the untitled Caribbean artwork by Maud Pierre-Charles
Artist #1
the Caribbean artwork 'Flower of the Diaspora' by Roy Lawaetz
Artist #2
the Caribbean artwork 'Alkeulan' by Nii Ahene' La Mettle-Nunoo

Artist #3

SOCIETY OF CARIBBEAN ARTISTS - SOCA

SOCA is a visual arts organization based in St.Croix, US Virgin Islands at Fort Frederik Museum, Frederiksted St.Croix.
SOCA founders are well known professional artists who formed a core team spearheading the effort to build a successful visual arts organization in the USVI. See artists biographical information.


FOUNDER  |  PRESS RELEASE  |  CONTACT

Society For Caribbean Artists, a visual arts organization based in St.Croix, US Virgin Islands, West Indies
MISSION

  • To foster and promote the artistic expressions of the Caribbean visual artist and Caribbean aesthetics.
  • To provide awareness, information and education in the US Virgin Islands on the state of Caribbean art worldwide.
  • To cultivate a high sense of consciousness, integrity and intention in the practice of art in the US Virgin Islands.
  • To stimulate critical dialogue toward a greater Virgin Islands' participation in the shaping of Caribbean aesthetics.
  • To collaborate in a consortium effort within the Caribbean at large and the African Diaspora on issues surrounding Caribbean art.
  • To create and maintain a repository of knowledge on Caribbean Aesthetics.
MEMBERSHIP
  • Fee-based membership application process is open to any artist, art enthusiast, educator, individual or organization concerned with or interested in participating in the development and advancement of Caribbean art. (Four types of membership: Adult, Family, Organization and Youth)
MEMBERSHIP BENEFITS
  • Access to artwork and information posted on SOCA website database
  • Discount to SOCA events would include exhibitions, symposia, colloquiums, workshops, and lectures.
  • Participation in exhibitions, books, booklets in accordance with SOCA criteria and guidelines
  • Receive SOCA e-newsletter
  • An opportunity to interact and network with other artists, educators and individuals involved with Caribbean art
PROCESS FOR INCLUSION IN EXHIBITIONS AND DATABASE

  • Submit an application form and a portfolio for review
  • Submit a brief biography, a listing of schools attended or training (if applicable) and a resume of professional career
  • A review and approval process with a recommendation by three active members
CRITERIA FOR INCLUSION IN EXHIBITIONS AND DATABASE

  • Work be of highest artistic and professional standards
  • Statement of artist placing works submitted for display within the framework of Caribbean art or Caribbean aesthetics
  • All of the above subject to review and approval of board members

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Info on artists' images

Artist#1:
Artwork by:
Title:
Medium:
 
Founder/Artistic Director   Maud Pierre-Charles
Untitled
Acrylic

Biographical Information:
Originally from Haiti, Maud Pierre-Charles is a Cum Laude graduate of Pratt Institute, New York. She started her career as a commercial illustrator before returning home to the Caribbean in 1982 to develop a Caribbean aesthetic, giving a pictorial voice to what she sees as a Caribbean manner –a way of fusing diverse cultural ingredients. That aesthetic is based totally on drawing as a mark-making process, retaining a drawing vocabulary even when painting. Her artwork has been exhibited in the Caribbean, the US and South America, and is featured in numerous prestigious collections and adorn many educational and literary publications. She is a regular contributor to The Caribbean Writer, and writings from her art journals appear in the anthology Other Times, Other Cultures.




Artist#2:
Artwork by:
Title:
Medium:
 
Founder/Communications Director   Roy Lawaetz
"Flower of the Diaspora"
Acrylic

Biographical Information:
Born in St. Croix, USVI, Roy Lawaetz, is critically acclaimed worldwide, internationally exhibited artist, who has systematically underpinned his innovative style with his theoretical writings worldwide. His Modular Triangular System book published in 2000 presented prototype revelation from the periphery within the Caribbean's cultural artifacts and societal base. By utilizing triangles in combination, in daring and unpredictable syntax, he has developed a unique vocabulary of support formats for painting that has guaranteed him a niche on the international scene. He is the recipient of many art scholarships, awards and distinctions.




Artist#3:
Artwork by:
Title:
Medium:
 
Founder/Design Director   Nii Ahene' La Mettle-Nunoo
"Alkeulan"
Mixed Media

Biographical Information:
A Virgin Islander, born in Ghana. Nii Ahene is an artist/poet, Industrial designer, and a cultural anthropologist. He has been honored by art organizations worldwide. The International Biographical Center in UK nominated him as one of a handful, to be awarded the "21st Century Award for Achievement " in recognition of his "Outstanding Contribution" to the arts. Nii Ahene is recognized as a contributor to the Black Art Movement of the Sixties and half of the Seventies, is a member of the renowned international art group the Weusi from Harlem, NY





Norma Krieger, Founder and Director, from St. Croix in the Virgin Islands, a curator, art administrator and art educator


Norma Krieger
Founder and Director

Born in St. Croix, USVI, Norma Krieger is a curator, art administrator and art educator with extensive knowledge in the visual arts, advertising, marketing and photography. Her professional experience is diverse and accomplished having taught in museums, academic institutions, and managed worldwide assignments at Ogilvy & Mather Advertising. NY. Krieger is a graduate of Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, N.Y.








