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Intro! God is in the Details

It is increasingly easy to overlook the details that create beauty in life. The creativity that results in this beauty is before our eyes. It surrounds us and is within us. The mission of Carib Art House is to curate the creativity that is homegrown and fostered in Antigua and Barbuda and present it to the public. It would bring me great joy if this inaugural issue of Carib Art House inspires our readers to seek details in beauty and the beauty in details as they go about their lives. I challenge you to engage as much as possible all five human senses: sight, sound, taste, touch and smell, with each mundane task. To do so is to be present. To be present is to step away from the electronics and embrace the organic. To practice the art of conversation in person is the etiquette of intelligent thinking. To show genuine interest in the well-being of others around us. In the following pages we will highlight the work of talented friends who are inspirational pioneers or passionate newcomers in their respective fields of art, design, music, photography, architecture and more. Please see the contents page and Enjoy! Message from The Big Idea On our cover... Photographer & Retouching / Kevin “GK� Frederick. Model / Nikie Brian. Make-up Artist / Jerrisa E. Greenaway.


CONTRIBUTORS & ARTISTS Lisa Abraham Rico Anthony Miranda Askie Mark Brown Nichole BurtonFleming


INTERN Lily Smith


Madeleine Jardim McComas

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Gulliver Johnson



CREATIVE DESIGNER Nigel FrancisTakumi Media


Jackie Sealy

Publishers Details

Gulliver Johnson, P. O. Box W1795, Woods Centre, Antigua. Tel: (1) 268 725 4663 The contents of this publication are protected by copyright, owned by the publisher Gulliver Johnson. No reproduction of this publication or its contents is possible in whole or part without prior written consent. All rights reserved. Copyright Š Gulliver Johnson 2015

Special thanks to Correne Samuel and everyone else who gave their time, input and support.

Claudia R. Francis Kevin GK Frederick Chris Harris Joanne C. Hillhouse Selwyn James Wesley James Luis Jarvis Edison Liburd Eugene Lipinski Jonathan Murphy Noreen Philips Mehalah Spencer Lyris Tracy Rashid Walker Julian Waterer Char B. Werth

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thank you...from the big idea “God is in the details� reminds me to thank the people who contribute to the making of this magazine. Nigel Francis of Takumi Media for his intricate execution of graphic design. Madeleine Jardim McComas for her superior command of editorial restraint and grammar throughout our publications. Jackie Sealy, the supreme administrator, whose help is understated but much appreciated. And above all, to Janie Conley-Johnson, our extraordinary art director, without whose galvanizing force this team and publication would not exist. And finally, thanks to our advertisers, who have supported us in our mission to promote the creative gifts of many talented people in Antigua and Barbuda.

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ART HOUSE Get in between our pages for fresh editorials on emerging talent, creative trends, inspiring design ideas and tales of passion...

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Rashid Walker Photographer & Fashion Designer

Many innovative individuals are multi-talented, even outstanding, in more than a single area of creative expression...


Char B Werth Face the Foliage

To truly understand where someone is and what they’re doing now, you have to go back to when and where it all began...

26 Selwyn James Taking Chances may have heard the name being spoken of affectionately around the island, particularly in the yachting circles...


Herbert’s Mill Living Plantation Estate

...hidden behind Guinea grass on a hill, is one of the few occupied plantation houses in Antigua.

50 42 Island Mantra Earrings of Distinction Artisan originals by Lyris Tracey, of vibrant, functional and eco-friendly works of art...

Miranda Askie Designs Jewellery and Accessories ...a gifted jewellery and accessories artist who specializes in handcrafted, statement jewellery designs...




54 Rico Anthony Musical Bridge Sitting opposite me is someone whose entire life is dedicated to music with an effervescent desire to share it...

64 58 Luis Jarvis Taino’s Art Gallery ...part of the Antiguan cultural landscape. “Art and creativity run in my blood”...

Joanne C. Hillhouse Wadadli Pen

68 Kevin “GK” Frederick Black Art

Self-taught photographer, ...founder of the video-editor and Wadadli Youth Pen cinematographer Prize, shares a belief who prides himself in the importance of in “being creative youth and dreams... and thinking out of the box”...

80 Wesley James Archiworks ...a small, but growing architectural practice focused on moving with the times, inspired by traditional Caribbean architecture with a modern reinterpretation...

Lisa Abraham Plugs, Points, Condensers & Carburettors ....This lady is certainly not going to let the fact that she is a woman stop her from entering the race. As president of the Antigua and Barbuda Drag Racing Association, she has already made her mark...

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Injecting an energetic new vibe into Jolly Harbour’s waterfront promenade are mother and daughter team – Janda and Stacey. They have just launched their first lady’s fashion boutique Shabby Chic which brings classy, one-of-a-kind, island apparel to an enthusiastic audience. The store blends repro-vintage clothing with trendy evening wear and mixes unique beachwear fashions with eye-catching accessories. “We like vintage. We like style. We like class, but most of all, we love good quality at affordable prices” is the owners’ philosophy for their boutique. “From the shore to the water fashions”, Shabby Chic presents clothing to suit all ages, shapes and sizes. Don’t be afraid to step out and strut your stuff like the shy lady in the famous song, “Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini.”

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To truly understand where someone is and what they’re doing now, you have to go back to when and where it all began. For Char B Werth it began on a little rock in the Caribbean. On this rock, like many rocks, all you really needed to get by as a child was some creativity, a dash of imagination and a workspace - for Char, this was her parents’ living room. ‘The Rock’ Char hails from is Antigua, and let’s be real, it’s more of a gleaming pebble; I mean you can barely see it on the map, but this is where Char honed her creativity. At the age of 10 she had never heard of interior design, but each day after school she would redesign her parents living room, rearranging furniture, pictures and ornaments. Practice makes perfect – as they say, and today, Char is a professionally accredited interior architect, who’s crammed chock-ablock with creative island “flavas”.


