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“I always had a liking and passion for art. In growing up, as a young person—friends would have their hobbies, and my hobby was art. My father wouldn’t encourage comic books and cinema-going and things like that. I used the art as an alternative.”By Leon SuseranOur ‘Special Person’ this week saw himself a budding artist since he was a teenager. He agrees that it was perhaps the love for art by his parents that pushed him to nurture the talent.Winston StrickWinston Strick recalls his father not being too enthused with him picking up a book or doing what the other children in the village were doing, rather, his father gave him enough of the time he needed to be by himself away in the village, concentrating, letting the ideas flow—drawing!Winston’s work is today highly regarded for its mastery of technique, its usual wit and elegance of presentation. Many of his pieces contain social commentary, others celebrate individuals; all express sincerity, while others celebrate individuality of vision and commitment to skilled craftsmanship.He attended the St. Aloysius R.C. Boys’ School followed by the Berbice High School. He was also the Art Master at the Government Teachers’ Training College, In-Service branch in 1964. He also taught various subjects at the Berbice High School in 1966, including English Language, Wholesale Soccer Jerseys Authentic, English Literature, Religious Education, and of course, Art.“My parents—my mother, Venus, was always into sewing machines; she was into craft and used to take us into the back dams to cut awara and make hats and all these things and my father, Mc Bean, used to do a lot of cabinet and furniture making, so I grew up in that kind of environment.”Strick remembered how it all started, with him “trying a thing” with wood and then covering it with straps to make footwear. One of his first efforts to get into formal art training in the town of New Amsterdam was due to the encouragement of a friend, a class taught by Mr. Heyliger, a product of the Working People’s Art Class, a functioning body at that time in Georgetown spearheaded by Mr. E. R. Burrowes.Another of his inspirations in those days to pursue the field of art was the British Council, which had offices all over, including New Amsterdam, “and they would show films on art and on the culture and they had books that you borrowed.”In 1969, he left these shores to further his academic and professional skills in the field which he loved. He studied Architectural Drafting and Fine Arts at the Brooklyn Museum of Art (BMA) and pursued more training at New York University (NYU)’s School of Continuing Education.Another day in the studio: Putting finishing touches on ‘The Epiphany’“I was apprenticed to Interior Decorator Joe Lasco while in New York, who taught me about restoring art works. I knew that those were the prerequisites, so I did some of that. But even before I left Guyana, I was practicing fine arts, because I can remember having a collection of works.I took my first collection of works to Colleen Taitt, who had an art movement in Middle Street (where Cara Lodge exists today), and we used to go there and have meetings and she used to have a place to exhibit…and it was during one of those trips I was privileged to meet E.R. Burrowes, in the company of the very famous Donald Locke.”In 1974, Strick worked with the Ministry of Information and Culture and played a critical role in the establishment of the National Trust, working under the distinguished A.J. Seymour, A.A. and the scholarly Dr. Dennis Williams, A.A. As inaugural secretary, he oversaw the designing, creation and erection of the 1763 Monument, Enmore Martyrs’ Monument, etc. He pioneered two videos for the restoration of the forts in Guyana. He was also the Public Relations Officer (PRO) for the Jaycees of Guyana.“In 1977, after exhibiting leather jewellery at the Theatre Guild, I launched my Art career with a fashion-show at the Umana Yana, an event which Former First Lady, Mrs. Viola Burnham, O.E., opened….I supported Roots and Culture Movement in re-establishing its Art Gallery and producing a collection of leather art for that organization, and there, I made three videos on Fine Arts with Errol Brewster.”Displaying a leather accessory that he is currently making for a client.Winston Strick held numerous one-man exhibitions (during the period 1977-1994) at his home in Brooklyn, USA; Boa Vista, Brazil in 1981; and during Carifesta in Barbados in 1982, as well as in New Amsterdam and Rose Hall. His works are mainly wooden sculptures, leathers and painting. He loves to do leather craft and art.