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Although it is believed by some that an artist cannot fail since to have artistic qualities is already a success, historically artists have had a hard time to impress their usually intricate talent upon many in the society. However, with the onset of the modern era, a number of strategic measures have been developed to somehow support this special breed of individuals.At least this is according to Director of the National Art Gallery and Curator of the National Collection, Ms. Elfreida Bissember. Among the strategic moves, she revealed, are a number of fora for artists to compete and make some money, as well as gain recognition.“You can’t make a fortune being an artist. I don’t know anybody here (in Guyana) who has. Maybe some people do, but nothing is easy, not even art. It takes a lot of hard work and this goes for people in other countries who are supposedly far more comfortable off than us,” Bissember noted.Director of the National Art Gallery,Cheap Jerseys, Ms. Elfreida BissemberEven in the face of limitations,Cheap NFL Jerseys China, inclusive of finances, the National Art Gallery which falls under the auspices of the Office of the President, has been striving to support local artists, she revealed.  Alluding to the national arts competition which was initially introduced in 1996 and was recently resuscitated, Bissember said that artists are given an opportunity to not only showcase their work, but also to reap personal accolades in the form of medals and monetary rewards.However, this has certainly not been an easy task,Cheap Jerseys From China, according to Bissember, who added that there are some artists who do not take advantage of the opportunities available to them. “We are giving artists an opportunity to be recognised. You can’t be recognised by just having a couple of pieces in the streets. Some of these guys would say ‘Oh they don’t care about us!’ But at one point we used to literally go onto the pavements and give these guys invitations,” Bissember revealed.She remembered one instance when a direct appeal was made to an artist to bring his work to be showcased at the Gallery during Mashramani, to no avail.“He said he was coming but he never came, and yet we are still hearing things like ‘the National Gallery doesn’t recognise the work of the artists on the streets’ and that’s simply not true. What am I to do, go and pull them off the streets? They have gotten a chance to present their work on their terms and haven’t taken it.”According to Bissember,NFL Jerseys Cheap, there are very few local institutions where art can be recognised other than through the National Art Gallery and the Ministry of Culture. She speculated that some artists do not seek support, either because they are lacking in confidence or because of constant sales, they do not have enough to showcase.Generally, artists are not allowed to have a show at the National Art Gallery with just a few pieces – the ideal show requires about 15–25 pieces.“You have to show that you are thinking and progressing with your work as artists, because that is what the best artists do,NFL Jerseys China,” Bissember asserted.She revealed, too, that although members of the public are granted the privilege to visit this facility, it certainly does not operate as a public library. She made reference to the fragility of some pieces and the importance for them to be handled with care. Even artists are not given free-rein of the facility, as according to her, the Gallery usually has a planned programme which projects activities for at least seven months in advance.Among the pieces that are showcased at the National Art Gallery,Cheap Jerseys, are those of contemporary artists whose works are by definition from the historic national collection which spans at least three centuries.“The works of art that have been displayed within the walls of the National Art Gallery are those of a high standard that reflects uniqueness, are outstanding, and are of historical importance. We have works from the late 19th century up until now (21st century) and they give an historic sense of how art in Guyana has developed. In fact this is one of the reasons that people over the years have started to purchase art for our national collection,” Bissember reflected.With the quality of work as the key motivating factor for the hosting of exhibitions, Bissember said it is always important to maintain the national standard imposed on quality art work.“I have always said over the years that national has to mean international, because the national gallery here would coordinate and correspond with other agencies in other parts of the Region, if not further afield. So we represent art in Guyana as an institution.”
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