May 26, 2016

Children’s art exhibition opens

Some of the many pieces on display at the exhibition at the National Library

Some of the many pieces on display at the exhibition at the National Library

The Culture, Youth and Sport Ministry, through its Mash Secretariat, on Tuesday, launched its third annual child art exhibition at the National Library’s Conference Room.

The exhibition features the entries for the Children’s Art Competition, whose winners were awarded at the launch.

The competition, which was opened to children aged four to 17 years, received more than 220 entries from across the country.

Speaking with Guyana Times, the conveyor of the competition, renowned storyteller Michael Khan, fondly known as “Old Man Pappi”, stated that the ministry wishes to involve every individual in the Mashramani celebrations and this was one way of getting the nation’s children involved.

He stated that while every individual enjoys the Mashramani activities, in some form or the other, not everyone usually has the chance to participate and as such, the ministry continues to make provisions for these individuals.

 “Not everyone can jump in front of a Mash band on Mash Day, certainly not many children, and Mashramani is now taking a new momentum.

“We have all aspects and we cater for all. We are giving children the chance to express themselves on how they feel about Mash,” he stated.

The competition was divided into several categories, drawing and painting for the age of four to 15 group, and painting, creative designs, and drawing for the age 15-17 group.

Azrelita Williams of Precious Jewels Nursery took the first prize of $25,000 in the drawing contest for four to six-year-olds category, while Leandra Marcus of Westfield Preparatory and Emanuel Lewis of JE Burnham Nursery placed second and third, winning  cash prizes of $20,000 and $15,000 respectively.


In the painting age four to six category, entries from Shiloh Allen and Josiah Singh, both of Alexander Village Nursery, were submitted. Allen, the first place winner, received $25,000, while Singh received $20,000.

In the drawing age seven to nine category, Reya Arjoon of Patentia Primary proved her skills by taking away the winner’s prize. Azriel Williams of North Georgetown Primary placed second and Omadevi Sewdat of Leonora Primary placed third.

Jonathan Ganga and Basmattie Parbu, both of Leonora Primary School, were the only entries for the painting age seven to nine category, with Ganga taking first place.

The drawing age 10-12 category saw Shekinah Swami of Patentia Primary in first place, Jetendra Totaram of Number 56 Village Primary in second place, and Romel Lackhan of Parika Salem Secondary in third place.

The painting age 10-12 contest’s winning entries were Georina Dick of Graham’s Hall Primary, followed by Marie DeSouza of Parika Salem Secondary and Said Azeez of Graham’s Hall Primary.

Vanessa Raghubeer of Skeldon Line Path Secondary won herself the honourable mention prize.

Nick Beharry of Zeeburg Secondary, and Osamo Parie and Stephon Shivnauth of Patentia Primary took first, second and third place respectively in the drawing age 13-15 category.

Gunaan Shivshankar, Ramanand Mangar and Tushad Mohabir, all of Patentia Secondary, submitted the first-, second- and third-place winning entries for the painting age 13-15 category.

Romanand Mangar, Vidya Boodhoo and David Washington, all from Patentia Primary, dominated in the craft and collage (creative designs) category for the 13-15 age group, while the judge’s prize was awarded to Melissa Wilson.

Last, but definitely not the least, Nateshia Isaacs of Bishops’ High School and Jude Holder of the Guyana Medical Institute took the prizes in the craft and collage age 16-17 category.

Competitors thanked the ministry for the opportunity to express themselves while showing off their talents, and said they would again participate in the competition, come next year.

The exhibition is expected to conclude next Friday.

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