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The Current Gallery & Art Center

Baha Mar

Art Exhibits at Baha Mar Resort

Much more than a vast collection of contemporary art, The Current Gallery and Art Center is a hub for compelling Bahamian artistic experiences. A center for recognizing and supporting a strong creative community through captivating exhibitions, workshops and lectures, artist residences and partnerships with local collectors.

Programs

Abstract Painting

This course is recommended for painters of all levels, including beginners! Explore the paint as a subject matter and learn to mix, blend and paint your way into Abstract Painting Paradise! We will sample the techniques seen in the art work we study during a guided art walk.

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Programs

Intro to Printmaking

After overviewing various print-making methods through the ages you will be shown a live demonstration of a few mono-printing and collagraph printing. All the tools, props and guidance you need to cut, ink, print and create individual designs will be at your fingertips.

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Programs

Figure Drawing Class

The representation of the human figure is a fun and fascinating observational course. This course uses simple materials—charcoal and soft pastels—as means of discovery. You will learn about the process of the “drawn” language and transform a blank space into an expressive 2D form.

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Programs

Outdoor Painting (Landscapes)

This course is recommended for painters of all levels, including beginners. Explore the fundamentals of drawing and painting, sampling different techniques using types of wet and dry media seen in various artists’ works during a property art tour. All supplies are provided.

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Programs

Art Tour

Want to learn more about the artwork you’ve been seeing around Baha Mar? Join us for a guided 50 minute tour though 1 mile of Bahamian art curated throughout the luxurious brands at Baha Mar. Walking shoes suggested.

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Programs

Fairwind Tour

Explore over 100 years of Bahamian Art and Culture with a guided hour-long tour of the Exhibition in the convention center.

Reserve A Class

Abstract Painting

This course is recommended for painters of all levels, including beginners! Explore the paint as a subject matter and learn to mix, blend and paint your way into Abstract Painting Paradise! We will sample the techniques seen in the art work we study during a guided art walk.

Reserve A Class

Intro to Printmaking

After overviewing various print-making methods through the ages you will be shown a live demonstration of a few mono-printing and collagraph printing. All the tools, props and guidance you need to cut, ink, print and create individual designs will be at your fingertips.

Reserve A Class

Figure Drawing Class

The representation of the human figure is a fun and fascinating observational course. This course uses simple materials—charcoal and soft pastels—as means of discovery. You will learn about the process of the “drawn” language and transform a blank space into an expressive 2D form.

Reserve A Class

Outdoor Painting (Landscapes)

This course is recommended for painters of all levels, including beginners. Explore the fundamentals of drawing and painting, sampling different techniques using types of wet and dry media seen in various artists’ works during a property art tour. All supplies are provided.

Reserve A Class

Art Tour

Want to learn more about the artwork you’ve been seeing around Baha Mar? Join us for a guided 50 minute tour though 1 mile of Bahamian art curated throughout the luxurious brands at Baha Mar. Walking shoes suggested.

Reserve A Class

Fairwind Tour

Explore over 100 years of Bahamian Art and Culture with a guided hour-long tour of the Exhibition in the convention center.

Reserve A Class

The Team

Led by Creative Art Director and Bahamian native John Cox, The Current Gallery & Art Center team provides a unique perspective, as well as a wealth of knowledge and creativity, to the artistic culture of Baha Mar.

Art Residency

At the heart of The Current Gallery & Art Center’s programming is an unprecedented residency program for The Bahamas. Local and international artists have the opportunity to follow their artistic pursuits in our studio space, culminating in exhibitions, lectures and workshops designed to captivate and inform Baha Mar guests.

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PERMANENT COLLECTION

PERMANENT COLLECTION

The Permanent Collection

The Baha Mar Collection is an exceptional selection of Bahamian art comprised of more than 2,500 pieces from variously talented local artists—all sharing a common unconditional love for The Bahamas. This impressive display is overseen by John Cox, a renowned mixed-media artist and former chief curator of the National Art Gallery of The Bahamas.

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FAIRWIND COLLECTION

FAIRWIND COLLECTION

Fairwind Exhibition

The ideologies, beliefs and lifestyles that have shaped the culture of The Bahamas weave their way through this diverse display designed to inform, inspire and expose the soul of this unique archipelago nation.

Encompassing more than 100 years of Bahamian art, the exhibition utilizes paintings, photography, sculpture, artifacts and multimedia to communicate an authentic visual and auditory narrative.

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RETAIL

Showcasing Bahamian art exhibitions in support of local artists, the dynamic Current Gallery and Art Center also features art workshops and lectures.

Special Events

Art Classes

Tuesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday

Abstract Painting

Saturdays at 11am

Intro to Printmaking

Wednesdays at 2pm

Special Events

Art Classes

Tuesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday

Abstract Painting

Saturdays at 11am

Intro to Printmaking

Wednesdays at 2pm

Contact Us

For more information about The Current Gallery and Art Center or to enroll in one of our programs, contact us today!

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John Cox

Once described by a Harvard critic as “an unsophisticated artist producing sophisticated art,” Cox is known for large format paintings, found object assemblages, collage and non-traditional printmaking. His work often references distant places and ideas, but is executed with familiar and ordinary materials.

Born in Nassau in 1973, Cox attended Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, Rhode Island, where he received a BFA in Illustration (’95) and an MAT in Art Education (’96). Afterwards, he went on to teach in the Art Department at the College of the Bahamas for six years followed by four years working in Education at the National Art Gallery of the Bahamas.

Currently serving as Baha Mar’s Director of Art, Cox has exhibited and participated in exchanges in France, Italy, Germany, Hong Kong, the United States and the Caribbean.

Jordanna Kelly

A native of The Bahamas, Kelly says her love for art comes from the 3 H’s—Head, Heart and Hand. Her well-crafted multi-media compositions and assemblages describe ephemeral floral and figurative patterns and imagery using unexpected—and often industrial—materials. The results are both delicate and assertive, providing interesting ideas while also striving to create emotional connections.

She was the first recipient of The Astarita Nassuvian Art Scholarship from the College of The Bahamas, where she graduated with the Top Distinction in Art.

In 2016, Kelly won the 33rd Annual Art Competition at The Central Bank of the Bahamas, being the only woman to win both the junior and senior categories.

Her work has been exhibited in the National Art Gallery of The Bahamas, The Public Treasury, The Pro Gallery, The D’Aguilar Art Foundation, and The Central Bank of the Bahamas.

Natascha Vazquez

Vazquez has an MFA in Painting from The Savannah College of Art and Design and a BFA in Painting from Rollins College, Florida. Her work has been exhibited both internationally and domestically in the Bahamas, France, Georgia and Florida.

In 2016, Vazquez returned to Nassau, Bahamas, with hopes of bringing the skills and knowledge acquired abroad to the country she loves. She felt a strong desire to aid in the building of an appreciation for art and art history in the Bahamas, aiming to spread the love and passion she has for fine art. Vazquez completed an internship at The National Art Gallery of the Bahamas, where she facilitated in developing scholarship writing on works in both their permanent collection and on temporary display.

Vazquez is currently the Programming Manager at The Current Studio & Gallery at Baha Mar. She also writes for The National Art Gallery of the Bahamas.