Last Sundays, January 26, featuring “Explorations II: Religion and Spirituality” and Gabriella Reno with Samuele Vivian

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The National Gallery of Jamaica’s Last Sundays programme for January – the first such monthly event for 2014 – is scheduled for Sunday, January 26, from 11 am to 4 pm.

Visitors will have the opportunity to view Explorations II: Religion and Spirituality exhibition, which features sixty-eight works from the National Art Collection and explores the role of religion and spirituality in Jamaican culture and history. The artists featured include Osmond Watson, Edna Manley, Mallica “Kapo” Reynolds, Carl Abrahams, Everald and Clinton Brown, Renee Cox, Ebony G. Patterson, Gloria Escoffery, Norma Rodney-Harrack and Omari Ra. The exhibition is part of a new series that explores important themes in Jamaican art and the National Art Collection and the first edition was Explorations I: Natural Histories, which was shown in the first half of 2013.

The Last Sundays performance, which will start at 1:30 pm, will be by singer Gabriella Reno, featuring Samuele Vivian on guitar. Gabriella Reno is a singer, songwriter and rebelliously opinionated individual, who sings about the complexity of love. Her sweet smoky songs defy genre with elements of R&B, pop, reggae and rock and her emotional delivery connects easily with any crowd. She is scheduled to perform at the Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival 2014, where she will share the stage with Toni Braxton and Chrisette Michele. She is also working on her first album As the Sea, in which the sea provides a metaphor of life which is unpredictable and constantly moving. Master guitarist Samuele Vivian was born in Vicenza, Italy and attended the University of Music and Performing Arts, Graz, Austria.  He collaborates with artists and Grammy Award winners such as Buena Vista Social Club, Antonio Sanchez, Sean Paul, Shaggy, Damian and Stephen Marley. He presently lectures in modern guitar and jazz improvisation at the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts. Samuele’s second album Aurora was released in January 2014 and presents a fusion of Mediterranean guitar with Jazz and Jamaican music influences.

As is now customary for Last Sundays, admission to the NGJ will be free on Sunday, January 26, and free guided tours and gallery-based children’s activities will also be offered. Our gift and coffee shop will be open for business and contributions to the donations box are welcomed. Revenues from our shops and donations help to fund programmes such as the Religion and Spirituality exhibition and our Last Sunday programming.

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