“Stretching of a canvas was a technique that we never knew in Guyana, and people used tentest to paint on— but it was unlike the real canvas and that called for stretching, and that was not a very common practice, and I had to acquire that skill by going abroad (at Art School).”Strick recalls his artwork being sought after by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (during previous administrations) and other agencies, and being presented as gifts and tokens to dozens of dignitaries and Heads-of-State. He vividly recalled then Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Rashleigh Jackson, an art collector himself, “encouraged these diplomats to relate to our art and buy them…also American Ambassador, Ms. Theresa Tull… I made 10, 12 pieces at one time for them…she had a few pieces for her collection.”Strick was involved, too, in planning costumes for several Mashramani celebrations in Guyana including in 1984 and 1986. He taught Leather Craft at the Burrowes School of Art for a few years.“I always had a liking and passion for art. In growing up, as a young person—friends would have their hobbies, and my hobby was art. My father wouldn’t encourage comic books and cinema-going and things like that. I used the art as an alternative.”In 1991, for his sterling contributions to the field of Art in Guyana, Mr. Strick was bestowed the Medal of Service by the former President of Guyana, the late Hugh Desmond Hoyte.One of Strick’s paintings, ‘Queen Mother’When asked what is the recipe for an excellent artist, Strick said that you have to make a piece that can stir the feelings and appreciations of persons, “the creativity must be there, but it must make that impact so when persons see it, they must light up—that is what artists strive for—so that they can have this bang!” And he names his pieces—all of them! He is currently working on “The Epiphany” for the past two weeks.So how do these ideas come to our ‘Special Person’?“The ideas come easily, but when you’re just beginning, you have to learn to think—meditate— and visualize, and bring your concepts…try to see things in your mind before you bring them out, so you learn this technique as you go about how to visualize things and breathing and seeing what other artists do, [and] you learn from that.”Being a good artist, he said, demands a lot of peace and quietude. Mr. Strick lives by himself in Stanleytown, New Amsterdam, and says he gets “lots of peace and quietude so I can concentrate on my works and get the ideas and creative juices flowing.”Strick invented new techniques in tie craft and leather, too.His advice to young artists our there is “try to understand the road that the artists before you—like Philip Moore and Dennis Williams—try to know how they carried on their careers and that will be a guide…”As for being a part-time artist, Strick said that, “I believe that if you like something, you will put your whole life into it…so art can be a full-time thing, but you have to know how to manage your career and how to guide it, but if you can follow the trend of older artists, that can be your guide.”Today, he focuses a lot on leather accessories—one of which he is working on now“I found that I had an easy run trying to make accessories out of leather—it was something new and in my own little way—I think I have perfected it to good standards over the years and I feel good about that. I use the hide of cattle of the Rupununi. Such leather can be sliced or scraped thin, wet with water, pressed, shaped and moulded; heated to maintain its rigidity; burnished with water or Vaseline to enhance its texture and colouration; cut and undercut.”Posing with the COFONA award he received earlier this yearWhen asked about the state of art and the industry in Guyana today, he asserted “as far as the infrastructure—if you want to use that word— is concerned, it is encouraging. The art market used to be better years ago, but I still think it’s actually quite good today because with university, people are becoming more educated and relating more to the arts, so it’s supposed to be good. It’s probably because I am a senior artist that it is not so difficult to survive, but then again it is not so easy as it should be, so I am hoping for changes.”Strick has won several prizes for painting, craft and sculptures, from the likes of the Ministry of Culture, Banks DIH, and Demerara Distillers Limited. Sheik Sadik, A.A, he added, in his ‘Sugarcane’ series, and Diane Morrison, are among writers who have included him and his works in their writings. Francis Quamina Farrier, A.A. and Stella Walcott, too, have interpreted poems from his published ‘Voices and Visions’ (1978) for stage presentations.Last August, Strick hosted an exhibition at the New Amsterdam Town Hall in commemoration of the 175th Anniversary of the Emancipation of African Slaves in Guyana. This event was co-hosted by the Council of Friends of New Amsterdam (COFONA), a body which presented him with a sculpted piece of art, for his hard work and efforts in the field.Certainly, Guyana has benefitted from the life and works of Artist/Sculptor Winston Strick,  M.S. whose talent and efforts through the years have perfected his skills through his mastery of what he loves to do. Living his life quietly and humbly in the Ancient County, Mr. Strick’s ‘specialness’ cannot by any means go unnoticed. He certainly deserves that place shared by men and women featured here every week.
