call the schools and say you want to make a donation;it can be a few canvases, paint, brushes, and so on. Especially the primary schools, we really want to push fora sound art programme for them,” she said in closing.

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