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Nexus at National Gallery on Sunday

Published:Thursday | December 24, 2015 | 12:00 AM
Rose Murray, Seated Boy (1975).
Alpha Rowen
Karen Smith
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The National Gallery of Jamaica's Last Sundays programme for December 2015 is scheduled for Sunday, December 27, 2015, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Visitors will have the opportunity to view the recently opened Explorations IV: Masculinities exhibition, which explores how concepts of masculinity have been represented and articulated in Jamaican art. The exhibition, curated by senior curator O'Neil Lawrence, features works of art from the colonial era up to the present and in a variety of media by Isaac Mendes Belisario, A. Duperley and Sons, Edna Manley, Albert Huie, Archie Lindo, Osmond Watson, Ebony G. Patterson, Phillip Thomas, Marlon James and many others.

Also, on view is a selection of recent acquisitions, and most sections of the permanent exhibitions will be open to provide a wide-ranging overview of Jamaica's artistic and cultural history.

In what is now an established holiday season tradition, Sunday's featured performance will be by the award-winning Nexus Performing Arts Company and will start at 1:30 p.m. The Nexus Performing Arts Company was formed in 2001 by Hugh Douse, artistic director, voice tutor, singer, actor, conductor, songwriter, and a former director in the Ministry of Education.

The group has a broad musical repertoire that draws on gospel, Negro spirituals, semi-classical, popular music (including reggae) and show tunes, African and classical music of the European and African traditions.

Sickle Cell Unit treats children

The third annual SCU Children Christmas Treat was held on Friday, December 18, in the Sickle Cell Unit's car park at the University of the West Indies, Mona. Alphanso Blake Jnr, medical social worker, welcomed the children and parents, before Rev Stephen Mullings called on the persons present to remember the reason for the season.

The children were engaged by a team of six volunteers in playing musical chairs, treasure hunt and a quiz session, where they were given tokens for correct answers to questions about sickle cell disease.

They were treated to an hour of face and hand-painting by Eon & Robbie Williams. This was a favourite with the children between one and 15 years old. The parents/guardians also got involved.

At midday, all were entertained by a line-up of kid-friendly artistes such as Alpha Rowen, Bam Frass, Nykka, Rollie Fresh and female group Adahzeh. Jimmy Q once again was the DJ on site.

Meals were served at 1 p.m., followed by ice cream and cake. The excited children were provided with small gift items consisting of toys, care packages, snacks and sweets.

The day was not yet finished, and they were engaged in a gaming session by Isaiah 'Tri-Force' Johnson and company. They played with Nintendos and PSPs until the close of the day at approximately 4 p.m.

There were close to 100 children and about 30 parents/guardians. Photographs were taken by Dagpro photos, Tori Haber and Sherard Little.

Sponsors were NestlÈ, Prestige Bakery, Central Trading Ltd, Scoops Unlimited, Kremi, Tastees, Restaurants of Jamaica, LASCO, Seprod, Good Life Spring Water, Supreme Ventures, GraceKennedy, MegaMart, General Stores, UWI, PriceSmart and friends and members of the SCU.

Jazz in the Gardens season ends Sunday

Some of the top acts who performed inn this year's Jazz in the Gardens concert series will return for a grand finale on Sunday, December 27 at The Jamaica Pegasus, New Kingston.

Dubbed 'The Best of Jazz in the Gardens' the performers are Diamara Neil, who received a standing ovation during her last performance, Jabez, Rojah, Karen Smith and violinist/keyboard player Jon Williams. Providing musical direction for the show will be Desi Jones and his accomplished musician friends.

The concert is endorsed by sponsors Power 106/Music 99 and Kool 97 FM, with co-sponsors Clear Sound Productions and The Jamaica Pegasus.

"We invited our patrons to vote for one artiste from each show who they would like to see return for our final event. It was difficult to just choose one from each show, but we answered their call and came up with a fine set of dynamic and energetic performers for our final show," says executive producer Nancy McLean.

Patrons will enjoy refreshing beverages and other goodies courtesy of sponsors O'Jays Premium.

Tickets for 'Jazz in the Gardens ... . A Feast for the Senses' are $2,500 presold and $3,000 at the gate. They are available at Supermed Mall Pharmacy, Mall Plaza, and at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel between today and Sunday.

The Jazz in the Gardens series will continue to support its two preferred charities, the Best Care Foundation and Elsie Bemand Home for Girls.