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June 2011 Event Schedule
Friday, June 3 – (7:00 PM to 10:00 PM)
Art Exhibition Opening
“Vibrant Facets of the Caribbean Culture”
Featuring Karl Jerry Craig (Jamaica) and Philippe Dodard (Haiti), Turgo Bastien and Genevieve “Iris” Lahens, (Haiti), and Ana Delgado (Cuba), along with artists of the Caribbean, including LIVE Island music, gourmet hors d’oeuvres and specialty “wines of the islands” by Chef of Distinction, Judith Able (Jamaica).
Karl Jerry Craig was born on the beautiful island of Jamaica and emigrated to England where he won a scholarship to St. Martin’s School of Art in London.  Jerry uses the jeweled colors of the Caribbean’s flora and fauna and the undulating shapes of the landscape as inspiration for many of his paintings.  His work is a rich tapestry in abstract symbolism, frequently retracing the roots of the peoples of the Caribbean, Africa, and the Americas.
Philippe Dodard was born in Haiti in 1954 and “Art, as a fairy,” invited itself to his birth which, at a very young age led him to such Haitian masters as Jean-Claude Garoute (Tiga), Patrick Vilaire and Frido – founders of the Poto-Mitan School who initiated him in the “Rotation Artistique” method and it’s four steps of art, craft, skill development, and science. Dodards impact on the art of the contemporary era will certainly be the subject of future studies.
Turgo Bastien has a singular approach to metaphor and the conscious look for new direction and language which could inscribe his identity in a contemporary expression.  Turgo tells a story that rises as counter discourse to the story of mainstream art in which other cultures have been treated marginal.  The outcome of his sight is heightened awareness that what we have in common is far greater than what divides us.
Genevieve Lahens, known mostly as “Iris”, is a Haitian modernist who studied at L’Ecole Beaux Arts in Paris and has an art degree in arcitecture.  Iris’ distinctive style shows influences of Byzantine and medieval periods with intricate geometric patterns and folk art symbols and executed in bold Haitian colors.
Ana Albertina Delgado is an award winning contemporary artist with a Bachelor of Fine Arts, Summa Cum Laude, from the Higher Institute of Arts, Havana, Cuba.  Her feminist vision encompasses mysticism, surreal dreamstates and a visceral human sensuality.  Born in Cuba, she currently resides in Miami, Florida with her artist husband, Jose Adriano Buergo and their two daughters.  Her work has appeared in numerous galleries, exhibitions, and museums, locally as well as internationally.
Saturday, June 4 – (6:00 PM to 9:00 P.M.) 
“Rhythms of Africa” Workshop/Performance
Iconic Percussionist Willie Stewart and 50 Broward County Public School Students (Performed at the Museum of Art – Fort Lauderdale
The Venetian Arts Society is honored to partner with Nova Southeastern University and the Museum of Art – Fort Lauderdale in presenting “Rhythms of Africa” as part of the Members Opening Party for their new exhibition, “The Art of Caring: A Look at Life Through Photography, a major exhibition of images by some of the finest documentary and fine arts photographers of the last 60 years.  “The Art of Caring” provides an entertaining, thought-provoking and inspiring look at seven aspects of the human experience – Children & Family, Love, Wellness, Care-Giving & Healing, and Remembering – to explore how the key events of life are celebrated and honored in different cultures throughout the world.
The Members Opening Party is from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM at One Las Olas Boulevard at Andrews Avenue and includes complimentary admission, hors d’oeuvres and cash bar.  Members of the Museum of Art are free, non-members are $25.00.  RSVP is requested.  Call (954) 262-0221 or e-mail [email protected].
Tuesday, June 7 – (7:00 PM to 9:00 PM)  
“Arts Salon” with Christine Craig, poet 
“All Things Bright & Quadrille for Tigers”
An evening showcasing one of the Caribbean’s most original and innovative poets, Christine Craig. Originally from Jamaica, Christine resides in Fort Lauderdale and has written an anthology that exemplifies sharp observation, disarming honesty about the human heart’s complexities, and a most sophisticated sense of landscape and space. Offering a compelling immersion into what can best be described as Caribbean metaphysical poetics, this collection contains an indigenous secular spirituality that obscures the divide between the spiritual and the sensual.
Friday, June 10 – (7:00 PM to 10:00 PM) 
“El Colibri” Jose Angel Navarro, guitar.
Jose Angel Navarro is one of the greatest international masters of the guitar. Using his technical expertise with the guitar, Navarro has brought the sounds and concepts of Afro-Cuban music to the great concert halls of the world. Navarro’s original compositions for the guitar have been honored and celebrated by the other masters of this instrument as being total innovation in the sense of conceptual sonority and a patrimony inside the composition for the guitar of Latin America. This brilliant virtuoso commands the rapt attention of the audience with his speed, technique, and artistry whether he plays classical, flamenco, jazz, fusion, or new age. THE VENETIAN ARTS SOCIETY is extremely proud to present this rare and exciting concert to South Florida and especially honored to have Jose Angel Navarro as one of our active members.
Thursday, June 16  – (6:00 PM to 9:00 PM)   
BankUnited Client Appreciation Social  (Private)
Friday, June 17 – (7:00 PM to 10:00 PM)   
“The Soul of Trinidad and Tobago”
An evening exploring the rich and colorful history, culture, and bio-diversity of Trinidad and Tobago. Featuring native artists and musicians- with special guest of honor Dr. Anil Ramnanan, Consul General of Trinidad and Tobago.
 Friday, June 24 – (6:30 PM to 11:00 PM)
Fundraiser: Food for the Poor (Jamaica) sponsored by the Young Professional Organization of the Pompano Beach Chamber of Commerce and the Venetian Arts Society at Inspired Interiors of Fort Lauderdale.  This is our opportunity (and yours) to give back to a country and culture that has so freely shared its own talent, beauty and soul.
Thursday, June 30 – (7:00 PM to 10:00 PM)    Finale Gala
“The Vibrant Facets of the Caribbean Culture”
Please make sure to attend this gathering of the artists, writers and musicians of the Caribbean and take advantage of the opportunity to meet and discuss, as well as negotiate purchases of their works. With all of these amazing artists on hand, we are sure to have a memorable evening of spontaneous and collaborative art and music.

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