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Jeweller, artist get bronze Musgrave Medals
published: Sunday | October 12, 2003


From left, intuitive artist Albert Artwell, right, is pleased to collect his citation and bronze medal from Professor the Honourable Rex Nettleford, vice-chancellor of the University of the West Indies, Mona, St. Andrew, for his contribution in art. Jeweller/designer Garth San-guinetti is presented with his bronze award for contribution as to art (jewellery), while, 27-year-old, Kevin Brown, right, is the youngest serving Justice of the Peace (JP) in Jamaica. Here he collects the 2003 Youth Musgrave Medal for services in community work from Senator Noel Monteith, Minister of State in the Ministry of Education,Youth and Culture.

Georgia Hemmings, Staff Reporter

JEWELLER/DESIGNER Garth Sanguinetti and intuitive artist Albert Artwell were among 12 persons honoured by the Institute of Jamaica (IoJ) last Wednesday for outstanding achievements in art, science and culture.

Mr. Sanguinetti was awarded a bronze Musgrave Medal for his work in jewellery and design, while Mr. Artwell received his award for meritorious work in fine art.

Mr. Sanguinetti trains student jewellers at the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts (EMCVPA), Arthur Wint Drive, St.Andrew. He was honoured for this work as well as for his professional work (locally and internationally), which has 'heightened awareness of jewellery as an art form', according to his citation.

As head of the department of applied arts at EMCVPA, he is responsible for developing inter-disciplinary programmes in jewellery, textiles and ceramics. An established jeweller, he operates 'Sangar Designs', and was chosen to design the gift to Queen Elizabeth II on her golden jubilee anniversary in February 2002.

His piece, titled Motion in Flight, depicts the hummingbird, and was composed using sapphire, marble, granite, platinum, silver, gold and diamonds. He was also commissioned to design the inaugural Youth Musgrave Medal, first awarded in 2001.

Over the years, he has received many gold medals from various organisations in the areas of fine jewellery, fashion, and costume designing.

PRAISED FOR ARTISTIC EXPRESSION

In his citation, Mr. Artwell was praised for his artistic expression, which encouraged a 'positive sense of race and identity.'

Hailing from Catadupa, near Montego Bay, St. James, for nearly 30 years he has been the 'primary artistic voice from Western Jamaica,' according to the citation read to Mr. Artwell.

Evolving as an intuitive artist, he currently paints narrative style with stories from the Bible exposited in a matter-of-fact manner. A Rastafarian, he imparts what he has learnt from his religion and the study of Garveyism through his paintings.

According to the citation: 'Artwell's religious works, especially his recasting of Christ's story and mission in his terms as a proud and dignified Black man, are his indelible gifts to the visual arts of Jamaica'.

INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITIONS

Mr. Artwell's works have been included in many Jamaican and international exhibitions, including the Smithsonian Institution's travelling exhibition (Jamaican Art 1922-1982); Jamaican Intuitives, staged by the Commonwealth Institutes in London, Sheffield and Edinburgh in 1986, and the more recent Redemption Songs: The Intuitive Artists of Jamaica, which toured the United States from 1999-2002.

Meanwhile, bronze medals were also awarded to film restorer Roy Thomas, musician Clarice Crawford, and singer/musician Glenroy 'Ernie' Smith.

Mr. Thomas was honoured for his work in preserving Jamaica's audio-visual cultural heritage, especially the important documentaries and films which he has restored. Miss Crawford's work in teaching music and performing in local hotels as well as 'Ernie' Smith's efforts in bringing Jamaican music to the world stage were recognised and acknowledged.

Silver medallists were Dr. Elaine Fisher for outstanding work in the area of science and science education; Kenneth Khouri for distinguished service to the development of Jamaica's music and recording industry; Oliver Samuels for services to Jamaican theatre; and Cynthia Wilmot for commitment to journalism and film production.

Two gold Musgrave Medals were awarded this year - to Dr. Franklyn Prendergast for his contribution in science and medicine, and to Christopher Blackwell in the development of Jamaican music and entrepreneurship.

The Youth Musgrave Medal was awarded to Kevin Brown for services to community development.

Until 1969, when the country initiated National Honours and Awards, the Musgrave Medals were the only local 'national' awards for recognising achievements.

Today, the annual awards ceremony ­ held to coincide with 'Heritage Week' in October ­ has become an important event on the cultural calendar.

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