Art Fair Fort Lauderdale, the Art Fair on the Water, celebrates its fourth year, January 23-26th and host’s Bahamas Haus, a unique art project and partnership with Ministry of Tourism Bahamas, sponsors and collectors Argus Advisors, legal, financial services provider and fine arts collection, based in Freeport.
In addition to waived fees for contributing artists and gallery partners, Art For Lauderdale will donate 10% of the art proceeds from Bahamas Haus to the rebuilding and art therapy efforts of The Grand Bahama Children’s Home, an orphanage and refuge for children in Freeport, recently flooded and forced to evacuate during Hurricane Dorian.
Curated by local arts writer and collaborator Jennifer Nayak, Bahamas Haus promotes the theme, Resiliency of the Bahamian Spirit. Telling a visual story of faith and inspiration, Bahamas Haus at Art Fort Lauderdale presents a range of mediums, including newly created, post-Hurricane Dorian recovery artwork by the most recognizable contemporary artists and galleries from Grand Bahama, Nassau and the USA.
“I want to provide collectors with little treasures they wouldn’t find unless they had their own local guide to the important work created in the Bahamas. Promoting Port Lucaya and Nassau gallery owners, with studios people can visit; educates an audience that’s already available and interested in experiencing Bahamian culture. When you know something more about the culture, it brings you closer to the islands we already love. Creating long term interest for investment pieces, promoting cultural tourism between both coasts. There’s more than one reason to love the Bahamas, for me it’s the people and the art,” says Jennifer Nayak, Curator Bahamas Haus.
Guests of the four-day, curated, waterway art and design tour includes multiple stops at luxury properties along the Intracoastal. Once at Bahamas Haus, guests will discover Bahamian culture roomby-room filled with art, visiting Professorial lectures on Junkanoo art history and costume making, Meet the Artist introductions, and personalized art book signing, highlighted by live Junkanoo music.
Collectors will discover the work of the established studio, museum and emerging artists, including Laurie Tuchel: American born female painter; recently hosted group & solo show at National Gallery of Bahamas, Nassau. 2019. Tuchel resides in Grand Bahama, UK and US. She is currently working on a series Day in the Life of local scenes and portraits of everyday life in Grand Bahama. Tuchel is a prominent curator and emerging fine artist with upcoming gallery shows in New England and New Mexico. Finally, Matthew Wildgoose: the owner of Port Lucaya studio It Is What It Is (IIWII), teacher and celebrity favourite fine artist, Matt Wildgoose works on canvas with compelling portraits of recognizable influencers of Caribbean culture.
Notable author honoured artist, Chantal E Y will be attending the destination Art Fair with limited edition book signing and newly created piece. Chantal E Y Bethel, an interdisciplinary author, artist and sculptor. Working from her home studio in Freeport, Bethel actively shows in galleries and regional museums across the USA, Canada and Caribbean. She is an awarded, recognized artist with pieces included in permanent collections of National Art Gallery of the Bahamas, and many private and international corporate collections.
Promoting her recent art book Beyond The Surface, Art: Discovery, Healing and Transformation, with featured essays by contributing art writers and curators. Bethel has created new artwork exclusively for Bahamas Haus and offering signed, limited edition books.
Art Fort Lauderdale provides a weekend of targeted arts engagement introducing Floribbean art and culture to a demographic with multiple vested interests in the Bahamas and the South Florida lifestyle.
Meet the Curator: Jennifer Nayak Also known as @LasOlasLocal, Jennifer is an indie curator of sponsored arts events, connecting commerce and culture. Jennifer is the arts & culture editor with Las Olas Boulevard and Isles Magazine and brand ambassador for Miami-based, wellness lifestyle brand Therafitshoe. She has curated contemporary art, food and community events since 2007. Jennifer is a natural, cultural ambassador with a personal and emotional connection to The Bahamas Haus project. A native of Florida, Jennifer lives in both Fort Lauderdale and Grand Bahama with her husband, Andre Feldman of Argus Advisors and their children.
Meet the Artists & Gallery Owners:
MIXED MEDIA AND FINE ARTS CANVAS:
Laurie Tuchel, Studio Artist
Matthew Wildgoose, Owner (Is What It Is Gallery)
Claudette Dean, artist, rebuilding private gallery in 2020
Paula Farrington, artist
Greg Farrington, artist
Caroline Anderson, artist
Jennifer Williams Wiegand, artist, Del Foxton, artist, Owner (Adagio Art Gallery)
CERAMICS: Lisa Correll, Potter/Ceramicist/Owner (Coastal Mojo Gallery)