(CMR) The Cayman Islands Mangrove Rangers will host a day of art and fun in celebration of World Mangrove Week on Saturday, 24 July, at downtown gallery Parcel 110 on Cardinall Avenue.
This free, all-ages event kicks off a week of activities and marks the one-year anniversary of the Mangrove Rangers, a non-profit dedicated to mangrove conservation, restoration, and education.
Doors open at 10 am with two mangrove-themed art exhibitions on display until 31st July. These shows include a student exhibit with more than 25 participants from schools across the Cayman Islands. Students were invited by the Mangrove Rangers to submit art of any style reflecting the environmental, cultural, or economic value of Cayman’s mangrove habitat.
In the Parcel 110 lounge, invited artists, including Teresa Grimes, Chris Mann, Kerwin Ebanks, Marc Laurenson, Joanna Austin, Tiffany Polloni, Damien Doogan, Amrita Debnath, Michelle Bryan, and Alvaro Serey, will exhibit their works and offer items for auction.
Activities and events are scheduled throughout the day to engage participants of all ages. In the morning, join Mangrove Rangers Director Martin Keeley and CLM Publishing for a series of educational and engaging stories for children. After, kids and teens are invited to visit the face painting and mangrove craft stations or to snap a picture at the mangrove photo booth.
In the afternoon, persons have the opportunity to create eco-art using recycled materials with Marc and Pamela Laurenson of Stoakd. Spots in workshops at 1:30 and 3 pm are limited, so pre-registration is encouraged.
Miss Cayman Islands Universe Mariah Tibbetts will join the festivities at 2:30 pm as a judge for the mangrove fashion show. Create a costume and dress up as your favorite mangrove critter for the chance to win prizes.
The day closes with happy hour and music from DJ Solstice from 4-6 pm in the Parcel 110 lounge.
While these activities and workshops are offered free of charge, donations are encouraged. Proceeds will support the Mangrove Rangers in their mission to protect Cayman’s mangroves.
For individuals unable to attend Saturday’s event, the fun continues on Sunday, 25 July at Art Nest in Elizabethan Square. Persons can choose between two charity classes to benefit the Mangrove Rangers. Join the guided mangrove painting class ($65 per person) at 3 pm or embrace your green thumb and join the Plant Party ($65 per person), starting at 11 am. To express interest in the Stoakd eco-art workshops, the mangrove fashion show, or Art Nest classes, contact [email protected] for more information.
Parcel 110 is located at 40 Cardinall Avenue, Floor 3. For help finding, Parcel 110, watch this short video: https://fb.watch/v/2Uhkx7tnL/