Rasbert Turner, Arts & Education Writer
With 21 members in its ranks, the Jamaica Creative Cooperative (JCC) is taking arts to a more organised and profitable level in Jamaica.
"The aim is to make the artists within the group benefit from their effort. We do this through training (and) marketing of the products," Coordinator Maxine Donovan said.
She told Arts & Education that the cooperative started about six years ago, with help from the Jamaica Social Investment Fund.
The members, who represent the 14 parishes, produce belts, picture frames and cups made from ceramic, as well as carvings made from wood and alabaster.
There were also bags made from bamboo, leather and burlap (crocus bags), wallets, pots and miniature coal pots.
Arts & Education was privy to a wonderful display of artefacts produced by the group that had persons marvelling.
"This look really good, I cannot imagine how a liquor bottle could be cut and be made to look so beautiful," Corey Lawrence, a patron, said in reference to one of the pieces.
The JCC's display was the toast of the exhibition.
Photos by Rasbert Turner