Char’s resourceful island nature and her global love for lifestyle and decorative design has led her to consult on many exciting residential homes, hotels, restaurants and retail space projects. Char has an appreciation for mixing things up; she’s not one to let the grass grow underneath her feet, so to speak. Outside her freelance work she also creates her own experimental works of art. Lately you’ll find her scouring her oceanfront garden for petals, seaweed, leaves and twigs to create lips, hair, ears and glasses for her “Face the Foliage” works. Integrating art with nature, Char has created an expressive range of faces of bold and beautiful foliage





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women. Justina Blakeny a major US blogger on home décor and interior and exterior styling, created the original “Face the Foliage” series, which has since become a viral art phenomenon. Artists from South Africa to Guatemala to the USA and now Antigua are creating their own localized chorus of botanical faces. Char’s dynamic portraits have her own island girl twist, with faces inspired by strong women from history, quirky women she’s met down the road and sassy ladies straight out of her imagination. They each have enigmatic names You can find Char B Werth’s foraged Face the Foliage works on display at


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‘Selwyn James’ – you may have heard the name being spoken of affectionately around the island, particularly in the yachting circles, or you may even know him directly. Selwyn’s status as a well-loved character was officially celebrated in December 2013, when he was inducted into the Charter Yacht Hall of Fame.


“I was the first chef and the only person of Caribbean heritage to be inducted,” he smiles. “It was because of my work in 1970 working in Europe, long before any of the other charter ships.” Selwyn has made a fascinating journey from an inexperienced waiter to an excellent chef, ambassador for the Caribbean and an influential figure in the yachting world. So how did it start? Selwyn was working at the Tropical Inn in Grenada

when one night, he did a favour for some Yachties who came in looking for dinner. Since the restaurant was already closed after a government held function Selwyn was able to offer them complimentary dinner. “They thanked me and then told me they were looking for a cook on their yacht Camelot. I was desperate to travel, so I went and spoke to the chef in the hotel who gave me a book of recipes and said “Boy, you better go ahead and take it.” I was trembling,

shaking because I wanted to go. I just had to learn how to cook. I went to the guests and told them yes. My first meal was Callaloo Soup, Curry Chicken and Banana Flambé’ and then we went off to Greece chartering. This was in 1970.” And – to use one of Selwyn’s favourite phrases – the rest is history. With Camelot, Selwyn travelled through Europe, learning recipes, making lasting friendships, building confidence and promoting the Caribbean, leaving

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his warmth as a prominent mark everywhere he went. By the time he left Camelot, he was, as described by his employer, an “outstanding chef” and even had guests wishing to take him home with them. His career escalated when he was, seemingly by fate, employed on the illustrious yacht Fandango, (owned by John B Rogers and Tom Fuller) since the Chef had just quit. They offered him the opportunity to go to Dallas, Texas to study French Cuisine and Culinary Arts. “That is where I learned to make all these soufflés and crepes and fancy dishes. Fandango was then bought by Robert Hefner, of Oklahoma Natural Gas and Oil Company and David Kennedy of Kentile Company in Brooklyn New York and renamed Anadarko.” Selwyn then went back to work for Mr Rogers on the yacht Mikado later sold to Sir Nigel Broackes, (Trafalgar House of London), one of Britain’s most successful young entrepreneurs during the 1960’s. Sir Nigel said he would only buy the yacht if Selwyn would stay on as chef (which he did). Selwyn has inevitably accumulated some stories to tell. “My experience was amazing and telling my story is what I like doing”. His stories constantly deviate into fascinating anecdotes about extraordinary places and fantastic

people. “I’ve been to amazing places such as Yugoslavia where I learnt to waterski, Harrods in London where I did provisioning for the yacht, the Cannes Film Festival - where everybody wanted to take pictures of me because they thought I was an American actor!” Despite his travels, Selwyn has remained loyal to his home and has been instrumental in promoting the Caribbean yachting industry abroad. In 1991, he single-handedly promoted Antigua Sailing Week in France by staging a pre-Sailing week Party for over 150 people in France. Locally, he has been an asset to the promotion of culture, the growth of tourism and the improvement of the English Harbour environment. He has contributed to Grays-Green Community Club, the Cobbs Cross Primary School and the Ministry of Tourism. So has his induction into the Hall of Fame signified a well-earned break for Selwyn? Not likely. “I’m collecting photographs and ideas that I’ve gathered from my travels to make a book with recipes and stories from my adventures,” he says. One of his favourite findings from his travels is his ‘Spaghetti Squash’ dish. “I learnt to cook it in 1974 and nobody had ever heard of it! It has an unusual texture and you can use it as a substitute for pasta, with

meat or in a salad.” Selwyn’s story demonstrates the amazing consequences that can result from taking opportunities, even if they seem out of your depth. Under this principle, he has created The Selwyn James Culinary Arts Scholarship for a 2 year Diploma course at the Antigua and Barbuda Hospitality Training Institute funded by Mr & Mrs Robert Hefner. When asked what advice he can offer to aspiring youngsters, Selwyn says: “Listen to a lot of advice from different people since you will not be able to do it alone. There will be hard times but you have to be strong if you know what you want and aim for it. Learn from others and respect everybody” - and the rest is history. “Selwyn, as Chef on such charter yachts as Camelot, Fandango, Anadarko and Mikado, you have contributed much to Yachting and Tourism both here in the Caribbean and abroad. Your involvement, knowledge and growth have been tremendous assets to promoting all the attributes of yachting. Selwyn you are a great ambassador and a diplomat. We all join together and proudly congratulate you on your honourable achievement to the Yachting Hall of Fame.” We second these celebratory remarks made by Captain Dave Howe.


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Recipe by: Chef Selwyn James

METHOD: Cut squash in half and remove seeds. Boil in a saucepan of hot water for 4-5 minutes until a fork easily pierces the flesh. Remove squash halves from water and let cool. Hold half the squash in your hand. Use a fork and “comb” out the squash strands towards you while turning the fork. The squash will come out like spaghetti. In a pan over a medium heat add the butter and spaghetti. Sauté it with parsley, garlic, lemon juice, salt or pepper or whatever you like to taste. You can serve it with chicken breast stuffed with fresh mango, grilled vegetables and a nice curry salsa with mango chutney on the side. The squash can be served in the empty skins, as sometimes it is nice to see what the squash looks like.


