Hanging out with Cecil Cooper

Lovers of the visual arts will enjoy exploring visual media as they hang out with CECIL COOPER, on April 30 and May 1, 2011 at Two Seasons Guest House, Treasure Beach, St. Elizabeth, Jamaica (www.2seasonsguesthouse.com).

Cecil, a celebrated artist, educator, and tenor, will share with you his insights in a rap session on Saturday evening and then work with you on your personal pieces in a workshop on Sunday morning.

Born in the parish of Hanover in 1946, he was one of the first graduates of the full time diploma programme of the Jamaica School of Art (now the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts) in 1966.  He was to return to the Jamaica School of Art to teach painting in 1980, becoming the head of the department the following year. However it was his talent as a classical musician that won him a Jamaican government scholarship to study music in New York in 1970. His sojourn in New York allowed him the opportunity to hone his skill in the visual arts. In 1976 he obtained a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the School of Visual Arts, and later in 1993 the Master of Fine Arts degree from the same institution.

One of Jamaica’s most recognized artists, over the years in solo and group showings Cecil has exhibited in Jamaica and overseas in the USA, Canada, Germany, Central and South America, and the Caribbean. His writings have been published in newspapers, newsletters and other publications in Jamaica and the USA. In 1993 he was awarded the Bronze Musgrave Medal for his contribution to painting and art education in Jamaica.

In describing his work, the Savacou Gallery in New York in 2003 identified two trends: “One is the muscular dramatic, expressionist style he uses in his large canvasses and mixed media works on paper. The other is a graceful sensual style that is characteristic of his small works and painted objects”.

 Cecil will share with guests in a small group setting his own artistic journey in a one-hour rap session on Saturday, April 30 at 6:30 p.m. Then on Sunday morning at 10 a.m. in a two hour workshop, he will work with you in your preferred visual medium (bring your own materials).

The package costs are as follows:

For two persons in a room  for one night + two persons at the workshops on Saturday and Sunday = US$165 or J$14,000
For one person in a room for one night + one person at the workshops on Saturday and Sunday = US$100 or J$8,500
(includes full breakfast and liquid break during or at the end of the workshop. Jamaica dollar rates subject to change until room is confirmed by 10% non-refundable deposit).

Lunch and dinner can be provided by special arrangement.  There are a number of restaurants in the area, some of which deliver. For further information, please email art@2seasonsguesthouse.com or telephone 876-571-0818.

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2 Responses to Hanging out with Cecil Cooper

  1. Angela Baker says:

    Lawks, a woulda love fi come spen time wid you, but a cyan’ getaway right now. Wan o’ dese days doh, mi comin’ home.

  2. Cooper is excellent! This is a one of a kind opportunity. Classic.

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