Sunday, October 30, 2011

Local artist supports Bahamian education

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Art lovers are in for a spectacular treat as a leading Canadian artist who lives in The Bahamas, transforms her Ocean Clubs Estate home into an exclusive one-night only gallery to fund scholarships for Bahamian students.

Award winning painter Jane Waterous is graciously donating half the proceeds from all art sales at this special November 11th event to The Doctors Hospital Dr Meyer Rassin Foundation Dollars for Scholars fund, ensuring that even more young Bahamians are able to pursue careers in healthcare.

“Next to food and shelter, healthcare is the most important thing for both individuals and society and it feels good to be able to make a difference,” Jane said, “I can’t contribute more than a part of myself. There is much more of me going into the art than if I were to write a cheque to contribute to this charity. It’s more than just my time, it’s my emotion, it’s a piece of me.”

This year’s Dollars for Scholars art show and cocktail party will take place November 11 at 7pm and will feature never before seen original works of art.

Waterous is perhaps now best known for her bright and playful Crowds at Play series, but her overall body of work is eclectic and decidedly varied. From wild horses to serene Buddhist monks, Jane Waterous does not have a particular look, feel or even subject matter and although her paintings do not offer an obvious glimpse into her island life, she says the colours, lighting and use of shadow are a direct result of her surroundings.

The Doctors Hospital Dr Meyer Rassin Foundation board anticipates Jane’s kind act and the eagerness of guests at the event to donate will result in a considerable boost to the scholarship programme.

“We are thrilled that Jane has so generously donated what should end up being a significant amount of money from the sale of her artwork, and also the use of her home for this very special event. The Dr Meyer Rassin Foundation is proud to have been able to make a difference not only in the lives of so many young Bahamians, but in the local healthcare field and the only way this is possible is through generous gifts such as the one Jane has given us,” said John Robertson, event chairman.

To date, the Foundation has granted scholarships and financial assistance to students in a variety of medical-related fields and allied health professions including but not limited to: pharmacy, medicine, biology, psychology, biochemistry, medical technology, physical therapy, occupational therapy, imaging technology, as well as midwifery and nurse practitioners.

A number of students have had significant scholarships paid for by The Foundation and are now working at Doctors Hospital, the leading provider of healthcare in The Bahamas.

Food Art by Cacique will be treating guests to tasty sweet and savoury light bites, Bristol Wines and Spirits has provided wine for the event and throughout the evening guests will also get a chance to plan their holiday outfits as Rubins models sashay around the gallery wearing the latest fashions from the store’s newest exclusive line - Jones New York, as well as dresses and apparel, shoes, jewellery and handbags by Laundry by Design, Nine West, Ann Klein, Josephine Chaus, Monet & Jones New York.

Throughout the evening DJ Kirk with Oreyo will set the mood with lounge tunes and Sherwin Williams donated the paint brushes that are attached to the tickets for a whimsical touch.

For more information on this year’s Dr Meyer Rassin Foundation Dollars For Scholars art show and cocktail party or to purchase tickets to this exciting event, email or call 302-4765.

Jessica Robertson
Director of Marketing
Doctors Hospital