Society For Caribbean Artists, a visual arts organization based in St.Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands, West Indies
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Effective September 1, 2009
   
Contact:Norma Krieger
Tele:(336) 287-4706

SOCA Presents the 2nd Annual “ARTS FEST” at Fort Frederik Museum


ST.CROIX, U.S.V.I. —The Society of Caribbean Artists (SOCA) invites you to their 2nd Annual 
“ARTS FEST” at Historic Fort Frederik Museum on Saturday, September 19, 2009 from 9:00 to 8:00 PM. This fantastic arts event
is free and open to the public. “ARTS FEST”, is a one day event of community engaged art activities by twenty-nine
internationally acclaimed and award winning artists. It will be a dynamic and exciting family day and parents are encouraged
to bring their children to participate in two free workshops. Class size is limited and enrollment is on a first come first serve basis.
Please see workshop information for art materials requirements.

SOCA is grateful to the SOCA artists and supporters who come together annually and donate their time for this event. We also
wish to thank the following sponsors for their generous donations: Fort Frederik Museum; Virgin Islands Historic Preservation
Office; Department of Planning and Natural Resources; and the Department of Tourism. If you are interested in becoming a
volunteer or a member contact SOCA

“ARTS FEST” includes an Art Exhibition; Art Workshops; Film Screening; Guided tours of Fort Frederik Museum’s permanent 
exhibition; Dance and Drumming; Guided Tour by Honorable Senator  Wayne James on his Crucian antique bedroom furniture
 collection; Live Salsa music by Sabor Latino Band; Music and Sound by Jumbie Productions; St.Croix Bookmobile; Culture, Local
 food, Fun and Music!  Come, join the excitement and experience this inspiring range of art forms.

The dominant feature of “ARTS FEST” is the “SOCA Artist Members Exhibition”. The exhibition is expanded this year, visually 
vibrant and diverse.  SOCA’s mission is to raise awareness of the Caribbean visual art aesthetics, making this an invaluable 
opportunity for the community to observe the superb artwork of professional artists. This outstanding exhibition is one that will 
stimulate you to start or expand your own collection and bring art into your home. Art works are for sale and will be on view until 
Saturday, October 17, 2009. SOCA’s educational  component offers lesson plans to educators, parents
and school groups who are invited to visit the exhibition during it’s month long viewing. Museum hours are 9:00 to 4:00 Monday 
to Friday. For more information and to schedule your group call (340)772-2021.

Exhibiting Artists are: Roy Lawaetz, Maude Pierre Charles, Nii Ahene-La, Diego Conde,
Preston Doane, Marjorie Robbins, Sue Snow, Gerville Larsen, Augustine Holder, Phyllis Biddle,  Elisa McKay, Cindy Male,
 La Vaughn Belle, Ademola Olugebefola, Dr.Lourdes Neugart, Danica David, Mike Walsh, Avelino Samuels, Yemaha Jones, 
El Roy Simmonds, Pedra Chaffers, Willard+Curliss John, Bernard Clendenin, Marcia Jameson. Kat Pierie, Claire Richards, 
Akirash

On Saturday,  October 17th, 4:00 to 7:00 PM at Fort Frederik Museum, SOCA invites the public to the “Exhibition Closing”, 
the grand finale of “ARTS FEST”. SOCA will celebrate the successful conclusion of  the “SOCA Members Exhibition”.The highlight 
of the closing will be a presentation by Artist, La Vaughn Belle entitled “Moving Pictures-The Visual Iconography of the Virgin 
Islands in Film” followed by artist discussion: Wine and Cheese will be served.

SOCA is a visual arts organization based in St.Croix, US Virgin Islands at Fort Frederik Museum, Frederiksted St.Croix. SOCA 
demonstrates vision and excellence and recognizes the vital contribution arts organizations make to the cultural life of the
 community. Founded in 2006,  SOCA’s founders, Norma Krieger, Maud Pierre-Charles, Roy Lawaetz and Nii Ahene-La, well
 known professional artists formed a core team spearheading the effort to build a successful visual arts organization in the USVI.
 SOCA’s mission is to foster and promote the artistic expressions of the Caribbean visual artist and Caribbean aesthetics. Please
visit SOCA’s  website for information on our mission and founders: www.societyofcaribbeanartists.org

“The artist is one of the most important and valuable members of society. SOCA would like to expose young people and the 
community to all forms of art, the creative process and encourage art as a vocation”.
stated, Norma Krieger, founder and director.

