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Kerry Miller is Liberated!

Published:Sunday | April 17, 2016 | 4:00 AM
John and Marie Miller, in-laws of artist Kerry Miller, check out one of her pieces on show at 'Liberated' at the Seawind Beach Club in Montego Bay last Sunday
Spoken word poet Phylea Carly, in her element at the art show.
Artist Kerry Miller (second right), with her husband, Nicholas (right), sister Keisha and husband Jonathan Mohan.
Artist Kerry Miller speaks about her pieces at the show.
Two dancers performing at Kerry Miller's 'Liberated' at the Seawind Beach Club in Montego Bay last Sunday.
Alan and Lesley Clark are all smiles for our camera as they enjoy the pieces.
From left: Frank and Kathryn May and Shelagh and Brian Jardim pose for Outlook's camera at 'Liberated'.
Secrets Resorts' Emilio Huhn (left) and Deryk Meany share lens time with the master of ceremonies for the evening, Sandals Resorts International's Marsha-Ann Brown.
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WESTERN BUREAU:

A liberated Kerry Miller and her artwork were incorporated with 12 shirtless men, drumming and dancers, transforming the Seawind Beach Club into an art nouveau district on Sunday April 10.

Miller had no hesitation sharing her heart and her art, in her first exhibition tagged 'Liberated'.

Appearing under the covering of black cloth, secured by six men, Miller set herself free, unveiling 25 pieces of her work, depicting the really soft and subtle to the really bold and intense, while bent on taking art lovers to ecstasy.

A daughter of Montego Bay, Miller, who has always had a passion for fashion designing, dancing and visual arts, presented her works created using pencil and charcoal. "As they are spontaneous in their creativity than any other type of art material, their technique is precise and expresses my emotions perfectly", read Marsha-Ann Brown from Miller's biography.

Pulling for the genius and energy of Trinidad-born, producer and entertainment director at Sandals Resorts International, Joel Ryan, Miller could easily have slept in all day Sunday, without worry, because on arrival at the venue, it was perfect.

Ryan and his team depicted an expression of art, incorporating the human element. "Owing to the fact that the female artist is already liberated, we incorporated the male physique to complement the liberated her,"he told Outlook.

The dance was sensuous, the drumming Afrocentric, and the opening by spoken-word poet, Phylea Carly, who has the talent of bringing to life 1920s music with a modern contemporary feel, was the precursor to an evening that allowed Miller to set herself free.

Miller unveiled an impressive catalogue from a 'Tribal Woman', 'Kenyan Chief', a Rastaman expressing himself, and getting high off dance in a piece called 'Natty High', to two women on 'Wash Day' carrying their wash pans on their heads and a baby on their back.

Some of the most eye-catching pieces included Miller's charcoal on paper, 'Stand Pipe', her 'Let's Play Marble', 'Baby Mada' and 'Puppy Love' - depicting animals from different worlds living together harmoniously.

Describing the experience as one of the most humbling and rewarding, Miller said her lifelong dream had become a reality. "Art is explosive. It is one of the most powerful ways to express one's self," she stated, paying tribute to her mother, Monica Ingram, whom she credits with making her into the woman she is today, and her husband, Nicholas, who she tagged her 'fearless warrior'.

Miller could also not have done her exhibition without the support of her colleagues at Sandals Resorts. The production team, she said, was a vital element in the staging of the event. "They held my hands every step of the way," she stated, adding that the woman who did emcee duties, Marsha Ann-Brown, has always had a positive influence in her life.

janet.silvera@gleanerjm.com