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Herbert’s Mill, hidden behind Guinea grass on a hill, is one of the few occupied plantation houses in Antigua. Its exact age is unknown; but the most accurately regarded historical records, stored at Somerset House in London, England, specify its construction date as 1742. On a plaque inside the house, Englishman Thomas Williams is recorded as the first

owner. The older local people visited the house for drinking water and to collect aloe vera. Locally people still refer to the mill as Willam Buff (Williams’ Bluff). The second owner was John R. Herbert and it is after him that both the house and the village are named. The stone walls of the house offer centuries worth of secrets, some of

Herbert’s Mill is one of the few occupied plantation houses remaining in Antigua.

which can be revealed by Marina MacLean, mistress of the house for the past 30 years or so. Marina has metamorphosed this formidable colonial structure into a welcoming home. Each room has an individual theme. The walls of the ‘Map’ bedroom take us on a voyage of discovery around the globe. The flowers, fauna and shells that

decorate the neighbouring bathroom reflect the richness of the Caribbean region. The ‘Hat’ room is where residents and dogs relax, frequently falling asleep in front of the TV. The master bedroom is a lush turquoise blue, with a large four-poster bed draped in muslin at the centre. Cosy corners are filled with books and local artwork from

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the hands of artists such as Stephen Murphy and Sallie Harker. Next to the master bedroom there is a redundant doorway, perhaps once the portal to a balcony from which one could gaze at the stars. The Purple Heart exterior is painted in tropical yellow and red, with green shutters. Supports of Ironwood rise from the polished wooden floors, some still showing the original holes for dowels, whilst old

beams stretch across the ceilings. The sash cord windows look onto three galleries that face Bellevue Heights, Clarks Hill and Bendals to the west side and Sea View Farm, Parham and Crabb’s Peninsula to the east. The view at night is spectacular. The site is entirely authentic. Its ground floor consists of a labyrinth of stone storage rooms, traditionally created for the storage of commodities

such as flour and sugar. Some of the early paving stones are marked R. A. Ashton & Co, Buckley, Flintshire, referencing their British origin. Two newer water cisterns complement the original cistern, all are still in use and government water is also available. A fifth bedroom and bathroom are built into the walls below the main house. The chief guard dogs, Sugar, Starlite and Soccor, patrol the three acres of

Despite its abundance of character, Marina insists Herbert’s Mill needs cash and love to restore it to its former glory. The property would prove an exceptional purchase, ideal for someone creative as either a private residence or for a unique business.


sprawling untamed gardens. Despite its abundance of character, Marina insists Herbert’s Mill needs cash and love to restore it to its former glory. There is love there now, but not the money. “Herbert’s Mill must be sold” Marina says gravely, “But to the right person and at the right price.” She smiles. “How many millions have you got?” The property would prove an

exceptional purchase, ideal for someone creative as either a private residence or for a unique business. Herbert’s Mill has a commercial licence and the location, at 2 miles from St John’s and a 15-minute drive from the airport, is very central. The setting proves perfect for an upscale restaurant, perhaps overnight accommodation for a select few or perhaps special Sunday lunches or evening soirées. The two different

entrances allow for easy arrivals and departures. Carib Art House will supply more history and the map to find this treasure chest.

Where to... Find Out More For serious enquiries only, please contact: Mr. Gulliver Johnson t. (268) 725 4663



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Artisan Originals by LYRIS TRACEY

For “hot jewellery, handcrafted home décor accessories and cool Caribbean lifestyle clothing”, you should pay a visit to Island Mantra art studio, gallery and gift shop. Island Mantra showcases the unique work of Lyris Tracey who creates vibrant, functional and eco-friendly works of art. All her artworks are carefully crafted one-of-a-kind-pieces. The studio gallery is the ideal place to find the perfect gift for that special hostess, discerning friend, child or just to add a unique Caribbean touch to your home. Lyris also makes a spectacular range of attention grabbing, statement earrings and pendants, these popular adornments are handcrafted from natural or found raw materials. All her earrings and art designs can be customised or created in your choice of colour, shape, size or material.

Sea Fan Coral

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Lyris creates light, delicate earrings made with only dead sea fan coral found washed up ashore on the beaches in Antigua. The found fans are washed and scrubbed to remove algae, then they are dried and graded before being cut and shaped for earrings. Despite their fragile appearance the sea fan earrings are sturdy and certainly eye-catching.

Salmon, perch and carp fish are farmed commercially not only for their flesh, but also for their skins which make beautiful leather products. The skins are removed, tanned (dried) for 3 months and processed into fish leather. They can be dyed in a multitude of colours.

Pig skin leather is traditionally used for book binding as it is much thinner and more pliable to work with than cow’s leather. Lyris enjoys working with this leather in her earring designs as it is very lightweight.

Neon Sea Fan Earrings All sea fans have a unique pattern of lacy holes which vary in size and pattern. To make a pair of earrings she has to select sections of sea fan which match. This may mean making earrings which are formed from more than one piece of coral. The coral is cut to shape and then the edges are sealed with a resin so the earrings don’t hook on clothing or to hair. Lyris then embellishes the earrings with neon coloured acrylic paints and glitter.

Fish & Pigskin Earrings Diamond shaped layered rose and gold glitter toned earrings fashioned with pigskin. Layered with soft brown perch fish leather, topped with an iridescent purple and gold accent triangle.

Fish & Pigskin Earrings Layered turquoise and glittered gold earrings fashioned with pigskin. With a perch fish leather centre piece of rose and copper tones, topped with a black suede single curl accent shape. Lyris applies metallic and iridescent acrylic paints and glitter to her earring designs.


Moulded Calf’s Leather


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Steelpan Drum and Green Leaf Earrings Lyris’ moulded leather earrings are made by dampening the leather and then delicately scoring the desired pattern into the leather. The earrings are then set to dry on moulds to retain the design. Once dry they are handpainted and embellished. 3-Disk Earrings Concave moulded leather earrings, hand-painted and embellished with iridescent acrylics.


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Edison Liburd is an Antiguan Artist who captures on canvas the vibrant energy and moods of Caribbean life. His stylized paintings portray a sense of uninhibited movement and freedom.



