“Artisans with a Plan” Exhibit Opens at Institute of Mexico Print E-mail
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Thursday, 16 December 2010 00:00
Embassy Officials with artists and artisansThe art exhibition “Artisans with a Plan” by five Belizean artists opened on Wednesday, December 15, at the Institute of Mexico in Belize City. The exhibition includes works by Belizean artists: Ellen Staine, Emmeth Young, Janice Young, Jill Burgess and Myrna Manzanares. The objective is to support Belizean artists and let their works of art be known in Belize and abroad.

The exhibition includes bamboo items and furniture by Janice Young; magnets, dolls, t- shirts by Ellen Staine; paintings by Jill Burgess; drums, marakas and other musical instruments by Emmeth Young and Cultural items, dresses, literature materials (Books) Kis Kis, Fly Brushes by Myrna Manzanares.

Janice Young grew up in Gales Point, Belize district. She has been working with bamboo since 1986. Janice has received training in Los Angeles, California, and Guatemala. In 2007, she received the “Vendor of the Year” award from the Belize Tourism Board. She has held exhibitions at the Bliss Institute and was part of the Women in Art exhibition held at the Institute of Mexico in March 2010. Elle Staine was born in Belize City and has resided in Chicago, where she was a fashion designer for many years. She returned to Belize and now resides in Burrell Boom.

Jill Burgess features examples of paintings that will be part of the Living Culture Museum and Mythological Gardens being created in San Pedro Columbia, Toledo district. Emmeth Young promotes the Creole culture through music and dance from the deep south of Belize in San Pedro Columbia.

Myrna Manzanares is the President of the National Kriol Council of Belize. Nacida en Gales Point, she is an educator, counselor, writer, poet, human development and cultural trainer, and a professional story teller. She is also a Social Human Rights activist. Myrna is a postgraduate in Community Clinical Psychology from California State University Long Beach. Most of her work in Belize has been in the areas of culture, drug abuse prevention, HIV/AIDS, domestic violence and other social and development areas. As a professional storyteller and dramatist, Manzanares writes mainly about social issues and supernatural folklore.

Opening hours at the Institute of Mexico is Monday to Friday from 8:30 am to 6:00 pm. Entrance to the exhibition room is free and open to the public. The exhibition will remain open until December 26.