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Woosh 2 Art Exhibition a Success

It is said that art represents the fabric and core of a society and if you truly want to understand a people, you should take a look at their art.

Photo Credit: The Waitukubuli Artist Association (WAA)

The Waitukubuli Artist Association (WAA) recently aired their first virtual exhibit entitled Whoosh 2. WAA is a collective of Dominican Artists, who are committed to elevating creativity.

The exhibit was the first of its kind in Dominica and was filmed at the Roseau Anglican Church. Whoosh 2 is a hurricane inspired show, which was mainly based on the events of Hurricane Maria. The first Whoosh exhibit was held in 2018, where several of the artists used art as a medium to retell their personal experiences with Maria. 

The president of the association, Lowell “Omtni” Royer asserted that this time around such an event could be described as two-fold. On one hand, the collective wanted to highlight hurricanes in general and one the other hand, they called for the preservation of historical buildings in the country, since they hold immense sentimental value.

He went on to say that “we should not be afraid of hurricanes, since they are part of our culture. Instead, we should prepare.”

WAA hopes to inspire others to rise and celebrate our resilience as a country through their art.

The association had been meaning to do virtual shows for over a year. This was fast-tracked with Corona Virus and Covid-19 restrictions, which did not make an in-person show feasible. 

Whoosh 2 is being hailed a success by the president and viewers. While the entire process was described as tedious, in the end, many were satisfied with the outcome and final product. Royer confirmed that the artists worked tirelessly to meet deadlines and provide sketches and maquettes of their work. Dominicans living in the diaspora have joined in congratulatory comments as per testimonials on the WAA website. 

Filming was done by Micheal Lees. The violinist present was Kayla Ann “Koryn” Guiste, who did a remarkable job. Other notable mentions are Sarama Rolle, Janae Bell, Edward Collins and Keard George. 

Sponsors for the event included:

Dexia (Gold Sponsor)

Do It Center (Bronze Sponsor)

Division of Culture (Bronze Sponsor)

SHAPE and ShopDM partnered with WAA to ensure that such an important venture would be successful.

A special thank you goes out to Colton T for allowing the use of his song “Glory” for the official trailer of Whoosh 2.

The virtual exhibit is still up for viewing via the Waitukubuli Artist Association website and individuals wishing to purchase from the artists may do so via Shopdm. The general public is asked to visit these websites and support Dominican Art. 

It is fitting to award Whoosh 2 with a 5-star rating. It was a well thought out and innovative show. The inclusion of artists from the diaspora was a nice touch. Let’s not forget How breathtaking the artist’s work was. There is no doubt that Whoosh 2 has opened the door for other virtual shows but has also set the tone for future events of this nature. Kudos to the executive and the entire WAA team for staging what has been hailed by many as a success. 

Plane Sculpture by Keard George. Crafted from bamboo pieces.
Edward Collins and one of his pieces. Collins specializes in charcoal drawings.

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