Bowen and Bowen Celebrates 50th Anniversary Print E-mail
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Written by Shane D. Williams   
Thursday, 10 May 2012 00:00

In December of 2011, the company issued a challenge to sixty of the country’s most talented student and professional artists in which they were asked to create a piece expressing Coca Cola’s place in the everyday life of Belize and Belizeans. The company provided the canvas, paint and additional finance to assist the artists in the creation of their pieces. Gilvano Swasey of the Image Factory was responsible to organize the exhibit. He explained that a decision was made to provide a cash reward to the artists that presented the best pieces. The prize for the best piece by a student was $3,000. Second place was $2,000 and third place was $1,000. The prize for best piece by a professional was $5,000, second place was $3,000 and third place was $1,000. A four member team, consisting of three celebrated artists and a marketing employee of Bowen and Bowen, was appointed to review the art work and select the top three in each category. According to Swasey, the team had an extremely difficult job because the majority of pieces are quality products.

On Tuesday, May 8, the exhibition was opened at the Belize House of Culture. In a brief opening ceremony, Michael Bowen of Bowen and Bowen, presented cheques to the top three student and professional artists of the competition. Third place in the student competition went to the art class of Mount Carmel High School. Muffles High school presented the second best piece and the art class of Maud Williams High School walked away with the prize for best piece by students. Carolyn Carr presented the third best piece by a professional artist. Papo Alamilla finished second and Terryl Godoy received $5,000 for presenting the best piece by a professional artist.

The exhibition is opened to the public at the Belize House of Culture for the next two weeks before it makes its way to other municipalities in the country.