Imbali Camp enters final weekPOSTED: 07/17/12 11:22 AM
St. Maarten – Imbali Visual and Performance Art Summer Camp has entered its third and final week. The events this week include getting dance lessons from Evelyn Roberts, who is the granddaughter of Abraham Barry and daughter of Alice Barry. Both Barrys were renowned Ponum dancers.
Week one and two included guided tours through historical Marigot and Fort St. Louis presented in Technicolor with dynamic and colorful story telling by historian Christophe Henocq. The camp participants also enjoyed an afternoon with Ruby Bute who actually made a group painting with all the children’s involvement. Each child added a stroke here and there, a splash of color and a dab of this and that to create a still life painting of a potted plant in Bute’s Gallery.
Christian Fardel led the camp participants through Philipsburg and pointed out traditional houses architecture and conversations with the elderly. The children then used the knowledge to reconstruct and build their own traditional home with all the trimmings like ginger bread, shingles and detailed window shutters.
Week three includes a visit to Jay Haviser’s archeological dig at Emilio Wilson Estate and a session with George Violenus of Tanny and The Boys. He will pass on some skills with reference to playing traditional St. Maarten instruments. The students will also receive a master class with historian and musicians Jocelyn Arndell on the games children played back in the day. They will also learn the etiquette on social dances of the 50’s. Week three will end with the art steel pan and the making of the steel drum from recently knighted Isidore “Mighty Dow” York and a hike through the “Mountains Greens.