The benefits of art are enormous states Dr. Lourdes Neugart, MAA, MD and SOCA exhibitor, “There are several studies that have 
shown how the practice of creating art through drawing, painting, sculpting, assemblage/collage,  can have an impact on every cell
 in the body to create a healing internal environment that changes the immune system and aids in blood flow to all organs. It can 
instill  hope, positive thinking and helps people cope with difficulties”.



The Society of Caribbean Artists (SOCA)
www.societyofcaribbeanartists.org

“ARTS FEST” 
Program

Saturday, September 19, 2009  9:00 to 8:00 PM
Fort Frederik Museum, Frederiksted, St.Croix

Music and Sound by Jumbie Productions

9:00-8:00: Saturday, September 19, 2009 “ARTS FEST” DAY:
SOCA Membership Exhibition: On view, Saturday, September 19, 2009  to Saturday, October 17, 2009 
Exhibiting Artists: Roy Lawaetz, Maude Pierre Charles, Nii Ahene-La, Diego Conde, Preston Doane, Marjorie Robbins, Sue Snow,
 Gerville Larsen, Augustine Holder, Phylliss Biddle,  Elisa McKay, Cindy Male, La Vaughn Belle, Ademola Olugebefola,
 Dr.Lourdes Neugart, Danica David, Mike Walsh, Avelino Samuels, Yemaha Jones, El Roy Simmonds, Pedra Chaffers, 
Willard+Curliss John, Bernard Clendenin, Marcia Jameson. Kat Pierie. Claire Richards, Abdul Rashid Akiniyi

Exhibition Closing reception: Saturday, October 17th, 4:00 to 7:00, Fort Frederik Museum: Presentation by Artist,
 La Vaughn Belle entitled “Moving Pictures-The Visual Iconography of the Virgin Islands in Film” followed by artist discussion,
 Wine and Cheese will be served.

Saturday, September 19, 2009 “ARTS FEST” DAY:
9:00-8:00: St.Croix Bookmobile: DPNR's Division of Libraries, Archives & Museums  St. Croix Bookmobile.  Adults and children 
will be able to get a library card and check out books. The state of the art air-conditioned bookmobile is a mini-library on wheels 
that ventures throughout the island to bring literature to those who may not have it readily at hand.  It holds more than 500 books, 
audiotapes, and videos, and is equipped with computers, flat screen TV’s and has two Internet access stations.

10:00: “DISCOVER AND MANIFEST YOUR HEARTS DESIRE-Expressive Arts Workshop”: by educator Iria “Oshun Tokun” Stiles.
(Total class size-15 youth and adults-art supplies will be provided) Participants should bring 3 of their favorite magazines for
 cutting out images and a journal. Facilitator will share with the participants how they could reshape their life from the inside out 
using visual affirmations.
No special talent or art experience necessary. All that is needed is the will to express your own truth, the desire to love and 
transform yourself.

10:00: Tours: of Fort Frederik permanent exhibitions by Museum curators

11:00: Guided Tour:  by Honorable Senator Wayne James on his Crucian antique bedroom furniture collection entitled: 
”Sleeping with a Bachelor”

12:00: Dignitaries: SOCA commemoration

12:30: Per Ankh Neteru Dance and Drum Ensemble: Artistic Director, Dr. Chenzira Kahina; Music Director, Carl Christopher.
 Founded in 1995, Per Ankh is a cultural heritage tradition bearing ensemble of dancers, drummers and performers

1:30: Watercolor Workshop:  By distinguished artist, educator Phyllis Biddle (Total class size-10 to include Youth and Adults)
 Watercolor paints and brushes will be provided: Bring the following materials: pencils, paper, (2 sheets of watercolor paper from 
The Frame Up). Bring cups, plastic, and water and a landscape image to work from with your watercolors. Instructor will
 demonstrate the painting of a landscape.  Participants will learn to paint wet into wet on watercolor paper and when the paper 
dries they will be able to go in with dry brush and provide detail.  You will play, and learn a lot

1:30-5:30: Live Salsa Music by Sabor Latino Band: Sabor Latino, the only Latin band in the Virgin Islands,
winners of the 2004 Music Awards

6:30: Film Screening: “VIEQUES: AN ISLAND FORGING FUTURES”, By award winning documentary filmmaker,
Johanna Bermudez-Ruiz. The documentary demonstrates part of the peaceful resistance  movement against the bombing
practices of the US Navy in Vieques, a sister island of Puerto Rico.





Contact Us
Norma Krieger/SOCA,  PO Box 3278,  St.Croix USVI 00841

Norma Krieger, Founder/Director of The Society Of Caribbean Artists
 or (336)287-4706   
Founder/Director: Norma Krieger,   Founder/Artistic Director: Maud Pierre-Charles,   Founder/Communications Director: Roy Lawaetz,
Founder/Design Director: Nii Ahene La' Mettle Nunoo


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