Secretary-General of the Organization of American States (OAS), José Miguel Insulza, has stated the OAS’ commitment to strengthening inter-cultural relations with Jamaica.
“It is of vital importance for such a collaboration to commence as both the OAS and Jamaica will benefit immensely,” he stated while launching an art exhibition to celebrate Jamaica’s 50th anniversary of Independence on June 11 at the OAS headquarters in Washington, D.C.
More than 20 pieces of artwork by renowned Jamaica artist, Lloyd Weston, are on display in the Marcus Garvey Hall of Culture. The exhibition runs until June 21st.
Mr. Insulza commended the artist on an “exquisite display of art work,” which he said, emphasises the important role that art plays in the development of a country. He also applauded the Jamaican Embassy for facilitating this exhibit.
Interim Representative of Jamaica to the OAS, Franz Hall, explained that the art exhibition was the first in a series of initiatives that have been endorsed by the Embassy as a part of the Jamaica 50 celebrations.
He said it is fitting that one of Jamaica’s finest talents should be on display in the Marcus Garvey Hall, which is named for Jamaica’s first national hero.
He lauded the OAS, noting that in addition to its role as the primary hemispheric organisation for dialogue on development, democracy, human rights and security, “it also plays an important role in promoting and showcasing the cultural diversity of the countries in the hemisphere through hosting exhibitions and events such as this."
Mr. Weston, in his comments, said the art exhibit will “give viewers a peek into the inner workings of the human soul, bringing us face to face with a different kind of reality."
He expressed the hope that all, who will see this exhibit “would leave with an appreciation of the talent of the artist, and an appreciation for the island of Jamaica”, which has helped to shape his career.
Mr. Weston is an accomplished Jamaican artist. In 1989, he had the honour of presenting a commissioned painting to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, in England.
His paintings are featured internationally in Contemporary Master Art books, and his works reside in many private and public collections worldwide, including at the Museum of Fine Art of Southern Nevada.
By Derrick Scott (Washington D.C.)