A Classy Night at the Fort

2/2/2010 3:45:00 PM
By Kim Aranha

Nassau, Bahamas - A classy night at the Fort: That’s what is in store for Nassauvians on Friday night, February 5th when the Bahamas Humane Society holds it’s B-Humane launch: “A Night with the Arts”, generously sponsored by the Swiss bank: Lombard Odier. This event has been painstakingly put together by the Fundraising and Events director of the BHS Rebecca (Becky) Armbrister. She first started to dream about it when she took the job at the BHS in May 2009. It took months of planning, talking, cajoling, persuading, begging, pleading, patience, and…Oh yes, hard work! On Friday that dream will become a reality at our very own Ft. Charlotte lit up by flairs, with a carpet scattered with paw prints and a host of guests all dressed in white and aqua…. with the splendid eighteenth century Fort as a majestic backdrop. What a great evening this promises to be. 

The ever increasingly popular band “The Illest” (formally known as Willis & the Illest) will be playing during the evening and guests will also be treated to a performance by Shiraz. When not listening to live music there will be a DJ making sure the night will be filled with familiar melodies. 

Art by Dede Brown, Dylan Rapillard, Kelley Knowles, Jonathan Bethel, and Patricia Vazquez will be on display and on sale; the artists are generously donating part proceeds to the Bahamas Humane Society. This is a celebration of youth and art reaching out to the less fortunate members of the Bahamas. Reaching out to those unable to speak for themselves, those unable to defend themselves against intolerable acts of injustice and cruelty. 

There will be film clips for the guests to see of both “Children of God” by Kareem Mortimer and “Rain” by Maria Govan, both highly acclaimed and respected Bahamian made full-length films. These two films are powerful in their own way sending out a clear and important message to the people of the Bahamas that the time is now to change attitudes and love and nurture all that we have in our land, including the precious animals the good Lord gave us. For those who like to shop Anne Maura will have her exquisite Venetian glass jewelry for sale, 242 people will have their exciting new line available and of course the new Bahamas Humane Society T-shirt…with the very distinctive white paw print will be available for sale. 

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Who would have known such artistry could be created from a plain wax Crayola crayon!" This was Kelley Knowles' "Aha!" moment regarding the medium that has recently become the focus of her attention and not only yields colour, but also provides the form and substance and, in fact, the very raison d'etre of her first solo exhibition.