By Leroy Smith
[www.inewsguyana.com] – The Guyana Telephone and Telegraph Company (GT&T) on Monday (January 12) officially introduced the first set of books featuring images from the National Art Collection in a compilation titled ‘PANORAMA a Portrait of Guyana.’
The printing of the first thousand copies which were distributed to the Ministry of Culture Youth and Sports and the National Art Gallery at Castellani House comes less than a year after the telephone giant inked a Memorandum of Understanding with the Culture Ministry.
In his message to readers as printed in the book, Culture Minister Dr. Frank Anthony said that the books will open the collection to the Guyanese public and aims to stimulate an interest in those who have never visited the National Art Gallery as well as those who wish to become artists.
Chief Executive Officer of GT&T, Radha Krishna Sharma in his message to readers pointed out the importance of the publication, while noting that the significance of the venture cannot be overstated.
He added that the book involves and promotes the preservation for posterity of hundreds of pieces of visual artworks produced by stalwarts. Sharma added that the arts featured foster creative inspiration, promote cross-culture dialogue and understanding and bringing important social issues to the fore.
The collections inside the book feature the works of artists, some of who are present in Guyana, migrated or deceased.
Among the featured artists are; Terence Roberts, Aubrey Williams, Winslow Craig, Stephanie Correia, Doris Rogers, Philip Moore and Ron Savory.
The glossy literature was edited by Alim Hosein who was supported by Philbert Gajadhar, Ohene Koama and Jynell Osborne.