Miranda Askie is a gifted jewellery and accessories artist who specializes in handcrafted, statement jewellery designs. She enjoys working with a wide variety of materials including: precious metals, clay, crystals and natural stones, sterling silver, copper and brass. The diverse jewellery-making techniques that she applies to her creations include wire bending, beading, weaving and soldering. She applies these techniques to her strikingly original creations that possess a distinct ethnic tone, with elegant styling, a classic look and eclectic in design - always accessorizing the positive. She believes if you are going to wear statement jewellery, “wear it with the utmost confidence.� Be Bold.

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Far left: Patina finished coconut shell bracelets. Bold spiral design, coated-copper wire halfneck necklace. Centre: Wide patina finished copper cuff bracelet. Turquoise patchwork leather hipster belt with silver buckle. Large turquoise stone and patina copper disk necklace with turquoise teardrop centre stone. Sterling silver drop earrings with turquoise stones. Right: Copper and brass wire-wrapped ring with circular design emblem.

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Model centre: Turquoise nugget stones and rose design patina copper disk necklace, matching turquoise leaf shaped earrings with Swarovski crystal insert. Cuff bracelet - turquoise diamond cut stones intertwined with copper wire with teardrop fringe detail. Models kneeling: Attractive teardrop shaped turquoise, fresh water pearls and citrine stone necklaces intertwined with sterling silver wirework with large turquoise feature stones. Teal coloured leather buckle bracelet and wide patina finished copper cuff bracelet.


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Model right: Red, white and black patchwork leather clutch handbag with matching wide hipster belt and silver buckle. Model centre: Halfneck Patina copper necklace with fringed copper disk and black stone centre detail. Curved copper drop earrings. Punctured and hammered copper cuff bracelet. Red, blue and gold patchwork leather grab bag with wooden handles. Model far right: Patina finished copper cuff bracelet. Oversized grab bag with abstract fabric and patchwork white leather with wooden handles.

Model above Hammered copper panelled necklace with a burned

patina finish and black stone detail. Far left: Half-neck Patina copper necklace with fringed copper disk and black stone centre detail. Left: Patina finished copper cuff bracelets.

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Building a

Musical Bridge Between the Caribbean and the World

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Even in an interview on a quiet Thursday afternoon, Rico Anthony struggles not to be the entertainer. He sings excerpts from his songs; he eagerly encourages me to listen to his headphones, to the different sounds that most inspire him. He even uses the table as a drum whilst trying to explain different Caribbean rhythms. Sitting opposite me is someone whose entire life is dedicated to music with an effervescent desire to share it: his creative energy is irrepressible. This is perhaps unsurprising when you take a look at Rico’s upbringing. With strong musical lineage and a musical legend for a grandfather, Rico explains that when he was a child, music was everywhere: “When you grow up in a house with little furniture and where everything in that house is pretty much some sort of musical instrument… You can’t avoid it”. Whereas other children would see practicing as a chore, Rico would rush home from school to play music. Rico plays a variety of instruments, including the trombone and piano, but drumming was what fascinated him most: he even practiced with his grandfather’s bicycle spokes when there

were no proper drumsticks to play with. “I played my first gig as a child during an opening Carnival parade,” he grins. “The drummer didn’t show up that day and my uncle said, “Ricardo’s going to play”. And I did it, I played the entire parade route!” Rico has now gone on to drum in some of the most prestigious locations worldwide, such as the Royal Albert Hall and Madison Square Garden and alongside some of the most influential musical heroes of our time, like Sir Elton John and Eric Clapton. He was also the drummer and music director for global star Arrow, the singer of the infectious Feeling Hot Hot Hot, the biggest worldwide soca hit to date. But Rico’s obsession with music isn’t purely for his own satisfaction. Rico feels as if he has a certain responsibility, a legacy, to use his talent to change the way the Caribbean is portrayed in the music world. With this premise in mind, Rico has spent the last two years working on his new album, Perhapsability. Of the unique title, Rico says: “Here’s the ability for anything to happen… Caribbean rhythms are the foundation for this album but I have

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sprinkled nuances recognizable from other cultures all over these songs. This is the most extreme of all my projects, fusing concepts and ideas together.” Indeed, his first single Sweet Dreams is a cover of Eurhythmic’s original song and one of Rico’s favourites. We joke that the song has been truly ‘Rico-fied’; Rico has altered it from a European pop song into a 21st-century melting pot of western rap, rock, Latin jazz, salsa and of course, feel-good Caribbean vibes. The song is an injection of energy and challenges anyone who listens to it to keep still and remain seated. The album

primarily features world music with dance tracks (Party Freaks) and a ballad (Can We Speak). But the release of his album will not signal a break for Rico. He describes how he is always thinking one step ahead, ready for anyone who asks him “What’s next?”. “I’ll do it again”, he beams. “I’d love to get some collaborations with other artists from around the world, to highlight what I am trying to do. Getting Annie Lennox to sing on Sweet Dreams would be amazing. I want to build a musical bridge between the Caribbean and the rest of the world”. And his

advice for others wishing to join him on his quest to impact the musical world is, “Play the music the way you hear it. Don’t try to be something you’re not, be proud of your roots. Be different”. Indeed, Rico’s Perhapsability is a rhythmically unique, exciting, thoughtprovoking, hip-shaking creation, suitable for anyone anywhere around the world while remaining true to his Caribbean heritage. It seems like Rico Anthony could be writing a whole new chapter in, not only Caribbean culture, but global music.

Where to... Buy & See More The Sweet Dreams single by Rico Anthony can be downloaded from CDBaby, Amazon and iTunes. Also purchased on island at Super Power Electronics, St. John’s and King Progress record store, V.C. Bird Airport Departure Lounge.

