Mandeville Art Fair opens November 10

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After a two-year hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic, the 29th Annual Mandeville Art Fair hosted by the Roman Catholic Diocese opens on Thursday November 10, 2022 at St John Bosco Auditorium in Hatfield, Manchester.

The fair will run for three days and proceeds will go to a number of charities and institutions supported and run by the Roman Catholic Church.

Organizers say tickets for the opening night, which includes a cocktail reception starting at 6 p.m., will cost $2,500. Admission for the remaining days will be free and doors will open to the public at 10:00 a.m.

According to committee member Marcia Tai Chun, responsible for sponsorship coordination, opening night guests will be welcomed to an open wine bar and exquisite appetizersas well as a visual feast for the eyes, with over 500 works of art in various formats for artistic expression.

The craft fair will feature crafts, jewelry, pottery and plants for sale, face painting, bouncers and a children’s craft workshop.

There will also be the announcement of the recipient of the Julie Lyn Memorial Scholarship for Deserving Student from Edna Manley College.

The Mandeville Art Fair Charity event has supported diocesan charities and poor relief activities since the art fair was established in 1991 by the first Bishop of Mandeville, Paul M. Boyle and a handful of loyal friends.

Beneficiaries of the 2022 Art Fair include Mustard Seed Communities, St. John Bosco, several Basic School Primary Schools, homework centers and medical clinics and outreach programs for those most in need in parishes across Manchester and St Elizabeth and Clarendon.

It’s the biggest social event on the Mandeville calendar and has many benefits, including raising money for charity and showcasing young Jamaican artists, as well as established artists. It is definitely a celebration of Jamaican art. On Friday, we will invite art students from surrounding areas for an art lesson,” Tai Chun said.

Tai Chun said the Mandeville Art Fair is committed to fostering the growth of Jamaican art and artists. To this end, by special invitation, art students and teachers from Manchester and surrounding parishes were invited to view the exhibition and interact with Jamaican artists to discuss the creative process and techniques.

In addition, during the craft fair and the family fun day, children will have the opportunity to participate in the children’s craft workshop.

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