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FGCU Invites Public, Students to 'Two Views: Trinidad' Art Show Opening Feb. 28; Artists Reception, Workshops Follow in March
2/15/2005

FORT MYERS, FL - Florida Gulf Coast University invites the public to glimpse into the rich visual traditions of Trinidad at "Two Views: Trinidad" showcasing contemporary paintings by artists and educators Kenwyn Crichlow and Shastri Maharaj, Feb. 28 through April 8 in the FGCU Arts Complex art gallery.

A public reception for the artists is 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Friday, March 18 in the gallery. In addition, Crichlow and Maharaj lead painting workshops Saturday and Sunday, March 19 and 20 for the general public and students. Fees for the workshop are $25 for FGCU students and $50 for the public. Contact gallery director Morgan T. Paine at (239) 590-7164 or mpaine@fgcu.edu for more information and reservations.

Crichlow is the coordinator of the Visual Arts Programme at the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad. His paintings address the Caribbean landscape with abstract exuberance in an ongoing experiment with paint that offers both wild ecstasies and sober pleasures. "Painting is about how to hold anxiety, about how to live with ambiguity, and to trust and wait for an image to offer itself from the terrifying chaos of the blank canvas," Crichlow said.

Maharaj teaches art at the Valsayn Teachers' College and offers narrative landscapes imbued with an ethereal stillness, pregnant pauses in a tumultuous island history. Hindu rituals juxtapose windswept sugarcane fields, and precarious stilt houses offer mute testimony to a rural lifestyle in rapid transition. He received the Bachelor of Fine Arts in art from the University of Manitoba School of Art in 1985 and his Master of Art in education from the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad, in 1992.

FGCU associate professor of Art Patricia Fay curated the show.

Admission to the Arts Complex art gallery is free and the gallery is open to the public 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Mondays through Fridays, excluding holidays observed by the University.

For more information, contact gallery director Morgan T. Paine at (239) 590-7164 or mpaine@fgcu.edu .

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