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Date: 23 Oct 17 12:28am
Angoy’s Avenue, one of the depressed communities located on the outskirts of New Amsterdam, received a cash donation from the New Building Society Ltd in order to assist them to complete their playfield.The community, which has been described as Guyana’s most populated squatter settlement, is known to suffer a deficiency of much needed amenities such as health facilities and schools; and even public utilities such as electricity, proper running water, phones and roads.Senior Manager of NBS New Amsterdam hands over the cheque to Committee Member Desmond Kelly.In addition to its poorly serviced environs, the community is publicly perceived to be one where crime, Wholesale NFL Jerseys, ranging from electricity theft to murder, is prevalent.Senior Manager of NBS, Anil Beharry, noted that the playfield will bring out people to exercise and recreate. He advised members of the Angoy’s Avenue Playfield Management Committee to focus on getting youths involved in sports so as to keep them off the streets, thereby producing better individuals and reducing the instances of crime in the community.Committee member Desmond Kelly assured that the monies that are donated towards the playfield will be accounted for and will be spent for its intended purpose. Kelly thanked NBS for supporting the project and is hopeful for similar support from other organizations.
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A Kaneville teenager’s family has filed a police report accusing members of a government stray-catching unit of beating him during an exercise on Monday. The 14-year-old has since claimed that doctors were forced to extract one of his toenails as a result of the alleged assault.However, the stray catchers denied that there was any beating. In fact, they claim to have begged a police rank, who had accompanied them to let the lad loose, Buy Cheap Nike Air Max Shoes, after he had come at them with a piece of wood and had to be restrained.Ovid Glasgow, head of the stray catchers’ program, which falls under the Ministry of Home Affairs, said that he is now probing the matter, but initial indications are that the teen may not have been telling the truth.According to the boy’s father, Bissoon Tulsie, his family has been in the cattle business for years now, operating out of Kaneville, an area east of Grove, East Bank Demerara. On Monday, as is customary, the family let their cows loose early in the morning aback of Diamond, a neighbouring village.The teen said that at around 10:00hrs he was returning home with 14 cows along the Diamond Access Road. He said while he was nearing the ‘Fourth Bridge’ area, a stray catching truck pulled up alongside him. He claimed there were about eight persons in it, including a uniformed police rank.“They come out and start rounding up de cows and I tell them is my cows and I looking after dem.”He said that despite this the unit continued rounding up the cows.“The policeman come and he twist my arm and he carry me to the truck.”The teen claimed that he started struggling and shouting and one of the stray catchers allegedly used a rope to hit him several times. He said that one of his feet and a toe were injured during the incident. He said his struggles attracted a crowd and he was let go.The teen was reportedly taken to a doctor where one of his toenails was extracted.The family said that they had to pay $16, 000 to retrieve their two impounded cows from the Grove Police Station.According to Glasgow yesterday, the stray catchers working the area claimed the teen came after them with a wood and used foul language.“We even had to ask the policeman to loose him… despite this, ” one of the catchers told Kaieteur News.The family gave a statement at the Brickdam Police Station yesterday.Glasgow said he will continue to investigate the incident. He explained that the stray catchers are mandated to pick up unattended strays from housing schemes and other areas.He added that there are reports that a cow involved in a vehicular accident over the weekend may have belonged to the family.The cattle problem has been a critical one in especially new housing schemes for some time now.Residents have complained of dangers posed to traffic; of broken water mains and generally continuing damage to property and plants.However, cattle rearers have been complaining that government has not offered them alternative feeding grounds. Over 600 animals have been impounded for the first quarter by units in the city and Berbice, the Ministry said earlier this year. (Leonard Gildarie)
