One of the challenges for aspiring artists anywhere in the world is how to make the public aware of their work. Saint Lucia has several galleries; TT visited the latest space dedicated to art: the MeCurator gallery within the Star Publishing building at Massade, Gros Islet.
Championing the cause for local artists, both established and those emerging on the scene, is Buki Cahane, founder of MeCurator. She obtained her degree in History of Art in London, UK, moved to the Caribbean and made her way to Saint Lucia. Impressed by the talent on the local art scene here but disappointed by the lack of exposure for some artists, Buki resolved to assist them.
Buki likes to focus on up-and-coming Saint Lucian artists, and to connect them with an audience who will appreciate and buy their work. Prices are reasonable, reflecting that the artists are not yet at their zenith, but do not let this distract you from their talent. A recent MeCurator exhibition featured pieces by Adjani John, GilroyH and Junette Alexander; you may not know their names but the aim is for them to become recognized in their field.
Buki has presented exhibitions at hotels and venues around the island but the gallery at Star Publishing is long-term. The opening show was held on 21st June, 2018 and featured the work of 16 artists. It was colourful, inspirational and successful, ensuring that the contributors have the financial and promotional support to continue doing what they love best: paint.
Said Buki on the opening night, “I think for me the outpouring of support just shows you how there’s a great eagerness for the arts in Saint Lucia. There’s a real sense that people want to partake and be part of the scene. Also for the artists, now that there’s a space, they feel quite prompted to paint and to create.”
The gallery is open Monday to Friday 9 am-3 pm and by appointment. Works can also be viewed and purchased online.
Buki R Cahane
Founder of MeCurator
Tel. (758) 722 8303