Today, we will be featuring artists, poets and other icons in the Performing Arts from across the Caribbean region.
Eddie Minnis (The Bahamas)
Best Known for: Art and Songwriting
Bahamian Artist Eddie Minnis was born on October 14th 1947. He was educated at St. John's College and government high school in Nassau. He graduated from McGill University, Montreal Canada, in 1971 with a B.Sc. in Architecture.
Eddie is a self-taught artist. He has worked with a number of media including ink, water colours and pastels, but now specializes in oil painting with the palette knife. Eddies paintings are strikingly 3-D in appearance and vibrate with the bright colour and light of the Bahamas. Mr. Minnis held one-man shows in 1969, 1972, 1976 and 1986.
He has participated in numerous group shows, both locally and abroad. His paintings are in private collections in many parts of the world including the USA, Britain, Australia, Canada and Korea.
Minnis created a satirical cartoon "Pot Luck" in 1970 which appeared in the Nassau Guardian for 7 years and in the Tribune from April 1977 until October 1981.
Since 1971, this artist has also carved another name for himself as a singer-songwriter. He now has 11 calypso albums to his credit - "Der Real Ting", "Expressions of Love", "Nicole and Shan an...", "Island Life", "Mind your own Business", "Junkanoo Jam", "Guilty", "Hey Mon", "Discovery", the "Greatest Hits" Album and now the "Tropical Waves".
He is married to Sherry Thompson and they have three children: Nicole, Roshanne and Ward who are also artists.
Silma Duncan (Bequia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines)
Best known for: Poetry
Dubbed the Poet Laureate of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, she has been recognized by St. James Palace for a poem honoring the late Princess Diana. She has been written up in "Caraibes" magazine and published in the London Independent. One of my favorite poems "A Day In The Life Of A Turtle" with illustrations by Shirley Gajewski. Her poetry covers a wide range of subjects ranging from love, relationships and the treatment of women, to a tribute to the famous Black Carib leader, Joseph Chatoyer. Her books can be found in Port Elizabeth at the Bequia Bookstore, Solana’s Boutique and Island Style, or directly from Silma.
By: Chelcia Ferdinand
CARICOM (Female) Youth Ambassador
St. Vincent & the Grenadines
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