Kerwin Ebanks will host his third “Manavelins” art exhibition this week


Caymanian artist, Kerwin G. Ebanks is known for his transformation of what we think of as everyday trash into art. He then organizes exhibitions and exhibits art, called “Manavelins”. Speaking of which, Ebanks will launch her third exhibition, Manavelin3, on Friday, April 22 at 4 p.m. at the Cayman Handmade Collective, located at 72 North Church Street (next to the waterfront Digicel store).

Manavelin3 will feature two- and three-dimensional pieces made up of leftover trash found washed up on the shores of the Caymans, which had to be carefully cleaned, cataloged and processed by Ebanks as raw materials before being displayed as works of art.

Art sample made from scraps by Kerwin Ebanks

According to a press release, Ebanks said he hopes to succeed “to turn something that is worthless and disposable – and disposed of – into something enduring, precious and poignant”. Reluctant to call himself an environmentalist, he reportedly said that we all have a role to play in stewardship of the environment for future generations.

On the day of the event, it is also planned that there will be an online auction, the link of which will be shared on the day of the event and which will last for 24 hours. The subject of the auction will be a functional work of art that has been in high demand, with fifty percent of the proceeds going to Plastic Free Cayman.

Besides the online auction, there will be several interactive features in the exhibit to drive engagement and some prizes are available during the family event.

The opening event and reception are also free to the public. The reception will include free punch and canapes from The U’nique Restaurant, one of George Town’s hottest new restaurants. Other exhibition partners include Cayman Spirits Company, Cayman Islands Brewery 19-81 Brewing Co. and Premier Wines and Spirits.

Those planning to attend the event are encouraged to RSVP either via Facebook event or by email to [email protected] F or those unable to make it to reception, the exhibition runs until the end of June, with viewing of the works available during normal business hours at the Cayman Handmade Collective from 9am to 5pm, from Monday to Saturday.


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