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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Bahamian artists and genuine Junkanoo party

Saturday, May 27 is the Goombay Street Party, but first on Friday night, May 26, Join KROMA Gallery for cocktails, conch, and amazing art. There will be a DJ and giveaways every hour.

Featured artists are:


Kourtney Eugene Brown


Kourtney Eugene Brown
Kourtney is an acclaimed visual artist and achieved fame in South Florida from the permanent, public installation of his monumental work "Creos Aetas", a 20 ft x 20 ft permanent clock tower installation on the Historic Borinquen Medical Healthcare Center and "Rainforest" Mural at Parrot Jungle Island Park's Serpentarium, Miami Beach, Florida.

Kourtney was born in Miami, Florida and raised in New Providence, Bahamas, in the capital city of Nassau. He is the youngest of four sons to a Bahamian father a mother of African, Bahamian and Native American descent.

Nadia Desjardins

Since 2011 Nadia has lived and worked in Miami and has exhibited in different venues across South Florida. Her work spans many styles and traditions, from the figurative to the abstract.


Nadia Desjardins
Nadia's creative energy and curiosity have often led her to explore other mediums including digital art, a variety of painting mediums as well as glass and plaster. She is a resident artist at KROMA.

Weldon Ryan


Weldon Ryan
Weldon has exhibited at The Fashion Institute of Technology, The Bronx River Art Center, The Salmagundi, The Harlem State Office Building in New York City, One Police Plaza, Permanent Diorama at the Pelham Bay Environmental Nature Center which he did with Anne Arrowsmith, The Skylight Gallery in Bed-Sty, Brooklyn NY, The Flagler Art League, The Hollingsworth Gallery, Mary McLeodBethune PACVAG,  and The Fulton Street Art Fair. He has appeared on The Riki Lake Show for his art skills (before the reality TV. kick took hold). His art has been shown on The Geraldo Rivera Show, CNN, Nature of The Arts BCAT and has appeared in the April 1999 issue of Nickelodeon Magazine. He was instrumental as President of the Flagler County Art League in increasing membership, moving FCAL to its Cypress Point location joining the Hollingsworth Gallery in their Second Saturday Art Walk.

Charlie Smith


Charlie Smith
A son of the Bahamas, he was there when Lenny Kravitz 'Built His Garden For Us' & 'Let Love Rule'. He survived one month in the desert with Johnny Rotten (Sex Pistols) and rattlesnakes (the snakes were less dangerous), and he was there when Joss Stone first found her 'Soul'. Also (but don't tell anyone), he knows 'Who Let The Dogs Out'! Multi award-winning Filmmaker (featured on The NBC Today Show), Photographer & Creative Director, Charles Allan Smith or 'Charlie', as he is better known, has spent most of his life in front of, and behind the camera.



Mark of a true artist, Matthew Wildgoose was born in the small town of Holmes Rock, Grand Bahama in the Bahamas. It was there that he discovered the direction of his life's journey, Art and Acting. After completing high school, Matthew developed his skill in painting and drawing by enrolling in the College of the Bahamas where he obtained a degree in Fine Arts in 2008.
Matthew Wildgoose
 Matthew paid homage to Bahamian Pop Icons to his first two solo art exhibitions. Both exhibitions, "Catch Ya Self" which exhibited May of 2013 and "Bahamian Pop" in August of 2014 highlighted Bahamian entertainers, both past and present. All subjects lived their lives by pursuing their passions and flaunting their gifts while promoting art and Bahamian culture.

KROMA is located at 3670 Grand Avenue.

On Saturday, May 27, out on the street from Douglas Road to Plaza Street, you'll enjoy the Goombay street party from noon to 6 pm, with music, arts, crafts, culture, authentic Bahamian food, Junkanoos, kids zone, face painting and so much more! It's all free and open to the public.


This is all to promote and launch the return of the large Goombay Festival which will return in 2018.

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