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Luis Jarvis and his work are part of the Antiguan cultural landscape. “Art and creativity run in my blood” he tells me. “My mother is Haitian where drawing and painting is a large part of the people’s heritage. I trained as a tailor when I was still a child and at twelve years old could make full school uniforms!” Luis was born in the Dominican Republic in 1955, the eldest of eight children. His father was Antiguan with music in his veins. He played the clarinet. Luis has always remained close to his parents. As a

young man Luis played in a band and opportunity allowed him to study art and music in Santo Domingo. “I came to settle in Antigua in 1987” he tells me and the rest is part of Antiguan history. Luis is a colourful character and spends much of his day engaging in conversation with the tourists who visit his art gallery in Jolly Harbour, or the locals who hang out amidst the collection of vibrant paintings which grace the walls and floor of his quaint shop. You will spot the location with ease: there are canvasses stacked

against the walls outside or one may be perched on an easel, sometimes with work still in progress. The gallery collection includes work of many other artists in Antigua allowing for a delightful cross section of work. Of his own work, Luis Jarvis prefers creating landscapes in wonderful blues and turquoises or vivid purples and pinks. He has exhibited these in Geneva and Montreux. I love the style of his ‘Naïve Primitive Art’ paintings of long limbed people and personally own several originals. The symmetrical

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approach (with a considerable Haitian influence) makes his work easy to copy for budding artists; but none that I have seen match the standard of a Luis Jarvis original. Luis’s favoured materials include acrylic and oils on canvas. He also works with bright watercolours which produce dreamy hues not totally consistent with reality. Then again sunsets in Antigua and Barbuda frequently make one question if we are not already part of a heavenly scene! In addition to Taino’s Art Gallery’s

collection of paintings the gallery also exhibits a popular range of natural cockleshell lamp shades and various shell artefacts reflecting our Caribbean culture influenced by the proximity of the ocean. They make great centrepiece gifts to be displayed inside or outside the home. Luis Jarvis’ works are distributed throughout the world from Latin America, to the USA, Europe and Africa. We suggest you check out Taino’s Art Gallery at Jolly Harbour. There you will find many other

crafts and souvenirs. If a canvas is too big, Luis will remove it from the frame and roll it up for easy transportation or alternatively he will arrange to have it shipped to any part of the globe.

Where to... Buy & See More Taino’s Art Gallery Jolly Harbour Commercial Centre Jolly Harbour Marina t. (268) 562 5851 c. (268) 773 3544

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Author Gabriel Garcia Marquez said: “it is not true that people stop pursuing dreams because they grow old; they grow old because they stop pursuing dreams”. And like Marquez, Joanne C. Hillhouse, founder of the Wadadli Youth Pen Prize , shares a belief in the importance of youth and dreams. “I want people to feel that it is ok to daydream and telling stories helps us to find solutions which are out of the box,” she says.

“Young people must be able to use their voice… Teenagers need to feel that they can be heard – it improves their confidence and helps in all aspects of their personal development.” It is under this premise that the annual Wadadli Youth Pen Challenge, initially literary, but more recently increasingly visual, was formed. Hillhouse’s principle has perhaps stemmed from the fact that she herself has always had an innate love of storytelling. Being born and bred in Antigua, however, has meant that opportunity for an aspiring author was lacking. Despite the odds, Hillhouse has become a published author and is a freelance writer, editor and writing coach. And as a testament to her own experience, she wanted to create an easier route for others like herself. So ten years ago, the Wadadli Pen Challenge (WPC) was born. Unlike previous writing competitions WPC encouraged young writers to express their creativity and ideas, rather than adhere to a restricted theme. It was directed towards the youth of Antigua and Barbuda, and was created to

establish a new creative platform for prospective writers, allowing them to express themselves and realise their potential. “The competition is about encouraging the contestants to think intensely and experimentally”, she says. “The younger writers grasp this idea easiest and they allow their imagination to run free. They are not as boxed in by conforming to the traditional rules that limit our world.” Today, Hillhouse’s original aim is as prominent as it was a decade ago. There have been alterations to the concept over the years: originally, competitors had to be under 18 and only pieces of short fiction were submitted. Now, the competition has expanded. The new age limit has been increased to 35 and poetry and artistic creations are accepted along with fiction. Written entries, which remain the focus, must be no longer than 600 words and Hillhouse insists that brevity is key in the development of apt writers: “Short pieces are the best way to practice telling your story in a concise way. It teaches persons to edit - trimming their baby, and cutting their best lines.” For Hillhouse, reading these aspiring authors’ pieces is what makes the competition worthwhile: “My favourite part of the competition is reading all the entries and seeing what the young people have come up with. There is huge talent in Antigua and Barbuda but the work is undervalued.” Indeed, the competition seems to have filled a former void in Antiguan literary education. There have been hundreds of entries over the years

and the challenge gains more publicity each year. Prizes for the successful applicants include gift certificates, money and books to name but a few. The rewards are also invaluable to the nurturing of youngsters’ actual writing abilities, with opportunities for their work to be published online, aired on radio and shared with live audiences, so that their confidence builds. Hillhouse even envisions the creation of short film adaptations in the future. The legitimacy of the competition’s success in discovering budding young writers can easily be exemplified by the 2014 winning piece, Lajabless, a poignant piece written by 16 year-old Asha Graham, who undeniably writes beyond her years. The Wadadli Pen website has developed into a vital archival resource where the entries can be viewed; educating, encouraging and inspiring others in an almost catalytic effect. The challenge offers Antiguan writers a consortium of like-minded individuals to identify with. “It feels so good doing something that matters,” Hillhouse beams proudly. “It’s energizing, it feels purposeful and worthwhile and it gives me stimulation.” What is even more commendable is that the WPC is run entirely voluntarily. “It is one of the most fulfilling parts of my life,” Hillhouse insists. Despite this, she says “it is hard work to organize and execute” the competition. Although the WPC has undoubtedly provided a creative foundation for innovative youths, there is still much to be achieved. Antigua remains poorly represented at literary and artistic regional festivals, despite the obvious

abundance of creative energy on the island. Hillhouse believes this is due to the lack of attention given to artists and writers; this is why the WPC stands as a fundamental symbol for cultural development in Antigua.

Where to... See More

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Hillhouse’s principle has perhaps stemmed from the fact that she herself has always had an innate love of storytelling.

So where will the WPC go from here? Well, Hillhouse is determined to ensure that the competition continues, but it can only do so with financial support. Without monetary aid, the team cannot begin to plan any expansion of the competition. “We need funding to underpin the project so that it can be taken out into the community,” she says. She plans to conduct more workshops so that more creative talent can be discovered and ultimately hopes for the competition to ripen as its own entity: “I want the project to grow and expand individually and not just as ‘Joanne Hillhouse’s project’, but as Wadadli Pen - Nurturing the arts in Antigua.” Indeed, it seems that although Hillhouse is aware of the economic obstacles, she certainly won’t let them dampen her desire to inspire the youth of Antigua and Barbuda.


