By Alan Markoff
There probably isn’t another consumer product sold that reflects the Cayman Islands in its sense of community and culture as well as the annual Cayman Watercolours Calendar.
Launched in 2012, this colourful printed calendar presents reproductions of 15 original watercolour paintings of Cayman Islands scenes created by local artists, some of whom are teachers or students. One of the artists donating works for the 2020 calendar was St. Ignatius Catholic School Head of Secondary School — and former Head of Art — Bernadette Devlin, whose painting of two Caymanians sailing a traditional catboat appears on the cover. Among the many other local artists whose work appears in the calendar are Gordon Solomon, Robert McKendrick, Shilpa Tagalpallewar and student Brianna DaCosta.
Each of the monthly art pages also includes a recipe for a dish with significance in the Cayman Islands such as blackened lionfish, fried plantain, saltfish cakes or planters punch cocktail. The monthly grid calendar includes public holidays in the Cayman Islands as well as major holidays throughout the world. It also lists seasonal fruits, vegetables and seafood in season during each month.
Proceeds earned for the calendar, which cost CI$15, are donated to Jasmine and the National Council of Voluntary Organisations. All artwork is donated and the calendar’s production costs are funded by corporate sponsors, which include Aureum Re in Camana Bay, as well as Conyers and Grant Thornton.
In Camana Bay, the calendar is available at Books & Books, Bedside Manor, Bon Vivant, West Indies Wine Company, Red’s Emporium and 3 Girls & A Kiln.
This article originally appeared in the November 2019 print edition of Camana Bay Times with the headline “Made in Cayman”.