An unprecedented exhibit showcasing ten women artists of Corozal Town was
launched on 4 March, 2011, at the Corozal Town Hall. The exhibit delved
into the lives of these talented women, biographies unveiled the successes
of each one, and their art captivated everyone.
Visual arts coordinator for the Institute of Creative Arts Corozal Committee
Debra Wilkes Gray produced and curated the exhibit. She spent countless hours
photographing the artists, collecting biographies, exhibits, and information
supporting each exhibit, as well as designing and producing promotional materials.
The success of this exhibit is due to her hard work and and the graciousness
of each artist, allowing the public to view their art and learn of their
struggles and triumphs.
The exhibit spent three weeks at Corozal Town Hall, and during the last week of
March it traveled to Corozal Community College and Escuela Secondaria Técnica Mexico.
The traveling exhibit reached out to high school students, exposing them to
different genres of art, with the hope of enticing younger talent to pursue
a career in art.
"Arte con Voz de Mujer" is a yearly event which will take place in the month
of March celebrating Women's Month.
Congratulations to all who participated in the first "Arte con Voz de Mujer".
Angelita Magaña is a role model who has positively influenced young
people for years as a teacher and founder of the San Joaquin Fiesta.
She has been active in the Red Cross, Scout Groups, San Joaquin
Environmental, Ecumenical Youth Group, and the Cultural Dance Group.
Aurelia Martinez has been instrumental in encouraging women to become
involved in handcrafts, such as making macramé bags and plant hangers,
crocheted items and more. This helped women with gaining income. Recently
she has become involved in "counted cross stitch" hand work.
Bernadette Gilharry is a national and international singer, married to Shane
Gilharry of the Corozal Gilharry 7. She was honored in Belize
as Best Female Singer of the year in 2008. In 2010 the Gilharry 7
won best band with Bernadette's original songs, Te Busque and
Celebration Time. She will travel internationally in 2011 with
Beverly Orio was born in the USA, but married a Belizean and
has become a true Belizean. She has been involved in many
art forms, including sewing and designing clothes. She does
crochet, needle work, and tatting and needle-lace. She has
also been involved in painting, and recently has ventured
into beaded jewelry.
Cami Chun has been dedicated to venturing into art forms that
are from her Maya heritage, such as embroidery, and making
baskets, bracelets, and clothing. She also learned the art of
Jipi-japa from her mother. From the Jipijapa tree comes the
material for baskets. She now does embroidery and traditional
Debra Wilkes Gray is a professional photograper whose work has been
in national and internation publications. She fell in
love with Belize and Corozal, which she has made her home.
Her passion has always been to document with photos the people
in her community who are so "rich in spirit."
Joanna Magaña is a native of Corozal, being born and educated in
Corozal then at the university in Belize City. She studied
literature, and has always has a ferocious apetite for the
arts. A teacher at Corozal Community College, Joanna
continues to insprire students in poetry, drama, music
Lydia Ramcharam Pollard is known in Corozal Town for committment and dedication
to her East Indian cultural heritage. Her interest has resulted
in collecting artifacts which she has in her own museum "Window
to the Past." She is happy to share her history and her museum
with those interested.
In her lifetime, Vilma Romero has explored a variety of
artistic expressions, including watercolors, oil painting,
wood carving, and metal and stone sculpture. In 1997 her work
was featured in the national 12th Annual Women in Art Exhibition.
Vilma Ugarte is a native of Nicaragua, and became involved in
dance as a child. As an adult she was involved in a national
dance group, where she ventured into choreography. She moved
to Belize after marrying, and in Corozal has continued to offer
her talent, experience, and expertise to the art of dance. Her
choreography and uniform design for Corozal Community College
was the winner in the 2010 National Band Festival, which was held
in Corozal, bring pride to all the people of the town.