Art for the People features work of Orlando Garrido

The Island Newspaper, Ambergris Caye, Belize            Vol. 10, No. 5            February 3, 2000

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Local artist, Orlando Garrido will be one of more than 75 talented artists featured in Art for the People, a traveling art exhibition being held in Belize this year. The Image Factory Art Foundation (IFAF) is presenting this one-of-a-kind exhibit which runs the entire year 2000. They are a non-profit art institute dedicated to the documentation, promotion and exhibition of culture in Belize. Focusing on contemporary art locally and internationally, the Image Factory also presents exhibitions and displays of a wider range involving social history, archaeology and anthropology.

    Orlando Garrido, who displays his works in San Pedro at Belizean Arts, grew up among the Garifuna in the Stann Creek District. He expresses his love of the Garifuna culture and rich heritage in colorful portrayals of the Garinagu music, dances and rituals on canvas. His paintings are also inspired by the abundant wildlife and natural environment found in beautiful Belize. Mr. Garrido is the only artist featured from San Pedro so far and is honored to be a part of this cultural exhibit. He will be featuring sample works from a variety of the exhibiting artists, this week only, at Mata Chica Resort, on the north end of Ambergris Caye.

    Art for the People had its official opening reception last Friday, but will be shown partially at the House of Culture and the Image Factory Art Gallery, in Belize City until February 25th.  It will then travel to all the districts starting in March at Belmopan; April in San Ignacio and Benque Viejo del Carmen; May in Orange Walk Town; August in Corozal Town; September/October in Punta Gorda, San Pedro Colombia/San Antonio; November in Dangriga and finishing up the year, December in San Pedro Town.

    Anyone wishing more information on the Art for the People traveling exhibit may contact the IFAF by e-mail: yasserart@yahoo.com or phone 02-34151/fax 02-31149. For those who wont be able to view this in person, it can be observed online at www.imagefactory.org.



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