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– geared at connecting secondary level studentsUnder the auspices of the Ministry of Health, Youth Media Guyana, a local youth-oriented organisation yesterday launched web portals geared at connecting secondary level students to enable their discussion of issues that foster healthy behavioural changes.The venture which is in receipt of support from the United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) was unveiled at a simple forum at the Regency Suite, Hadfield Street, Georgetown, and saw the attendance of a number of students.In acknowledging the effort that was directed towards making the venture possible UNICEF’s Representative, Dr Suleiman Braimoh, Wholesale Authentic Jerseys, noted that the value of the internet is a known fact and is the medium of choice for fast, efficient communication. According to him, creative ways of communication through this medium are being uncovered every day.“Just two years ago we were not twittering, now we are. Who knows what will happen tomorrow…It is important to understand that this medium, the web portals, is forever an evolving technology.”As such he noted that in moving forward with this initiative there is a need for some amount of dynamism to be injected into the process. And the point of the process, he said, is not merely to give persons access to the internet, but rather should be aimed at transforming their knowledge into life skills.“Information is useless if you are not translating it into something of use. Information only makes sense if you derive from it some key messages that you need to lead your life with…and I do not suggest that this should be limited to members of the youth media organisations, ” Dr Braimoh added.He further extended a challenge to the gathering advising them to use the power they generate from the portals to act as an agent for change, even as he revealed that in other societies, children have been able to make a difference in some areas such as that of sanitation.“I would like to suggest that in moving forward with this initiative you glue into it a medium of a strategy through which you can convert the Youth Media Organisation into an agent of social behavioural change or for the betterment of children, women and indeed the whole of Guyana.”UNICEF, he said, stands ready at all times to provide support even though it does not have a project or programme in Guyana.“What we do is that we support Government and Civil Society based on our technical expertise and the resources we have to define what the critical development issues are in the society…”It is the expectation of Minister of Health, Dr Leslie Ramsammy, that through the web portals students will be able to discuss important issues such as the dangers of tobacco use, the appropriate time for a young person’s sexual debut among other issues. It is the hope of the minister that teachers as well as parents would support the venture, even as he noted that technology has transformed and Guyana should not be left behind. The programme is geared to be channelled through health clubs in secondary schools.In 2001 the Health Ministry kicked into motion the notion of health clubs in schools and had a target of 100 clubs by 2010. However, that objective has not yet materialised, but according to Minister Ramsammy there are about 52 active clubs. At the moment it is the hope of the Minister that by 2015 every secondary school will have a health club.The recently introduced website is expected to build communication capacity between the Ministry of Health and the clubs. The site will be linked to the already existing Ministry of Health Website. UNICEF is expected to launch the youth media website as well.
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Narine Hansraj was yesterday given a five-year jail term and fined $80, 000 for narcotics possession and for possession of ammunition without being the holder of a licence.Imposing the sentence was Acting Chief Magistrate Priya Sewnarine- Beharry.The man, on November 11, last, at New Hanover Demerara  River, had in his possession 196 grams of cannabis for the purpose of trafficking and two 12 gauge cartridges casing while he could not produce a licence. Hansraj pleaded guilty to both offenses.On the day of the man’s arrest, ranks from the narcotics unit at Eve Leary were on duty in the Demerara River when they got a tip. As a result, the ranks went to New Hanover where they contacted the defendant and conducted a search of the man’s home in his presence.The ranks made a sweep of the defendant’s home and found behind the man’s house, a five-gallon bucket containing a quantity of leaves, stems and seeds which appeared to be the illegal substance.Also found at Hansraj’s premises were the two 12 gauge cartridges. The man was subsequently told of the offence, Cheap Jerseys From China, cautioned and taken into custody. The drugs were later weighed.Hansraj was jailed for three years and fined $30, 000 for the narcotics possession. He was also jailed for two years and fined $50, 000 fine for having the 12 gauge ammunition. These sentences will run concurrently.
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