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On January 30th 2016, the Edward Gartland Youth Centre in collaboration with Amanyara Resorts, Gilley’s Enterprises, Turks and Caicos Sotheby’s International Realty (TCSIR) and Finishing Touch, hosted ‘An Exclusive Evening of Art’. The event raised almost forty thousand dollars with another thirty-five thousand dollars pledged towards the music studio/bandstand project.

The second annual event was hosted at a private villa at the exclusive Amanyara Resort and featured a collection of art work from local and international artists. There were limited tickets available and the event was sold out! The evening included complimentary welcome champagne, canapes, transportation to and from the resort, a live and silent auction and prize giveaways.

Featured international graphic artist and painter, Philippe Dodard, was not able to be present at the event but did send his work to be exhibited in the show which was admired by all who attended.

Upon entry to the event, guests were given bidding paddles for the live auction and a program outlining all of the artist’s biographies so that they could be identified at the event. Over 20 different artists had their work exhibited in the show which included a wide range of different mediums of art from acrylic and oil paintings, photography, wood work, ceramics and digital art. The silent auction was very popular and the live auction proved to be a major success with auctioneer Dudley Berry keeping the bidders entertained and involved as he used his skills to entice the crowd to purchase art and amazing trips including a Napa Valley exclusive wine tour and a stay at the Amanyara Resorts.

A short video was shown during the evening spearheaded by Joe Zahm, TCSIR, dedicated to showcasing the centre’s mission under the theme, “It Ain’t What You Got, It’s What You Do With What You Got”.

Dexter Landy wooed the crowd with his soulful saxophone and steel pans, making the evening truly a night to remember.

There was an individual villa pod dedicated to art from the youth centre members, the Provo Children’s Home and the British West Indies Collegiate, which proved to be a very successful expansion on the previous year’s event.

Director, Roxann Wake-Forbes, commented “I am truly overwhelmed by the support that we received for this event and am delighted to see the community come out and support us as we strive to better the lives of young people on the islands as well as being able to continue to provide them with so many valuable opportunities”.

The Edward Gartland Youth Centre would like to thank all of their sponsors, supporters and the community who came out to support the event and help raise funds for the centre and the building of a music studio/bandstand on the grounds.

Amanyara Resorts, Gilley’s Enterprises, Turks and Caicos Sotheby’s International Realty, Finishing Touch, Edward Gartland, Projetech, Turks & Caicos AIDS Awareness Foundation, Charrish Ferguson, Tradewinds Radio, Tropical Vibes Radio, Wine Cellar, Executive Tours, Kellie Luker Photography, Philippe Dodard, Intercaribbean Airlines, Retreat Studio, Nautique Sports, Olabasi, Haitian Consulat, Lucid Illumination, Willaim John, Provo Children’s Home, British West Indies Collegiate, ECGYC Members, Local Artists, Dudley Berry, Tristan Green, Drew Capron, Rachel Taylor, Wisland Toussaint, Island Printing


Ed Gartland Youth Center Director, Roxann Wake-Forbes, 649.331.9602

Pictured above Left to Right:  Wisland Toussaint, Roxann Wake-Forbes, Joe Zahm, Gilley Williams, and Terry Drummey

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