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JUSTICE ‘Do you have anything to say before the court sentences you?’ The laugh erupts before I can stop it. Now-I can talk? Just before I’m deported to Jamaica for stealing an iPhone? After my mother had testi-lied: Your Honour, I can’t control Patrick. I have a business to run? The same mother who ran away after my birth to become a respectable Antiguan citizen? Listen: the day before my first CXC exam at Jamaica College I came home to a strange woman cursing my Granny Pearl-My one-son not going no gay art school! Next morning I’m standing outside Wadadli Academy with a basket, selling food to students calling me ‘foreigner.’ I needed money for a one-way ticket back to Granny Pearl, ten CXCs, art school- sanity. All I had to do was murder 16 years of my granny’s preaching, then pinch Harry Jarvis’s phone from his pocket while he was contemplating fungi or meatball. I feel the spectators behind me panting, drooling, so I continue cackling. ‘You are wasting our time! Do you have anything to say?’ ‘No.’ On the plane, I try re-assembling my mind. One piece murmurs, kiss Granny Pearl goodbye; another piece prods, get a gun...

Overall Winner Margaret Irish with Justice Margaret Irish, winner of the 2014 Teachers Lead by Example Prize, won again this year in the Flash Fiction Challenge - where participants had to tell their story in 200 words or less. Her winning entry entitled ‘Justice’, portrays the bitterness felt by a Jamaican facing deportation from Antigua. It emerges as a searing inner narrative. Margaret says her writings analyze her life experiences to live a more purposeful future; she also writes about the impact of parental migration on children. It was winnertakes-all and for the first time ever the Challenge was open to all age groups. Prizes were sponsored by the Best of Books, FLOW, Raw Island Products, Art at the Ridge and an anonymous donor. There were book contributions by CODE - sponsors of the Burt Award, and Bocas - the T & T Literary Festival who administer the Burt award.

2015 winners

2015 Best of Books Promising Writer Picks Get Set, Go… by Olsfred James “I do not refer to myself as a writer or a poet. I simply like to think of myself as one with words.” Judah and His Friends save the Day by Judah Christian Judah Christian (born 2006) loves football and dreams of going to the moon. He is a Grade 3 student at the Sunnyside Tutorial School. Untitled by Ondrej Austin-McDonald Ondrej Austin-McDonald was a participant in the 2014 CODE creative writing workshop. Teenagers by Avriel Walters Avriel, aged 10, attends the Mary E. Piggot primary school. “I had entered last year and wanted to enter again this year.” Second time’s the charm. The First Time I went to St. John’s by Melicia McCalmon Melicia, 17, is a second time entrant in the Wadadli Pen Challenge.

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Photographer & Retouching / Kevin “GK” Frederick Designer / Calvin S Model / Krystal Benjamin Make-up Artist / Kira Antifave Lighting Assistant / Randy Thomas

Self-taught as a photographer, videoeditor and cinematographer Kevin “GK” Frederick prides himself on, “being creative, thinking out of the box, and providing work that’s distinctly unique.” This multi-talented artist has built up quite an exciting portfolio freelancing his skills between Antigua and Barbuda, his homeland, and New York, where he was born. GK’s work is multi-faceted: his creativity weaves seamlessly through fashion, fine art, landscape and wedding photography. His true passion and focus, however, is cinematography. He uses the principles of form, composition, framing and manipulation learnt from photography and applies these to his


creative cinematography techniques. He states, “Photography helps me to learn more techniques, but cinematography is my pride and joy; that is the area in which I really want to work”. Most of GK’s commercial cinematography work in Antigua has been with Asher Otto, working on her music videos. He has also filmed an editorial documentary on location in Puerto Rico with the Smoking Grillers BBQ Team and several shorts including a promotional video for Calvin S’s Beautiful People mas troupe. As well as the video, he also created a photographic series called Black Art using one model who posed in each of Calvin’s brightly coloured, sculpted hats.


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Calvin wanted to do something different for his 2014 collection and his Beautiful People carnival mas troupe. “It was the first time I have worked with Calvin”, explained GK. “But we both had similar ideas about creating a black on black look for the collection and that was how the synergy was formed.” In this collaboration, Calvin and GK experimented with the notion of the black form as art and a sculpted form, using striking make-up to accentuate the oversized masquerade hats. Black is beautiful, the colour and the statuesque form. “Black people are not always comfortable in their own skin,” says GK and the project certainly challenges this notion. It was the seductive photographs of glossy black models by famous French fine art photographer Thierry Le Goues that influenced the style and technique employed in the Black Art series. “When I see other artists who have mastered their art form, I realised that to be an expert there is not much room for errors. At the moment, I am learning from my errors. All my work is experimental –I don’t yet have a specific style. In fact, I am my biggest critic. Each time I complete a piece of work I examine what I could have done to improve on it.” As well as striving to better himself as an artist, GK also has an agenda: he wants his work to encourage others to put life into perspective. “I like to look at everything in life as art,” he says. “The space we are living in is all an art form – everything has been created for a specific purpose. With my landscape images, I want the audience to be inspired by the beauty of life. This is life! We take so much around us for granted.”


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Above top centre: Calvin S Below left: Kevin “GK” Frederick

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“Glitz, Glamour and Elegance will be the order of the evening” was the foreword penned by Karen Walwyn to reveal the “Signature Noreen” collection, which took centre stage at Ana’s Restaurant and Art Gallery. This fashion extravaganza was paired with a post-show gourmet dinner and wine menu, which complemented the panache of the evening. After over 30 years of haute couture designing, Noreen’s stylish, original and confident designs for women of all ages remain timeless.


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Archiworks Architecture’s status as a communicative expression of culture is universally established. However, within the commonplace discourse of Caribbean culture and the arts a greater spotlight seems to be placed on the visual, performing and literary arts as forms of archetypal creativity. Architecture’s role within the creative landscape of Antigua & Barbuda is sometimes overlooked or undervalued due to a lack of comprehension and knowledge of its relevance to the development of our cultural and physical environment.

