Alicia Aberdeen Art, LLC, founded and produced by Trinidadian Alicia Aberdeen-Jones, will this Saturday, Nov. 11, host its annual art show and fundraiser, dubbed “Paintings in the Garden: Age of Aquarius”, at the historic Roulette Theatre, 509 Atlantic Ave., corner of 3rd Avenue, downtown Brooklyn.
Aberdeen-Jones said the event, which starts at 5:00 p.m. and ends at 9:00 p.m., showcases fine art and performing arts from the Caribbean arts community in an “all-inclusive, one-night extravaganza, which is then followed by a full exhibition that runs for one to two weeks.
“Our organization is committed to creating spaces for artists of the Caribbean Diaspora and beyond to shine and represent the many layers of our creative culture,” she said.
Aberdeen-Jones said this is the show’s fifth year of production, and that she is partnering with the Consul General of Trinidad & Tobago to “bring relief to the Serenity Place Empowerment Center for Women in Trinidad.
“We are hoping to do a repeat-partnership with The Coalition For The Homeless NYC,” she said, adding that funding from Paintings in the Garden V (PITG5) will provide “much-needed assistance to the facilitators of drug rehabilitation in Trinidad & Tobago, as well as help families in the NYC Shelter system, while continuing to establish the PITG brand as a self-sustaining philanthropic organization promoting Caribbean Arts and Culture in the region.
“As we actively transition from the age of Pisces to the age of Aquarius, we’re experiencing a rebirth; a cleansing and shedding; a regenerative energy that this year’s show will hone,” Aberdeen-Jones continued. “This is an age that’s associated with hope and innovation. Therefore, for our 5th anniversary, we want to focus on all things positive as we look at the many different lived layers that have brought the artists to this current point.”
The show will feature the paintings of Alicia Aberdeen-Jones; Embroidery art of Adele Todd; exquisite jewelry from jewelry designer and silversmith, Janice Derrick; artisanal bath, body and home fragrance from BHĀVANĀ NYC by Tashari DaSilva of Jamaica; and for the first time ever, Aberdeen-Jones’s twin students, Yves and Zach Briggs, 13 years, “living and thriving through autism.”
“The 2023 installment of PITG will offer insights into the many facets of existence that bring us happiness; the big and the small; the obvious and the inferred; the outright joys and the derived ones… while touching on elements of Caribbean culture,” said Aberdeen-Jones, disclosing that Aquarius is her astrological sign.
She said a dance production by Wynter’s Dance Empire will open the performances.
Aberdeen-Jones said the event will also feature Carol Addison singing alongside baritone jazz vocalist Ricardo Mendoza.
In addition, she said world class steel pan out from Trinidad and Tobago will be highlighted, with Dane Gulston fused with tabla from Ehren Hanson and sitar from Indo Roy-Chowdhury, with the resident DJ Stiladancer at the controls.
You can reach Aberdeen-Jones at [email protected]