Be Swept Away by Jamaica's Beauties in Negril

todayNovember 25, 2010

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Couples Swept Away is promoting the skills of Jamaicans again. This time an expo titled ‘Be Swept Away by Jamaica’s Beauties” is being held with three purposes.

Held under the distinct patronage of hotelier Jane Issa, the expo will highlight the creative power and culture of Jamaica. Additionally several artists(es) will have opportunity to earn needed funds, and the Foundation will benefit from the proceeds.

The money committed to the Foundation will be used specifically for projects chiefly the
a) Creative workshop series at primary and secondary levels
b) Library and Art Department
c) Membership in the Pickney International Club

OAaSIS exists to empower the creative mind of youth towards building a nation of achievers, and does this through several projects such as a creative workshop series, cxc-geared workshops, a club for youth 0-25. Other projects include building a library.

The artists(es) are selected on the premise that they have been consistent in volunteering with the Foundation, and keeping 85 per cent of the funds is a plus benefit to express appreciation for their work. Non volunteers will keep less.

Couples Swept Away is known as the only such entity that promotes strictly Jamaican talent, and is not new to hosting exhibitions of local artists. On any given visit the art and decor reflects pure Jamaican talent, as the hotel strives to assist local artists and artisans to maintain stability and professionalism.

Over 100 works (original and prints), framed and unframed, craft items, literary works will be offered for sale and or auction, along with special presentations in song and poetry – reflecting all Jamaican. Other items include Cds of artistes who have been involved with the entity. US native Nicholas daSilva who designs comic books based on Jamaica’s superstars will donate books towards the venture.

Artists confirmed include Boom Steppa, Rollie Fresh, Jermaine Gordon as performers. Visual artists include Barrington Watson, Howard Moo Young, Pinksque Green, Melhanie Spence, Rico Nagase, Yasco Ishige, Stoneman of Trench Town. Anthea McGibbon, the entity’s founding CEO will show a few works. Workshops will be conducted by Anthea McGibbon, Howard Moo Young and Rico.

Master painter Barrington Watson is known for his voluptous female images. He recently launched his book “Barrington: 50 years of drawing”.

Howard Moo Young’s latest Bob Marley series in drawings, paintings and photography is popular and Melhanie Spence is known for her huge portraits that come alive as much as her abstracts. Anthea McGibbon who has been promoting her orchidaroma series will also display a few lifestyle and scapes of land, sea and river. Rico and Yasco are from Japan, naturalised as Jamaicans and for years Rico has been capturing locals in their natural state. Stoneman of Trench Town works with fabric, painting symbols and images bearing African messages in bright colours. The patterned fabric are usually used to don large spaces of walls at a time. Special craft items will also be made available.

Most of the pieces will be at a size fit for hand luggage, and the prints will also be available for immediate purchase and transportation.

As a special treat to visitors, there will be workshops as well as special performances and showcases of other products outside of paintings. For example Jermaine Gordon, a spiritual motivator will show his books, poetry. Along with other artistes he is slated for performance. Others listed include Boom Steppa.

The show titled Jamaica OAaSIS is an explosion of the talent found in Jamaica – performing, culinary, literary, visual.


The exhibition is being held under the distinct patronage of Jane Issa.

The pieces (original and prints) and craft items will be at reasonable costs, and ready for transport. Participating Visual Artists from the support base of the Foundation, are as follows:

  • Barrington Watson, master painter
  • Bernard Hoyes, master painter (from USA)
  • W Henry Eccleston of New York
  • Rico Reico Nagase
  • Ewan mcAnuff
  • Hugh Hudson
  • Howard Moo Young, master photographer
  • Melhanie Spence
  • Dwayne Hamilton
  • Pinksque Green
  • Anthea McGibbon
  • CRAFT by:

  • Stoneman of Trench Town
  • Mother Earth
  • 7 miles of Black Starliner
  • CDs by performing artistes including:

  • Boom Steppa
  • Rollie Fresh
  • Sophia Brown

  • BOOK: Comic books on reggae superstars by Nicholas daSilva
  • BOOK: 50 years of drawing by Barrington Watson
  • BOOK: Colour Your Thoughts by Jermaine Gordon
  • BOOK: Nature’s Thoughts by Anthea McGibbon (a preview)
  • We hope to see you at the opening, at least. Special performances and workshops will be the pleasure of our guests to participate in. Themes are: Orchids, Lifestyle, Portraits esp special Bob Marley series, Abstract.

    Anthea McGibbon
    Howard Moo Young

    Register your name for an arm band and come prepared to purchase. Be sure to say day(s) of interest


  • Swept Away (957-4005) rooms are US$275
  • Travellers Beach Resort (957-3009) rooms special: US$65 per room with two beds
  • For more information please contact:

  • OAaSIS (876)-860-2638// (305)-648-6963
  • Gallery Barrington (876)-978-7424
  • Anthea McGibbon (876)-797-7297
  • Patrick James (876)-790-1941
  • Leighton Levy (876)-561-4445
  • Howard Moo Young (876)-840-3357
  • Melhanie Spence (876)-842-1496

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