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Archiworks is a small but growing architectural practice focused on moving with the times, inspired by traditional Caribbean architecture with a modern reinterpretation. Wesley James, the Managing Director of Archiworks explains his outlook and his company’s vision, “I’m a product of my environment, so I understand that the traditional Caribbean architecture that surrounds me has a purpose, it has evolved over time to become what it is today. I seek to fuse modernist principles with traditional practices to develop a hybrid which will continue to evolve into a regional style.” This adaptive style is the essence of Archiworks’ practice. Traditional, vernacular and modern architecture styles can be fused successfully to create aesthetically beautiful, functional and resilient structures that are sensitive to our Caribbean environment. A rich blend of wood, concrete and stone can define

an architectural space with a fusion of traditional and more modern materials. “Traditionally Caribbean construction utilizes a lot of wood, but even high quality wood requires a level of maintenance,” explains Mr James. “In the design of recent residential properties I have used contemporary pipe railing in conjunction with wooden banisters on my balconies. This is an example of using traditional building elements with modern ones. Stone is also a traditional material, which can be used successfully.” Antigua with a long history of stone craftsmanship and locally mined stone, provides untold avenues for talented stonemasons to utilize the traditional skill in cladding creatively to accentuate the design of buildings. Glass is a modern, viable and versatile material with unique properties that James likes to work with in spite of the commonly held belief that it will not withstand the rigours of the Caribbean environment. James notes that “the [glass] transparency allows the interiors and exteriors to merge seamlessly – it is a physical barrier, but visually it eliminates the barrier between the two environments”. And while there is an aversion to using this material in the region due to the environment– heat from the sun, the threat of hurricane and for security reasons, he readily points out that the use of double or triple paned glass can deflect the issue of heat gain. Tempered, laminate, impact resistant or even bulletproof glass can minimize damage risks present during a hurricane. Plus glass can actually act as a deterrent to burglars. Thieves are often reluctant to break into a house which has extensive


glass. Providing the glass is not opaque, intruders can be spotted from the inside or outside of the dwelling. Also glass makes a lot of noise when broken, and can draw unwanted attention. Wesley James’ design and construction career spans almost 25 years and started with a budding curiosity, which led to the completion of a degree program in Architecture at the Caribbean School of Architecture in Jamaica. On completion of his degree he returned to Antigua where he worked for the local government for 3 years until the self-confessed modernist made the decision in 1998 to return to advanced architectural studies at the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) in Chicago. The experience of studying and working

in Chicago had an indelible effect on him, broadening his scope of the industry. Chicago’s population boom in the 1890’s had a profound effect on architecture leading the city to experiment with daring and innovative solutions to meet the needs of their fast growing populace. In response to this unprecedented growth the city of Chicago was conceived and created with clear and particular architectural intent which was noticeably informed

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by broader cultural, social, and political parameters. Mr James acknowledges that architecture in Antigua and Barbuda and the wider Caribbean was not developed with such clear parameters, however he commends the attempts within Antigua to unify practitioners (architects, engineers and the construction industry personnel) in the hope of finding solutions and awakening awareness. He notes the efforts being made throughout the Caricom region, to harmonize and standardize the legislation that governs regional

regulations, and to improve regional educational programs for architects. “So regionally things are picking up speed, but locally things are not moving as fast, and I think this is down to a lack of education and exposure of the profession.” Building this greater understanding of the role of an architect is an on-going campaign of enlightenment to diminish the conceived complexities of the industry’s process. Archiworks, established in 2009, is committed to raising awareness of their profession through ardent client interaction and education, sensitive environmental design and by applying their expertise locally to build better recognition of the art and science of architecture through creative solutions


to common challenges. The practice brings a combination of commitment, strong professional experience and creativity to every project they undertake. Their professional services include: Architectural Design Services - Residential & Commercial, Project & Construction Management, Estimating and Consultancy services. Mr James’ mission can be summarized as “… to make an impact locally by encouraging people to explore and broaden their horizons in terms of their conventional understanding of architecture and not just settle for the status quo.” He remains actively inspired by several architectural firms, namely Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM) an architectural, urban planning, and

engineering firm founded in Chicago. Also Richard L. Meier an American abstract artist and architect who designed iconic buildings such as the Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art, the City Hall and Central Library at The Hague and the Getty Centre in Los Angeles; Australian architect Glenn Marcus Murcutt who produces intricate and innovative regional type buildings which are closer to human scale. Among the pioneering masters of modern architecture Mr James continues to admire Ludwig Mies van der Rohe who designed the Seagram Building in New York and amongst others, his masterpiece, the famous S. R. Crown Hall at the IIT, School of Architecture, and the great Frank Lloyd Wright.

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Top: T-Bone Beanbag Below: Miniskirt seat beanbag

Top: Gradient screen printing Below: T-shirt printing

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Top: Designer embroidery Below: Logo embroidery

Lazy Bones is the brainwave of Chris Harris, a self-professed chillaxer. Laziness and inactivity were his main pastime whilst cruising the Caribbean aboard his exlifeboat “ SeaTerror”. He docked in Antigua in 2004, and has since made this his island home. Lazy Bones beanbags started life in 2006 when he moved ashore into an unfurnished house with his girlfriend Annalea to have their son Marlin. Developing the process for recycling the polystyrene waste was hard work at first, but as Bill Gates said, “give a lazy man a difficult job and he will find

the easiest solution!” Chris currently recycles approximately four 40ft. shipping containers of waste polystyrene per year using his homemade 5-kilowatt shredder which fills the beanbags in minutes. The beanbag covers are a combination of indoor and outdoor yacht quality fabrics manufactured with Sunbrella fabric and marine vinyl. They’re produced in a selection of colours that can be matched to surrounding colour schemes aboard yachts, villas and other commercial settings. The beanbags are finished with contrasting piping and tie-down straps; personalized

embroidery options can be added. Seafaring customers range from the Maltese Falcon mega-yacht to the RORC 600 racing yachts champion Phaedo 3. Landlubber homeowners adorn villa decks and verandahs and island venues like Catherine’s Café and Cecillia’s High Point restaurant create restful lounges for their guests. Since 2006, Lazy Bones have sold between 8-900 beanbags doing their bit for the environment by keeping the waste out of the landfill and under your butt!

