AGHS student Meeghan Smith wins Halo Christmas Art Competition

Vivette Samuel (mother of Meeghan Smith), H.E. Lady Williams, H.E. Sir Rodney Williams and Meeghan Smith (2021 top awardee).

Fifteen-year old Meeghan Smith of the Antigua Girls High School received top prize in the 7th annual Halo Christmas Art Competition.

She was presented with her award at Government House on Wednesday, along with 11 other students.

Governor General Sir Rodney Williams delivered brief remarks, in which he noted that there was an almost 10% increase in entries in 2021 when compared with the previous year.

“The three-month Royal Drawing School certification course organised by Halo in conjunction with the Ministry of Education, resulted in the training of 23 teachers across the island in alternative techniques. We are hoping that this will eventually be reflected in both the quality and quantity of art pieces produced by the pupils in our schools.”

Awardees 2021:

7-9 years old:-

  • First: Annabella Mansoor (St. Nicholas Primary)
  • Second: Isabella Mansoor (St. Nicholas Primary)
  • Third: Sophia Butler (St. Nicholas Primary)

10-12 years old:-

  • First: Annecia Frederick (St. John’s Lutheran)
  • Second: Jaina Stuart-Young (St. Nicholas Primary)
  • Third: Amelia Watson (Cobbs Cross)

13-15 years old:-

  • First: Meeghan Smith – Overall Winner (Antigua Girls High School)
  • Second: Demarie Molina (Christ the King High School)
  • Third: Joyce Murray-Watkins (Princess Margaret Secondary)

16-18 years old:-

  • First: Makaylah Richardson (Antigua State College)
  • Second: Arian Audain (Antigua State College)
  • Third: Xinying Zheng (St. Anthony’s Secondary)

Photo L-R: Vivette Samuel (mother of Meeghan Smith),  Lady Williams,  Sir Rodney Williams and Meeghan Smith (2021 top awardee).

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  1. Notes From A Native Son Of The RocK!

    “I want the world to recognize with me the open door of every consciousness” ― Frantz Fanon!

    Congrats to All of the Young Artists and especially Miss Meeghan Smith and her proud mother Ms. Vivette Samuel!

    “For me it’s about how I see the world. Art isn’t about logic it’s about feeling. … . I knew where I wanted to go, quality-wise. There was a certain level of quality I wanted to achieve in order to communicate what I was sharing.” – McArthur Binion, African American Artist, Founder of The Modern Ancient Brown Foundation.

    A word of thanks to the parents and teachers who encouraged and nurtured these talented students to engage in art not only as an educational necessity but also as a philosophical pursuit! These artists are clearly demonstrating that they and their rhythms come from the same Caribbean Space! They Recognize Each Other!

    Let us look forward as these young artists mature and earn respect through the quality of their work as the help with Nation Building and Create A Caribbean Civilization!

    To all of those who participated in the competition, here’s a passage from Hansib Publication, in recognizing and giving world wide voice to the exceptional Artist, Antigua and Barbuda’s Mali Olatungi from Ovals, to motivate and spur you onwards and upwards: “The special feature that sets Olatunji’s photographic essay apart is it’s framing within an original and very distinct aesthetic – one that Olatunji calls a woodist/jumbie aesthetic. Like surrealism, cubism and other original aesthetics, woodism is a visual summary of Olatunji’s way of looking at life. In particular, it is an aesthetic that sees the world through the wooded eyes of jumbies. Your jumbie is your soul or the spiritual part of you that survives the death of the body. In Antigua and Barbuda and much of the Caribbean, jumbies are believed to make their post-body home in trees, and in particular silk cotton trees. Hence we can see why Olatunji associates them with a woodist vision of existence.”

    Enjoy your Educational and Philosophical Pursuits! Merry Christmas! Happy Kwanzaa! Success, Excellent Health and All The Best For the New Year!

  2. Congratulations to Meeghan as well and to Vivette my friend who supports the complete and rounded development of her daughter. To you John French II, I welcome immensely your contributions to ANR. You are not only grounded in philosophy, but I see that you are also steeped in aesthetics with your beautiful description of Mali Olatunji’s work and perhaps your appreciation for Picasso’s cubism. Your contributions are a breath of fresh air on ANR and I look forward to more in 2022. Keep up your fine contributions particularly on the works of Fanon and Asante and the issue of Afrocentrism. Greatly appreciated. Have a healthy and productive new year.

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