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Art Walk at Marina Village on tap for the weekend

Every one of your senses will be indulged at Saturday’s Art Walk at Marina Village. The twice monthly event will be held from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. FILE

In the cooler winter months, the twice monthly Art Walk at Marina Village continues to be the place to indulge your taste for art, crafts, Bahamian music and locally grown and made products.

And on Saturday, every sense will be indulged with the goods on hand.

On the crafts side, Fine Ocean Jewelry presents its shell jewelry by Astrid Pinder. There will also be jewelry from Ava Forbes; sponges from My Bahama Sponge, by Andrew Burrows; recycled tire products from Candis Marshall’s Mega Mergers; Lorette Evans’ pet clothing, sold under the Sasha’s Foxy Paws line; Nancy’s Fancies jewelry; Tiff Gallery’s batik products; and Tremell Smith’s Junkanoo Willie dancing doll.

Denise Worrell’s Naturally Bahamian native teas and products and Kentisha Ward’s Pop Stop, which features fruit popsicles, will be featured in the Farmer’s Market.

Art walks are popular around the world and in cities where culture is celebrated and welcomed, and Atlantis’ art walk has provided a wonderful opportunity for people to interact personally with artists and artisans.

At the Atlantis art walk, which is held twice per month, visitors can meet and strike up conversations with artists, locals and other browsers. The art walk is characterized by artists and artisans, live entertainment, libations and delicious pastries.

The Art Walk at Marina Village is held every second and fourth Saturday between 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. at Marina Village.

The first art walk was a unique and inspiring experience. The variety of vendors displaying wares meant that there was something that appealed to everyone. It has continued to be an inviting experience.

Ed Fields, senior vice president of public affairs at Atlantis, has said that it’s an event that embodies Bahamian arts and crafts, delicacies and pastries and visual artists.

“We believe Bahamian art is world class, and what has really been lacking is its exposure to the world. We feel that once people see this stuff, they will be overwhelmed, they will be wowed, and embrace it… as well as the work of our artisans, who make popsicles and iced teas and cheesecakes, and the list goes on and on. Not every visitor is adventurous, and while many go into town and different places, sometimes you have to bring it to them, and that’s what we’re doing. We’re bringing the authentic Bahamas to the Atlantis.”

The art walk not only attracts visitors; the farmer’s market experience appeals to locals as well.

Antonius Roberts, painter, sculptor and open space designer, and Pam Burnside, manager at Doongalik Studios Art Gallery and widow of the late Jackson Burnside, the architect and artist who designed the Marina Village, curated the art walk.

The concept of Marina Village was Jackson Burnside’s vision; initially he envisioned the village in downtown Nassau. In his view, the porch represents and reflects who Bahamians are as a people. He felt the need to create a village, a community and the architecture, and to breathe life into the porches — hence the Marina Village.

When visiting the art walk, think storytelling happening on the porches. In Bahamian culture, the porch is where neighbors rest, people exchange fruits and vegetables grown in the yard, and sell benny cakes and coconut tarts. And, of course, people would sit and plait straw on the porch.

The first art walk was successful, and organizers were encouraged and motivated to see tourists and locals mingling harmoniously in the creative environment. Today, the art walk, which is vendor inclusive and not exclusive, is just as popular as that first event, representing the best of what Bahamian artisans have to offer.

An artist or artisan wanting to be considered for a spot on the art walk should contact Antonius or Paula Roberts at Hillside House. While displaying at the art walk comes at no charge, the only thing organizers ask of vendors is that they are professional and show up on time. Roberts said they expect discipline and quality from the vendors.


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