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Courtney Devonish to Exhibit in USA

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[Courtney Devonish] Courtney Devonish of Anguilla has an exhibit of his wood sculptures and ceramics, "Touch Forms in Color,", at Lincoln University, Pennsylvania (one hour south of Philadelphia). The exhibit runs from September 25 to October 17, 1997. Carolyn Williams of Africana Homestead Legacy Publishers tells me that the opening reception is from 3-5 P.M. on Thursday, September 25th. For more information, contact Emery Wimbish, Jr., Librarian, 610�932�8300 Ext. 3261. The Special Collection's gallery hours are Monday-Thursday, 8:30 A.M.-5:00 P.M, 7:00 P.M.-10:00 P.M.; Friday 8:30 A.M.-5:00 P.M.; Saturday 12:00 P.M.- 5:00 P.M.

While at Lincoln, Courtney will also work with the Art Department, teaching in ceramics and sculpture classes. Another unique event will be a group of visually impaired members of the Philadelphia community visiting the exhibit, to touch the pieces, and meet Courtney.

The funding for the exhibit was provided by The Philadelphia Foundation, whose president, Carrolle Fair Perry, sponsored the exchange program that brought the Anguilla High School Steel Orchestra to Philadelphia and the Point Breeze Performing Arts Center Dance Troupe to Anguilla. In fact, a jazz trio from Point Breeze will perform in tribute to Courtney at the opening reception, as thanks for his hospitality.

Besides the Lincoln project, Courtney has also accepted the offer of the Clay Studio School of Philadelphia to be Artist in Residence from October 6 to October 31. So he will be quite busy, working and socializing with various members of the academic, arts, cultural, business and political communities.

Everyone in Anguilla knows the quality of Courtney's work, but here are excerpts from what the university had to say about him and his art:

"Elegant, simplistic contours... wood sculptures and ceramics, of birds, fish, the female, and semi-abstract forms,.. Devonish, who is both reserved yet gracious in disposition, was born February 5, 1944, in Chalky Mount, Barbados, a historic site with a legacy of producing potters. ... a degree with a triple major, in Arts and Crafts-sculpture, religious studies, and economic history, ... Coventry, England was the site of Devonish's first exhibits of his paintings and sculpture, ... Recipient of an OAS fellowship in Ceramic Technology in 1979, Devonish notably took an advanced study course in Italy.

One year after his 1987 assignment by the Canadian Training Awards program to establish a pottery workshop in Anguilla, Courtney relocated to the island. As a member of the Anguillan community, he is highly respected. In June of this year, Devonish opened a new 2000 square foot studio (half for sculpture and half ceramics), in the government-owned, newly renovated Factory Shell. Besides creating his own works, he trains two apprentices, and teaches ceramics to residents 8 years and older. He also owns and operates the Devonish Art Gallery in George Hill, selling the works of artists and craftsmen from the Caribbean and U.S.

 Revised: December 23, 1997

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