Kingston Creative ARTWALK Presents Resonances

When searched in the Dictionary "Resonance" has multiple meanings. The one that stood out to me the most has to do with "the quality of having an intensity of emotion or richness of expression that evokes or reinforces a sympathetic response-- an underlying or pervasive quality of a particular type, esp. in a work of art or literature: an apocalyptic resonance."

When I received an invitation to this month's Kingston Creative Artwalk after reading the theme which immediately piqued my interest, I knew it had to somehow overcome my fear of the unknown streets of Downtown Kingston and high-tail my way there. With a bunch of nerves and Google Map as my trusted (not so reliable side-kick), I grabbed my most comfortable shoes and "made my way downtown". After driving around in circles (thanks Google) for what felt like an eternity I came upon a street that sparked the typical Jamaican "excitement" which led me to release a sigh of the relief of finally arriving at my destination.

I quickly parked and darted across the street inside the posh F&B Downtown which can only be described as a hidden gem on the busy Harbour Street which featured a fun menu and the works of artists across the Island and abroad which felt like a Pinterest Board come to life! I searched for my "Blogger Squad"  who were already at the 1st location for which I then made my way down with map in hand of the walk. It was here I met a few of Jamaica's well-renowned reasoned professionals which included a Lawyer, a returning Japanese Lecturer and an Architect who gave a story of each of the buildings we passed. We arrived at the 1st location which was the Resonance Exhibition - Repeating Islands which featured the works of final year students at Edna Manley College of Visual and Performing Arts. The exhibition curated by Veerle Poupeye also included works by Joni P Gordon, Mark Robinson, Leanne Mair, Trishaunna Henry, Yulanah Mullings, and Keisha Walters 

The artists worked with Media ranging from cardboard constructions, paper, and textile collage, ceramic and aluminum and wood which ranged from small scale to large scale. The artists were charged to showcase the resonance element of their pieces by showing how it can be transformed into more than itself to evoke emotions and stir up conversations about the social, cultural and historic exploration of Jamaica's past and potential future. I was pleased by the works of these artists and how talented and dedicated they are with their art and how it will positively impact Jamaica and the wider society as a whole.

We then made our way back to F&B Downtown for lunch where we all got to connect with each other over tasty meal choices. As I'm a Burger Connoisseur, I opted for "The Down Town" which was a hearty Cheeseburger served with Fries which was simply delightful. My "drink" of choice was a refreshing glass of lemonade which was the perfect solution for combating the heat we were about to face outside. If you are looking for the best Oxtail in Kingston, legend has it F&B Downtown offers the best in town literally! There were other diners who shared that once they had the Oxtail the first time they kept coming back for more.

Outside, we met Kingston Creative Co-Founder Andrea Dempster-Chung who gave an overview of Kingston Creative and a walkthrough of the creative market outdoor. Here we met Jamaican Poet and Radio Personality Mutabaruka who was supporting the arts and other talented vendors across the Island.

If you are looking for a cultural event that showcases the works of local artisans across the Island, we highlight recommend Kingston Creative Artwalk.

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