Cane Roots Art Gallery in downtown Christiansted is hosting The “Color of Light” show on Art Thursday, from : from 5:00 pm until 6:00 pm. Two generations of Crucian artists El Roy Simmonds (and Niarus Walker) will exhibit their art to be displayed. They have the same love of expression. This resulted in an “unconscious endeavor”, which culminated in the exhibition which showcases the individuality of each artist’s approach to the expressions of shadow and light. The exhibition will be open to everyone from now until May. Open from noon till 5pm on Tuesdays and Saturdays.
David Simmonds was born and raised from Christiansted. He graduated with the BA at the College of the Virgin Islands, now the University of the Virgin Islands. In the following years, he worked as an exchange pupil at the ***** Academy in Copenhagen, Denmark, where he conducted research on the historical background of the relationship between Denmark as well as the US Virgin Islands — research that is evident in his later work. In , Mr. Simmonds earned an Masters in Fine Art from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY and then applied the expertise acquired there towards drawing as well as painting and sculpture using live models. Following his return to the United States and teaching for a number of years.
Simmonds known for his contributions to many areas, such as fine arts, teaching music as well as entrepreneurship, resigned in. Simmonds has been awarded the title”culture bearer” thanks to his many international exhibitions across The US Virgin Islands, Denmark, New York, Haiti among other locales. For his exhibition “If Walls Could Talk” was a study of the forms, colors and lines within Frederiksted Fort’s design. He was astonished by “what happened there” through the collection. While considering the events that transpired within these walls in slavery, Simmonds described it as a surreal encounter.
We are only able to speculate on the history of the Danish Empire. But if these walls spoke, we might learn more about the history. Nigel Simmonds’ artworks, for instance “The Color of Light” as well as “Miss VI America,” illustrate this. Simmonds claims “Miss VI America” wears clothing from the past. She’s a proud older woman who goes out to enjoy the day with her best hat strikingly different from the attire of today’s youth that Walker depicts in his painting.” Walker is an artist who is, regardless of whether it’s abstract or still-life art explores beauty conveys a sense of its endless value.
Walker elucidated that the concept of “generational memory” includes recording and passing on emotions, whether joy, fear, or even joy. These emotions shape an individual’s identity and further influence their family. When she painted her students she noted the fact that they’re developing the self-image and their identity, and also observing beauty in the moment. Additionally, Walker stated that she as well as Simmonds are influenced by the traditional aesthetic of shadow and light in their artwork. Walker is described as an educator, artist and visual artist.
Walker originates from Dominica in WI She emigrated to St.Croix as in her teens. She is a distinguished graduate of BFA at Moore College and an MS in Art Education of Florida State University, she is an art teacher on St.Croix at the middle or high school level over the past time. Her works have been presented in galleries all over all over the United States as well as internationally. Walker spoke out in honor of her exhibit alongside El’Roy, a well-known illustrator.
Walker’s comprehension of memories from generations is an essential element of her artistic expression. Based on this concept of memory, she’s developed a distinct style and process for storytelling and taking pictures of fleeting momentos. Her artistry sees beauty in the ordinary and highlights the importance of identity and self-expression. The work of Walker’s inspires viewers to not only to contemplate their experiences, feelings and emotions but also how these will carry on through generations.