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“Art with Heart” for 2015 Sugar Cane Ball


Round Hill Hotel & Villas, Montego Bay Jamaica:  The internationally renowned Gallery of West Indian Art, will again be showcasing their eclectic collection during the week of the Sugar Ball being held at the Round Hill on Saturday, February 14.
Based in Montego Bay and started by art lover, local socialite and designer Liz Delisser, The Gallery of West Indian Art has been operating since 1972 and was specifically set up to give local and other Caribbean artisans a place to exhibit and sell their work.
The Gallery, now run by Liz’s daughter Nicky (great niece to Willy Delisser the co-founder of Hanover Charities) and her partner Stefan, carries some of the best artists of Jamaica, Haiti and Cuba.
Says Nicky “Our galleries and collections are an explosion of creativity and colour and we will be bringing that vibrancy and energy back with us to the Sugar Cane Ball.  We are thrilled to again be a part of such a special event and 30% of all our sales during the week go to Hanover Charities – so we are expecting huge support”.
Also on display and for sale to support the charity will be the jewelry of New York based, Jamaican designer, Anna Ruth Henriques.  Anna designs and creates one of a kind fine jewelry, using a method that includes hand painting gemstones that are then enhanced by being in hand-carved settings, then further cast into precious metals using the lost-wax method.  Anna is also a painter and sculptor and her artwork is in the permanent collections of New York’s Jewish Museum, El Museo del Barrio, and the National Gallery of Jamaica.
This year’s Gallery of West Indian Art collection specially curated for the Sugar Cane Ball, by Nicky and Stefan, and Anna Henriques’s  Jewelry offerings will open on Wednesday 11th of February at 6:30 pm.
On Thursday the 12th February the “Art with Heart” theme will continue with a pre-view party of some of the Silent Auction items, including selected pieces by Basil Watson, the recognized Jamaican artist & sculptor. Part proceeds of Basil Watson’s art will also be donated to Hanover Charities.
Born in Kingston into to a family of well- known Jamaican artists, and a graduate of the Jamaica School of Art, Basil discovered sculpture as an excellent way to continually explore his fascination of the human form.
His pieces can be found in private collections, hotels, municipal & corporate buildings and public parks, including Doctors Cave Beach in Montego Bay where his 15 foot piece “Balance” was commissioned for the club’s 100th Anniversary. Basil is represented in galleries both in Jamaica and throughout the USA.
Basil Watson has also donated a piece for the live auction that will take place during the Sugar Cane Ball itself on February 14th
For the 2015 Sugar Cane Valentines Ball, celebrating the glitz and glamour of Hollywood the invitation is open (though limited) and reservations for the evening as well as the purchase of raffle tickets can be made via email to scbreservation@hanovercharities.com
For more information on Hanover Charities and its projects, to make a donation and to check out the events of the Sugar Cane Ball – visit www.hanovercharities.com.

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