Collingwood’s Mayor Sandra Cooper with Bahamian artist and Eleuthera resident Kevin Cooper standing next to one of his paintings entitled, ‘The Grain Terminals’
(Rock Sound, Eleuthera, Bahamas) – Acclaimed Bahamian Artist Kevin Cooper, a resident of Rock Sound in South Eleuthera, recently exhibited during a three day event at the exclusive Cranberry Resort in Collingwood, Ontario in Canada. It is an endeavour that had been in the works for a year, according to the artist, before finally coming to fruition on October 5th – 7th.
Key organizer, Angelo Shore, with the Cranberry Resort, who had met Mr. Cooper a number of years ago, extended the invitation to be a guest artist in the exhibition, which featured varied works of 14 different artists.
Kevin was on location in Collingwood from September 10th to October 12th, where he added to the pieces he had carried up from Eleuthera, capturing the autumnal colours of the area.
Self-described as a Bahamian impressionist artist, Mr. Cooper, shared that there were a wide variety of artistic styles on display, including surrealism, abstract, realistic, as well as other impressionists.
Sandra Cooper, Mayor of Collingwood, purchased a 34” x 48” painting, from Mr. Cooper’s works done on location, called ‘The Grain Terminals’ to be displayed in the Mayor’s offices. According to Cooper, the Terminals were one of the oldest set of buildings in Collingwood, dating back to the 1800’s, when there was a shipyard.
It was a very successful exhibit shared Kevin, “With great response, and new clients… Working on location is always a challenge, and being from a tropical climate, it’s a huge challenge in having to work in the cold, but with that being said, it was a very good experience”
“It was a beautiful time, with lots of colours – but I have to say, very cold”, he added again, with a chuckle.
Mr. Cooper also shared that other artists were intrigued with the light he was able to capture in his works from home, saying, “Our light is so beautiful here – it’s brighter – and there it is a little more subtle.”
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