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Beanbags. Print. Beer. The Cotton House in Piccadilly has been processing fine sea-island cotton since the 1800s. Historically, sea-island cotton was a mainstay of Antigua’s economy until around the 1960’s. For the past 30 years The Cotton House has been home to a fabric and screen-printing business, which 2 years ago was taken over by Chris Harris of the Lazy Bones beanbag company. He has grown the business, taking over the screen-printing facilities and adding embroidery and micro-brewed beer to the repertoire. The fascinating Cotton House building has been revived into a vibrant production hub, adorned with colourful and creative t-shirts, beanbags, hats, beer and more.


Left: Custom made bags and embroidery Right: Phaedo 3 branded beanbags Below Right: Lazy Bones - Antigua Pride Beer, available from The Cotton House, Skullduggery Café, Trappas, The Lime Lounge, Rum Baba and Catherine’s Café.

Visit The Cotton House The season is short, and the summer is long so bring your creative spirit and take in some inspiration from what takes place at the Cotton House.

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Condensers & Carburettors

then came fuel injection

Lisa “LisaLis� Abraham is certainly not going to let the fact that she is a woman stop her from entering the race. As president of the Antigua and Barbuda Drag Racing Association (ABDRA), she has already

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made her mark by breaking down boundaries and turning the tables on Drag racing as a male dominated sport. When she joined the club in 2010, as a committed and ambitious driver, ABDRA was a male bastion.

Lisa was elected President of ABDRA in September, 2013, and one of her first moves as President was to persuade the Antiguan Government that motor sport should be given a dedicated site for its meets, as it was valuable for the island and would foster inter-island relationships throughout the Caribbean. The East Road at the Viv Richards stadium, which is a part of the stadium property, became the official site for drag racing in Antigua. It is a regulation 1320 ft. (1/4 mile) track, with a 1732 ft. run off. Plans for the site include building barriers, guard rails,

fencing, stands and other facilities. While the site has not been officially named, members and fans have taken to calling it Staddaco Raceway. Drag racing in Antigua developed into a serious motor sport in the late 1990s, when an aficionado of the sport, John I. Martin IV, built a drag raceway on his land at All Saints Road. In those days motor sport in Antigua was the envy of the Caribbean, with contestants from other islands bringing their cars here to compete. Today, almost 20 years later, the Legendary Drags Meet, held in November, 2014 at the new raceway on East Road at the Viv Richards Stadium, was named to honour Martin and other legends of the sport such as Arnold Goodwin, Ewart Harney, Eddie Hadeed, and Paul Ryan, to name a few. They started drag racing on the streets in Antigua way back in the day. Most of these men are still big fans of the sport, and some other legends are still racing: Broyce Marsh, Noel Omard and Winston Gray are showing the way to a younger generation of men and women eager to prove their skill and sheer grit in this demanding sport. The 2014 Independence weekend Legendary Drags Meet, held in collaboration with the Antiguan government, was a test of organizational skills for Lisa. Not only was this Meet a triumph of organization with about 8,000 fans attending, Lisa as LisaLis was also a contestant with her white Honda Integra named Miss Behaving. She was the first woman to race on the new raceway, and she came second in her 14 second race. As the first of two daughters born to a car mechanic and his wife, who worked in the hospitality industry, Lisa spent a lot of time with her father. She says “I was born into the car world, and I grew up in the era of


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Left to right: Yousef Michael - VP ABDRA, Carlo Falcone - Antigua Yacht Club Marina - Title Sponsor Legends Cup, Gavin Clarke - Owner King of Cali, Alex Lopez - Driver King of Cali, LisaLis - President ABDRA, Bruce ‘Super Dymond’ Bartley - Event Title Sponsor Rep. Vibes FM & MC

plugs, points, condensers and carburettor engines. Then came fuel injection. I was racing as a teenager on the streets and would do the Shirley Heights to Robinson’s gas station races on Sunday evenings then. My first summer job was with Harney Motors, and when I finished school I took a permanent job there, first as receptionist, then as Mr. Harney’s secretary.” Always in the fast lane, Lisa would go to Crabbs when there was racing on the roads there, and as her father serviced racing cars she became familiar with the drag racing world. She wanted to be a mechanic too, but her father said “There’s no

LisaLis & Miss Behaving logos © Sistah Souljahs Graphix

Left to right: Denelle Richards - Treasurer ABDRA, LisaLis - President ABDRA, Paul Chet Greene Minister of Sports, Yousef Michael - VP ABDRA

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acceptance and no respect for girls in this field. Keep your hands clean.” Well, there was nothing to say she couldn’t become a drag racer herself, and that’s what she did. “The first car I bought was a Toyota Corolla, and I would take part in street racing at Crabbs, Bethesda, Marble Hill to name a few, but I always had my car worked on secretly, and not by other participants who were mechanics, to avoid sabotage. I would race whatever car I bought no matter how fast or slow it was; Corolla, Rav 4, Levin, or Mazda 323. I joined a racing crew called Drivers Seat, and then I got to drive faster cars. Then I dated a guy in the Honda camp and that is how I started to drive Hondas. I now own and race a Honda, but my get-around car is still a Toyota. I have a foot in both camps.” Lisa is so enthusiastic about her sport that she is considering doing some training in rally and circuit racing. This is not the only lady going places in the sport. Fellow female members of ABDRA include Renee Edwards-Ambrose, the fastest female drag racer in Nevis and Grenada, who represents Antigua in the sport, and KerriAnn Browne and Luana FranciaIsaac, motor sports enthusiasts who help promote the sport. LisaLis and the ABDRA fraternity would like to establish Antigua as a prime destination for drag-racing and other motor sports. As a talented driver, and committed president, she leads the pack on the fast track to achieving their goals.

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Where to... Find out More Antigua Barbuda Drag Racing Association t. (268) 783 2290 e.


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Carib Art House 2015 issue 1 - Antigua & Barbuda  

It is increasingly easy to overlook the details that create beauty in life. The creativity that results in this beauty is before our eyes. I...

Carib Art House 2015 issue 1 - Antigua & Barbuda  

It is increasingly easy to overlook the details that create beauty in life. The creativity that results in this beauty is before our eyes. I...